Business people join forces to launch company to help charities

Pictured left to right: Sue Thorn, Elliot Harris, Rachel Hayward, Ian Crocombe

Four business people have joined forces to launch a new company that will help charities and not for profit organisations meet the diverse challenges that they face.

In The Round Advisors Ltd pools the expertise of Elliot Harris of Strategy & Governance; Ian Crocombe of I and I Business Solutions; Sue Thorn of Sue Thorn Consulting and Rachel Hayward of Ask the Chameleon.

With years of experience working in the Third Sector, In the Round Advisors will focus on providing joined-up help and guidance for directors, trustees and senior management on a wide range of issues such as the demands of sustaining income, complying with increasing regulation and the often-complex needs of service users as well as managing strategies, governance, risk, change, people and operations.

The business vision is to support not just the here and now challenges, but also the requirements to future proof Third Sector organisations.

Elliot Harris, based in Leicestershire, specialises in strategy and governance. He said: “In the Round offers a unique proposition to Third Sector organisations who do not know how to maximise their resources, contacts and funding to create strong foundations for the future. They face some significant challenges that I and my business partners can help them to tackle, providing practical advice and steps to succeed.”

Rachel Hayward from Ask the Chameleon in Derby and Burton has helped charities raise thousands of pounds in fundraising bids and tenders. She continued: “There’s something unique about the challenges faced by charities and other not for profit organisations.

“We each have a unique combination of skills and experience from across business and charities plus a real passion for making a difference. We are all looking forward to working with some ambitious forward thinking charities and social enterprises.”

Ian Crocombe from Cheltenham added: “With over 28 years’ leadership experience spent across organisational change, continuous improvement and people development, the single most important lesson I’ve learned is to think ‘in the round’.

“To deliver great change by ensuring all angles are covered and to prevent, as far as is possible, things not going to plan or not working as they should. It’s exciting to the able to help charities and other not for profit organisations improve their performance, experience and engagement by combining our different but complementary skill sets, delivering real, practical joined up support.”

Sue Thorn from Gloucestershire said: “My experience as a CEO of a bioscience membership association and then ten years as an advisor to has given me a deep understanding ‘in the round’ of issues affecting such charities, ranging from strategy and governance, through to membership, events and journal publishing issues.”