consultancy.coop LLP is a co-operative, whose full members, Alex Bird, Martin Price & Jane Ryall, own and control the business. With experience over many years operating as consultants and at all levels in this highly specialist sector, we bring a strongly focussed, business oriented approach, coupled with understanding of, and empathy with, the values and passion of this sector.
Alex Bird started his working life as a nuclear power engineer, and his experience since then is wide-ranging, covering nationalised industry, the public sector, the third sector and the co-op movement.
He is an experienced and committed worker co-operator having founded three worker co-ops and earned his living through them for almost 30 years.
He is Chair of Cardiff YMCA Housing Association, which runs the largest homeless hostel in Wales, and a Member of Glas Cymru, the not-for-profit organisation that supplies Welsh Water.
Alex is Chair of Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales (the affiliate of Co-operatives UK in Wales) and of Development Co-operative Ltd, a consortium of the majority of local co-op development bodies in the UK.
He was the founder and Secretariat of the Welsh Assembly’s Cross Party Group on Co‑operatives from 2009 to 2015 when he passed the Secretariat to Wales Co-operative Centre. During this time he organised 19 meetings including 2, which brought together the equivalent Groups in the UK’s three devolved Parliaments.
Alex is currently a Board Member of Co-operatives UK and a member of the UK Co‑operative Forum, the Wales Social Co-operative Development Forum, the Bevan Foundation and a Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.
Dr Martin Price is an experienced consultant, who has had a number of senior management roles in the voluntary sector in Wales.
Presently, Dr Price is Chair of The Institute of Fundraising Cymru and a UK Trustee of the Institute. He is Vice Chair of the BBC Wales Charity Advisory Forum, which advises on BBC Children in Need applications and allocates charity broadcasts in Wales.
He is a Board Member of the Development Trusts Association Wales and of Social Firms Wales. He is also a Member of the Institute of Business Consultants and the Operational Research Society.
For three years, he was a Trustee of a Cardiff-based charity – ABCD, which helps children and young people from ethnic minorities who have disabilities and was Chair of Governors of a voluntary-aided secondary school in Barry for eight years from 1998.
He ran the South Wales operation of The Prince’s Youth Business Trust, helping some 400 disadvantaged young people into self-employment over a period of three years and worked with Business in the Community in Wales, setting up Employee Volunteering schemes, forging links between companies and the voluntary sector. He also set up the Fundraising Operation for Mencap in Wales in their Fiftieth Anniversary year.
Jane Ryall has over 20 years professional experience of working with communities in Wales, England and Africa, and is now based with her young family near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. Jane divides her time between running UnLtd in Wales, and working as a freelance consultant.
Jane has working relationships with major social enterprise organisations, including Cooperatives UK, and the Plunkett Foundation. Jane is a trustee of the Plunkett Foundation the UK-wide charity promoting rural co-operation.
Her areas of expertise include business development, feasibility, access to finance, fundraising, project management, grants assessment, training and mentoring. She has supported over 300 social enterprises, in all business sectors
A farmer’s daughter, Jane has an instinctive knowledge and empathy of working in rural communities. Educated at Aberystwyth University, Jane is particularly familiar with Mid and South Wales. She has learnt Welsh on and off since 1994. Jane has always been an active volunteer in her local community, and has personally raised £1,000s for good causes. Jane is registered as a consultant with WCVA, Plunkett Foundation and M4MB (Mentoring for Micro Business), and is a Member of the Institute of Fundraising.
We are able to offer a wide range of services to social enterprises, co-operatives, charities and government:-
- Strategic & Business Planning – helping you through the process.
- Feasibility Studies – looking at new possibilities for expansion/development.
- Grant Applications – from talking to funders to final application.
- Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Principles & Ethics
- Process Review & Improvement – looking at the organisation’s structure.
- Refinancing & Restructuring – looking at options and implications.
- Marketing – helping you develop appropriate Marketing Strategies
- Research and Evaluation for projects in the Third Sector
- Funding Strategies
- Mentoring for Social Economy professionals.
- Training in a range of Social Enterprise and Business related skills.