Mike offers 25 years of experience of working in the charity sector and undertakes commissions of varied consultancy work for social care, arts and environmental organisations.
During his 12 years of setting up and managing Befriending Network Scotland (1998-2010), Mike established a consultancy service, undertaking over 50 pieces of work including evaluations, feasibility studies, strategy days and organisational reviews for charities. With the Diploma in Organisational Consultancy and Facilitation (Craighead Institute) under his belt, Mike began working freelance in 2010 and since then he has undertaken work including:
Evaluations: LGBT Age (2016) and previously LINK (mental health befriending), Food Train Friends, Shetland Befriending Scheme and Scottish Borders Council while working with Befriending Network Scotland. Other evaluation contracts Mike has led or worked on include Breastfeeding Network, Basketball Scotland, Scottish Book Trust, Reclaiming Social Work implementation (Education & Children’s Services Aberdeen City Council) and North East Sensory Services while working at Blake Stevenson*.
Developing fundraising materials / fundraising research: Pass IT On Computers, Reusing IT, Simpson House, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh Garden Partners, Govan Schools Pipes and Drums Association, Fischy Music
Feasibility Studies / Mapping Exercises: Caithness Community Care Forum, Parenting across Scotland and while working with social research company *Blake Stevenson he worked on process mapping.
Organisational Strategy Days and Events (for Boards and/or staff teams): PLUS, Craighead Institute, Trellis, Muirhouse Youth Development Group, Families Outside
Governance Responsibilities and/or Staff Management Procedures: EMMS International, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
*Mike worked part time as a Senior Consultant for Blake Stevenson between Oct 2012 and May 2016 and is now a Senior Associate with the company.