Dave Garratt

Dave offers consultancy advice and support on governance, strategy, mergers, tender development and contract readiness. Dave is also now a director of Eastside Primetimers, previously with responsibility for mergers and partnerships.

Key skills & experience

Dave has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 25 years, starting out as an advice worker, and moving through project manager, area manger and operations director roles, before becoming CEO for five years, of one of the UK’s largest Refugee Charities. He brings wide ranging skills including charity planning, leadership, and operational planning; partnership development and merger exploration, and securing, preparing for and delivering  statutory funded contracts and grants at national and local level.


Recent projects

Merger exploration in advice sector

Post-merger support in family support sector

Contract readiness in leisure sector

Governance support in social care sector

Age Exchange“We set out to find a partner that provided both the infrastructure we needed to grow and synergy in terms of values and ambition. Without the support of Eastside Primetimers we would never have approached Community Integrated Care, who ended up being the perfect partner. Eastside Primetimers’ initial research into potential partners was invaluable, and they have been professional, supportive and helped us to stay focused on our goals. This partnership will allow us to replicate the work we already do in our Blackheath centre all across the UK, dramatically increasing the number of beneficiaries we reach” Rebecca Packwood, Chief Executive
Association of Air Ambulances Charity“We worked with Eastside Primetimers on a difficult merger and were delighted with the process they used and with the final report.  They worked to a tight timetable that we imposed and met every deadline.  They fulfilled the brief we set and engaged with all of the people/organisations we recommended.  I would use them again and would definitely recommend them to other charities” Liz Campbell, Chair
Community Christmas“Community Christmas were looking for the right organisation to partner with to take our concept to the next level, but we knew that we didn’t have the skills to do this ourselves. Working with Eastside Primetimers enabled us to explore possibilities that we would never have thought of in isolation and added a degree of professionalism and structure to the process. The support we received at all stages of the process was exceptional and everyone was a pleasure to deal with” Caroline Billington, Chief Executive
North Norfolk Community Transport“Working with Eastside Primetimers was instrumental to NNCT having a strong period of growth. The diagnostic their team performed helped us reflect on our needs and identify areas where we needed support, including governance  and sustainability. We have doubled in size, with more income from sustainable, longer-term contracts rather than grants. Their variety of consultants with different backgrounds, skills and ideas gave us access to their experience and to personal support on a peer basis” Matt Townsend, former chief executive
Project 6“Eastside Primetimers consultant Dave Garratt was really helpful, knowledgeable and supportive. He managed to pull off a very comprehensive report in a short timescale for us” Vicki Beere, Chief Executive
Vision Redbridge“The support that Eastside Primetimers provided first of all helped us to take time out to think about where we stood as an organisation and how we could move forward. It then led to us developing strategies and processes in a range of areas that will better position us to deliver new services and help us express our social value in our local community in Redbridge, in line with our values” Iain Varah, Chief executive

Eastside Primetimers