I’m a consultant in organisational, brand and communication strategy, campaigning, fundraising, organisational and personal development.
I work directly with CEOs, Directors and other senior leadership or engage with staff and stakeholders.
I specialise in helping not for profit organisations and socially responsible businesses, in the UK and internationally, identify and address their underlying strategic questions and challenges. This might mean assisting in the creation of strategy, brand and narrative and integrating them into teams; auditing and evaluating current approaches and teams; developing team structures and operating models to deliver against strategies; identifying skills gaps and development needs and providing team or individual mentoring. Sometimes I simply offer extra capacity and thinking space to CEOs, Directors and Boards.
Current and recent assignments include: World Animal Protection, Alzheimer’s Society, Combat Stress, Scope, MQ-Transforming mental health, The Greyhound Trust, CLIC Sargent, Canal and River Trust, Shelter, Blind Veterans UK, Oxfam, Ramblers and the Chartered Quality Institute.
I am also the non-executive Chair of Forster Communications, the leading social change PR agency.
I have spent nearly 30 years working at the highest level with some of the UK’s leading not for profit, public and private sector organisations.
I was deputy chief executive and director of marketing and campaigns for the RSPCA. Prior to that I established the NSPCC’s child protection consultancy between 2009 and 2012. From 2002-2009 I was director of communications for the NSPCC, where I was responsible for leading, integrating and coordinating the public face of the FULL STOP campaign.
In my earlier career I worked in both commercial and charity roles. Prior to joining the NSPCC I was director of campaigns and communications at Action Medical Research, head of communications and advertising for Barnardo’s and spent five years at The Body Shop as international PR manager working closely with Anita and Gordon Roddick.
I am also chair of trustees of Charity Comms, the professional development body for communicators in the not-for-profit sector, having been involved with the board of that organisation since its inception nearly 10 years ago. I am a current member of the Cabinet Office Communications Evaluation Council and a former member of the boards of the Foundation for Social Improvement, Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) and the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS).