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

Welcome to Mel

We are delighted to welcome Melanie Stevens who joins Team Shine as an Associate. Mel has worked in charity HR for many years and now works on a consultancy basis. Her experience and expertise in recruiting for a wide range of roles across the sector will be hugely valuable as we look to rise to the challenge of helping more charities find the ideal people for their role. You can reach Mel at

Trustee Recruitment – Some Useful Resources

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2021 – New Website, New Office Assistant

New year, new website. This is probably the longest in-development website that poor Alistair at Gleave Media has had to put up with! In the end, I decided to go with the the pared-back, less is more approach, opting for more regular mini-blogs to keep you all updated rather than masses of text about everything I think you should know about.

Let’s hope that 2021 will be an improvement on last year. We are more resilient now, we know we can adapt quickly to changing circumstances and I am sure we will need to draw upon this as we move through the year. I am looking forward to working clients and candidates both old and new, event partners, associates and friends. In the meantime, here is a picture of my new office assistant.