I’m a former aid worker and CEO, with twenty years of scaling social impact in challenging, uncertain (sometimes straight-up crazy…) environments. Having also developed expertise in strategic leadership coaching and consulting, I now support thoughtful, ambitious leaders to navigate uncertainty and to grow resilient, impactful, thriving organizations.
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Following a short career in corporate management, I spent many years leading large aid projects in Africa and then a decade as a non-profit CEO. I have rapidly grown projects and organisations within challenging contexts, developing and supporting teams across cultures and remote locations.
It’s been a ride. In the early days, as well as all the amazing experiences and sense of purpose, I experienced burnout and depression. Sometimes, I was talented and high-performing and sometimes, I could be as mad as a box of frogs…
I began to spot similar patterns in others, people I respected who were also running great organisations or projects so became increasingly fascinated with our ‘human-ness’ and what it is to be and deliver at our best, no matter what the world throws at us and became a perpetual student of leadership.
My ‘Ghetto MBA’ has encompassed tech trends to systems theory, entrepreneurship to psychology, strategic foresight to non-duality, and I’m a certified Transformative Coach.
My curiosity has led me to consultancy, specialising in strategy and Board leadership development. Having seen both gaps and over-engineering in many conventions of ‘good practice’, I co-create alongside leaders, giving equal value to process and psychology, mindful of resources and time available. Outcomes include greater organisational clarity and an enhanced capacity for strategic thinking and sound decision making within the senior team and Board.
On request, I also mentor CEO’s, supporting them to navigate uncertainty and overcome overwhelm.
My volunteer work includes roles as Chair of 52 Lives, as a coach with start-up accelerator Zinc VC and Strategy Advisor with the Foundation for Social Improvement. I’m a member of the International Association of Facilitators, Asociation of Business Psychologists and a Fellow of the RSA.
In real life, I love wandering about in nature, lifting heavy things, get over-excited about quality stationery and have been crowned the World’s Best Ninja Auntie Camp-Builder.
Enabled successful development and sustainability of organisations in the Voluntary Sector through Chief Executive leadership since 1992. Specialist Management Consultant and Interim since 2004. Successfully increased funding, sustainability and effectiveness of organisations. Proven track record in creating strategy and providing operational, financial and personnel management support.
- Interim Chief Executive Officer – front-line and infrastructure
- Executive level project management
- Experienced manager financial, HR and operations
- Organisational change, re-structure
- Strategic planning, business planning
- Monitoring, evaluation, impact assessment
- Voluntary and community sector specialist
- Health and social care expertise
- Merger feasibility and implementation
I am a charity professional with roughly three areas of experience. The first 10 years I spent in disavantaged communities that were being affected by large scale regeneration. I provided services such as employment and training, under 5’s, older people, youth work, health programmes and more to diverse communities in London. This work took place in charities, local authorities and housing associations.
The second 10 years I spent in policy and strategy in local government. This included holding the post of Head of Strategy and Social Inclusion at Waltham Forest Council. I worked on policy and strategy developmentand implementation in the areas of equalities, neighbourhood renewal, the community strategy and am currently working at London Borough of Hackney on voluntary sector property strategy.
The third part of my career history was in change management for small charities. I was the CEO of four charities during this time and I managed to transform almost entirely.
I am an experienced former CEO of a major arts / social enterprise charity, Cockpit Arts, and have a proven track record of successfully starting up, growing and expanding Arts, Charities & Social Enterprise organisations, including turnaround and enterprise development. I have been consulting for several years specialising in Organisational Development and Change Management including governance, strategic business planning, income generation, stakeholder engagement and communications. I am a qualified Social Enterprise adviser with coaching, mentoring and facilitator experience; an experienced Trustee in the visual arts and music sector and a Consultant Grant Assessor
Examples of recent assignments for clients including Arts Council Wales, Nesta innovation foundation, CAF Global Alliance, SE Assist Brighton, School for Social Entrepreneurs and The Fore:
- Change management for a community arts organisation involving a new communication and political influencing strategy
- Strategic support involving an organisational restructure and repositioning of a regional arts centre with business planning ad HR advice
- 360-degree organisational review of a local authority-owned performing arts centre to achieve cost savings and improve operational effectiveness.
- Strategic support to align services offered by a regional crafts centre with local authority tourism strategies.
- Facilitation for a national social sector organisation helping managers working remotely to decide on new ways of working together to better support organisational goals.
- Research and brokering of introductions between UK and Russian organisations involved in social change and civil society development.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Social enterprise development
Fundraising and earned income/sustainable funding
Charity management and governance
- Trustee and Staff Relationships
- Trustee Training
- Governance Reviews
- Mentoring CEO’s and Chairs – sometimes together!
