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 7 years' experience as a freelance charity consultant, building on 20 years’ evidenced success within senior strategy, policy and communications roles in the voluntary and public sectors.