Charities & Voluntary Sector
No two charities are the same. Ranging from large national bodies to small, local initiatives, they tackle a huge array of subjects. Yet there are similarities: shared values of social change and volunteerism, and shared challenges: a strained economy; a tumultuous political landscape and an often sceptical public.
We have helped charities of all sizes improve their governance and strategy, through Board training, development and facilitation, to strategy awaydays, organisational reviews, options appraisals and mergers.
With a broad team of specialists, we can support organisations through a range of challenges. Whatever your size, we can work to provide solutions that fit your needs.
What our clients say:
SPEAR engaged Campbell Tickell to lead on the recruitment of a new Chief Executive recently. From the start CT showed a clear understanding of what Trustees and the charity needed from a new CE and they carried out a professional and wide ranging search to attract a strong field of candidates. CT supported SPEAR throughout with clear guidance, analysis and assistance through responsive and prompt action and ensured the best possible outcome for the charity. We now look forward to our new CE arriving in May.
One Housing was going through a period of change and transformation. At the start of the process we wanted to gain some good intelligence about our people – their values and their views of us. We worked with Campbell Tickell to carry out a CultureScan.
The work gave us vital insights into how the organisation really works – as opposed to how we thought it did. It highlighted real strengths for us to work with; for example that many staff valued and recognised our commitment to diversity and this was a key part of their work experience. But we also found challenges – our commitment to empowering front-line managers, for example, was not a reality to many, who felt decision making was slow. The scan gave us a better sense of our overall culture, and also identified the pockets where local cultures were different. Perhaps most importantly, it gave us a strong sense of what we need to do to create the vibrant, focused, fun culture that we aim for.
St Mungo’s had been through significant changes from 2015-2017: processes, people, policies, trustees. We’d even changed our branding – twice! But when asked the question ‘How has your culture changed?’ – we were unable to provide an answer. Campbell Tickell worked with us on a short time frame on a bespoke package, including questionnaires, focus groups and structured interviews. They involved managers, front line staff, commissioners and other key stakeholders to identify in a clear but meaningful way how much our culture had changed (24% on average). Most importantly CT left us with a tool to measure that change going forward, which we will use every two years. This work not only meant we could demonstrate the positive effects of our changes externally, including to regulators, but also brought together people internally as they realised how much the positive effects of their hard work had impacted on the St Mungo’s culture.
High quality work, lots of engagement throughout the project. very knowledgeable, and very good meeting facilitation. All work completed to time and to a good standard.
I would like to thank Campbell Tickell for their help and support during the recruitment of a new Chief Executive. From the initial reply, to our tender invitation, it was clear that CT’s attention to detail; searching out our needs and the support to the senior members of the board to refine their thinking; made all the difference to the final outcome. The innovative approach employed to involve the full board has been commented on and the final agreement by them made the selection of the best candidate a relatively simple matter. The list of potential applicants was wide and varied and gave us the opportunity to test the market and line up a new CEO to fit our needs in the next stage of our development. It was gratifying to note that the panels of Trustees and CT’s own interviews brought out the same results. This gave the board a measure of confidence added to their own thoughts in the final analysis. The whole process was designed to involve as many of the board as wished to take part, with the final selection of the last 3 being attended by the full board. This gave the necessary buy-in by the board and was handled in an innovative way with presentations from the candidates. I would have no problem in recommending Campbell Tickell for recruitment or other work in our space, you seem to have a great and detailed understanding of the needs of our sector.
The Good to Great Governance programme overall has been excellent. The delivery has been of high quality and I like the accessibility of the webinar format. As a new charity, the programme had been valuable in ensuring we are set things up correctly and are doing the right things. It has clarified the role of board members and the executive, and develops confidence to remind board members of their responsibilities. The supa-regional event facilitated some helpful conversations and reinforced some of the skills, knowledge and experience we needed to consider when recruiting new members of our board. It was very timely as a result.
Following a governance review three years ago we appointed Campbell Tickell to undertake a Board effectiveness review to give us a sense check about our progress and to see how we could continue to improve having undergone some renewal on the Board. Greg Campbell and Rosie Chapman led the review in a thoughtful way reflecting the complexity of Nacro with businesses operating in different markets, with a variety of funders and regulators. The review supported our strategic away day and gave us helpful direction for improvements in governance as we embark on the review of our Corporate Strategy. I would recommend Greg and Rosie.
Radojka has worked with the Board, Senior Management Team and wider group of Managers of Amnesty International UK. She has run awaydays for both Managers and Board and she brings a real ability to get to the best out of such occasions. She plans the events well, is adaptable on the day, builds real rapport with people and also drives the participants to deliver their best being open to challenge and new ideas. She knows the value of these occasions, ensures they are well used and invariably gets great feedback from all involved. Her insights, delivered with tact and humour are based on a wealth of experience and she has lent that knowledge to us in a way which has helped us all do great work.
I’d like to thank Gera, Bill and your team for all your efforts on our Chief Executive recruitment. I believe we couldn’t have made a better appointment, we are delighted to have Denise on board and we’re all really looking forward to working with her.
We felt your recruitment process was rigorous albeit with flexibility, you listened to us and adapted your approach accordingly. I also appreciated your willingness to go the extra mile and, for example, conduct evening meetings and take weekend calls, to accommodate availability constraints.
This was an excellent quality and a good value for money process. I really enjoyed working with CT and I am sure Women’s Pioneer will be happy to work with you in the future.
We found Campbell Tickell helpful and thoroughly professional; in fact the consultant was a pleasure to work with, helping us achieve our objectives within budget. We received an excellent service and shall certainly use Campbell Tickell’s services in the future.
We have consulted Campbell Tickell on a number of occasions for our recruitment needs and cannot fault the service received. The standard of candidate was impressive and relevant to our operation. They have been excellent in assisting us to overcome some difficult recruitment issues both quickly and professionally. We would recommend their services very highly.
We had a key role to fill in our organisation and initially managed the recruitment process internally. We had a poor response and sought the assistance of Campbell Tickell. Throughout the process we found Campbell Tickell and the Associates added value, from helping us to think through the role and sort of person we needed, the development of a professional pack through to attracting an excellent range of candidates. The contrast with our internal campaign was stark, we appointed an exceptional candidate and the investment paid off.
As a newly merged charity, one of the critical tasks is getting our governance right for the future. Campbell Tickell have been exceptional at working with trustees from both the former charities, as well as the executive, in helping set both the structure and the tone for the St Mungo’s Broadway board to come together in a way that has reinforced the rationale for merger and our combined values. In short, we have got ‘further, faster, better’ than we could ever have done on our own.
James Tickell’s governance work ably steered our Board’s thinking. The framework he generated with them was relevant and sharp, and can only benefit our work with homeless and vulnerable people. James gets our thanks for invigorating the Board, who very much look forward to working with him again.