Pro Bono Advice for FSI Member with a turnover over £1 million per annum

FSI Advice Clinics are a chance for you to access the knowledge of experienced experts on a range of topics.  Once your appointment is allocated it will be delivered either in person, over the phone or by e-mail.  In the case of a document review i.e. a Funding Application we will use the allotted hour to review and give written feedback via e-mail.



9th January 2018 

8th February 2018

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Alex has worked in the charity sector since he graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in History. He worked as the Operations Manager of a small charity where he was responsible for a wide range of fundraising and project management. Following from this Alex worked as a charity recruitment consultant where he assisted a wide range of charities recruit for mainly fundraising positions.  Alex has also set up and is a trustee of a small international development charity which has completed projects in several African countries and India.

Alex brings significant experience in business development, sponsorship and recruitment to the FSI team.  Alex also delivers training in Trusts & Foundations fundraising, Demonstrating Your Impact and Legacy Fundraising.  Alex is passionate about the work of small charities and also understands a lot of the challenges they face.

Key Areas of Expertise: Fundraising (Trusts and Foundations, Corporates, Legacy), Monitoring & Evaluation, Impact Reporting.

Janine leads the FSI’s consultancy and development service and brings significant experience from the private and charity sector including strategic development, governance, diversifying income/developing earned income streams and impact measurement.  Janine is a qualified teacher and action learning facilitator, with a wealth of experience in designing and developing outcome-based support solutions for clients in the public, private and charity sector.  She is also an accredited Social Return on Investment practitioner.

Janine is a Trustee of the Gordon Moody Association, a UK charity providing advice, education and innovative therapeutic support to problem gamblers and those affected by problem gambling.

Key Areas of Expertise: Governance, strategic and business planning, income diversification, fundraising strategy, impact measurement and reporting.

Amber brings with her significant experience in statutory funding with local, regional and national funding bodies, building strong partnerships with charities including negotiating commercial agreements, and co-designing of new solutions across multiple sectors. Amber has also worked with small charities on developing their Impact Measurement Frameworks, project evaluation and organisational reviews. In addition, Amber has co-chaired a national justice forum for two sector associations and a degree in Business Studies.

She is an active member of her church council and is keen to transfer the skills learnt within a number of blue chip and corporate organisations into the charity sector. Supporting people is at the heart of her work along with the principle goal of improving people’s lives through the development of strong charity sector.

Key Areas of Expertise: Fundraising (Trusts and Foundations, Corporates, Statutory Commissioning), Monitoring & Evaluation, Impact Reporting, Project Management, Partnerships & Collaboration, Governance, Strategy.

Conchita began her career in the charity sector seven years ago after joining her first small charity where she gained experience in international project management, conference management, fundraising, marketing and PR.

Conchita is a History Graduate from the University of Southampton and is currently studying for an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management at the Centre of Charity Effectiveness, CASS Business School (City University).

Over 12 years experience in the charity sector and has previously managed small teams, Conchita has first hand experienced of the difficulties small charities face.   She is extremely excited to be working with the FSI to support the many thousands of small charities the FSI works with across the UK.

Key Areas of Expertise: Fundraising including Trusts and Foundations, Community & Events Fundraising, Corporate Partnerships as well as Marketing and Communications and Project and Event Management.

Conor graduated with a BA (Hons) in History, Sociology and Political Science from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He then went on to study an MA in European Public Policy from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

After University, he worked in a variety of different jobs for progressive organisations in New York including a former US Congressman’s campaign for District Attorney of Staten Island, a fundraising campaign for Doctors Without Borders, and college recruitment drives for the Democratic Party.

Since joining Localgiving Conor has been delivering their London Development Programme which provides one-to-one-support to 75 local groups on online fundraising.

                                              Key Areas of Expertise: Online Fundraising, Digital Marketing and Communications.

Andrew works as Head of Policy and Engagement at Charity Finance Group, a membership charity which provides financial advice and support for charities and not-for-profits. Andrew has a number of years of experience in the charity sector, working on a range of different issues from public procurement and social value through to Gift Aid and tax.
Andrew has worked with a variety of charities, big and small in his role at Charity Finance Group, but he has recently been running a Small Charities Programme which has delivered training for small charities on basic finance skills.

Key Areas of Expertise: Gift Aid, Governance, Charity Regulation, Social Value, Annual Reports, Budgeting and Cash Flow.

Adam heads up the client team at UK Charity Insurance – a specialist broker that provides advice, guidance and cover to charities and VCOs. He has 14 years’ experience in commercial insurance at both local and national levels with specific understanding of, and expertise in, charity risk. Adam has attained the Cert CII qualification – the Chartered Insurance Institute’s recognition of acquired knowledge and the commitment to ongoing CPD. His particular interests lie in providing small charities with the information they need and the practical support in order to assess, manage and mitigate risk effectively.

Key Areas of Expertise: Charity Risk & Insurance, Business Continuity, Cyber Risk, Management Liability, Trustee Liability, Abuse Cover.