We are a group of management consultants committed to making a significant impact on the management and governance of civil society organisations and their funders.

We aim to make a substantial and sustainable improvement in the performance of these organisations by:

Over the last 25 years we have worked with more than 800 organisations and built a reputation for clarity and quality. We have worked with every type of civil society organisation and we focus particularly on:

All our assignments are tailor made to suit each client’s circumstances.

When you have had a look at this site, please do give us a call on 01628 478561 for a preliminary conversation about how we might be able to assist your organisation.



Managing Without Profit

Managing Without Profit

**The new 4th edition is now available to order.

Lead your organisation more effectively, govern it with greater energy and manage it with enhanced efficiency with this fully revised guide for civil society organisations by your side. The quintessential and trusted compendium with wise counsel on every page, it covers issues you’re likely to face as you drive your organisation forward.

What does it cover?
Whether your organisation is a charity, a housing association, a college, a campaigning organisation or an arms-length government body, this guide offers a practical overview of how to lead, govern and manage civil society organisations, with comprehensive information and easy-to-apply case studies to back up what you learn.

What’s new in this edition?
The new edition has been completely updated, with new chapters on leadership and governance. It puts leadership at the heart of good governance and effective management and focusses on the key roles of the chair and chief executive in delivering strong leadership.There are also new sections on:

The book also includes 17 new case studies.

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Building Outstanding Leadership Teams – insights from charity chief executives

Building Outstanding Leadership Teams

New research we have undertaken jointly with the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School has mapped in detail how leadership teams are structured, how members work as a team, what they do to invest in their development and to provide leadership across their organisations.

It goes on to identify the key drivers of outstanding leadership teams and identifies how charities should approach improving leadership team performance.

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Sunday Times report on our leadership team research

Sunday Times recognition for our research

The Sunday Times reported our findings into the workings of leadership teams of the UK’s larger charities.

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One minute tips on governance

Delivering Effective Governance

Twenty seven tips on governance written for Third Sector magazine, now brought together in a handy booklet. Topics include getting the board to work as a team, dealing with difficult trustees and building trust.



Delivering Effective Governance – Insights from the boards of larger charities

Delivering Effective Governance

This report sets out the results of detailed research undertaken by Compass and Cass Business School into how the top 500 charities are governed.  It identifies the characteristics of the best governed charities so readers can pinpoint actions their organisations can take to strengthen governance.

This report is essential reading for chairs, chief executives, board members and senior managers of organisations that want to further strengthen their governance.

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Sunday Times report on our governance research

Sunday Times recognition for our research

The Sunday Times reported our findings into the governance of large charities. The article highlighted our findings on the key drivers of effective governance.

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Australian Edition of Managing Without Profit

Managing Without Profit - Australian Edition

A new edition of Mike Hudson’s bestselling book Managing Without Profit has been written for nonprofit organisations in Australia.
Jointly developed with Australian consultant Lyla Rogan, the book describes Australian civil society, relates governance and management theory to Australian organisations and includes many new case studies from Australia.


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Compass supports children’s education in Vanuatu

Compass supports children's education in Vanuatu

Compass is supporting the education of secondary school children in the Pacific island state of Vanuatu. Mike Hudson and his wife Diana spent time at St Patrick’s College investigating how an independent school in the UK could develop its relationship with the college and provide voluntary support.

Since parents have to pay for secondary education in Vanuatu, they recommended that a bursary scheme be established to subsidise fees of bright and hard-working children who have to end their education if parents cannot afford the fees. Over £10,000 has been raised for ten bursaries (for either three or five years) and the target is to increase this to 20.