Strategic consultancy


Our expert team of charity consultants are on hand to help with any questions you have about running a charity or grantmaking.

Monica Brown

Monica Brown

Head of Charity Advisory and Programmes

Monica leads the team which includes overall responsibility for CAF’s charity advisory, grantmaking and legacy services, operating budget and personnel. Monica joined CAF in July 2016 and is part of CAF’s leadership group.

Monica was previously CEO of the charity Dress for Success Greater London and the National Head of England for the BBC Children in Need Appeal. She has an extensive background in grantmaking, change management and organisational development.

Philip Spedding

Philip Spedding

Senior Manager – Advisory & Business Development
Philip has spent 30 years working in fundraising. For 16 years he was at the development agency Arts & Business, eventually becoming its Director. There he created their programme of work around individual giving, helped to devise work on income diversification and gave consultancy advice to charities. The rest of his career has been spent working in charities, most recently at The London Library, where he raised £8m in six years. Companies which have sought his advice include American Express in New York, Samsung in Seoul, Lexus in Vienna and Deutsche Bank in London. He has spoken on the relationship between culture and money in countries spanning Canada to China and Finland and Vietnam.
Outside of CAF he is a director of the Charity Tax Group, the country’s leading organisation campaigning for a better tax environment for charities, and is a trustee of Action for Children’s Art.
Dawa Dem

Dawa Dem

Lead Advisory Manager

As Lead Advisory Manager, Dawa is responsible for managing key partnerships with corporate foundations, Government departments, philanthropists and charities.

She also leads our charity consultancy work on organisational development and resilience building. This includes creating organisation development plans and private partnerships or direct fundraising plans for charities.

Dawa has more than 18 years of international development and fundraising experience and has worked with organisation such as UNICEF, Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), The Resources Alliance and Loden Foundation. She is also a country expert, Gender and Social Index for OECD.

Learn more about the work Dawa and the charity advisory team does.

Beth Clarke

Beth Clarke

Programme Manager, CAF Resilience

Beth has been working in areas of organisational development and resilience for smaller charities for almost ten years. She ran CAF Resilience, a £1.3m programme funded by philanthropists, helping small charities develop their resilience to ensure their long term survival and the continuation of the vital services they provide. She has also managed the DCMS programme Growing Place-based Giving, working with complex local charitable partnerships to establish long term sustainable models.

Beth has held responsibility for governance and process within a charity, and led on the development and implementation of a quality assurance programme for voluntary organisations across all London boroughs aimed at improving their organisational effectiveness and the quality of their youth participation. Beth was formerly a trustee of a national charity working to alleviate loneliness and social isolation through telephone friendship groups.

Blogs and articles by Beth:
Critical lessons for charity trustees
Let’s celebrate those leading small charities
Building a resilient charity sector


Ingrid Barnard

Ingrid Barnard

Grant Making Manager
Ingrid has over 15 years' grantmaking experience and manages and supports the delivery of a wide range of grantmaking programmes.

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Whether you’re a charity looking for expert guidance, a grantmaker or foundation looking to work with us, or an event manager looking for a speaker, this is the place to start.

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