Sometimes you can be too close to an issue to be objective. Seeking independent advice and speaking to someone with specialist knowledge and experience of a business area, can be extremely useful. 

It encourages you think about things differently and help you to discover solutions you may not have considered.

Free management consultancy

Cranfield Trust provides free, tailored management consultancy support to welfare charities. 

Free management consultancy

Free telephone advice

Advice on immediate questions and management challenges is available via Cranfield Trust On Call, our telephone advice service.

Cranfield Trust On Call

Working with a management consultant

Before you start work with an external consultant, Stella Smith gives some useful pointers.

Is management consultancy right for your charity?


Having a good business plan in place will not only help your charity to have a clear focus, it will also position you to attract new funders, volunteers and supporters. 

Thinking about and aligning your charitable activities also gives you time to think about potential risks and opportunities. A well thought out business plan is vital part of building a robust and successful charity. 

Build your business plan

Questions to ask to help you build your charity's business plan.

Business Planning - questions to build your plan

Business plan template

A template for a straightforward business plan, in Word and PDF versions.

Template for three year plan PDF version

Template for three year plan Word version

LEAN Management

In reviewing your activities and writing your business plan you may wish to consider your processes to ensure that they are efficient and contributing to a high quality of activity.  This article on LEAN management provides some guidance.

Introduction to Lean


Free mentoring

Cranfield Trust offers mentoring for welfare charity leaders and managers, providing individual support.  

Cranfield Trust Mentoring

Benefits of a mentor

CEO of Rydale Carers Support, Claire Hall, discusses the benefits of mentoring from a Cranfield Trust volunteer.

Benefits of Cranfield Trust Mentoring (Blog)

Managing through a crisis

Volunteer consultant Andy Bass looks at how to manage through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Blog: Stabilise, Sustain, Shape - managing through a crisis

Matt Curtis, Cranfield Trust Project Manager North East, gives advice on managing through crisis.

Managing through a crisis

Cranfield Trust volunteer Chris Kerr draws lessons on crisis leadership from world leaders.

Blog: Tips of crisis leadership

Learning about leadership

Volunteer Chris Kerr describes what he has learned about leadership from volunteering with Cranfield Trust.

Blog: Learning about leadership

Is merger right for your charity?

Volunteer Matthew Wilkley, Director of Income Generation at Independent Age, considers merger as a strategic option, with particular reference to fundraising.

Blog: To merge or not to merge

Categories: Leadership and Strategic Direction
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