Feedback from our clients
Chris has brought enormous benefit to the Charity I am involved with.
I was Chair of the Cedarwood Trust during a time when the Trust was in financial trouble. We had struggled to find a Treasurer, and the ability of the trustees to make adequately informed decisions on financial matters had been lacking.
It also became increasingly difficult to give the detailed and transparent feedback to funders on the impact we made with their grants. This is increasingly required by funders, to ensure that funds are spent on what the budget forecasts in our applications to them were. Core costs had risen, too.
There is often the temptation, and some need, to juggle funding streams but this can get out of hand if one isn’t in a strong position to negotiate changes with funders in the light of changing needs and circumstances. This requires detailed day to day knowledge to hand, of where the money is being spent.
From his experience in work with Charities, Chris has worked with our CEO to clarify past confusion and uncertainty and put in place systems to greatly improve our Board’s ability to manage funds responsibly and to give sound advice to enable forward planning.
Former Chair of Trustees – The Cedarwood Trust
If you manage any aspect of finance at your Non-profit Organization, you need someone like Chris to help you succeed. I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much from Chris during this past year, where he's been consulting for us at Sage Foundation on a large research project to help improve Financial Literacy for UK Non-profits. One thing that has particularly impressed me is the way he’s taken his many years of experience and applied that to developing his business helping Non-profits in the Northeast learn to manage their finances.
I’ve seen proof of his ability to transform struggling organizations into successful and financially healthy Non-profits. He’s also just a pleasure to work with – friendly, kind, patient and genuinely interested in others. With Chris’s help, you’re sure to take your skills and your organisation to the next level and beyond.
Customer Experience Manager at Sage Foundation
I worked with Chris for several years at Meadow Well Connected where he was Operations and Finance Manager and I was a member of the board. Chris understands the need for a structured approach to managing the finances of a non-profit organisation. I was especially impressed with his determination to gain a detailed understanding of the various utility bills and to minimise the costs through review and negotiation.
Chris is a great guy to work with. He’s straightforward, thoughtful, a team player and a good listener – very willing to learn from others to effect a better final outcome. He’s a self-starter who learns what he needs to know to get a job done. I recommend Chris as a safe pair of hands.
Former Trustee – Meadow Well Connected
Chris has demonstrated a very good working knowledge of how to report on and process claims for ESF funded projects and charity finance in general. This was particularly true when we worked a number of years together on the Wise Steps project. If your project is struggling with the complexity of ESF - I highly recommend Chris!
Senior Partnership Manager – The Wise Group
I have worked with Chris on a number of occasions so knew when we needed someone with the skills to work on our Second Bite charity budgeting strategy and finance outlook he was the person to contact. When looking at the Second Bite project we had worked on the strategy and ethics of what we wanted to achieve but had little knowledge of the costings and funding we would need to achieve with the limited experience within the team.
Within the first 2 months Chris had put in place a sound and working budget that would help us gain the traction we needed to get the project started. Having Chris involved has both widened our scope and made the project financially plausible for both funding streams and outside corporate sponsorship. With this in mind we will now be able to make sure we stamp out food poverty in the local area of North Shields and working towards our goal nationally!! On top of this his overall knowledge of the charity sector, Chris has been integral in both growth and sustainability of our partnership charity the Cedarwood Trust ensuring we give as much back to the local community as possible, thank you Chris!
Academy Manager – Second Bite Charity
I worked alongside Chris when he was an Operations Manager at Meadow Well Connected. He was a pleasure to work alongside, really understanding the need for charities to work with businesses to promote their influence and reach. Working alongside us, Chris helped to access local funds to pay for the renovation of the greenhouse sprinkler system, which our team installed free of charge. The greenhouse remains a crucial part of the charity's community support offering.
Whilst our remit was mainly to reduce energy and water consumption and costs, it was clear that Chris had a strong sense of the wider financial challenges that his charity faced and had worked hard to identify potential efficiencies elsewhere. I would recommend Chris to charities seeking to find financial efficiencies and engage the private sector.
Stewardship Manager at Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
I have worked with Chris on numerous projects over the years and have always found him to be very knowledgeable of and forward thinking regarding the running of Charity organisations. Chris understands the need for such organisations to modernise and utilise technology in order to produce streamlined and effective work. This is tandem with his knowledge of charity finances makes Chris’s services invaluable to the sector. Highly recommend!
Owner – Harrison I.T Services
I worked alongside Chris for a number of years in the hospitality industry. He was a very reliable, trustworthy and dependable colleague. I was most impressed with Chris and his creative abilities, I witnessed a number of projects where Chris applied innovative methods to lead projects to successful conclusions and ultimately leading those businesses to profit growth. Chris was always very popular within the teams we worked with and had an engaging style which helped to get all involved on board to achieve his goals. I highly recommend Chris if you are considering him to help with your businesses and you can trust that he will do a thorough, committed and trustworthy job.
Guest Experience Specialist