Expert support for charity leaders

Expert Support for Senior Leaders LogoWho are these sessions for?

These sessions are for trustees, leaders or senior managers of small charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises already delivering services in Buckinghamshire, as well as for people looking to set up new organisations delivering services in Buckinghamshire.

If you are a charity leader looking to develop your management skills, improve yours and your team’s performance, build your confidence as a leader and develop the strategy and vision for your organisation, our Expert Support for Charity Leaders is the perfect solution for you.

The sessions

Community Impact Bucks offers three different types of support dependant on your needs:

  • Coaching for Impact 

As a leader in your organisation do you ever wish you had someone to help strengthen your leadership skills, with the space to talk through some of the complex issues you may be dealing with? Perhaps it is support with how to go about building your team or how to overcome the barriers to making the progress you want? Are you new to a leadership role and wonder if you are getting it right?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you may be eligible to attend a series of free and confidential coaching sessions offered by Alexandra Smith, a highly experienced independent business coach.

These sessions are by invitation only; please register your interest with Community Impact Bucks.

  • Mentoring for Success

Are you grappling with a strategic challenge, planning organisational change, or just looking to compete within the current economic climate?

If you would like help developing a clear plan to ensure your organisation is effective now and into the future, Community Impact Bucks can arrange a 1:2:1 confidential session with Warren Koehler, a senior leader in the non profit sector who has navigated similar issues.  Warren will offer guidance to help inform your decision making and gives you access to insights gained from his experiences. Previous sessions have included the following topics:

Vision work:



  • Making a positive transition from being a founder-led organisation.
  • Developing positive relationships between operation staff/trustees.

These sessions are by invitation only; please register your interest with Community Impact Bucks.

  • Fundraising Mentoring

Grant fundraising for a small charity can sometimes be a lonely and frustrating place.  As a fundraiser in your organisation do you ever wish you had someone to talk to about the issues you may be dealing with?  Perhaps it is support with how to go about researching funding opportunities or how to make the most of an application? Are you new to grant fundraising and wonder if you are getting it right? Would you like to connect with other grant fundraisers?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you may be eligible to attend a series of free mentoring sessions offered by Jennie Gillions, a highly experienced fundraising consultant.

These sessions are by invitation only; please register your interest with Community Impact Bucks.

Next steps

If your charity serves Buckinghamshire and you would like to take advantage of Coaching for Impact with Alexandra Smith, Mentoring for Success with Warren Koehler, or Fundraising Mentoring with Jennie Gillions you need to first register your interest.  For any questions about these sessions, please contact Frankie Hockham on 01844 617218 or 

Online resources

If you are looking for funding opportunities, we recommend you register with free online services Bucks Funding Search and GrantwayBucks Funding Search and Grantway are searchable databases of funding opportunities.  They are easy to use, allow you to tailor your searches, are regularly updated and allow you to sign up for email updates direct to your inbox. For further guidance and top tips go to our Funding and Governance pages.

Meet the experts

Our volunteers are highly experienced professionals who give their time for free to mentor charity leaders.  They have been selected for their expertise and professional knowledge – so you can be confident they have the skills and experience to support you and your organisation in achieving your goals.

About Alexandra Smith, Coaching for Impact

Alexandra’s career over the last 25+ years has included director roles in human resources and she has worked as an independent HR consultant and coach since 2003.

She has worked with leaders and managers in a wide variety of organisations, and brings a wealth of experience to her coaching.

Alexandra’s coaching style is both supportive and inspiring, as she works with clients to find pragmatic solutions to issues.

About Warren Koehler, Mentoring for Success

Warren started his career as a qualified Social Worker with a focus on vulnerable families and safeguarding.

After 18 years in the profession, he made a change and worked with Safeway Stores managing their national creche operation. This gave him a grounding in all aspects of business management and regulatory requirements, e.g., OFSTED, H&S, etc.

After the takeover by Morrison’s, he moved to the private nursery sector as a senior manager overseeing a portfolio of day nurseries and creches. Here he successfully managed several mergers and acquisitions.

Next, he went into running a private residential nursing home for a developing regional provider. This required him to further develop his regulatory experience and knowledge, especially around Care Quality Commission requirements as well as quality service provision.

Finally, he ended his career with 12 years in the charity sector with a focus on services for disabled people of all ages – firstly with a large national provider and finishing with a medium-size local charity.

About Jennie, Fundraising Mentoring

Jennie Gillions started as a Grants fundraiser in 2008 after five years running grant-funded volunteering projects. Since then, she has raised millions of pounds from Trusts and Foundations for causes including mental health, medical research, refugees, youth, and international human rights.

She is currently freelance, specialising in grant writing, fundraising strategy, supporting organisations to get their fundraising foundations right, and the relationship between fundraising and communications.

Outside of Trusts work, Jennie has a Philanthropic Psychology qualification and a background in writing successful Lottery and EU proposals. She is a keen supporter of charities, libraries, and her local dog rescue centre.