Steve Allman enables charities and social enterprises to evaluate impact and develop strategy.
Sharing skills and knowledge developed over two decades of real sector experience at every level from volunteer to CEO, clients welcome Steve’s practical, down to earth style of consultancy and his passion for enabling them to have a positive impact.
As chief executive of a disabled children’s charity, he implemented a strategy to scale up to £1 million in a little under 3 years. He served as chair of the Council for Disabled Children and as on the steering group of School for Social Entrepreneurs East.
Driven by a lifelong passion for inclusion and equality, Steve Allman enjoyed a career in health and social care supporting vulnerable and marginalised groups for charities including Mencap, The Children’s Society and the National Autistic Society.
Steve takes a particular interest in charities and social enterprises supporting vulnerable people and marginalised groups.
1- In no more than three sentences, please explain what you do
I describe myself as a socially conscious consultant; my promise to clients is that I won’t arrive in a pin-striped suit speaking management consultancy gobbledygook! I use my own experience of working in the sector to take a practical approach to helping charities and social enterprises evaluate their impact and develop their strategy in the hope that our work together helps them to helps others.
2- Who inspires you?
I’m mostly inspired by the people I meet in the course of my everyday work evaluating charity projects; mums working hard to build better lives for their children after experiencing domestic abuse, people with disabilities and mental health difficulties tackling prejudice and discrimination, countless volunteers giving their time to make a difference; one doesn’t have to look too hard to find inspiration in the voluntary sector.
3- What is the biggest change you want to see in the world?
I’ve always been passionate about social inclusion; I started out working with disabled children and young people with complex needs and was CEO of a disability charity for seven years. The majority of my clients support marginalised, disadvantaged people who regularly experience inequality and discrimination. I’d like to see an equal society and, whilst I appreciate it may sound a little far-fetched, I’m fortunate to know a number of organisations doing their best to achieve it!
4- What would you like to be remembered for?
I’d like be remembered as a guy who did what he could to help charities and social enterprises help others. It’s always good to hear from clients who say our work together helped them secure further funds and to feel that I’ve played a small part in helping those organisations to have an impact on the people they’re working hard to support.
5- What is the most interesting new idea you’ve come across in the past year?
There’s a lot of creative people in the voluntary sector with some good ideas. I’m currently working with the national disability charity Scope to evaluate a project which uses a system similar to Skype to provide online peer to peer support for parents of disabled children. It’s a great idea for people who feel isolated or are unable to attend parent groups and other more traditional methods of support; definitely one to watch.
6- Finally, how can people engage with your work if they’d like to learn more/help?
You can find out more about my work helping charities and social enterprises on my website www.steveallman.com or get in touch by phone on 01473 353600. I’m also on Linkedin (steveallman), Twitter (@steveallman) and Facebook (steveallman.UK).