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Running a charity or social enterprise can be a challenging and at times, lonely job! Managing daily operational or financial issues allows little ‘thinking’ time to consider the strategic direction of an organisation. And although often, there’s no shortage of ideas, what is the best way forward for your organisation and how do you get there?
Speaking with someone else to get a fresh perspective can often help. Working with a mentor helps release your time to look beyond the service delivery and focus on how best to adapt to the challenges that lie ahead. Usually on a 121 basis, a mentor can help you process your thoughts to ensure that you take the necessary steps to move forward
A Charity Mentor can make a real difference. Our mentors have been carefully selected to ensure that they add value to you the mentee and ultimately to your organisation. More focussed leadership, improved management and delivery of services, together with better targeted fundraising and a small selection of examples.
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Charity Mentors has been operating across East Sussex since late 2016, initially in an informal capacity supported by the CVS organisations across the county. We added significantly to our expert team of volunteer mentors in 2018/19 and became a CIO in November 2019.
The idea and initial operating model for Charity Mentors East Sussex came from a similar organisation based in Oxford, Charity Mentors Oxfordshire. We have been operating across East Sussex since late 2016.
A voluntary and free scheme, mentoring for small community organisations is provided by volunteer senior managers and specialists. This is a FREE service to charities, community groups and not-for-profit concerns across East Sussex.
Ian Noble is the project co-ordinator and has the role of recruiting new mentors and mentees, and importantly finding the ‘best fit’ mentor to the proposed mentee.
Mentors are provided with back up and support on a regular basis.
So, who would benefit as a mentee from the scheme?
Well, pretty much anyone who has a leadership role within a charity, community group or not-for-profit business, and who has either a specific issue or general strategic directional issue that they’d welcome support with.
A mentor will encourage and help a mentee to think through issues and assist them to come to their own solutions and conclusions. The scheme has a 21-strong team of experienced mentors, most of whom have held senior roles within their chosen field.
Charity mentors offers short-term strategic support usually between a three and six-month term. It costs nothing other than a commitment and energy levels from the mentee.
Here’s some areas where mentors have helped previously
- producing fundraising plans
- identifying resource requirement
- assisting with job descriptions
- working through trustee issues
- guiding the production of strategic plans and board presentations
- focusing managers on short-term priorities
- working through financial structures and reporting issues
- helping to set priorities in legal disputes
…and generally supporting and encouraging managers in clarifying options and articulating decisions.
Put simply, there’s not a lot they haven’t done!
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Contact Charity Mentors and arrange a telephone conversation with the coordinator to establish whether your project is suitable and, if so, outline what your objectives might be.
If you are the CEO / Manager of the organisation, we ask that you share the fact that you are thinking of working with us with your trustees / board. If you are a trustee / chair, share with your other trustees. It makes sense in an organisation with collective responsibility that everyone is aware of support at a strategic level. We ask your permission to contact your chair, or other trustees, to explain our role. We need email confirmation from them that they are on-board before we move forward.
We will then help you find the best mentor for your needs so that you can arrange a meeting. The aim of this first meeting is for you and the mentor to decide if you would like to work together on a project and to clarify your goals. You are not committed to working with Charity Mentors until after you have had this meeting.
If you both feel that you can work together productively, you then have a period of around 4-months in which to complete the mentoring project. This might entail just a couple more meetings, or five or six. The whole project is designed around you, your organisation and your needs. The important thing is that you use your mentor whilst you have them!
At the end of the project we ask you to complete a feedback form and we arrange to check-back with you after a period of around 6-months
The service is free-of-charge and completely confidential between yourself and Charity Mentors although we do ask if you would help us to spread the word and, at a minimum, you summarise the project outcomes to report back to trustees.
Phyllida de Salis
Phyllida is a retired lawyer having been a partner in a Tunbridge Wells law firm, specialising in property work. She has served as a Non-Executive Director of NHS Acute Trust and is an elected Governor of the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust and a member of Mental Health Act review panels. Previously, chairman of Sussex St. John and she has served as a trustee of several charitable organisations locally. Phyllida is also a retired Deputy Lieutenant.
Chris has extensive business experience and knowledge having run and owned a family business for 35 years. Experience in print, design and consultancy; he is today a business mentor and consultant, offering advice for marketing, sales and strategic support. Chris is currently a County Councillor for Uckfield South with Framfield division and has served in this capacity for almost two decades.
Aaron has a range of experience spanning 25 years and currently works in the public sector focusing on collaboration across organisational and cultural boundaries. Other roles have included teaching, lecturing and researching, the civil service and management consultancy. He has led change within healthcare plus community development projects with young people. He also continues to coach sport locally. Aaron’s range of skills can undoubtedly help with personal and organisational development.
Tim was previously a Partner of Rothschild, the global investment bank, and enjoyed an extensive career with experience in banking and corporate advisory work. He is currently a non-executive director of two private companies and an adviser to a private equity ‘value-for-control fund’. Tim is also a trustee of St Peter & St James Hospice and a Governor of Lancing College.
David is a ‘Man of Kent’ in the true term although has spent the last 15 years in East Sussex. He has been a business owner for twice that time and having recently sold his successful Chartered Building Surveying business, he now helps others to develop their businesses, while he continues to practice on a semi-retired basis. David is a Director of an Academy and Chair of Governors to a school.
