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
David Wilson Coaching
Executive Coaching & Mentoring
Coaching leaders who want to make a difference
Are you a leader, committed to making a difference?
Are you looking for ways that your organisation can grow and thrive? The 1:1 Executive Coaching programmes will help you build on your leadership strengths and bring fresh thinking to difficult challenges. It will coach you to develop those intangible qualities which distinguish true leaders: the capacity to develop and express vision, to think strategically, to inspire others and to build support within and outside your organisation.
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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.
- Governance / constitutions / Charity and Company registration
- Assessing grant applications
- Post award assistance and evaluation
- Grant-making principles/practice
- Training trustees
- Sector strategy
- Designing and taking off results of surveys
- Working with networks and infrastructure
- Writing / editing
Recent clients include:
Amanah Awqaf Charitable Trust (helping constitute and register new charitable company)
Association of Charitable Foundations (confidential member salary survey)
Burdett Trust for Nursing (assessing grant applications and monitoring outcomes)
Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust (assessing grant applications and post-award assistance)
East-West Management Institute (contributing to international philanthropy project)
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (governance advice)
Post Adoption Centre UK (helping to prepare a contract tender and training staff in the skills needed)
Romney Tweed (helping to constitute and register new community interest company)
Wild Team Conservation (helping constitute and register new charitable company)