Charity Coach, Facilitator & Consultant

How I can help you or your charity.

Low cost, no fuss support for you and your charity whenever you need it.

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.

Michelle Ford, CEO, FCS Talking Therapies

Michelle Ford, Chief Executive, FCS Talking Therapies

I have been working with Steve over the last 6 months and would definitely recommend him to coach you.  Steve’s open and honest approach, along with his fantastic sense of humour really added to our sessions.

His ability to grasp the complexities of the situation that you are working within and the trials that we often face are immense and have really supported me through some demanding and challenging times to get to a place where I truly understand my own strengths and weakness and can adapt to the situations I encounter. 

I now am clear about my own expectations; I learned a lot about myself and admittedly it was not always easy.

There were some difficult conversations/ challenges to overcome, yet Steve handled those sessions face-on but with kindness, compassion and sensitivity.

Kat Lee, CEO, Family Holiday Charity

Kat Lee, CEO, Family Holiday Charity

We recently worked with Steve to explore our ethical framework for fundraising and investment. It’s a potentially challenging topic so I felt a little trepidation but Steve immediately put me at ease.

After introducing the work to the Board he followed up with individual calls with each Trustee to explore their personal perspectives before facilitating a half day workshop to tease out any issues and develop a shared approach.

Steve’s style, use of humour and real world examples encouraged everyone to contribute, question and collaborate. He skilfully managed the workshop to help us reach a conclusion that everyone was comfortable with and both staff and Trustees enjoyed it.

Steve’s report was a focussed summary of what we’d agreed and we are now using it to build our policies and processes. He was a dream to work with and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Steve.

Maddy Sutcliffe, Chief Executive, NOVA Wakefield

Maddy Sutcliffe, CEO, Nova Wakefield & District

Working with Steve is transformational!  

Becoming CEO of a VCSE Sector infrastructure organisation at the beginning of the pandemic led to some complex issues and challenges.  Coaching with Steve gave me the space for me to reflect, problem-solve and become confident in my abilities to lead the organisation.  The sessions were productive, thought-provoking and inspiring. 

Being an experienced VCSE Sector leader and ambassador, Steve intuitively knows the challenges faced by charity CEOs and helps them to reflect and see the significant impact they make.

Steve coaches with care, kindness and not a small amount of humour and role models positive behaviours.  He unlocks the potential in those he coaches leading to immediate results but also long-term change for individuals and, in turn, organisations.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Steve. Always a learning experience and our sessions leave a lasting impact for me both professionally and personally.

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.

Sally Russell, CEO of The Cowshed Charity.

Sally Russell, CEO, The Cowshed Charity

Steve’s training at our away day for The Cowshed Charity was an incredible experience.  

His humour, unique ideas, friendliness, and ability to make us think outside the box left a lasting impact on our team. 

Steve created an enjoyable and inclusive environment that empowered us to embrace our strengths and explore new possibilities. 

We are immensely grateful for his exceptional guidance and highly recommend him for transformative training experiences.

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!

Samantha Leahy-Harland, CEO, Student's Union Bournemouth University

Samantha Leahy-Harland, CEO, Student’s Union Bournemouth University

I approached Steve via linkedin, initially because I liked his humorous posts! Working in a Charity often feels constantly challenging and demanding, and I appreciate the levity that Steve brings to our sessions. So, if you need to find the humour even amidst the darkest situations, then you are in the right place. But Steve is so much more than this and is an excellent coach. He has challenged me, opened my eyes to how I work, understanding what I’m about, and subsequently, I, and my organisation as a result, have really benefited from my time with Steve.

Headshot of Matt Wynes, Director of Fundraising (Interim), Myeloma UK

Matt Wynes, Director of Fundraising (Interim), Myeloma UK

I’ve been a client of Steve’s for the last six months, with our sessions being immensely helpful to me, both in terms of unpacking and reframing historical challenges and experiences (which I didn’t know I needed to unpack, but absolutely did), but also exploring how I think about myself in my current role, and helping clarify my future career choices and options.

Steve’s relaxed approach, challenge of my thought processes and emotions, as well as laser like focus on getting to the heart of the matter, has helped me immensely and I’m now equipped with healthier thought processes and effective coping mechanisms.

I’ve worked with many coaches in the past, and Steve will be my ‘go-to’ in future. I’ll definitely work with him again and can’t recommend him highly enough.

Edd Terrey, Director of Operations & Deputy CEO, Heart of England Mencap

Edd Terrey, Director of Operations & Deputy CEO, Heart of England Mencap

If any of my contacts within the charity sector are thinking about coaching for themselves or for their teams, then I can not recommend Steve Allman highly enough.

His knowledge of our sector and the challenges its leaders face is second to none but his style, approach, skills, insight and personality create a really powerful environment that challenges and supports in absolute equal measure.

I really value the time I get to spend with him and I know that I’m a better leader and person for it.

Sue Tucker, Operations & Development Manager, Stronger Kent Communities

Sue Tucker, Operations Manager, Stronger Kent Communities

Steve gave a presentation on Working Together at a recent Stronger Kent Communities event.  He was engaging, funny and very informative – he gave loads of good ideas for people to take away. I’d definitely recommend him.

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.

Amy Woolger, Head of Evaluation, Learning & Insights, NHS Charities Together

Amy Woolger, Head of Evaluation, Learning & Insights, NHS Charities Together

Steve delivered two sessions for us at our NHS Charities Together national conference; one on Terrific Terminology and one on Marvellous Methodology.  Feedback from attendees was particularly positive on the Terrific Terminology session. 

Steve really engaged the room, pitching the session at the right level, and managing to get a lot of information across in a short space of time – with a good level of humour and a confident, relaxed style.

The planning and development process wasn’t without its challenges, but Steve turned up and delivered, creating a good foundation for further conversations on impact!  I am looking forward to working together on a webinar later in the year.

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