Keeping it in the family

It’s always busy here at Shine Towers but this year is looking particularly so. Finding someone I trust to deal with advertising, invoicing and event administration is really important and I have managed mostly on my own since AdminAnnie deserted me to go and be a struggling artist. So it is with great pleasure I introduce Penny Konig who will be taking up that mantle and has joined the Shine family (to be fair she is actually family which I why I trust her so much). Be kind to her, she is still being inducted.

Double Trouble

Great to see this one today at the BoardTalk Lunch, we never fail to make each other laugh and can be quite professional at times. It was lovely to see some familiar faces and also some new ones and , as usual, the Cullompton Community Centre really looked after us. Looking forward to the next one, which will probably in August – watch this space

BoardTalk is back – but it’s lunch this time

After a quiet period post-Covid and acquiring new Sponsors, Brewin Dolphin, BoardTalk had it’s first lunch event at the Cullompton Community Centre in January 2024. Sarah Pryce was scheduled to facilitate but failed to bring her voice with her and so Paul Courtney, the seasoned professional that he is, stepped in and led the delegates through some lively discussions.

The next lunch event is on the 24th April, back at the Cullompton Community Centre by popular demand. We shall be deliberating how we, as charity leaders, ensure that the trustee role is stimulating and meaningful enough to aid retention and engagement. This is an invitation only event, if you feel you should be on that invitation list, please contact me (

Meet Pete – who can provide support with Trustee Induction and Training

If you are a new to the role or have been a trustee for some time, Hawkins Charity Consultancy offer trustee induction and training tailored to your needs. Whether you are looking for an ‘beginners guide’, or a refresher a few years in, these relaxed and informative sessions are built around your needs and can be delivered in person or virtually. They draw heavily on Charity Commission guidance and are interactive with lots of time given to Q&A to make sure you get what you need.

The sessions are delivered in person by highly experienced senior consultant Pete Hawkins, who has been working with charities for 28 years. Pete has an impeccable reputation and is commissioned by funders as well as by charities themselves. Pete’s wide-ranging experience includes causes from air ambulance, to refugees, to heritage buildings, to learning disability.

To find out more or to discuss this further, please contact Pete Hawkins on 07970 628118 or


I am notoriously bad at asking for testimonials, but when a client offers one then I feel it only right to share it. Read for Good have been a brilliant charity to work with.

Jackie consistently delivers, having led the recruitment for several of our trustees. Her friendly professionalism, specialist experience and wealth of contacts enable her to represent our charity perfectly. Her understanding of Read for Good is invaluable – effectively presenting our approach, culture and impact as a small, national charity that punches above our weight to potential candidates. A focused approach is always enthusiastically and reliably delivered. Shine Charity Recruitment has, over time, advised us in the recruitment of our Chair, Treasurer and more recently, the exciting appointment of a young trustee, understanding the need for the all-important ‘fit’ and as a result finding candidates with the right skills, calibre and commitment.

Justine Daniels, CEO of Read for Good

December 2023


Lord Lieutenant’s Charity Breakfast at Coldharbour Mill Museum in Uffculme (honoured to have been asked to sponsor this event)

Meeting one of my sporting heroes, Mary King, who is also a Deputy Lieutenant

Trevi Women Secret Garden Gala Dinner at the Market Hall in Plymouth, such fun to spend an evening with ex-colleague Lynsey Skinner who has set up her own business, Your Tech Future in Exeter