What I’ve done for others and what they’ve said

Refugee Action

In response to the growing refugee crisis, with increasing numbers of people fleeing the fear and danger of war, and then to increased hostility in the UK around immigration, Refugee Action needed to galvanise public support for refugees arriving in the UK. I helped develop a communications and call to action framework that would embrace both fundraising and campaigning and make the most of the #RefugeeWelcome campaign. I then provided the content planning and copy-writing for all Refugee Action’s appeals over 18 months, tying in appeals to Refugee Action’s overall communications strategy. Overall public income almost tripled.

Your experience and knowledge meant that preparing fundraising appeals was a straight forward job each time. Our supporters responded to the cash appeals really well with the results exceeding our targets on average by 30%.”  Sanela Kopic, Head of Individual Giving, Refugee Action

Leadership Coaching

Perhaps you are a newly appointed director or manager, taking on a wider scope of responsibility, team challenges and strategic questions.

Perhaps you are a CEO or Director with someone facing a new challenge who needs a bit more support than you can provide (whether time or expertise).

Perhaps you just want some external support to help you think things through.

I’ve been in your shoes. My coaching and mentoring is based on 20 years experience of leadership, a commitment to supporting personal development and growing new leaders, and expert familiarity with the sector, its culture, fundraising and communications.

I can help you develop your thinking, skills and confidence as a leader, and as a practitioner.

What others have said about my coaching:

“Matthew’s insights and perceptive questions made me think about my role as head of a department and the role I need to play as a senior member of staff.” Jon Quinn, Head of Campaigns, Shelter

“Mentoring helped me to unearth core strengths in me that I didn’t realise I had. I thoroughly enjoyed every session and always came away from them inspired, and with a renewed sense of confidence, purpose and enthusiasm.” Esther Kwaku, Head of Fundraising and Comms, Action on Disability and Development

“Pushing me to find my own answers was very helpful because on reflection it made me come to my own decisions.” Dominique Shorten, Emergencies Funding Manager, Save the Children

“Matthew quickly identifies areas of potential development and provides practical skills and techniques which can be immediately implemented. Working with him brought instant positive changes to my personal working life and also helped me get the best from my team.” Jo Dunsford, Fundraising Director, Whizz-Kidz