Sue has over 30 years’ experience in the public sector. She has a background in strategic & business planning, performance & project management, governance & risk management, industrial relations, communication & consultation. Sue is currently working as a freelance administrator and workplace mediator and set up a project management business with her partner in 2017. She is also a trained community mediator and conflict coach.
Barbara is a qualified personal skills trainer and business coach with over 25 years’ experience in this sector. She works mainly with people in new and small businesses and specialises in helping clients to build their confidence to succeed in their business and life in general. She has significant experience in personal skills development, tourism, charity work, community development and fund raising. In the past Barbara, has also been a Parish Councilor and School Governor.
Katrina has extensive fundraising experience at senior levels in both local and national charities and has recently established her own business venture, an eco-living & refill shop in Hailsham. This has involved initial preparation including business plans, budget forecasting, shop fitting and product selection. Katrina continues to be involved in charity work and is a natural communicator with strong relationship building skills, effective at delivering change and coaching to high performing teams.
Sally-Anne is the development director of Chailey Heritage Foundation where she has held this senior role for 14 years. Background prior to this has been with the Press Association, managing her own business and working for national newspaper titles. Sally-Anne is skilled in the not-for-profit sector, event planning, strategic planning, business development, and marketing strategy. An experienced fundraiser too, enabling CHF to raise significant sums for capital projects and equipment purchases.
Martin has had a long career within the Police Force and was formerly Chief Constable of Wiltshire and latterly Sussex Police. He is chair of the Independent Safeguarding Panel (children and vulnerable adults) for Chichester Diocese and a non-executive board member with British Transport Police, Sussex Mental Health Trust and Sussex Cricket Limited. Martin is also a Governor of St Christopher’s School, Hove.
Jane worked in marketing on the client side and then as a strategic brand development consultant for a wide range of international clients. After moving to Sussex, she swapped her career for a position on the Chailey Heritage Foundation Trustee Board where she was instrumental in setting up, monitoring and overseeing the fundraising department through capital appeals and ongoing fundraising, including auditing for compliance with Charity Commission requirements, until recent retirement.
John is retired from a teaching career in Eastbourne that spanned 35 years. He has been involved in Scouting since 1984 and is currently Chair of Eastbourne District Scout advisory committee. John was appointed a Magistrate for more than three decades, retiring from this role in 2015 and is a former Chairman of Sussex Eastern Bench. He is currently a Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex.
Derek has a background in Public Finance and prior to retirement in 2013 was Chief Executive of Rother District Council. He has a wide range of interests and is currently a member of the Corporation of the East Sussex College and is a Deputy Lieutenant of the county.
Ken has 30 plus years’ experience of senior management & leadership in the Charity sector within national not-for-profit organisations. Most of the roles have involved income generation and marketing in the Health sector (MS Society, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Brain & Spine Foundation) although Ken has more recent experience with local and regional charities, including hospices and prison social welfare.
Gary previously led the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service demonstrating leadership within the emergency services. He is skilled in Crisis Management, Disaster Response, Organisational Change and Strategic Planning amongst other management skills. Gary is the Chair of Trustees at 3VA supporting Voluntary Action across Lewes, Wealden and Eastbourne. And he is a certified ILM Level 5 Executive Coach and Mentor supported by experience of operating at a strategic level.
Sue has held several senior positions within the third sector, most recently as CEO of the Pestalozzi International Foundation. She has a 25-year professional background in investment banking, specialising in the aviation sector and is currently an independent director of an NYSE-quoted aircraft leasing company. Sue is a trustee of Raystede Animal Sanctuary, Sussex East Area Meeting of Quakers and Bernhard Baron Cottage Homes.
Chris started his working life in the engineering sector before completing an MBA leading to a 25-year career within international marketing, business development and management consulting. He often adopts a pragmatic and practical approach to business problems stemming from his engineering background. Chris currently works for EMC Consulting in Brighton working with clients across a wide range of sectors.
Richard has over 20 years’ experience as a Programme Director in Financial Services delivering strategic change initiatives in a global environment. With a long career in Corporate Change Management, Richard has broad skills in Project Management, People Management and Operational / IT efficiency. More recently, he has been working with SMEs in Sussex as a Business Mentor and Consultant.
Chantal runs an architectural design business with her husband and has several voluntary roles, including being a Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex. She is chairman of Crowborough Community Association and the Friends of Crowborough Hospital which has earned the Queen’s award for voluntary service. Chantal has previously been a trustee of the Friends of Sussex Hospices and has served as a parish, town & district councillor for many years. She is the recent past chairman of Action in Rural Sussex.
Jay is an experienced Community Relations Manager with a demonstrated history of working within the insurance sector. He is skilled in Analytical Skills, Coaching, Customer Retention, Event Management, and Contact Centres. Strong operations professional who has extensive experience of leading teams within his employment at Hastings Direct. He has a passion for supporting the Third Sector and is Chair of trustees for the local good cause, Charity for Kids where he has had an involvement since the charity was formed in 2015.
Giles has enjoyed a successful career in policing across Kent, South Wales and Sussex. His work covered many aspects of operational policing including counter-terrorism, tackling serious organised crime as well as local policing. Nationally, he led several digital change programmes in policing and criminal justice. He was the national lead for Workforce, being the full range of people issues and leadership in policing. He championed diversity and inclusion on gender, race, disability and LGBT locally, nationally and internationally. Giles is a trustee for the UK Police Memorial Trust.