The Consultancy Team

Sarah Squire, Director and Consultant

We are a small team of fundraising consultants dedicated to providing high quality fundraising services, interim management and strategic advice.

Our lead consultants each have 20 years’ senior level experience in charity fundraising and the voluntary sector and are Diploma qualified Full Members of the Institute of Fundraising.

We follow best practice in fundraising, management and consultancy and adhere to the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice, which outlines the standards expected of all charitable fundraising organisations in the UK.

Sarah Squire has been a charity fundraiser for over 20 years and has been consulting for over 10 years.  She provides ‘hands on’ fundraising support and strategic consultancy for charities large and small.  Prior to setting up Fundraising Consultants Ltd Sarah held senior fundraising roles with Tearfund, St Christopher’s and Oasis Trust

Support includes funding research, bid writing, case for support development, coaching trust fundraisers, fundraising strategy and planning. Sarah works across all sectors and has a particular passion for children and youth, poverty and social welfare, health and medical research and faith-based causes.  Sarah features in the Institute of Fundraising’s Directory of Consultants

Her specialist areas include trusts and major donors, fundraising strategy and Trust Fundraising interim support.  Sarah lives in Wiltshire with her four children and mostly works with charities in London, the South East, the South West, Wales and the West Midlands.  

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Charmaine Farrugia is a funding specialist who has worked extensively within the voluntary and public sectors since 2001. Previously the Head of Youth and Community work for a Youth Services Charity, and a senior Youth Services Manager for a local authority, Charmaine holds a degree in Social Work and a Masters in Youth and Community work. Having honed her skills in frontline delivery, Charmaine has moved into Fundraising consultancy work and is now a freelance fundraiser, specialising in Trusts and foundations and statutory funding.

Charmaine has a strong track record with over 15 years in raising major grants for UK charities and non profit organisations, securing EU grants, statutory contracts, local and national funding and partnership sponsorship. She’s been successful in securing major grants from Surrey County Council, Heathrow Community Fund, Community Foundation for Surrey, Doorstep Sports, Active Surrey and Armed Forces Covenant. She is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and features in the the IOF’s Directory of Consultants

With over 11 years’ extensive project management and front-line operational experience including budgeting, data analysis and outcome reporting gained at Richmond upon Thames Local Authority and within the charity sector, the support Charmaine can offer includes developing effective and robust fundraising and income generation strategies, case for support development, successfully bidding for large grants and tenders, developing effective monitoring and evaluation processes and undertaking charity evaluations. Charmaine works across all sectors, with a particular focus on charities in London and the home counties and has a particular passion for children and youth, poverty and social welfare, health and education. 

Charmaine lives in Surrey and mostly works with charities in London, the South East, the South West, and Wales.

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Joanna Brill is a professionally trained coach and trainer with over 10 years’ experience working with executive, business and life coaching clients from around the world. After a 10 year career as a marketing communications professional in telecoms and investment management she successfully certified as a coach and has run her own coaching practice since.

Based in the UK she brings her expertise in professional coaching to create new thinking and new approaches in the charity, social enterprise and community impact sector.

She has a background in Innovation and Development and coaches change-makers and people who want to make a difference in all sectors. She brings inspiration and understanding on what it takes to be a change-maker. Her coaching focuses on potential and possibilities and grounds them into innovative approaches.

Building on your strengths with a solutions focus approach Joanna provides insight and innovation to your strategic thinking and leadership.

Joanna has a particular passion for youth and schools having worked in innovation and development for a youth charity on wellbeing and resilience. She is also a Chair of Trustees for a growing primary Trust.