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My working life and approach

With over 20 years in the charity sector, I have wide experience of charity management. I have studied Voluntary Sector Management through the Open University MBA programme and draw on different perspectives to advise on the best way forwards. One of my greatest tools is a fresh and objective viewpoint – enabling me to see through to the real issues. Building on ad hoc consultancy assignments throughout my career and relishing the variety and opportunity to influence for good, I chose to make charity consultancy my core business in 2010.

Following my first degree in Psychology, I studied Post-Graduate Social Work (CQSW) and practised as a Probation Officer for 5 years. I went on to run a small capacity-building charity for 7 years - providing support, training and consultancy to charities in the social care sector. During this time I completed a Diploma in Studies of Drug Misuse at Ruskin College, Oxford.

Following this I worked for 8 years as UK Operations Director in a small international environmental charity, helping to build many of the core operational structures including fundraising, marketing, volunteers and supporters.

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Based in Somerset, I work across the south of England, primarily in the Bath, Bristol, Taunton, Exeter corridor, but stretching as far as the home-counties and Penzance. I have been married to Jenny for 31 years and we have two children.

I believe that the people in a charity are its most valuable resource but they can become swamped and worn down by the demands of the work. From my objective position, I bring external critique; from my experience, I bring support, encouragement and guidance. I have an informal and approachable style that is person-focussed.

Nonetheless I know I don’t have all the answers - I have a small network of associates upon whom I can call for additional capacity or skills and I am very comfortable referring on to others, with different skills, who are better placed to help.


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