Rob Abercrombie

Overview

Experienced charity leader and consultant with more than 20-years in the charity sector, combined with a commercial career as a strategy consultant. Deep understanding of how to develop strategy that provides clarity of purpose to your organisation, and helps you change the world for the better. As well as expertise in what makes organisations tick, how to develop them, change them, and tackle difficult situations.

Rob specialises in strategic philanthropy and working with major national charities. He spent 7 years running NPC’s consulting operation, working with many of the UK’s leading charities and funders from the RNLI to Unbound Philanthropy. He wrote NPC’s original guidance to systems change working with Lankelly Chase, and has commented extensively on strategic philanthropy issues (see Linked In for publications).

Rob has also been Deputy Chief Executive at Sheila McKechnie Foundation - the leading infrastructure body for campaigning, Director of Transformation at The Royal Foundation, and worked at Director level in the commercial strategy consulting industry. He started his career working at grassroots level in homelessness and community development. Rob currently Chairs Global Dialogue, the platform for philanthropic collaboration on human rights.

He can help clients;
- Create strategy that achieves real impact
- Develop organisations that deliver, and resolve organisational problems
- Incorporate campaigning, policy and influencing work into strategy
- Think about how to tackle systemic change
- Have a decisive impact as a funder, whilst managing the complex power dynamics that are inherent to philanthropy


Clients

RSPCA - advice to the senior leadership team on establishing a new evidence centre for animal welfare
Kiawah Trust - design and establishment of their UK funding programme on gender equity and economic justice
TUC - training on campaigning strategy to trade union leaders
Pro Bono Economics - advice on income generation strategy
ACF - set up of the ‘Funders Collaborative Hub’
The Royal Foundation - advice to the Chief Executive on separating the philanthropic affairs of two royal households


Qualifications

MBA (with distinction), Lancaster University, 2000