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

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

 

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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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.

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.

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