- Action Learning Sets
Sue Pearlman has wide experience in the voluntary sector both as a senior manager and as a trustee. In 2004 she established TP Consultants to provide freelance consultancy and training. Sue is a skilled facilitator, trainer, supervisor and mentor. Her experience was gained mainly through her involvement with the Citizens Advice Bureau service where she started as a volunteer and rose to become District Manager for a group of CABx. She remains passionate about the potential of the voluntary sector and understands the different roles that trustees, managers, staff, volunteers, clients, funders and other stakeholders play.
Her particular interests include governance, trustee/staff relationships, developing partnerships and collaborative working. She continues to be a trustee and has just stepped down as Chair of Community Hertsmere where she is continuing on the board. She is Honorary Secretary at The Movement for Reform Judaism where she says her role is not to take minutes, but to advise on governance issues. She works with many different faith communities, often advising on governance as well as facilitating relationships between lay leaders and their professional staff.
TP Consultants’ work has included board reviews, facilitating communication between trustees and senior managers, running workshops on all aspects of governance, the different legal structures, How to attract trustees, Collaborative Working, Roles & Responsibilities, Effective Boards and Effective Meetings, evaluation of services, researching and developing referral systems, mergers and resulting operational issues.
A major part of Sue’s work is Governance Reviews for organisations, large and small. She also mentors senior staff and trustees. TP Consultants run AwayDays and other bespoke training for staff and/or trustees, and they enjoy the challenges of team building. Sue facilitates Action Learning Sets for senior managers in the voluntary sector.
Sue has a comprehensive understanding of the challenges to the not for profit sector; balancing the needs of client groups with those who work in and for the voluntary sector as well as those who fund it. Sue is a Senior Consultant with NCVO*. She is an Affiliate of the Institute for Learning, a member of the Management Development Network and a Member of the International Foundation for Action Learning.
In any spare time, Sue enjoys ballet (watching, not performing!), singing in a choir, furthering her jewish knowledge and spending time with her grandchildren in the UK and Cadiz, Spain.
*National Council for Voluntary Organisations
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Coaching leaders who want to make a difference
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A bit about me
The most important thing that I say about myself is this:
I am not just passionate about wanting to ‘make a difference’, I have done it. And I want to keep on making a difference in the best way that I can!
I am an experienced senior leader with skills in entrepreneurial business development, fundraising, strategic organisational change, and influencing social care policy.
In 1990 I set up a charity for people with a learning disability which grew to a highly recognised organisation of £6.5m T/O and employing 350 staff. Not just measured by CQC as ‘Outstanding’, the charity was also recognised through national awards for Innovation, Leadership and Community Impact.
After 40 years working in the voluntary sector, I have gained decades of first-hand experience of senior executive leadership and management. Now I am coaching others, those who want to be as effective and purposeful as possible.
I understand the importance of coaching every individual in their individual pathway. Helping people with a learning disability discover their aspirations, and the means to realise them, led me to coaching. I have been coaching since 2014. I am a Full member of the Association for Coaching, the professional body for qualified coaches.
I trained and qualified with the ILM in Executive Coaching & Mentoring so, when the charity I established merged with a national charity, I moved on and have now transferred my skills to become an established coach. I have coached leaders in both voluntary and private sector with a wide range of business missions.
I am a certified facilitator to deliver DiSC® profiles for Workplace Behaviours, Team Structures, Sales Behaviours, Management, Leadership and 360 Leadership Assessments.
I am mature, consistent, decisive, collaborative and strong senior executive with a record of success in organisational change, strategic, business planning, growth and the delivery of quality services. A successful fundraiser with experience of securing income through a variety of sources, including, service level agreements commissioning, income generation and trust funding. I have worked closely with trustees to deliver strategic goals and developed partnerships with public, private and voluntary sector colleagues with current motivational and development experience specifically with providers of residential care and fostering services My experience includes mergers and organisational restructures. I have represented organisation to external stakeholders, commissioners, policy makers, funders and at conferences
An accomplished Leader, who has led large and small teams of staff and volunteers, office, centre based and outreach
A qualified registered social worker with child protection and CIN experience at practitioner, specialist child protection officer, approved social worker, practice management and senior management levels in the local authority and voluntary sector delivering contracted services across CYP, Early Years, Fostering and Residential services, Family Support, Domestic Abuse, Specialist HIV SRB, LSC and European funding pots.
Through measuring impact, designing strategy and delivering organisational change, Robin Brady guides and supports Social Impact Organisations to improve the effect they have on the social fabric of communities and the wellbeing of individuals and families. From managing capital funding programmes for Arts Council England to running a successful Social Impact consultancy, Robin’s journey is proof positive that staying curious and passionate about making a difference can change the way the world works. Today Robin helps organisations to identify the social impact of their programmes around the world, delivers SROI assessments, and leads strategy development and organisational change in NGOs to improve their impact. Robin’s client list is as varied as his interests and includes both large and small agencies such as Oxfam GB, HelpAge International, PSI, Leonard Cheshire Disability, The Resource Alliance and Arthritis Care.
