Consultants who help charities grow & guide them on their journey

While other consultancies specialise in one aspect of charity work, we have expertise across the board, enabling us to identify the best opportunities for each client, provide the most appropriate services for each situation and deliver a seamless solution across multiple needs.


David Saint - Third Sector Strategy, Management, and Fundraising Consultant


David Bull - Third Sector Management Consultant & Mentor


Felicia Willow - Third Sector Governance & Strategy Consultant


Andrew Johnson - Charity Sector Fundraising & Marketing Consultant


Kate Nicholas - Charity Sector Management & Communications Consultant


Robin Hamilton - Charity Crisis Management Consultant


Dave Tyler - Charity Project Management Consultant


Peter Campbell Smith - Charity Information Technology Consultant

Here are four good reasons to trust Action Planning to provide the support you need and add genuine value.

our dna

Action Planning is a diverse network of expert strategy and fundraising consultants, united under the leadership of Chairman David Saint by their passion for the charity sector, and their desire to help charities succeed. Over more than 25 years, we have helped thousands of not-for-profits including local authorities and churches to achieve their aims. All of our associates have first-hand experience of working in the charity sector, as trustees, senior management, staff or volunteers, and between them they have a comprehensive range of relevant[LT1] skills. Our approach makes us unique in being able to provide a thorough overview of each organisation’s opportunities and threats, so that nothing is overlooked as we focus on the areas of greatest need and impact.

our approach

We take an intelligent, analytical approach to each assignment, taking time to listen and learn the subtleties before working with our client to agree the best way forward. Whatever the brief, we will assess the overall picture to see if there are other influences impacting on the situation, before concentrating our efforts on an agreed, outcomes-based solution. This efficient, logical approach is softened by a sensitive, empathetic way of working with people that encourages confidence, enthusiasm and effectiveness.

our values

We recognise the faith that our clients invest in us, and we place high importance on justifying their trust. Much of our work comes from repeat business and referrals and we have an incomparable track record for working with faith-based organisations, disability charities, advocacy groups and many others, who trust us to represent their brands and values respectfully in the course of our work. In the pursuit of our mission to help charities succeed, we always develop a pragmatic and cost-effective workplan that recognises the financial constraints under which they operate and delivers real added value.

our promise

When you commit to hiring Action Planning, we commit to delivering a meaningful return on your investment. We will approach the brief with thoroughness, thoughtfulness, expertise and care and will provide you with the most appropriate people and service to help solve the problem, or develop the opportunity. Our diverse skills base means we sell you the service you need, rather than the one we want you to buy.