About us

Practical Governance is a networked consultancy business.

We are a growing network of strategists, troubleshooters and problem solvers with a wide range of skills, expertise and experience. We see ourselves as quiet radicalists on a mission to create a more equitable and sustainable society, fighting a broken governance system which all too often undermines positive change.

Our values

No nonsense

We are professional, 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.


We really want to understand a problem before we tackle it. As active listeners we will 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 alternative points of view when/if needed.


We really care about working in the best interest of your 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, and we don’t hesitate to roll up our sleeves and get involved.


We believe in the power of community and open collaboration; building strong relationships is critical to what we do. We’re kind and fair, and always ready to talk. We treat everyone with respect, no matter their status or background. We focus on people first, and process later

Our team

Bob Thust - Co-founder


With a background in charity accounting, corporate responsibility and foundations, Bob has held multiple Directorships spanning the private and third sectors. He co-founded practical governance to help challenge traditional power dynamics and outdated governance practices, working alongside passionate people to help create a more socially just, equitable and sustainable world

Dave Boyle - Co-founder


Dave is a self-confessed governance geek who really enjoys thinking through how governing documents can enable organisations to do everything they want to do, involving everyone they want to involve at the right time on the right things and stopping everyone from doing the things no-one wants them to do.

Ethel Tambudzai - Governance & Business strategy

Governance & Business strategy

As an entrepreneur and business strategist, Ethel is a passionate dreamer who will be thinking about how to organise, operationalise and optimise market specific business ideas. Viewing her work through a governance lens she brings visions to life in a smart and equitable way.

Pete Burden - Team & Leadership coaching

Team & Leadership coaching

An experienced team coach and organisational strategist, Pete helps grow teams to deliver all kinds of practical projects. His work develops productive and supportive cultures, exploring underlying human dynamics and finding ways to make truly collaborative decisions.

Victoria Maltby - Brand & comms

Brand & comms

As an experienced brand strategist, marketing and communications whizz, Vicky knows how to bring brands and audiences together. There’s nothing she loves more than a perfectly executed plan and a beautifully told story.

Lisa Clarke - Leadership & coaching

Leadership & coaching

Lisa has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles across the public, voluntary, enterprise and foundation sectors. She blends her interests in systems coaching and collaboration with strategic insight to support the creation of positive social change.

Sam Pettit - Technology Consultant & Web Developer

Digital & Technology

Sam is a technology consultant and web developer with cross sector experience. He enjoys solving technical problems for people, by working together with great people.

Cath Harris - Marketing


Cath is an ethical consultant, marketing strategist and charity trustee. She is passionate about sustainability, purpose-led organisations and women's economic equity.

Christel Hawkins - Governance consultant

Charity governance

Christel has over 15 years of working with and advising on charity governance. Christel enjoys finding solutions to challenges and sees governance as a way to enable safe testing of new ideas, allowing groups and movements to organise in accordance with their values.

How we work

Practical Governance is a Limited Liability Partnership, co-founded by two Partners; Bob Thust and Dave Boyle in 2017.

As a growing network of freelance associates we work alongside a small core team of employees and the founding Partners. We are excited to be moving our small business forward, working closely as a team to define the next phase of the Practical Governance journey. Watch this space for updates soon.