I work together with charities, not-for-profit organisations and HE institutions who have amazing visions to change the world for the better. I have worked for and with large organisations, including Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie Care, ActionAid UK, the University of Southampton, Imperial College London and the University of Reading, as well as for smaller organisations such as Rennie Grove Hospice Care, ABC to Read and Deaf Positives Action.
Charities, NGOs and not-for-profits
Charities, NGOs and not-for-profit organisations have a vital role to play in making the world a better place. They help and support the vulnerable, weak or disadvantaged, whoever and wherever they are. They are facing increased competition for funding and contracts and need to look for ways to engage their people in delivering their mission as efficiently as possible.
Most not-for-profits, whatever their size or legal structure, have people in a whole range of roles, covering a wide variety of activities. Some of these people will be employees, some are volunteers. Some will be based in clinical settings, some will work in shops, some will be office-based, and so on. The people situation is complex.
I have many years’ experience helping not-for-profit organisations to find a way to communicate effectively, recognising the complexity and different motivations at play.
The UK Higher Education sector continues to experience significant change, with the introduction of student fees, the removal of the student numbers cap and increasing interest in overseas opportunities just some of the influential factors on institutions in recent years. The HE market has become increasingly competitive and this has a considerable impact on staff, students and prospective students that manifests itself in many different ways.
Universities have always had a wide range of stakeholders, including academics, researchers, teaching staff, professional services staff, UG students and post-docs. These groups all have different motivations, interests and priorities and the challenges with internal communications in this sector stem from this mix. I have wide experience of working in this academic environment and solving communication problems that arise and are often unique to that environment.