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Testimonials

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

Cara MacMahon

“I was immensely impressed with Pete’s work, his diligence and his ability to deliver on extremely tight deadlines. If you are looking for a consultant that understands the not for profit sector and its challenges, who is able to quickly gain a sense of the work you require and who delivers excellent work on time; then I recommend you contract Hawkins Charity Consultancy”

Cara MacMahon

Chief Executive Officer, Voluntary Action North Somerset

Charlotte Dooley

 “We had been going through substantial change at the charity which was putting pressure on staff and Trustees. [Pete Hawkins] came to our rescue and helped us regroup and reprioritise during a challenging time.”

Charlotte Dooley

Manager, Age Concern North Dorset

Trevor Smale

"Whilst serving as the South West Manager for the Lloyds Bank Foundation I used Pete Hawkins several times as a consultant/adviser to charities who were accessing our Enhance support programme. In all these pieces of work his professionalism, commitment and communications were exemplary. Feedback from the charities supported in recent months about his support was extremely positive."

Trevor Smale

Lloyds Bank Foundation South West Regional Manager (former)

Gareth Sorsby

"Pete brought clarity, fresh insight and a realistic outlook to our senior management team as we shaped our organisation’s strategic plan. Pete is friendly and professional and has an uncanny ability to challenge and critique in a manner which is respectful yet helps to provoke a new way of thinking."

Gareth Sorsby

Community Projects Manager, Exeter YMCA

Keith Routledge

“Pete was called in to work with the Trustee Board  to help me  pull together a Strategy and Business Plan for the West Somerset Advice Bureau ...in quite an aggressive timeframe. Pete proved to be a real asset in providing an objective and authoritative input to the many discussions and different points of view that ensued and in adding real value to the  content of the  final document. Given the timeframe, Pete's support was critical in its success and in keeping me 'sane' as it evolved.”

Keith Routledge

Trustee, West Somerset Advice Bureau

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