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Marcus Ward

Marcus Ward

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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:

  • capacity building, organisational development and governance audits
  • strategic reviews and business planning
  • income generation, fund-raising and social enterprise development
  • options appraisals and feasibility studies
  • tendering applications and commissioning
  • partnership development and collaborative working
  • social research, monitoring and evaluation

Previous larger national clients include:

  • The Alzheimer’s Society
  • Down’s Syndrome Association
  • Age UK England
  • Electoral Reform Society
  • Comic Relief, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Young Foundation
  • Breast Cancer Care
  • ACEVO (4-year ‘FCR national training’ programme and ‘Costing Personalised Budgets’ programme)
  • NAVCA (‘Stronger Fitter Consortiums’ and the ‘Tendering Support’ programmes)
  • British Deaf Association
  • Spinal Injuries Association
  • Music in Detention
  • Bail for Immigration Detainees

Previous SME clients include:

  • 170 Community Project, Bonnington Centre and Chalkhill Community Facility
  • CVSs and volunteer bureaux in Croydon, Cumbria, Wakefield, Lambeth, Cornwall, Lewisham, Oxford, Sutton, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow and Hounslow
  • Disability Croydon and Choice in Hackney
  • Eaves Housing for Women and Agenda for Change
  • Age UKs in Enfield, Croydon, Redbridge, Haringey
  • MIND Cumbria and MIND Dartford
  • CAB Epson and Ewell
  • Headway Basingstoke

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

  • Community Development Foundation
  • Adventure Capital Fund
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation
  • Rape Crisis (England & Wales)
  • Age UK
  • Evelyn Oldfield Unit
  • Several local infrastructure organisations and CVSs

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.



Was CEO of

  • Oasis Children's Venture
  • Bail for Immigration Detainees

Currently trustee of

  • Arragon Gardens TRA
  • Chalkhill Community Facility
  • Streatham Common Co-operative

Was trustee of

  • Lambeth Childrens Fund
  • LVAC

Years in the sector

  • 25

Years as a consultant

  • 20

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