Our Mission

We are working to revolutionise the leadership and efficacy of the voluntary sector by working with the board, individual leaders and the organisation to ensure they have the greatest, most sustainable impact.

Our Expertise

We are a team of leading third sector minds. With proven experts in leadership development, organisational change and effectiveness, strategy development, governance and law for charities and social enterprises, we provide guidance that can transform your organisation

Nigel Kippax

Nigel is Managing Director at The Trustee Fellowship and has over 20 years’ experience leading consulting businesses in the commercial and voluntary sectors. He has a particular passion for developing charity leadership and helping organisations to deliver greater impact through becoming more effective and efficient in the work they do. Nigel strongly believes that leaders in voluntary and corporate organisations have a lot to learn from each other.

Prior to his consulting career Nigel worked for Exxon-Mobil in the UK and Belgium. He has been a trustee of the Royal Blind Society and a judge on the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. He has written many articles and contributed to several books on leadership development, change management, strategy, lean thinking and process management.

Srabani Sen OBE

Srabani is a tutor on our trustee programmes and a lead consultant on board development. Her career has been predominately working at board level on issues of leadership, strategy and campaigning.

She has over 10 years’ experience as a successful CEO and over 20 years’ experience as an effective board member. With a strong track record of transformational change, she is passionate about organisational effectiveness and connecting leadership, strategy and governance to the needs of beneficiaries and customers in a meaningful and measurable way.

She has been instrumental in changing public policy on key issues of children’s disability and alcohol through devising compelling public and media messaging and developing strong relationships with senior government ministers, civil servants and industry and sector organisations.

Srabani’s CEO roles include the British Association of Adoption and Fostering; Contact a Family and Alcohol Concern and was awarded an OBE for her work with children and families.

Ian White

Ian is a lead consultant on governance and board development, and a tutor on The Trustee Fellowship programmes. Ian is an experienced Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary for both listed and major private companies as well as a consultant specialising in corporate governance. His principal area of expertise and interest is in helping boards work as teams and has undertaken both internal and external board reviews for FTSE 100 companies.

He is currently a Trustee of Fitzroy, a £25 million turnover charity for people with learning disabilities. In addition, Ian is a former course leader on the IOD’s ‘Role of the Director and the Board’ and a qualified coach.

Brian Lamb OBE

Brian is a tutor on The Trustee Fellowship programmes and is a consultant specialising in strategic change and innovation in the charity and public sector. As Chair of the NCVO Campaign Effectiveness Advisory Board for the last ten years he has extensive knowledge of the UK and international campaigning sector and is author of the Good Guide to Campaigning, which is the UK’s only campaign guide specifically aimed at the voluntary sector. He has also supported the development of charity regulation and guidance for trustees on campaigning and communications.

Experienced in working with Government he chaired a Ministerial Inquiry into Parental Confidence in SEN (2009) which influenced the development of the Children and Families Act 2014. He has also served on a number of Government working groups in Education, Disability Rights and Health. He was a Visiting Fellow at London South Bank University on Government and Charity Management. He is a visiting Professor in Special Educational Needs and Disability at Derby University and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University for his work on reforming the Special Educational Needs System.

Brian previously worked in the voluntary sector for 25 years most recently as an Executive Director of Advocacy and Policy, at Action on Hearing Loss (formally RNID) and before that Scope. He is also the founding Chair of a new charity Achievement for All (AfA) which improves outcomes for children with SEND.



Mary Davies

Mary is one of our lead Charity Lean consultants, with over 16 years’ experience supporting people and organisations of all types and sizes in the private, public and voluntary sectors, both in the UK and globally. She focuses on working with clients to deliver improvements through understanding and re-designing processes, and ensuring the changes are sustainable through skills transfer and training.

Mary engages with people, analyses the details of issues and helps organisations to identify and implement business improvements. This can be by leading and facilitating continuous improvement activities, conducting or facilitating assessments or audits, business process re-engineering, lean approaches or delivering training and development programmes.

A previous treasurer of Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust, Mary began in the chemical industry in the UK and USA and holds a PhD in Chemistry as well as a post-doctoral research fellowship.



Clive Brazier

Clive is one of our Charity Lean lead consultants, with a passion for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of charity operations and promoting sustainable development through partnerships with local government. He believes strongly that no strategy or process improvement will be effective unless the hearts and minds of the people involved have been won over. As such, he always adopts a very inclusive and engaging style with clients.

His experience spans the commercial and charity sectors including Director level appointments in the dairy, hotel, residential construction and food manufacturing industries. Clive is an Enterprise Mentor for University College of London through the ‘Measuring for Good’ programme run by Community Service Volunteers. His is qualified in lean management, sustainability at work (Open University), social responsibility at work and ISO 14001 environmental management.



Howard Exton-Smith

Following a general management career in the private sector, Howard has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, facilitator and coach focusing on management and organisational effectiveness and development. He is part of our Board Development team.

With a background in psychology, marketing and a Master’s in Management, Howard has gained expertise in public, service user and stakeholder consultation. He is interested in the connections between attitudes and behaviour and skills and competencies. He also has extensive experience in a wide range of management development areas including strategy formulation and implementation, business planning, budgeting and finance, project management and governance.

Howard creates an inclusive, participative and solutions-focussed environment to foster learning: a skilled communicator for changing attitudes and behaviour, he is passionate about making a difference.

Trustee Fellowship

Realise your leadership potential through accredited training & development

Board Development

Collaborating with you for good governance and creating a thriving, forward thinking, effective board

Charity Efficiency

Increasing the capacity, effectiveness and impact of your organisation