Charity Coach, Facilitator & Consultant

Helping charities cut through crap and maximise impact.

No-nonsense coaching, facilitation & consulting for charities & nonprofits.

Hi, I’m Steve Allman

I’m a Charity Coach, Facilitator and Consultant helping people in charities and nonprofits cut through crap and maximise impact.

I’ve been leading, developing and enabling charities for almost 30 years at every level from volunteer through to chief executive, trustee and chair.

I’m on a mission to help you and your charity overcome your challenges, find practical solutions and, most importantly, create a positive impact. 

How I can help you or your charity

For you

Charity Coaching

1:1 coaching from a certified coach with +25 years charity experience and the combined wisdom from hundreds of hours spent coaching people who do good through their work.

For your board/team

Charity Facilitation

Engaging, interactive faciliation and workshops which help charity teams and boards work together to overcome challenges, find practical solutions and make a positive impact. 

For your charity

Charity Consulting

Low cost, no-fuss online charity consultancy whenever you need it.  Book an online session from as little as an hour or get in touch and tell me how else I can help your charity.

Ocean King, Community Executive, CharityJob

Ocean King, Community Executive, CharityJob

Steve kicked off our first-ever event, and it’s safe to say it was an overwhelming success! His talk on “How to Navigate the Minefield of Charity Leadership” was not only engaging but also provided great insights, offering valuable takeaways to our attendees.

Despite the event being virtual, Steve’s presence and energy made it just as engaging as an in-person event, and he had us all laughing at his jokes!

The communication process throughout was seamless, a refreshing change from the challenges often faced when organising and liaising with speakers, and he promptly posted a write-up of his talk on our website.

The feedback we received from his talk was amazing, and I can’t think of a better speaker to have launched our events. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Steve and recommend him to my colleagues every chance I get!

Steve Smith FRSA, Chief Executive, Havens Hospices

Steve Smith FRSA, Chief Executive, Havens Hospices

Steve has used his skills and experience to develop senior leaders to improve their impact in our charity.  His pragmatic and iterative approach encourages quick progress and a balanced and measured response to every type of challenge.

Steve’s outlook on leadership is refreshing and based on realistic outcomes with authenticity high on the agenda.  I would recommend every senior leader or CEO in the Third Sector to have a session with Steve!

Gavin Stone, CEO, 4YP

Gavin Stone, Chief Executive, 4YP

Coaching with Steve has helped to restore my confidence following a challenging few months in a previous role and develop my leadership skills and style as I transition into being a first-time charity Chief Executive.

Steve has provided the perfect balance of insightful and honest critical reflection and supportive encouragement.  Our coaching sessions have enabled me to feel more self-assured in leading ‘my way’, and also encourage my colleagues to recognise and develop their own leaderships skills.

Steve’s input has enabled me to learn more about myself as a person, and as a leader, at a crucial time in my career, to grow from his wisdom and guidance and feel better prepared for the challenges that I’m likely to face in my role as a charity CEO.

Maya Alexander, Development Coordinator at Ministry of Stories

Maya Alexander, Development Coordinator, Ministry of Stories

I was referred to Steve for a 2-hour session to help with my next career move following a charity restructuring. 

I would highly recommend his coaching services.  Steve provided practical and emotional support and advice that has really helped me determine potential career path. 

His approach is laid back, funny and friendly – it’s like a chat with a friend who happens to be a brilliant charity sector coach.

Lauren Williams, CEO, Vision North Somerset

Lauren Williams, Chief Executive, Vision North Somerset

Steve is great! There are lot of coaches out there of varying quality, but Steve has walked the walk and can clearly and compassionately talk the talk. He was consummately professional – well organised, focussed and absolutely knew his stuff. I got such a lot out of every session – highly recommended!

Kirsty Telford, Deputy Director, Ministry of Stories and Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Kirsty Telford, Deputy Director, Ministry of Stories & Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

I reached out to Steve last year for coaching support, having caught my eye with his always-honest, often-brutal observations of leadership in the charity sector.  I’d recently finished my PG Cert and as part of the reflective practice element, had graduated with a ‘to do’ list for self-improvement, including the recognition that I had early signs of professional burn-out and felt a bit stuck in a rut, wondering ‘what’s next?’.  I was getting itchy feet to do more, not less. 

As it turned out, over the weeks that followed, we ended up ignoring this ’to do’ list.  Instead, we worked together to find the areas of work and home that gave me energy and help me to thrive, alongside having to do ‘business as usual’. 

