and Business Links
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We are talking about 'management consultants' and variations on that. There are a number of consultancies which just work with voluntary organisations - the bigger ones often work with public bodies, colleges etc too.
- Choosing a Consultant.
- Sector Specialists.
- Further Contacts.
- Business Links.
- Fundraising and marketing.
- Some of the trainers on the Training page will also undertake consultancy (usually small scale and not as expensive as 'pure' consultancies).
- For some pointers on organisational issues, try our Planning and Monitoring page. You can often 'do-it yourself' if you allocate clear space for thinking.
- 'The Business' for websites aimed at SME (small/medium enterprises) with relevant content, mainly of an admin nature.
- Accountancy firms can often provide consultancy on management issues.
This page is in Listings style, within the Services grouping.
In our opinion, most consultancy work depends on the experience of, and good working relations with, a particular individual consultant, whether they are part of a larger team or not. It is therefore difficult to give recommendations to consultancy firms as a whole. However, those listed here have earned their place in some way!
Management Development Network (see Further Contacts below) has a page on Choosing and briefing a management consultant or trainer.
Management consultancy, personnel, interim and project management
plus possibly communications, fundraising, financial, research. (Media Support is on the separate media services page.)
Amber Analysis Consultancy, research, evaluation and capacity building services from Libby Cooper, the founder and former Director of Charities Evaluation Services. Phone 020 7607 1292.
Angles Consulting Social enterprise, women's enterprise, regeneration.
Bernstein Associates Management, fundraising and marketing consultancy with 20 years charity sector experience.
BEST management training and consultancy services to voluntary sector organisations primarily within Wales provided by Shirley David. Phone 0870 9080766, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Spark Consulting. ICT, organisational development, strategy etc.
Charities Evaluation Services. A charity itself - see Quality, Monitoring page.
Charity Link Director Sarah Brown. Work with charities to develop visions, Values plans and strategies, plus help implement the change process. Phone 01709 810080, email: email@example.com
Compass Partnership, Greenbanks, New Road, Bourne End, Bucks, SL8 5BZ, phone 01628 478561, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Connections Partnership. Personnel consultants to the voluntary sector. Gill Taylor, 94 Howard Road, Leicester, LE2 1XH, phone 0116 270 5876, email: email@example.com
Consultancy.coop "a co-operative of experienced third sector consultants based in Wales".
Dovetail Management Consultancy Practical experience 'dovetailed' with business sense for the public and voluntary sector. Advice, consultancy and training on strategy, fundraising, finance, information and communications technology, facilities management. Phone 020 7639 0090 / 0845 456 8208, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Elliott. Management Consultant and Trainer, over 14 years experience with the voluntary sector. Experienced facilitator with group work skills, strategic management / business planning expertise, trained mentor / facilitator for Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations (PQASSO). 61 Talbot Street, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 9BX, phone 029 2022 5314, email: email@example.com
Tamara Essex Experienced voluntary sector trainer, consultant and fundraiser (particularly health and social care), now based in Dorset. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Franklin Hart Thirty years charity experience, providing change and project management, plus bespoke courses for volunteers and staff.
Marion Grace Woolley Member of the Society for Operational Research with experience of working with small-scale NGOs in the UK and East Africa. Strategic planning, training, stakeholder research etc.
Vicky Harrison Training and Process-led consultancy in people and organisational issues.
Holmes Consultancy Services was established to provide practical solutions in computing and IT, fundraising and charity management. Phone 01522 544927, email: email@example.com
Peter Howlett. Project, interim and change management, as well as financial consultancy. 34 Bartlemas Rd, Oxford, OX4 1XX, phone 01865 251161, email: PeterHowlett@Moneyinsight.org
Impact Consultancy Services (no website yet) Social and community based research, project evaluation and support and development services, particularly in a rural context. Specialist knowledge of community engagement and empowerment. 2 Frodesley Court Barns, Frodesley, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 7QH, phone 01694 731 759, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigo Project Solutions is a project management and fundraising consultancy which provides development support to social enterprises, voluntary organisations, councils and the education sector. Lochside House, 3 Lochside Way, Edinburgh EH12 9DT, phone 0131 452 2031.
Inspiracion Experienced consultant providing management consultancy services to the voluntary sector including: strategic development; interim management; evaluation; research; training; fundraising. Phone 020 7737 3341, email: email@example.com
Jackson Quigg Associates provides strategic development, business planning and fundraising services as well as board and management reviews and support for the voluntary sector. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Kelmanson. Previously director of National Centre for Volunteering, with 35 years of sector experience. 93 Chase Road, London, N14 4LA, phone 020 8886 1595, email: email@example.com
Linda Laurance & Associates Consultancy, training, facilitation, mediation, coaching and mentoring- assisting boards and senior management teams to be effective leaders.
