Entries by Charity Mentors

What does it take to be a charity Chair?

Hopefully more often than not, you have experienced enormous respect for a Chair who is able to navigate a full agenda, giving time to the most important issues, making sure everyone contributes and then enabling the group to reach a conclusion and agree a way forward. Yet running board meetings is only part of the […]

Case study – Chairing a charity

Pete Wallis from SAFE! talks about his experience of setting up and chairing a charity for 10 years. Now Vice Chair at SAFE!, Pete came to Charity Mentors when the small Oxfordshire charity was at a turning point; growing quickly having just won a £1mn contract over 3 years to deliver services across the Thames […]

Our mentors: Elizabeth Paris

In each issue, we introduce you to one of our mentors by telling you about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’. Elizabeth Paris Following a career in Investment Banking as a Managing Director at JP Morgan, Elizabeth has experience as Chair and board member […]

Home-Start Oxford Strategy Review

CEO of Home-Start Oxford, Katharine Barber, came to Charity Mentors because she wanted to reflect the perspectives of their various stakeholders in their strategy. Katharine tells us here, how the strategy review developed. Home-Start Oxford operates in Oxford, the centre and west of the county – one of three Home-Starts in Oxfordshire and part of […]

Our mentors: Peter Wrigglesworth

In each issue, we introduce you to one of our mentors by telling you about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’. Peter Wrigglesworth Peter’s entire career has been within the creative industries. He built a successful communication agency advising clients on communication strategy and […]

So where do we go from here…?!

One of our mentors, Grant Phillips, shares some practical thoughts on how to approach the coming months…. If there’s one certainty in life right now it’s that the future appears full of uncertainty. Photo by Mark Fletcher-Brown  on Unsplash Just before the summer break as we emerged from lockdown, our attention has been focused on […]

15 Minute Desk Relief Practice

At the start of lockdown there was a lot of information about mental health and the necessity to look after ourselves. The coming months are likely to be tough but that advice is still relevant and important. We asked a practitioner of yoga and myofascial health and training based in Oxford, Stephanie Ross-Russell, to devise […]

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Our mentors: Jeremy Swainson

In each issue, we introduce you to one of our mentors by telling you about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’. Jeremy Swainson Initially with Oxfam, for the past 25 years, Jeremy has been an owner and senior executive of a range of consultancy […]

Funding for Oxfordshire charities

If you’ve recently been unsuccessful with a grant application, “what do funders want?” is a question you might well be asking! Although funders will give feedback – and if they don’t you should ask for it – the truth is that often feedback is quite general. If a funder has a lot of applications, yours […]