Kind Words


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Simona Fionda, Financial Services Compensation Scheme:

"Charly was my first coaching experience and I have been delighted with it. She was easy to build rapport with and helped me with practical tools and encouragement during our sessions. I would highly recommend Charly to anyone who feels that coaching might be right for them or are thinking of trying it for the first time."

Celia Blakeway-Phillips, Leighton Park School:

"Charly has been a really fantastic coach.  She never ceases to surprise me how she can come up with such fabulous techniques to help make my working life easier and more manageable.  She really is a power of strength! " 

Ruth Ellul, Manchester University:

"It was a pleasure working with Charly. Over our coaching sessions, Charly helped me to gain a much better understanding of my priorities and also helped me to think further ahead to how this work would support my longer term career goals. Her encouragement created a great space to reflect and refocus my energy. Through her considerable hands-on experience, she brought an invaluable understanding of the complexities and demands of a my role." 

Sharon Oakley, York University:

"Charlotte brings a wealth and depth of experience in Major Gift fundraising, combined with an excellent coaching style. During a period of significant organisational change, I came away from my coaching sessions feeling more energised, positive, and having identified key areas to focus on and new techniques to put into place - tremendously valuable. Thanks to Charly's  support, challenge and encouragement, I am more effective at my role and now looking forward to future adventures!" 

Claire Thompson, Major Donor Fundraiser:

"I just wanted to say thank you for such a fantastic talk this morning. It’s rare to listen to such a likeable and knowledgeable speaker, I think you made a real connection with the room. I came away with so many notes, actions and ideas. My mind tends to drift at these kind of dos as we hear perennial advice over and over, but you were brilliant, quite the opposite. I am so grateful for all the ideas and resulting plans which you have catalysed for me/us."

Rob Woods, Bright Spot Fundraising:

‘I've worked with Charlotte for over ten years and have found her to be outstanding. As an associate coach and trainer for Bright Spot Fundraising time and again her clients have told me how much progress they have made with Charlotte's support.

Above all, though, what stands out is her generous nature and practised skill in helping those around her succeed. If you would like or need to make progress, a smart move would be to contact her to find out about coaching and training.”

Joyce Kallevik, Director of Wish:

“Charlotte’s ability to share her knowledge and provide support in an empowering way, combined with her thorough understanding of how organisations work, has ensured that Wish has become skilled-up to take forward this important funding stream with absolute confidence and success.  Thank you Charlotte.”

Desiree D'Souza, Leonard Cheshire Disability:

“Charlotte is a pleasure to work with. She is a great listener and fantastic coach. She has so many experiences to draw from that she was able to help me both as the manager of a busy team at a large, national charity and when I was seeking more targeted support in specific fundraising areas.  It was brilliant to have her wisdom, support and encouragement which helped me to work more independently and to trust my instincts. I wouldn't think twice about recommending Charlotte.”

Henry Shelford, Imperial College London:

“Thank you very much for all your help. There are 3 main areas where you’ve helped me: 
1. I have found your helpful prompting questions so useful for forcing my thought process and prioritisation over the last few months. Nothing beats articulating the thoughts that have been unfocused and unformed for some time! 

2. I am also grateful for your helpful introductions to people who you think can and did help along the path. I thought this was particularly unselfish of you. 

3. Your fundraising expertise and how you gently applied it to the situations I described. Especially helpful when I had lost sight of the theory/ logical path.”

Susan Foster, National Trust:

"Charlotte is a skilled coach and fundraising expert with the ability to empower others to work effectively and reach their potential. I worked with Charlotte for almost three years and in that time she transformed major gift fundraising at the National Trust. Under Charlotte's leadership the Philanthropy team flourished and stretching income targets were exceeded. Charlotte worked with our Board of Trustees to facilitate peer-to-peer major giving and created a step-change in the way the Philanthropy Team operated. She is a pleasure to work with and I wholeheartedly recommend her."