Mike Taylor

Head of Practice and Learning

Mike spent the first half of his career in management development and training including as the founding director of a consultancy serving large commercial and public sector clients. In addition to his fee-earning client work, Mike led the development of the business’s internal infrastructure and financial management as their operation scaled up.

After selling the business into an employee-controlled trust, Mike resolved to forge a career in the social sector, holding roles as Head of Fundraising, Head of Operations and Chief Operating Officer with Meningitis Research Foundation and then the Royal Photographic Society. During this time he completed a charities MSc at Bayes Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness, and gained a Diploma in Charity Accounting & Financial Management from ICAEW.

Before joining the core team of Eastside Primetimers, Mike worked as an independent consultant, combining his practical experience with his academic training to help charities with finance, business planning, and governance.

Mike likes to get hands on with complex problems and ideas, and then make things work, with the goal of being both practical and rigorous.

Mike also holds a Diploma in Charity Management, is a certified Prince2 Practitioner, and a Fellow of the RSA


Recent projects

  • Governance review of a Royal Society incorporated by Royal Charter
  • Charity registrations
  • Strategic financial review and restructure
  • Governance and regulatory compliance management
  • Business planning and improvement
  • AGM and elections management
  • Project management of office relocation, IT and website upgrades
  • Two current Trusteeships
Chanctonbury Community Leisure“From the initial consultation through to the confirmation of support, the process was made incredibly smooth by Eastside Primetimers. The professional approach enabled CCL to successfully apply for an Access Reach Grant, which in turn provided the charity with the services of Eastside Primetimers consultant Mike Taylor. Mike proved to be extremely knowledgeable regarding our sector which greatly assisted in formulating the bid to CAF Venturesome. Despite the constraints brought about by the uncertainty surrounding the easing of lockdown and the associated impact of COVID-19, Mike produced a thorough short-to-medium-term strategic business plan for the charity, covering the multiple strands of our business and ensuring that relative sensitivities were applied throughout. This huge, and ultimately successful, piece of work was formulated and presented in a relatively short time-frame. Chanctonbury Community Leisure would like to pass on our thanks to Mike Taylor and Eastside Primetimers for their professional and expert assistance as well as their continued enthusiasm and support to see the aims of the Charity harnessed and achieved” Andrew Dunstan, Operations Director and Trustee

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