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Welcome to The Experience Network
A unique group of independent charity consultants

Lin Gillians

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.

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Pat Fitzsimons

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.

Vanessa Swann

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:

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Strategic planning
Business planning
Social enterprise development
Fundraising and earned income/sustainable funding
Change management
Charity management and governance
Leadership development
Stakeholder engagement
Partnership working
Negotiation
Property development
Premises management

 

Robin Brady

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 Wyler

VLUU L200 / Samsung L200

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:

Recent clients include:

Steve is  co-convenor of the Better Way initiative, and a writer. Recent publications include:

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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Hilary Barnard

Hilary Barnard is a strategy, change and organisational development consultant.  He works across the third sector, and with statutory and private sector partners in the UK and internationally.

In today’s challenging conditions, with insight and creativity Hilary helps organisations to find strategies and sustainable solutions that ensure effective delivery of charites’ expertise, services and campaigns.  He works with clients on rethinking and reinventing business models and approaches to ensure continued relevance and sustainability.

Relevant assignments include:

Hilary is a  a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, a member of the Organisational Development and Innovation Network, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.  He has been a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School and  the external examiner for the MSc in voluntary and community sector studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Hilary has written widely on leadership, strategy, governance and organisational development in the sector for Civil Society Finance, Civil Society Governance, Leader to Leader, Network, Governance & Compliance and Caritas.  He is the author of Step Change (Cass CCE 2012), Improving Equality & Diversity: A guide to Third Sector Chief Executives (ACEVO 2011), Whose Localism? (Cass CCE 2011), Big Society, Cuts & Consequences (Cass CCE 2010), Really Intelligent Commissioning (ACEVO 2009), Vertical Integration (NCB/VCS-Engage 2007), Added Value, Changing Lives: a social capital study (VAW 2006), and Design For Health (Mind 2003).  He is a regular book reviewer on strategy and governance for Governing Matters (NGA).  Hilary’s evaluation report (2015) of the TimeBank Talking Together programme can be accessed on the TimeBank website.  He is the co-author of Improving Equality & Diversity: a guide for third sector Chief Executives (ACEVO 2011) and Strategies for Success (NCVO 1994).

He collaborates regularly with Ruth Lesirge, also a member of the Experience Network, under the umbrella of HBRL Consulting.

Marcus Ward

Marcus is a highly experienced and accredited management consultant and former charity CEO, with well-developed strategic, income-generating, financial and operational management skills. He is a creative and innovative thinker who originally studied law, and worked as a Director in the commercial sector, prior to spending the last 20+ years working for and with charities and social enterprises as CEO and then consultant.

Marcus is a partner in Peach Consultancy, which has undertaken work in almost every discrete area of the voluntary sector, and conservatively raised over £50 million for civil society organisations. Peach Consultancy works with many funders, and is probably the most widely accredited voluntary sector consultanty in the UK.

We specialise in:

Previous larger national clients include:

Previous SME clients include:

We are, or have previously been approved/recommended consultants for:

In addition to direct work with many civil society organisations, Marcus has also undertaken a wide range of organisational development and capacity building projects for representative and umbrella groups, and public sector agencies including Local Authorities, and Health Agencies.

 

Libby Cooper

Libby operates as Director of Amber Analysis, a UK based research, evaluation and capacity building consultancy that works internationally and in the UK with charities, NGOs and community organisations; with grant making organisations; and with central and local government departments. It aims to:

*  Improve the quality of social change programmes

*  Strengthen the effectiveness of international and UK based charities, NGOs and community organisations

*  Influence the grant-making and evaluation strategies of donors

Libby works in the UK and internationally on:

Recent clients include:

The Directory of Social Change: Evaluation of their Armed Forces Charities Project

Civil Society Development Foundation: Helped to develop a new strategic plan for this grant-giving Foundation

Seychelles Ministry of Labour: Research study into youth unemployment

Target TB: Design of a Theory of Change and evaluation framework for all programmes across Africa and Asia and an evaluation training programme in Zambia for all partners

DFID: Assessment of civil society projects working on poverty issues

EC programme in Bosnia: Capacity building of civil society organisations to help them engage in policy dialogue with government

British Red Cross: Evaluation of a refugee programme

Mencap: Two evaluations of a national programme for people with learning disabilities

Equinet: Four yearly evaluations of Equinet – a network of 37 Equality Bodies across 27 European countries