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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.

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.

Ann Collins

Practice Training and Consultancy

For further details, including fees, please see my web site:    www.practisetc.co.uk

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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.