Philippa Bonella


I work independently with charities and faith-based organisations, often in the human rights, environment and international development sectors. My key skills are in supporting groups to improve their strategic planning, culture and governance. I take a personal approach to bring your values to life and embody my own values (to be real, brave and kind).

I have particular expertise in:

Strategic planning – horizon scanning, internal/external stakeholder engagement, theories of change, implementation plans.

Improving organisational culture and governance – change management, team building, supporting good governance.

Research and learning - designing methodologies, qualitative and quantitative data, engaging stakeholders, clear recommendations for learning.


Recent projects include
- leading strategic planning processes for small charities: Scottish Fair Trade Forum, IDEAS, Home-Start Worldwide
- strategic reviews for international environmental organisations: FaithInvest, CIDSE, Laudato Si Movement
- programme reviews or strategy support for funders: Corra Foundation, Scottish Government, National Lottery Community Fund, Maitri Trust
- research for: Evaluation Support Scotland, William Grant Foundation, Disability Action NI


Regular professional development days including Advanced Facilitation, coaching training

MA (Hons) International Development and French, University of St Andrews (1995)

Certificat d'Etudes Politiques, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris (1994)


I have 8 years’ experience as a consultant working with international, UK and Scottish charities to help them improve what they do.  Before going freelance I worked in the third sector for 20 years and was a senior manager in several different Scottish charities.

Outside the day job I am also a volunteer mentor for charity chief executives through ACOSVO and sit on the board of Consultants for Good.