Simpact is consultancy with a clear social purpose.

Our Team

Mark Shields
Mark Shields
CEO
  • Mark has over fifteen years senior management experience in the employment related services and skills sector, with an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS. Working across both private and voluntary sector organisations, Mark has specific expertise in the design and delivery of large social inclusion programmes both in the UK and overseas. Mark is also experienced in successfully managing large bidding rounds.

    An ardent Bristol City fan, Mark enjoys running, playing football and is passionate about helping charities, social enterprises and small businesses grow.

Janet Chandler
Janet Chandler
Director
  • Janet brings 12 years experience at Prime Contractor level, working across all stages of the contracting lifecycle. A graduate of Imperial College with post-graduate study in Management at Durham, her experiences have included managing multi-million pound contracts, across: Welfare to Work, Youth Services and Public Health.

    Janet has a breadth of experience in service design as well as both proposal and supply chain development. In addition, Janet has worked on capacity building for private and not for profit organisations, inspection/assessment preparation (Ofsted, Merlin, Matrix) and delivering high quality, high performing services.

    Based in London, Janet works with Simpact’s clients in the South East of England.

Rikki Garcia
Rikki Garcia
Director
  • Rikki brings 21 years experience of managing services in the public and voluntary sectors, including change management, service performance improvement, business development, programme management and staff motivation.

    Most recently Chief Executive of Healthwatch Greenwich, Rikki was previously Director of Commercial Services for vInspired, and Head of Commissioning at NCS Trust, responsible for designing and leading the 2014 commissioning round – the largest single youth service procurement in UK history.

    Rikki is a qualified youth worker and worked with young people across the country before becoming Head of Youth Service in Bromley. He spent two years at the GLA in the Children and Young People’s unit and three and a half years at One Housing Group managing supported accommodation for homeless young people. Rikki is a Trustee for Friends of the Elderly, chairing their Strategic Delivery Sub Committee, as well as Chair of the Healthwatch Bexley Advisory Board.

Liton Ullah
Liton Ullah
Associate
  • Over the last 12 years Liton has worked in the UK and internationally across business development and operational environments to secure and deliver contracts for private, public and not for profit organisations across multiple sectors including: employability, health and social care and IAG services. Liton has worked in the UK, India and South Africa to lead on business development and the operationalisation of successful bids including; a multi-million all age carers advice service, direct payments services, a rural skills development programmes across six states in India and employability programmes in Johannesburg.

    Liton is a Trustee at a community based social enterprise, called Zest, which manages a flagship community building programme and delivers personalised health, employment, training, social and physical activities to adults and children from across Sheffield.

Matt Spry
Matt Spry
Associate
  • Matt has 20 years of experience across strategic, commercial, business development and transformation roles. Within the service outsourcing sector he has worked in teams that won contracts totalling in excess of £2bn over a five-year period, with clients from both the private and public sectors. A graduate in Accounting and Financial Analysis from the University of Warwick, Matt works with Simpact to support their clients with service design and commercial modelling. In recent years he has helped clients solve a wide range of challenges. These include supporting corporates dealing with huge changes in their sector, helping social enterprises design more sustainable business models, and working with growing businesses and charities taking their first steps in bidding for service contracts.

Ian Hutchison
Ian Hutchison
Associate
  • Ian is Simpact’s lead for service design. He is passionate about bringing people
    together to co-produce services and experiences that improve human wellbeing. Ian has worked across health and social care in the public, voluntary and community sectors in a variety of senior management roles, from change and delivery management to commissioning. Alongside his love of good design, Ian is particularly interested in how services respond to the digital age.

Jim Cranshaw
Jim Cranshaw
Associate
  • Jim helps charities develop their organisational strategy, advise on their theory of change and engage stakeholders to help develop their work. Jim has also worked as a senior fundraiser for over ten years and has helped numerous clients develop their approach to fundraising and fundraise for specific projects.

    An MSc in Development Studies, Jim is an experienced facilitator and trainer, and has delivered training to over two thousand people to date, including capacity building workshops to: government, civil service, teachers, charity staff, university, college and school students.

