The tough charitable work that the Guild of Management Consultants takes on received an airing recently when the chiefs of three charities spoke at the Guild Charities Supper. The event was held on 20 January at Dyers Hall in the City of London.
The audience heard from Nick Hardwick, chief executive of The Refugee Council, Dame Margaret Booth, DBE and chair of the UK College of Family Mediators and Helen Edwards, chief executive of the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO).
Hardwick praised the Guild’s work: “The help has been bold, courageous and imaginative.”
The Refugee Council is continually under pressure from adverse influences including media attacks on asylum seekers by the media. The Guild is assisting the charity to improve its marketing approach by focusing on a raft of second-tier services which could produce income and enhance its image.
Hardwick said: “Management consultants perk up thinking about mind-boggling propositions.”
Booth was equally complimentary, expressing the College’s gratitude for the help it had received from the Guild. The College is the national regulatory body for the profession of Family Mediation, and is in the throes of transition from a voluntary to a membership organisation. Guild members have been assisting with the development of its three-year corporate plan, as well as mentoring chief executive Elizabeth Walsh.
NACRO’s Edwards has also received mentoring from the Guild. “I have a board of trustees and excellent staff but I need someone to talk to about really tricky issues,” she said. “It’s been a huge help over the last year, almost a lifeline at times.”
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