Following two very well planned and executed focus groups, Richard provided a detailed and superbly written report, which makes very practical suggestions and recommendations. The whole process has been extremely positive for the wider team and Trustees. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard. His knowledge of the sector coupled with his calm approach makes him an excellent working partner.
Director of Philanthropy and Campaign at Cancer Research UK
Richard very ably led and managed a team of our major gift fundraisers, setting targets, supporting prospect cultivation and overseeing recruitment to the team. He provided strong management and his experience in the sector was evident. Richard was a kind, committed and capable member of the team. He then successfully led the development of a capital campaign for a period of 6 months with the goal of overseeing the recruitment of a permanent senior role to lead the campaign. He successfully completed the task, worked across the organisation and with senior partners external to CRUK, managing key relationships and developing a case for support and strategy.
Chief Executive Officer at Young Ealing Foundation
Richard … provided a high degree of professionalism and expertise in facilitating the development of a strategic vision and business plan for our early development. He has ensured that we are all clear about why we exist and how we intend to facilitate the change we want to see in the world. Richard’s calm and considered support has meant that we will return to him time and time again for external advice and guidance.”
Chief Executive at Architects Benevolent Society
Richard and Catherine have provided us with expert guidance and personal support along a journey of improvement and cultural change. They have helped us grapple with the challenge of providing welfare services in the context of reduced state support and increasing in-work poverty, while moving towards a more preventative and holistic approach to wellbeing which also anticipates emerging needs. By bringing together operational staff, managers, trustees and volunteers they have shown us how we can work better together at setting direction, delivering our priorities and measuring the quality, effectiveness and impact of everything we do. I highly recommend their services and I am happy to provide further details of the support they have provided.
CEO at Changing Faces, formerly Director of Communications at Girlguiding
Richard joined Girlguiding as our Interim Head of Fundraising in July 2016 with a brief to: review Girlguiding’s five year fundraising strategy, ensure compliance with all relevant legislation and guidance, develop our reporting processes, lead the Fundraising Team during a significant time of change and development, and assist with recruiting a new Head of Fundraising and other key positions in the team. During his time with us Richard has combined strong strategic insight and knowledge of best practice and with a fantastically collegiate, positive and problem-solving approach. He delivered a very significant workload – while taking the time to get the know our team and understand the support they needed. He was an engaged and collaborative member of our Communications Leadership Team – and generally great fun to have around.
Communications & events manager at Small Charities Coalition
At the Small Charities Coalition we’ve had the great fortune of working with Richard for the past few years via our workshop programme. He has voluntarily and consistently delivered excellent, high quality fundraising training to our members, and we always get glowing feedback praising his knowledge and personable approach to delivering workshops. Richard is brilliant to work with and is a real asset to our small charity training programme in helping to upskill small charities across the UK.
Former director of fundraising and marketing Epilepsy Society, now executive director at the Brokerage Citylink
Richard provided an excellent service as interim head of fundraising at Epilepsy Society, ensuring that targets were met and creating a new structure to meet the Society’s emerging strategic plan. His calm and supportive management style made working with him a pleasure. He is especially good at placing donor stewardship at the top of everyone’s agenda.
CEO at Association of Art Historians
The skills and experience that Richard brought to the AAH Finance & Risk Management Committee have been of immense value. Richard has a broad and deep understanding of charities and has given helpful reports to the committee on risk management practice, governance and income generation. I can honestly say that my organisation is in better shape due to his presence on the committee.
Director of External Relations at Education Support Partnership
Richard was an excellent Interim Head of Fundraising at Education Support Partnership. He helped settle us in an extraordinary period of change; advanced key strategic plans and some structural changes, oversaw our autumn appeal, developed and implemented our winter raffle. He line managed the fundraising team and was very easy to work with.
Development Manager, National Opera Studio
Richard has been my mentor for the past year and I have benefited hugely from the relationship. He allowed me to direct the sessions, providing insightful and thoughtful advice and guidance when necessary. He repeatedly went above and beyond and was huge fun to work with. I would highly recommend Richard as a mentor to anyone.
External Relations Manager, Architects Benevolent Society
Richard supported us to prioritise fundraising activity and to develop a robust fundraising strategy for the Charity, which had not been in place before. He invested time in getting to know us as an organisation which meant he was able to advise us effectively. Richard’s knowledge and skills in fundraising are impressive and I really benefitted from his advice and guidance. Richard’s approach to supporting me and my team was both motivating and empowering, and we thoroughly enjoyed working with him!
CEO British Triathlon Trust
Richard has provided the charity and myself personally with both experienced advice and guidance as well as being a useful sounding board to bounce ideas off.
I would recommend him unreservedly.
Partner at Hopkins Van Mil & Creating Capacity
Richard gets things done whilst thinking creatively and strategically. I have really admired his ability to find solutions in challenging times and be supportive of those around him.
More testimonials on my LinkedIn profile page.