Change Q consultants are experienced strategic leadership consultants, wholly dedicated to furthering the work of medium-small charities and social enterprises. Striving to make strategy and leadership skills more accessible, we work participatively, sharing skills and promoting learning. Through both consultancy and training we help you and your teams to understand the dynamics of complex and continually changing contexts, to set and review priorities for where and how you will respond, to use Design Thinking to improve stakeholder experience and programme impact and to grow sustainable income from fundraising and trading.


We support charities across 5 areas of strategic leadership:

We make high quality strategy and leadership consultancy more accessible to medium sized charities. Our strategic leadership consultancy is delivered by some of the sector’s most experienced consultants, all trained to post graduate level and with substantial experience at CEO or Director level. That means it’s tailored to your needs but high impact and efficient, supported by the essential services which feed into and out of strategy & leadership, to help you improve resilience and impact.

Charity Strategy Consultancy

Change Q’s qualified charity strategic leadership consultants have helped over 100 charity leaders and their teams to develop effective strategies. This includes award-winning service delivery strategies and fundraising strategies which have raised millions. Our strategy consultancy is specially designed to help medium sized and smaller charities to understand complex and changing contexts and to use proven strategy tools to create shared goals and plans which improve future sustainability and impact. Whether yours is a charity or social enterprise, we can help you to develop more sustainable charity service strategies, spot and serve revenue earning markets, grow income and improve communications.

Research & Evaluation

Our charity research and evaluation consultants are some of the best in the sector. Highly experienced and efficient, they work with Change Q’s strategy consultants to help you to better understand your stakeholders’ needs and the dynamics of your sector and to more effectively measure impact and foster learning. You can find out more about how they work here.

Product & Programme Design

We use Design Thinking, as part of our strategic leadership service, to help charities and social enterprises to understand their users’ needs and to design and trial appropriate responses. This applies to both charity services and products and those for funders and potential funders.

Organisational Development and Business Planning

Adjusting to external change, or preparing to grasp new opportunities, may mean that your teams need to look at new ways of working or of using resources. Sometimes this means changing behaviours, sometimes revising structures, deciding how to deliver or fund new services or planning increased capacity. We’ve successfully developed a wide range of organisations and programmes and can guide your teams through the process of developing business plans and adapting how they work together.

Charity Leadership Development

Leadership development cuts across all our work but we also help charities and social enterprises with specific leadership challenges. Our approach is focused upon helping teams to release their strengths and work more effectively together, to achieve their goals and improve sustainability. We do this by sharing the Change Q Charity Leadership Development model and by providing bespoke charity leadership consultancy.


CQ Insight – Change Q’s newsletter – strengthens charity leaders by sharing knowledge to inform strategic planning. We share policy information, research findings affecting service design and fundraising, strategy and leadership tools and fundraising information. Subscribe to CQ Insight here.

Working hard to help charities achieve

We work hard to support charities so they can achieve more – for their beneficiaries and their funders

Changing Behaviour

We helped Open Up Music to design, fund and evaluate a social change programme which challenges attitudes, improves the lives of young people with disabilities and which won the Observer/Nesta New Radical Award For Significant Social Change

Developing Profitable Products

Change Q helped social enterprise RECOOP to use market insight and product design tools to navigate a bewilderingly complex and highly regulated sector. This gave a skilled and dedicated team the confidence and drive to push forward, focusing resources upon activities most likely to yield the highest return socially and financially

Improving Lives

We helped the energetic and talented staff at Jessie May to raise £1.2m for  nursing care for terminally ill children through its high profile Precious Time Appeal.

Growing Income

At a critical time in Holly Hedge animal sanctuary’s history Change Q helped harness the team’s considerable strengths into a fundraising strategy and a belief structure which sustained the charity’s excellent work and is now building the foundations for future growth.

Sector Leading Charity Research and Evaluation

Essential to being agile, creating impact and securing funds is knowledge. Click the icon to find out how we can help

Expert Charity Strategy Support

Developing a strategy is about so much more than an Away Day. Click the icon to Find out how we can make your strategy planning more agile and effective

Learning & Development – Change Q Training

We’ve developed a range of learning and development programmes specifically designed to help leaders and teams in medium-small charities and social enterprises to strengthen teams, adapt to change and grow their organisations. Find out more at Change Q Training.

Fundraising Talent Programme

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Develop your Leadership Skills

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Consultancy: Supporting charities to make more impact

Using a blend of strategy and leadership knowledge, Change Q consultants provide a different approach to charity strategy consultancy.

Covering all aspects of charity activity – from organisational strategy to fundraising strategy – it’s highly efficient, develops team skills and creates strategy which is already part way to implementation by the time it’s complete.

The Strategic Leadership Space

This high impact strategy space is for trustees, leaders and teams. A more effective alternative to the standard review, it affordably connects teams to knowledge about their sector dynamics, helps them to master a range of third sector strategy planning tools and guides them towards a shared view of forward going policy and plans. Useful for annual charity strategy reviews or for programme and policy design, it helps charities and social enterprises to increase impact, create more cohesive teams and improve charity sustainability

Innovative Fundraising Programme

A short, high impact, highly participative blend of consultancy and ‘on task’ training designed for fundraising teams in medium sized and growing charities. Through guided evaluation we first help fundraising teams to understand the strengths and needs of both their audiences and their charity. Then, combining sector experience and innovation tools, we help them to strengthen and design fundraising products which increase supporter satisfaction and fundraising ROI while developing team skills and cohesion


Award winning fundraising consultants launch training and coaching programme to strengthen regional charity fundraising

Change Q Training, part of one of the sector’s most experienced fundraising and charity consultancies, have developed the Fundraising Talent Programme to help regional fundraisers to significantly improve their fundraising results. Results from a recent Change Q survey showed that although 67% of charity staff in regional charities said that demand for services is increasing …


When a charity or CIC first starts up, its founders are fired up with a vision. The strategy is often clear, direction decisive, determination at its height. Those early investors – the first supporters – are often close enough to this vision to have whole parts of their lives touched by its glow. It’s a …

COVID-19 Funding For Charities

Many charities out there could benefit from additional funding right now – whether they are building capacity because they are working on the front-line with the most vulnerable; developing new virtual support systems or because typical income streams such as community fundraising have been hit. These are a few of the recently announced funds (click …


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Change Q helps strengthen strategic leadership in charities and social enterprises, whether that relates to service delivery, fundraising or communications. We also help you to stay up to date with sector developments such as policy change, sector research findings and funding opportunities.

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