Hands-on governance support

For organisations with a social mission

Our Values

Organising to unleash social change

We support passionate people to organise to unleash social change, rather than constrain it. Our clients range from big businesses, large foundations, charities and social businesses; to local partnerships, small community groups and grassroots networks. We regularly see poor governance hold people back, prevent them working well together, or worse undermine the change they want to see. Available support is usually expensive and too often follows a standard, tick-box approach full of unnecessary jargon and disconnected from an understanding of the people involved, their motivations, their ambitions and their relationships. We try to do things differently. We provide hands-on governance support and experiences to networks, partnerships and organisations with a social mission. We work with you to come up with practical next steps, and support you to test and refine these so they become part of how you work. And we won’t charge you the earth.

Our Team

Bob Thust
Partner

Dave Boyle
Partner

Becky Claydon
Associate

Kimberley Ryder
Associate

Sarah O’Grady
Associate

Pete Burden
Associate

Collaborators

Our Values

No Nonsense

We try to be straightforward, honest and clear. We’ll tell you what we actually think. We’re more interested in keeping things simple than writing a glossy report. We don’t do hidden charges or unexpected invoices.

Curious

We really want to understand a problem before we tackle it. We take the time to get to know you. We’ll help you analyse and seek out evidence. We’ll bring in other people to get alternatives points of view.

Tenacious

We really care about working in the best interest of your social mission and will work hard to ensure you see the value through to the end. We help you get going. We help identify the next step. We support you to test and refine what you do until it works.

Approachable

We believe building strong relationships is critical to what we do. We’re always ready to talk. We treat everyone with respect, no matter their status or background. We focus on people first, and process later.

Our Approach

 

We provide hands-on support and experiences to networks, partnerships and organisations with a social mission. We do this through consultancy, but also through events, training, mentoring, communications and research.

We believe good governance is about the right people, with the right attitudes, working to the right strategy who share good quality information and are supported by the right systems and structures to deliver their best. This covers a broad range of areas but always starts with people and their attitudes, or in other words skills, relationships and shared values

Read More About What we do

Governance means many different things to different people. The challenges people face are hugely diverse, so it’s simply not possible to be a complete ‘governance expert’, or have one set approach. We don’t do standard packages or traditional events, nor do we pretend to know it all. But we can help you to diagnose and prioritise action, find other specialists to help where needed, and work with you and others to make the process easy and relevant to what you need.

Read More About How we do it

Projects

A selection of previous projects

Fordhall Organic Farm

Fordhall Organic Farm

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Lankelly Chase Foundation

Lankelly Chase Foundation

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Designs in Mind

Designs in Mind

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Previous Events

 

A 2 day hack exploring the practical realities of building a social movement fit for change in collaboration with The Social Change Agency

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