Robert Thomas

Robert has a career that spans business, public sector, education as well as not for profit sectors. He also understands firsthand the challenges of growing a not for profit organization in today’s challenging environment.
Alongside his work with Eastside, Robert leads Vennture – a fast growing, innovative charity. With over 150 volunteers and 3 award-winning initiatives, Vennture equips people to take responsibility for others in crisis.

Key skills & experience

Robert is a systems thinker, commercial strategist and he has a wide experience supporting leaders delivering change.
He helps not-for-profits distinguish their point of difference relevant to their emerging context. His focus is on developing long-term sustainability through building viable economic and operating models. He has helped several not-for-profits develop plans to scale.


Recent projects

1. Supporting an award winning nursery to scale and replicate across multiple sites:
Clarifying the nursery’s unique selling points within the social value delivered and its innovative economic model; developing a detailed financial model to identify and mitigate financial and operating risks.

2. Defining a business plan to scale a charities social enterprise to secure its independence from unpredictable and uncertain public funds:
Defining a detailed value chain to identify opportunities to add social value as well as harvest surpluses to support the charity’s wider activity with the socially disadvantaged; engaging investor interest and supporting the due diligence process.

3. Clarifying a well-established charity’s proposition to be relevant to a new commissioning landscape for people with multiple and complex needs:
Defining all elements of the charity’s operation – mission, vision, values, measures of success as well as the economic and operating model. Developing a phased journey plan to align the organization to take on a leadership role relevant to its new context.

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