Marcus Ward

Position: Peach Consultancy

Overview

Peach Consultancy Peach Consultancy provides high-quality and cost effective: Organisational Development & Capacity Building, Fundraising, Tendering, Commissioning, Social Enterprise, Governance & Constitutional advice, Training & Facilitation, and Research & Evaluation support services for voluntary sector, infrastructure bodies (and statutory organisations working with the voluntary sector).

Peach consultants have experience in every area of the voluntary sector, and are probably the most widely accredited in the UK with, and work or have worked with many charitable funders and infrastructure organisations: ACEVO, Directory of Social Change, NCVO, Institute of Fundraising, Comic Relief, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund, Young Foundation, Charities Aid Foundation, NAVCA, Rape Crisis, Age UK, MIND UK, Interlink, Evelyn Oldfield Unit, and a wide range of local CVSs and infrastructure organisations around the UK.

The majority of our work centres on identifying and supporting investment decisions, raising awareness among target audiences of unmet needs, managing and developing resources and partnerships, and building the collective and collaborative action to meet those needs.

With our background in senior charity management & development, we provide an additional and complementary skills base for our clients to call upon…and of course we never forget that we work for you, within your culture and to your deadlines!


Clients

We have worked in every part of the voluntary sector, and with small, medium and large/national organisations based in every part of the UK. This is a very small sample, and 75% of our work is repeat business.

  • Breast Cancer Care
  • Comic Relief
  • Pan Arts
  • Northern Ireland CVA, London CVS Directors' Network, Wakefield, Oxford, Bristol, and Cumbria CVSs
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation
  • Spinal Injuries Association
  • Eaves Housing for Women
  • MIND (national and local)
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Homestart (national and local work)
  • Citizens Advice Bureaux (locals)
  • Carers UK (locals)
  • Lesbian and Gay Foundation
  • Bail for Immigration Detainees
  • Age UK (national and local)
  • Surrey Association for the Visually Impaired
  • Chalkhill Community Centre
  • Streatham Common Co-operative
  • Ugandan Community Relief Association
  • Steps to Recovery (substance misuse)
  • Women's Aid
  • Sussex Pathways (offender rehabilitation)
  • Electoral Reform Society
  • Headway Basingstoke

Qualifications

Our partners and associates have all held CEO and/or senior management positions in charities, and are experts in their fields.
For example:

Marcus Ward, is a former charity CEO, worked initially in the commercial sector including for the Yamaha Corporation, holds a law degree (L.lb) from Birmingham University, and is a QBE former charity Fundraising and Finance director. He is a Governor of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chair of Arragon Gardens TRA and Treasurer of Streatham Common Cooperative.


Experience

Over the last 20 years, we have worked in every part of the voluntary sector:
- single-issue and broader health care - social care - children and young people - older people - BAMER - LGBT+ - mental health - disability - carers - immigration - addiction - ecology - arts - heritage - counselling - homelessness and housing.

We are probably the most accredited charity consultancy in the UK including work with many charitable trust funders, national and local infrastructure organisations, and national federated charities (MIND, Homestart, Age UK, Rape Crisis).

We also sometimes work in depth with local authorities and CCGs where they wish to engage with the voluntary sector.

Clients often come back to us for a variety of reasons, including our strategic analysis and insight, for extra skills and experience, for additional capacity when short-handed, and for our independence of input and approach. Our approach, while sometimes challenging and occasionally directive, is always realistic, supportive and complementary. We know the pressures that CEOs, Chairs & Trustees, and managers face, simply because we have been there.