John Neate


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I hope that the following comments and recommendations will be helpful to you as you consider whether to use my services:

“Big C Cancer Charity engaged John Neate to facilitate future thinking on how, as a charity, we invest wisely in future cancer research, particularly in the area of prevention. John has influenced the charity’s strategic direction and business planning. From our experience, we can positively recommend John to other organisations who wish to explore a number of charity or business options that may be available to them.”

    Carolyn Sexton, Chairman, and Chris Bushby, CEO, Big C Cancer Charity.

“John is an exceptionally valued critical friend. His insight and perceptive questioning have proved invaluable as I have developed my own role and developed strategic plans for the team. I can wholeheartedly recommend John to anyone who is looking for a trusted and safe companion through transition and change.”

    Jim Barker, Director of Fundraising for Mission, Church Mission Society

“John’s training was an eye opener to our team. We implemented most things that we learned on the away day. I would recommend anyone who wants to start a charity to have this training.  Our vision and aim are now clear in relation to the people we are targeting.  We are now focused on supporting children in Zimbabwe. Thank you, John, your help meant a lot to our team.”

    Hilda Chehore, Founder, Ultimate Children Foundation

John worked very sympathetically with us on a strategic review. He not only got under the skin of the organisation but brought sharp analytic skills to bear that resulted in a clear focussed report that helpfully charted the way forward for us.”

    Philip Mounstephen, Executive Leader, Church Mission Society

“As a mentor and coach, John has been immensely helpful in supporting me as I work through the organisational changes that I have overseen within Tearfund and the strategic priorities that I am now leading on. John combines personal and professional support with great wisdom and sensitivity. I have found our times together consistently positive and constructive.”

     David Bainbridge, then International Director, Tearfund

“John is a consummate strategic business leader with mature grasp of organisational development and insight for international development organisations.”

      Adam Leach, CEO, Y Care International

“It was good to have you as our interim CEO at Y Care International. You brought your experience and commitment and, in a very uncertain time for us and the staff, gave us some stability, yet encouraged us to think about change and the future. Thank you for your time and contribution at YCI.”

     Daleep Mukarji, then Chairman, Y Care International

“I appreciated the speed with which John got to grips with the key issues and his approach in trying to make positive progress, rather than just ‘marking time’. Above all, I valued his very constructive and supportive attitude.”

     Paul Young, then Deputy Chairman, Y Care International

“As a mentor and coach, John took time to listen and question to really understand the business. At each session, he built on previous discussions to deliver the agreed objectives. Using some business strategy tools John helped in the refocusing of my business. He provided wisdom, insight and business acumen to help develop a plan for the next five years. I felt encouraged and supported throughout the process.”

     Ian Finlayson, Founder and Director, Practical Solutions International

“John successfully led The Prostate Cancer Charity through a dramatic period of growth over 9 years and developed a strong professional culture and management team.”

     Professor Paul Forster, then Chairman, Prostate Cancer UK)

“John has great mentoring skills, which I feel helped me to become a more fully rounded leader, as well as confident in my judgement as a public relations practitioner. I am very happy to endorse John – he taught me a lot.”

     Vivienne Francis, then Deputy Director of Communications, Prostate Cancer UK