I work with a variety of organisations to build them towards financial sustainability. These are charities or social enterprises. To do this, I work on governance, communications, fundraising and business development. I also work on developing social impact frameworks and social investment propositions.
I am an experienced senior manager, and CEO, in the non-profit sector. As the first CEO of Responsible Finance, I led the development of the UK’s responsible finance industry. I am a trustee of RBS’s Social and Community Capital which is a social investment charity set up by RBS/NatWest. I chair the board of The Dreamland Trust, a charity that protects the heritage and education aspects of Dreamland in Margate, the world’s oldest amusement park.
I have also been a grant maker – working for Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, BBC Children in Need and the Association of Charitable Foundations
I also own my own chocolate and events café (Bernie’s Chocolate Bar in Margate) –which I set up single handedly – and so have real-life experience in business start-ups and cafes.
Key skills & experience
- Innovation and development
- Management of change
- Governance and legal structures
- Board development
- Business strategy and planning
- Fundraising strategies
- Social impact frameworks
- Communications strategies
- Social investment readiness
- Café development and management
Ashford Place – a fundraising strategy
Pecan Pi – governance advice
Jobs in Mind – new ways to generate income
Respect – new ways of fundraising
Southwark Mediation Centre – board development
Forest Recycling Project – supply chain improvements
Progressio – social enterprise development
Project Motorhouse – social impact framework
Pioneer Properties – governance advice