Eric Appleby

Eric Appleby is an experienced independent consultant specialising in work with the voluntary sector, but drawing on experience that encompasses the public, voluntary and private sectors.  He has held senior positions in the key voluntary sector bodies, including serving three terms as Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) and in 2000 won the Charity Awards overall award for Excellence in Charity Management.

Areas of Interest and Experience

  • strategic review and planning
  • voluntary sector organisational review and development
  • collaborative working, up to and including mergers
  • policy analysis and development
  • grant-making
  • voluntary/public sector relationships

St. Mary’s Islington: Support structural change and the creation of a new community organisation and governance arrangements

Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities: Conducted stakeholder review and developed options for future business planning

The Laundry: Support during crisis and restructuring. Trustee training and staff/trustee development

Peel Centre: Support for CEO in developing in alternative business plan in the run-up to the introduction of commissioning

DCSF: Review of operations of a childcare charity on behalf of a government department


Recent Assignments

  • a programme of work with small and medium sized voluntary and community organisations in one London borough to prepare them individually and collectively for the introduction of new commissioning arrangements
  • service review and development proposals for an organisation promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities
  • advising on the strategic development of a voluntary organisation providing services for young offenders
  • a review of organisational culture for a major provider of services to homeless people
  • building a national programme of dissemination of good practice in the development of volunteering for people who are at risk of social exclusion
  • establishment and oversight of two major national government programmes of grants to voluntary organisations

Contact Details

Mobile:  07973 954069

Email:  click here to send an email

Some Little Known Facts About Eric

The reason I joined the Pullens Group was I did want to be a member of a club (any club) that would have me. And they are a talented and knowledgeable bunch to whom I like to think I can bring a wider experience of the third sector.

When in need of comfort I enjoy reading old newspapers whilst eating cheese and watching any live sport on offer. Multi-tasking is a strength.

My biggest regret? I try not to harbour them, but the disappointment of missing out on playing football at Wembley in 1975 still lingers….

The best day of my life so far? A toss up between scoring the wining goal in the Baxter Cup final, aged 10, and my 30th wedding anniversary meal with friends and family (although there have quite a few other highlights in between).

The job from hell – working the night shift as a lone security guard in a large and echoing factory, sited between an asylum and a cemetery.