Steve helped me to see (literally in my diary) there are only so many hours in the day, and that it is my right and within my gift to put some boundaries back in for things I enjoy.  Together, we uncovered the importance of creativity, being an advocate for causes I love, high levels of trust, responsibility and freedom, and time spent outdoors. 

I’m still learning, adjusting and certainly have blips and bumps in terms of priorities, but I very much value having this new list to return to, focused on my strengths and preferences, and not my weaknesses.

Karen Robson, CEO, The Care Collective

Karen Robson, CEO, The Care Collective

I connected with Steve Allman after following his thought provoking posts on LinkedIn. As a new CEO having a space to reflect and be challenged has been enormously helpful. The relationship felt comfortable from the off and it was easy to develop rapport and trust. Steve makes you feel like he has a genuine interest in you/ your work and despite completing our sessions I’ll stay in touch and follow more of his provocative posts. If you need someone who knows their way around the charity sector and its frustrating quirks Steve is your man.

Amy Griffiths, Chief Executive, Citizens Advice Diss & Thetford

Amy Griffiths, Chief Executive, Citizens Advice Diss & Thetford

We really enjoyed our Values Workshop with Steve, he’s a brilliant facilitator and trainer.

Not only was it fun with amazing colourful sticky notes, pens and string but it felt as if everyone’s views and, most importantly, values were listened to and validated.  That’s no mean feat with such a large group and range of people!

This is what I was really keen to achieve when briefing Steve and I really felt like he spent the time listening to me.  The other great thing is that he adapted his plan on the day to meet the additional needs within the group, so we really appreciated that.

I highly recommend Steve and look forward to working with him again soon.

Chris Paul, Founder & CEO, Man On Inverclyde

Chris Paul, Founder & CEO, Man On Inverclyde

Steve has been a brilliant source of support for me over the last year and a bit. After seeing some of his Linkedin posts, I was interested to find out more about the coaching he does and felt it was going to be important in my development as CEO in a small charity. From the start, that proved to be the case, and I have saw real personal growth in my development. Steve has a brilliant way of helping you find the answers, and providing you the base to develop them further. If you are considering developing in your role, I would highly recommend getting in touch with Steve.

Emma Collins, Head of Development, Twins Trust

Emma Collins, Head of Development, Twins Trust

I have always enjoyed reading Steve Allman’s posts on LinkedIn – very much no nonsense, make a lot of sense, and very relatable. And a good sense of humour!

I booked a one-off session with Steve to get an idea of what it would be like to work with a coach, not expecting (if I’m honest) to get much out of one session. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I got so much out of it in ways that I really wasn’t expecting.

Right away Steve was able to get a good picture of where I was at professionally, and when he fed back what he was hearing it was a real eye opener for me, allowing me to take away some important points for reflection. I would recommend even just one session with Steve, as it was something that (even many weeks later) I am still reflecting on, and using to help me make decisions about my professional next steps.

Mike Findlay MCIPR, Chief Executive, International Network of Street Papers

Mike Findlay, MCIPR, Chief Executive, International Network of Street Papers

Steve and I did some coaching sessions soon after I took on a new role as a charity Chief Executive. 

I am so glad we connected!  What I appreciated about my sessions with Steve was his ability to ask sharp questions to get to the heart of an issue. 

He also has a sense of ‘been there, seen it, done it’ with regard to the charity CEO role, which was a tremendous support for someone in my position. 

I felt comfortable being fully open and honest with Steve and (although it’s a cliche), he did create that ‘safe space’ for the coaching work to happen.

Steve also has a wicked sense of humour (in a good way), that both puts you at ease, but also challenges you. 

Arriving at the end of 2022, and stepping into 2023, I have some clarity on my goals for the short & middle term. 

I look forward to keeping up with Steve’s LinkedIn posts, which are also equally insightful and good humoured.

Emma Clarke, CEO, Weston Park Cancer Charity

Emma Clarke, CEO, Weston Park Cancer Charity

Steve nailed our team away day today. He listened to the brief, developed a great session plan which was engaging and fun and he managed the energy and pace brilliantly. It’s Steve’s experience in the charity sector (he’s been there and got the t-shirt) coupled with his fun and engaging style that made him a perfect fit for us. If you’ve over away days that feel like PowerPoint overload or where you’re expected to build a life raft out of two pencils and a paper clip, then I’d highly recommend a conversation with Steve, you won’t be disappointed.

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