CONSULTANT, CONTRACTOR, ADVISER, COACH, MENTOR enlisting my experienced, affordable and versatile services your charity can reach new heights


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Current challenges facing small charities

Departure from the EU, an uncertain economy and overstretched local authorities are political changes that will dramatically affect the landscape for small charities in the near future. A recent report by a major grant-making body warns that there are some key challenges on the horizon for small charities and warns them to implement a range of actions to ensure their survival, including diversifying their funding streams, although there is no ‚Äėone-size-fits-all‚Äô approach for doing so.
Among the forthcoming political, social and economic challenges in the report are the effects of Brexit, an unpredictable economy, local authority services stretched to "breaking point", bitter social divides exposed by the EU referendum and increasing job instability all of which will all have an impact on small charities. A greater need for digital and technological skills, falling public trust in charities and the need for charities to make their voices heard to ensure that the government’s vision for a "shared society" involves the voluntary sector are also highlighted as issues. (@ June 2017)

CHARITY KNOW-HOW exists to help smaller charities with these and other challenges. It would be my pleasure to work with you ‚Äď a review of your organisation is usually a good place to start!


My background

My Services

After 22 years in Senior Management within the Third Sector (Charities) I have the background, specialist skills and knowledge to improve your charity business at any level - strategic, planning, financial, operational.

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Turning visions into reality

My Expertise

I can advise on most aspects of charity business but specialise in charity retail - property scoping, opening new stores, improving existing shops and their profitability. I also have a network of other specialists I can call upon.

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Expertise, the wise choice

Affordable Fees

My fees are very affordable and way below market rates. I have special rates (based on income level) for smaller charities on small budgets and also offer pro-bono work to small non-profit organisations from time to time.

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Low Fees

Low Fees

Affordable, fits the bill

Free First Meeting

Contact me on 07775 744187 to discuss your organisation and explore possibilities - this first meeting is FREE if within 10 miles from my office, otherwise just pay my travel costs, no obligation or expectation.

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Consultancy, the time is now


"The charity sector is fortunate in having no shortage of people with a mixture of valuable skills and experience, but it’s rare to find business acumen, entrepreneurial spirit and charity know-how in equal measure in one person.

During David’s work with us he drew on his twenty years of leadership in the third sector, asking thought-provoking, challenging questions and making practical suggestions to help us move forward. His approach is analytical, tempered with sensitivity and a genuine heart for the cause - which made him a great cultural fit for the organisation."

David McAuley (CEO of the Trussell Trust)

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Book a FREE Consultation Session to discuss your circumstances and requirements.
Phone me on 07775 744187 or email using the contact form.

This meeting is free of charge (see Fees) and is without obligation.

David's knowledge of the charity sector is an amazing resource that many other charities and non-profit organisations can now draw from.
Jon DiaperSenior Director - Asset Management, Investment Sales and Acquisitions, CBRE
I have been consistently impressed by David's knowledge of this sector and the enthusiasm with which he pursues delivering real solutions.
Steve GatesManaging Director, Denplan
David has an extensive knowledge of the charity sector, thinks strategically, is a natural networker and is extremely resourceful.
Dan BishopLeadership Adviser with Caplor Horizons