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Testimonials

Brian Glasson

“We engaged Pete to help us support a local community to consider options for the provision of new community facilities.  Not only did Pete provide much needed additional capacity and experience to help us take our project forward, he also quickly and adeptly developed positive working relationships between the various stakeholders.  His expertise and mix of skills in managing the project and his empathy for the objectives of the different groups helped us secure positive outcomes which might not otherwise have been possible.”

Brian Glasson

Head of Strategic Planning and Housing, South Gloucestershire Council

Laura Kerr

“It’s been a pleasure working with Pete, who has not only supported us to achieve our brief but gone over and above - way beyond what other consultants might have offered. Whether you are looking for support in terms of restructuring your organisation and managing the way forward, or just looking for someone to provide critical and valuable feedback in a particular area, Pete uses his vast experience and wisdom to draw out exactly what is relevant and needed.

It’s fun to work with Pete too. He’s incredibly professional, down to earth and a totally nice chap. He’s very easy to get along with, highly intelligent, knowledgeable and engaging.”

Laura Kerr

Manager, People First Dorset

Katherine Nolan

“We all enjoyed the day and really appreciated your facilitation. There was a real buzz in the room. A perfect balance between reflection and celebration! People have commented that it was a really unifying experience! Also, a very successful session with the trustees, which is great.”

Katherine Nolan

CEO, SPARK Somerset

Emma Beeston

"I commissioned Pete to support a number of small charities with a range of challenges related to funding, governance and purpose. Pete understands what it is like to run a small charity, takes time to listen, works in a way that is both supportive and challenging and goes above and beyond what is needed. I had great feedback from those he worked with and am happy to recommend him." 

Emma Beeston

Philanthropy Advisor

Amanda Parsons

“Pete was an amazing support through a difficult time of transition, bringing two charities together. Pete has excellent skills in negotiation, working with a range people.”

Amanda Parsons

Manager, People First Forum

Karen Deverell

“The cut and thrust of being CEO of a medium sized local charity with the responsibility that brings means time spent looking after yourself can be compromised. Pete has created a confidential, safe space to talk through ideas, share concerns, and offload. Our sessions have made me stop, reflect, take a step back, and provided an opportunity to talk openly and manage myself better. Pete is a great listener, provides constructive challenging and focus – he has helped me enormously through a time of great change.”

Karen Deverell

CEO, YMCA Mendip

Cathy Lunt

"Pete helped in guiding us to expand our thinking and vision for the work of the charity to a more business based framework. Quite a challenge. Pete is very calm, considerate and inclusive, exactly what we needed to begin to tackle the challenges facing us.

Our time with Pete has naturally created work for us to do but we have much more clarity about our future direction. A couple of the team said that Pete took some of the fear/anxiety out of business planning – well almost!!

We wholeheartedly recommend Pete as a real support system to any charity, his grasp was brilliant and his manner wonderful."

Cathy Lunt

Manager, West Cornwall Women’s Aid

Laurence Couldrick

"Pete helped us pick apart and understand some of the internal issues that were causing conflict and leading to frustrations within the organisation … in an open and honest way … this enabled us to explore and enact solutions to take us forward as a team. We are now in a far more robust position to take control of the opportunities around us and deliver the change we want to see in the world."

Laurence Couldrick

CEO, WestCountry Rivers Trust

Harriet Laurie

"A really good balance between challenging my thinking, directive suggestions and reassurance that I was getting it right. Really helpful and actually rather fun too!"

Harriet Laurie

Chief Executive, TheHorseCourse

Emma Osmundsen

"Pete Hawkins has consistently provided first class professional consultancy advice to YMCA Exeter. Pete is able to work alongside people to draw out vital information and formulate his findings so that they are well researched and considered. He presents his findings in an excellent manner that is easy to understand even when he is dealing with very complex issues."

Emma Osmundsen

Chair of Trustees, YMCA Exeter

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