Frances Hill
Frances Hill
Associate
  • Frances has over 30 years of experience in the development and humanitarian sectors working with NGOs, academics and the private sector, securing funding. She has been responsible for mentoring, scoping, coordinating and producing successful bids for many bilateral and multilateral donors. She has facilitated workshops on effective proposal development and partnership strengthening throughout Africa and Asia, as well as strengthening proposal teams, advising on sustainable revenue generation and taking humanitarian innovation programmes to scale. Over her career, she has been responsible for bringing in several million pounds of donor funding for a wide range of NGOs. Frances was Executive Director of the Development Studies Association (DSA) and is currently Chair of Trustees for the South West International Development Network (SWIDN). Frances advises Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund on partnerships, the localisation agenda and taking innovations to scale.

Daniel Stanway
Daniel Stanway
Associate
  • Daniel is a business transformation specialist with over 15 years’ experience helping organisations improve their operational capability. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Sigma Master Black Belt, who has a broad range of experience from roles outside of consulting, including: Factory Plant Manager, Business Unit Manager and Head of Quality. Daniel’s people-orientated coaching and mentoring style allows him to manage the transition from textbook theory to implementation, whilst realising the desired outcome with positive employee engagement.

Zeiniz Virani
Zeiniz Virani
Associate
  • Zeiniz is a digital and technology executive with 20 years’ experience in retail, leisure, eCommerce, education management and social housing. He is skilled in helping organisations create technology plans that realise their ambition and adept at galvanising technology, cultural & human change management to deliver value to Simpact’s clients. Zeiniz has practical experience of the introduction of agile, product technology methods, and transforming traditional waterfall IT divisions into adaptive, nimble and responsive teams.

Samantha Robinson
Samantha Robinson
Associate
  • Samantha has over 13 years experience managing programmes of work in the Finance, online Media, and credit reference markets. She specialises in mergers and acquisitions having seen through a number of successful in corporations. Samantha enjoys developing strategy and vision to allow successful delivery and execution of programme outcomes. Her goal is to help organisations turn complicated business needs, be it mergers and acquisitions, organisational and business change, or IT integration programmes, in to a deliverable, predictable, and measurable programme of work.

Dave Hitchen
Dave Hitchen

Associate

  • Dave is an experienced senior manager in the further education and skills sector, specialising in change management and business transformation. As a project manager Dave has delivered major IT systems, data management and organisational restructure programmes in both the private and public sectors. Dave quickly grasps new areas of work, manages people with clarity and rigour and deploys strong financial and IT skills. Most recently Dave has been working with Higher and Further Education institutions on their strategic and operational responses to the apprenticeships levy market.

Christina Jewell
Christina Jewell

Associate

  • Christina brings 13 years public and private sector experience to the teams she works with, spanning management, stakeholder liaison, digital projects, and training/facilitation. Both people and technology focused, she is able to bridge the gap between business and service users, utilising her experience to ensure customer satisfaction. Driven and committed to continuous improvement and excellence, she is dedicated to assisting others to achieve outcomes and exceed business needs. Solution focused and persevering, her interpersonal and communication skills allow her to work autonomously and with teams to deliver outcomes efficiently and effectively.

Sarah Jackson
Sarah Jackson

Associate

  • Sarah has 15 years’ experience developing effective, strategic communications plans and materials for non-profits including Oxfam International, Liberty, Gingerbread, Womankind Worldwide, and Bliss. Sarah holds BA from Cambridge, an MSC from Birkbeck and specialises in supporting non-profits with digital projects across content development, user research, and staff engagement as well as working with teams to develop practical communications strategies and discover their key messages and tone of voice. Sarah believes everyone has the potential to think strategically and communicate with impact, and enjoys working with non-profits as a consultant and trainer to help them achieve their goals.

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We work with small and large, corporate, private, public and voluntary sector organisations. We have a range of day rates and deals and are always happy to discuss pricing. 

  • Our aim is to provide access to high quality, affordable consultancy for the not-for profit sector and SMEs.

    Our pricing is transparent with rates agreed up front to ensure there are no surprises.

    Our deals include:

    • Straightforward, competitive day rates for shorter pieces of work,
    • Fixed fee projects for longer pieces of work and,
    • Commission based or ‘shared risk’ fees with lower up front day rates and a fixed win fee.

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