I've worked at charity board/executive level for 25 years, including numerous chair and CEO roles, start-ups and turnarounds, and am an experienced facilitator and leadership coach.
I provide consultancy, facilitation, training, governance evaluation and charity registration services that are built around your needs, pragmatic and cost effective.
The income generated helps fund the free Charity Excellence Framework.
I've been involved in the sector for 40 years and worked with dozens of charities, often during times of change. I have broad based experience, with particular expertise in governance, strategy, addressing financial challenges and rebuilding organisational systems.
I've been a Windsor Leadership facilitator since 2011 and was a founding member of the Chairs and Facilitators Executive. I've supported Teach First's leadership coaching since 2006, am a board mentor and FSI advisor. I hold an MSc (Corporate Management), and professional qualifications in finance (ACCA) and fundraising (IoF).
'Ian has provided powerful support to the League's management team in a number of key areas. His report clearly and skilfully set out key opportunities and challenges, and presented well thought-out and achievable recommendations'. CEO, LACS
From substantive pieces of work, to quick turnarounds, and facilitation of meetings to training workshops, in subjects such as strategy, risk and governance.
The CEF knowledge base has 3000+ resource links and its own resource base of 100 tools, including many that are unique. This enables me to develop solutions quickly and at low cost to you.
These tools have been designed with usability in mind, so I'm equally happy to help you to identify your needs, then provide the tools to allow you to develop your own solutions.
Fast and highly cost effective, it provides you with assurance everything is working well and identifies opportunities to improve performance. The health check brings together the speed of using digital technology, with my 25 years of senior management/board experience. Using the CEF digital tools, I carry out an in-depth assessment of each area, either face-to-face, or online. I provide a verbal debrief, links to tools/resources and a completed CEF framework for you to monitor your progress. This normally takes 2 days. Additionally, the health check will qualify you for the CEF Quality Mark.
The 8 areas assessed are strategy, governance, people, finance & resources, income generation, risk, communications and operations. The assessment includes issues, such as maximising impact, legal & compliance, sustainability, the efficient use of resources and the extent to which people are kept safe from harm.
The Charity Governance Code recommends an external evaluation every 3 years. This evaluation brings together the speed of using digital technology, with my 25 years of board experience. I carry this out in half a day or less, either face-to-face, or online.
I provide a verbal debrief, an action plan, you can monitor and report progress using my free toolkit and will have full access to my online resource base of tools and resources for a month. It's much faster, cheaper and more effective than employing a traditional consultant.
You can pay me to help you set up your charity, but you don't have to pay anyone. You can do it yourself, using my guide that lays out your options and leads you through the process, with links to the resources you'll need. You'll also wish to think about registering with HMRC to claim tax reliefs, so here's my guide on how to do that.
If you'd rather I did it for you, I’ve set-up and run charities over many years, so have a depth of experience you won't get from an online salesperson and, because my overheads are low, I charge less than half the fees of many online advertisers.
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‘Ian very kindly responded with extremely useful information on setting up a charity. I spent hours online trying to get my head around the processes. However, after a phone call, a couple of follow up emails and an open discussion on the processes, I now have a much greater understanding. Ian has provided me with logical steps to move forward.
Ian’s help and guidance has made me even more enthused and I cannot thank him enough for his time and assistance. His breadth of knowledge is extensive and to share this with others is proof of his generosity’ Emmerson Wood, Founder