Management Consultancy

Free tailored, impartial business advice for charities.

We understand that all charities are not the same and face their own individual challanges.

Our management consultancy service provides tailored business advice and solutions for charities just starting out on their journey, those looking to take their next steps or those wanting to build on previous success.  

90% of the charities we have supported say we have had a positive impact on their organisation. 

Is your charity eligible for a free management consultancy project?

To benefit from our support, your charity needs to meet the following criteria:

Your primary purpose must be addressing the needs of poverty, disability or social exclusion. 

You must be a formally constituted non-profit with a board of trustees, such as a registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC).

You need to have sufficient time available to work with our volunteers,who provide mentoring support, rather than taking the work away from you. 

You must be based in the UK, even if supporting work overseas.

Any project undertaken must be agreed by your charity's trustees and senior management team

Is the service completely free?

​Our consultancy service is free, but we ask that you cover our volunteers’ expenses.  These should be moderate, but it’s a good idea to agree them at the outset.

Business areas we support

Our team of professional project managers are based across the UK and along with our highly skilled volunteers, work with charities in their region to support four main areas of business:

Business Area Example of project
1. Leadership and Strategic Direction.
  • Building charity governance and an effective board.
  • Strategy development and business planning.
  • Leadership development and mentoring.
  • Marketing and communications.
2. People Management.
  • Organisational structure.
  • Merger and collaborative working.
  • Recruitment and retention.
3. Financial Management and Sustainability.
  • Financial performance and reporting.
  • Forecasting and scenario planning.
  • Financial process improvements. 
  • Understanding costs.
  • Developing financial information for business planning.
4. Performance and Impact.
  • Key performance indicators.
  • Developing performance tools and systems.
  • Impact reporting.

Our Management Consultant volunteers

We have over 900 skilled, professional volunteers who freely give their time to share their knowledge and expertise with charities. They work with charities on a one-to-one basis to offer free consultancy support. 

"Having been a recipient of the Cranfield Trust MBA Scholarship for the Voluntary Sector, I was delighted to join the Trust as a volunteer and have been able to work on several projects with organisations addressing a diverse range of issues. I have also been able to recommend the opportunity to friends and colleagues, who have been similarly impressed by the role they are able to play in supporting charities in need of business mentoring."

Cranfield Trust Volunteer. Mark Sturge, Head of London Region for Christian Aid.


If you meet our eligibility criteria for a management consultancy project, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please email us or call us on 01794 830338.