What is management consultancy?

In its most simple terms, management consultancy helps to improve an organisation's performance by solving problems and finding new and better ways of doing things. 

Our free management consultancy service provides tailored business advice and solutions exclusively for charities. Whether you need help with your charity's business strategy, governance, marketing or financial processes, we can help. 

How it works

Our consultancy process is pretty straightforward and is available to:

  • Any formally constituted non-profit organisation whose primary purpose is to address issues of poverty, disability or social exclusion.

We understand that many charity leaders are 'time poor', so our volunteer management consultants arrange to visit you at a time and place that is convenient to you. We have over 1,000 skilled volunteer management consultants based all over the UK, who offer their time to share their knowledge and expertise to help build successful charities. We aim to help everyone we believe can benefit from a project with us.  There are no panel selections or additional hurdles put in place.  

Types of Project

Our team of regional project managers,  along with our highly skilled management consultant volunteers, work with charities to support four main areas of business:

Business area
Example of project
1. Leadership and strategic directionCharity governance and building an effective trustee board.
Strategy development and business planning. 
Leadership development and mentoring.
Marketing and communications.
2. People managementOrganisational structure.
Merger and collaborative working.
Recruitment and retention.
3. Financial management  and sustainabilityFinancial performance and reporting.
Forecasting and scenario planning.
Financial process improvements. 
Understanding costs.
Developing financial information for business planning.
4. Performance and impactKey performance indicators.
Developing performance tools and systems.
Impact reporting.


 At the Cranfield Trust, we recognise that being a Charity Leader is rewarding but in small charities can sometimes feel isolating. Mentoring from the Cranfield Trust can offer a senior level ‘critical friend’, someone who can share their knowledge and experience,  whilst supporting you to consider your leadership decisions and impact. You'll receive highly skilled insight, innovative ideas, challenge, and reinforcement from a Cranfield Trust Mentor over 1-2 hours, every 4-6 weeks.  A mentoring relationship is confidential and supportive to your development needs and that of the organisation you lead.

Next steps - it's as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Read our Guide to getting started and get in touch to request an application form.
  2. Meet your project manager and finalise your project brief.
  3. You'll be matched with a volunteer management consultant with the specialist skills you need and your project will start.

Start your journey today!

Eligibility and FAQs

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

Registered Charity No: 800072 | Scottish Charity No: SCO40299 | Company No: 2290789 | Telephone No: 01794 830338
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