Nick Perks


The work that I love is:
• Helping leaders and charities to reflect on their strategy, and to take confident decisions about their future direction
• Supporting charities, their trustees and staff, to understand and to respond effectively to the challenge of climate change
• Facilitating purposeful discussion, whether that is a one-off event such as a staff or board away day, or a longer process of dialogue and learning together.

I do not approach my work with a rigid template or pre-determined outcomes. Instead, I will listen hard to what it is that you and your organisation really need and will work flexibly and collaboratively with you to address your priorities.


Clients include:

Association of Charitable Foundations, The Big Give, Carbon Copy, CB & HH Taylor Trust, Cloudesley, Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (Dafne), Foundation Scotland, Greener UK, Impact on Urban Health, IUCN UK Peat Programme, Joseph Levy Foundation, National Emergencies Trust, Network for Social Change, Northern Friends Peace Board, Public Interest News Foundation, Sussex Community Foundation, Turn2Us, William Grant Foundation, WINGS global philanthropy network.


I have an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Cambridge University, a Diploma in Management from the Open University Business School, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Consultancy, Ministry and Mission from Sheffield University. I am an accredited Carbon Literacy Facilitator.


Prior to moving to a freelance role, I spent more than 20 years in a variety of voluntary sector roles, mostly in grantmaking organisations and networks.

From 2012 to 2019 I was Trust Secretary (CEO) at the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, one of the UK’s leading progressive foundations. Previous roles include as co-ordinator of the Environmental Funders Network and Director of the Sheffield Hospitals Charitable Trust.

I have extensive experience as a trustee, including current trustee roles at the Joffe Charitable Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

I am a member of the Charity Law Association and have served on several of their working groups.