Testimonials

ConnectMore Solutions services are designed to support greater collaboration and understanding between the 'not for profit' and public sectors. The testimonials below provide an insight into the type of support we are able to offer to organisations working in public service delivery.

‘Richard developed and delivered a very effective NHS procurement training programme for local third sector providers. The results were backed up by a demonstrable improvement in competitive submissions from providers’.
‘Where Richard has extended specific support to providers, the Primary Care Trust has seen a marked improvement in the quality and content of competitive submissions’.

David Bailey
NHS Procurement & Supplies Manager

Richard brings a dynamic and focussed approach to his work to balance the strategic and operational requirements of consultancy assignments. In my experience Richard possesses an ability to ask the right questions in order to identify the root causes affecting performance. This approach is complemented by his ability to devise pragmatic solutions to make onward progress possible.

Jo Bradley
Executive Director, Groundwork Greater Nottingham

‘The work undertaken by Richard with the Nottingham Insight team has helped to inform how statutory partners across the region could proactively support their local voluntary sector in a competitive fundraising environment’.

Sean Tizzard
Development Manager, Big Lottery Fund

In my experience Richard has demonstrated an innovative approach in his work to support NHS commissioning with community organisations in Nottingham. The initiatives developed to date have started to inform how providers and commissioners can work collaboratively for the benefit of our local communities’.

Lisa Robinson
Director, Bright Ideas

Richard was able to offer structured and responsive support to Refugee Action and Refugee Forum in Nottingham to help us positively respond to an NHS contract opportunity. The assistance Richard provided helped both organisations to put together a successful bid through to the point of contract award on our first NHS contracts. We learned a tremendous amount from our work with Richard and work recommend his services to other organisations grappling with the commissioning process.

Keith Grayson
East Midlands Area Manager, Refugee Action

I have recently worked with Richard on a collaborative initiative financed by NHS Nottingham City hosted Nottingham CVS to support the development of the voluntary sector in Nottingham.

As part of this work Richard effectively led a project team of voluntary and statutory members to devise a solution to make statutory sector need assessments and priorities accessible to local voluntary sector organisations. The partnership approach which Richard facilitated has culminated in the development of a highly successful ‘voluntary sector hub’ concept housed on the Nottingham Insight website. The hub has since been proven to help local voluntary sector organisations to improve their fundraising performance and can be found at www.nottinghaminsight.org.uk/voluntarysector.

Mick Dunn
GIS, Data and Information Business Manager,
Nottingham City Council

During his time at Framework Housing Association Richard helped devise and implement an effective solution to empower and equip service users to take an active part in the governance of the organisation. I would wholeheartedly recommend Richard as a suitable candidate for any similar work requiring vision, determination, persistence, sensitivity and diplomacy.

Dave Smith
Service Director, Framework Housing Association

Richard helped us to understand the potential challenges involved in setting up a social enterprise centred around eBay trading.  Richard was quick to understand our business’s own special characteristics, assimilating that information and being extremely flexible in adapting his ideas to meet our needs. I would happily hire him again if we have similar projects to explore.

Paul Davies
Chief Executive, Clowne Enterprise

Richard offered valuable support to Headway Derby to help inform how we should develop our systems, services and staff to meet the requirements of the personalisation agenda. I would highly recommend his services to any organisation wishing to develop their approach to the personalisation of health and social care provision.

Sarah Stuart
Manager, Headway Derby