We can help with

Interim management

We can work with you on a short or medium term basis to fill temporary gaps in senior positions, or to provide additional resources to help manage change, improve services, or project manage new activities through their set-up period. We recognise that often what is needed is not just someone to advise you on what you need to do, and then go off and leave you to get on with it, but also to help see it through. top

Management consultancy in the following areas:

Leadership Development

Business and Project Development

The following are some of Margaret's major achievements in this area whilst leading not-for-profit organisations.

Southside Partnership

Major £1.5m capital development in Brixton to re-provide BME day services, provide three new training flats for mental health service users funded through Supporting People and also provide a fully equipped commercial kitchen to house an emerging social enterprise, Scotch Bonnet Catering specialising in the production of Caribbean food for the health, social care and social enterprise markets. Margaret led on this development procuring the funding and support to make these three components flagship services.

Having set up the Fanon Tenancy Sustainment Team, funded through Supporting People, Southside Partnership Fanon Care, a subsidiary of Southside Partnership, won a BME Spark award in March 2005 for its achievements in supporting homeless mentally ill people, many with substance misuse issues.

Obtaining a mix of statutory and charitable funding to expand a pilot project, working in HMP Brixton to working with 12 male and female prisons in London & the South East, providing a network of resettlement services for mentally disordered offenders being discharged from prison. In addition to their mental health needs, many of the clients were homeless at the point of release and also abusing drugs and alcohol. In June 2004 Southside won a national charity award for its vision and success in this work.

Setting up an emerging social enterprise. Margaret recognised the potential of the catering work that was already being carried out at Fanon Day Services and developed that into the emerging social enterprise, Scotch Bonnet Catering, whose name is taken from the hot pepper used in Caribbean cooking. Scotch Bonnet is developing a niche market in Caribbean buffets and is also venturing into hospital meals with a mental health NHS Trust for the provision of hospital meals (what Jamie did for school dinners... Scotch Bonnet will do for hospital dinners!). Apart from providing much needed delicious and nutritious meals and buffets, Scotch Bonnet will provide a range of training and employment opportunities for mental health service users.

Developing new Supporting People funded services and moving people who lived in care homes into a new more independent life in Supporting People funded services.

At Riverpoint

Market Lane, a £3.3m capital accommodation and day centre project for rough sleepers with drink problems, half funded by Housing Corporation grant, the balance of £1.3m for the day centre being fundraised from lottery and charitable trusts. The accommodation element comprised a 15-bed 'wet' hostel and 12 self contained flats and was revenue funded through the Rough Sleepers Unit, the local authority, the Department of Health and the former London Boroughs Grants Unit (now the Association of London Government). The day centre went on to win two national design awards and was nominated for a national charitable award for its 'healthy living centre' element. It is also quoted now as an example of good practice of integrated working.

Playing a key role in the development of the West London Zone of the Rough Sleepers' Initiative. Together with other homelessness agency directors Margaret contributed directly to government 'sounding boards' on social exclusion, the future of the RSI, the new London Unit on Rough Sleeping (now the Homelessness Directorate at the ODPM) and responses to 'Supporting People'.

Winning the West London Contact & Assessment Team (CAT) contract under the Rough Sleepers Initiative, covering the Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Ealing.

Procurement of several other direct access hostels, winter shelters and substance misuse residential services.

At Threshold Housing Advice

New projects in relation to elders and BME populations who were homeless or insecurely housed.

Re-structuring of the organisation. top

Partnership Work

Public Speaking Engagements

Strategy Development

Systems and Processes

Finance and Fundraising

Turnaround and Troubleshooting

Developing External Profile

Mergers and Joint Working


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