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

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.

David Wilson

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.

New to the charitable sector? The 3rd Sector Leadership programme is focussed on coaching you if you are new to the charitable sector. Have you just become the Chair or a Director of a charity?  Perhaps you have come across from the commercial sector and are still exploring this unique governance environment.

Or are you new to a post, or embarking on a new venture? Is it the right time in your life to take stock and develop a personal vision Transitional Coaching Programme? A time of change and a time to grow, and to make the best of life’s challenges and opportunities. Is this the moment for you to be who you want to be?

Growth is when you do something about it.

 

 

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.

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.

Linda Laurance

Linda Laurance aims to support Chairs and Chief Executives in your roles through individual mentoring and facilitation of strategic discussion, so that you can achieve the best possible working environment, manage your own and others’ working relationships, and deal with the ever-changing external challenges with increased confidence.   Formerly specialising in governance I bring to this consultancy a deep knowledge of how not-for-profit organisations work and of governance best practice.

Currently I operate in the UK but have worked in other European countries. My clients have included national and local infrastructure organisations, professional institutions, smaller charities providing support for people with specific medical conditions, and addressing challenges of disability, age, gender and culture,  campaigning organisations, sports organisations and faith organisations.

 

Martin Farrell

Operates as ‘get2thepoint’.