The Management Centre, Blue Jay Works, 117 Gauden Road, London, SW4 6LE, phone 020 7978 1516, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peach Consultancy Infrastructure, capacity building, strategic planning, governance, partnership, fundraising, social enterprise and research consultants; ISO 9001 and NCVO approved. 33 Arragon Gardens, London, SW16 5LY, phone 020 8679 2810, email: email@example.com
The Projects Company, Willow Lodge, Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AJ, phone 020 8502 2327, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prospect Consultancy (Aliona Laker) Management and fundraising consultants.
Katie Rowan. Trustee Support and Training Packages; Developing successful supported volunteering projects. 2 Rheidol Terrace, London, N1 8NT.
Shirley Scott (Manygate Consulting) Brings many years of experience to the governance, management and planning needs of charities. Phone 07976 150171 or 01932 267645, email: email@example.com
Solution Shedd (link problem March 2013) business planning, performance improvement, change management and project management for the third sector and art-related clients. Email: Stefanie@solutionshedd.com
Social Value Lab (was Think) "a national hub for social sector research and action".
Transparency Solutions (was Transparency Research) has capabilities in social research, evaluation, policy analysis and charity consultancy, with various sector experience.
Ask Sue Tuffin Consultancy, evaluation and training services in facilitation, organisational review and development, trustee recruitment, monitoring and evaluation, research, information materials and personal career planning. 21 Jackson Avenue, Leeds, LS8 1NP, phone 0113 2931357, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VolResource (yes, us lot). We can provide consultancy/interim management on IT, finance and admin systems, web developments; problem identification and solving.
See VolResource advert for more info.
Consultancy around specific issues, functions
such as planning, consultations.
Rural Resources Experienced in community consultation and other issues as a sustainable development and regeneration company specialising in urban areas, market towns and rural areas.
Pioneering Business Solutions supports organisations in the voluntary and healthcare sector.
The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants is a City guild, which arranges pro bono (free) work with "charities concerned with people who are disadvantaged by their nationality, faith, health, family and social situation".
The Cranfield Trust provides free management and technical consultancy to charities working in the areas of disability, poverty and social exclusion. Court Room Chambers, 1 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY, phone 01794 830338, email: email@example.com
The Management Development Network is an organisation of/for independent management trainers and consultants in the sector. The directory of members is on the web site. The directory can also be obtained for £15 (incl. p&p and 2 updates) from 39 Gabriel House, Odessa Street, London, SE16 0HQ, phone 020 7232 0726.
On Line Register of Arts Consultants and Trainers is a database managed on behalf of Arts Council England and Arts Council of Scotland.
EUConsult (link problem May 2013) is the 'European Association of Consultants to and about the Not-for-Profit Sector' and lists UK (and other) members on its website.
NCVO has a list of recommended consultants - see Professional Bodies.
There are various employee volunteering initiatives around - try your local sector support organisation (CVS) - which could help you find free (or low cost) professional help. Also see the Business in the Community (BitC) employee volunteering programme (at spring 2013 this is now the Community Impact Offer).
Prohelp, connected with BitC, is a national network of professional firms who give their time and expertise for free to voluntary and community groups. Members include surveyors, architects, accountants, solicitors, property consultants, engineers, IT consultants etc and undertake one-off projects such as feasibility studies, structural surveys, marketing plans, legal advice. Phone 020 7566 8722.
Pilotlight "helps small charities and social enterprises to grow by matching them with business people who help the charities for three hours a month, for up to two years. Pilotlight manages the relationship between the charities and business people, guiding them through a tried and tested model to develop a strategic plan." Free to charities. Phone 020 7396 7414, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have had some requests to give contacts here. There are many around, and we do not have any particular knowledge on the best or worst.
- Action Planning. Email: email@example.com
- Be Brave Fundraising.
- Carus Consultants.
- Charity Consultants.
- Charity Fundraising Ltd. Work with a wide range of charities to achieve major grant funding as well as advice and training.
- Craigmyle & Co Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cultural Intelligence "Research and evaluation within the cultural sector", east England.
- Andrew de Mille Fundraising Consultants
- Dovetail Management Consultancy See above.
- Fundraising Research and Consultancy.
- Fundraising UK (Howard Lake).
- Management Centre.
- Tarnside Consulting.
- Wootton-George Consulting.
Also try: Association of Fundraising Consultants PO Box 9, Woodstock, OX20 1ZJ, phone 01582 762446, email: email@example.com