Robin’s significant experience of consulting organisations and working in multi-country settings and with multi-country programmes has allowed him to take on numerous roles on various assignments around the world. Robin’s field experience includes conducting assignments in the United Kingdom, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, DR Congo, Uganda, Zambia, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Malawi, Chad
and The Philippines; managing change programmes, providing leadership support, running focus groups, facilitating stakeholder meetings, working with beneficiary groups, overseeing survey data collection, data analysis, etc.
Steve is an independent consultant in the field of social change and innovation.
He works with third sector and public sector organisations, and specialises in:
- Research, analysis, and policy formation
- Collaboration, alliance building, mergers
- Strategic reviews and business planning
- Making a case to funders and policy makers
- Impact studies
- Leadership mentoring
Recent clients include:
- Access Foundation
- Carnegie UK Trust
- Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
- Essex Council
- Forum for the Future
- Greenhouse Sports
- Ealing Council
- Hackney Council
- Homeless Link
- Local Trust
- One Westminster
- Paddington Development Trust
- The Peel Institute
- Power to Change
- Shoreditch Trust
- The School for Social Entrepreneurs
- Social Enterprise UK
- Young Westminster Foundation
Steve is co-convenor of the Better Way initiative, and a writer. Recent publications include:
- Community responses in times of crisis, 2020
- In Our Hands: A history of community business, 2017
Over the last twenty years Steve has played a leading role in the fields of localism, community ownership, community enterprise, social enterprise, and social investment.
In 2017-18 he was a panel member of the Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society
As CEO of Locality, he grew the country’s largest network of community enterprises, delivering national programmes on community organising, neighbourhood planning, community asset ownership, and neighbourhood budgets.
Over the previous fifteen years Steve worked for voluntary agencies and independent grant-makers. For example in the 1990s, working with homeless agencies, he ran Homeless Network, co-ordinated the Rough Sleepers Initiative in London, and set up Off the Streets and into Work.
Steve has been a member of various Government advisory groups on localism, social enterprise, and the third sector (Cabinet Office, Department for Communities and Local Government, Ministry of Justice). Steve helped to establish Social Enterprise UK and the Adventure Capital Fund (parent body of the Social Investment Business). He was awarded an OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List.
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For further details, including fees, please see my web site: www.practisetc.co.uk
It’s my belief that success comes from experience, which is why I established Practise Training & Consultancy to build on 20 years of voluntary sector experience, including 14 years as the founder CEO of an independent, registered charity.
The connections I’ve made, and the experience I’ve gained throughout my career ensure that I am equipped to help you with almost any problem or project.
I’m able to work with organisations and groups of all sizes, and I understand the different needs of third sector stakeholders at local, regional and national levels.
I help trustees, directors, CEO’s and their partners, through governance, management, and development assignments. I’m friendly and approachable, and offer a flexible and affordable service, including cost effective remote consultations.
I work across England (where I began my career) and Wales, taking into account the distinctive requirements of each country. Clients in Wales can benefit from my detailed knowledge and understanding of essential cultural and linguistic considerations, geography and operational regions, the Welsh Government, Third Sector Strategy and associated partnership arrangements.
Recent and current clients include:
*ACEVO *Age Connects Wales *Age Concern Morgannwg *Amman Valley Womnen’s Aid
*Best Price Insurance *Cymdiethas Y Merlod A’R Cobiau Cymreig *Deer Initiative Ltd
*Llanelli Women’s Aid Ltd *Royal College of General Practitioners Wales (pro bono)
I’m on the approved list of trainers and consultants with both ACEVO and WCVA, and a full member of the Institute of Directors.
My special interests include:
* Charity mergers
*Support for strengthening governance
*Developing bespoke sustainable income generation strategies
* Working with staff to develop and submit Big Lottery major funding applications
*Volunteering development, including the Investing in Volunteers Award
*Bespoke training and coaching to support change
As well as being the Proprietor and Principal Consultant of Practise Training & Consultancy, I have held various other relevant positions such as:
*Founder CEO, Age Concern Neath Port Talbot
*General Manager, Connect 141-121, a youth charity
*Director of Marketing and Development, Understanding Industry Trust
*Wales Manager, Electrical Association for Women
*Internal Consultant Community Relations, BP
Everything I offer can be seen on my web site: www.practisetc.co.uk, where you’ll see how I can work with you to strengthen governance, cut costs, improve quality, build capacity and solve problems.