Elizabeth Spring Third Sector Strategic Development
Elizabeth Spring                  Third Sector Strategic Development


  • Elizabeth has twenty years experience managing development, strategy and change and bringing in sustained income.

  • She has worked for national and local charities including Mind, Parentline Plus/Family Lives, Home-Start, Beauchamp Lodge Settlement, Kensington and Chelsea Foundation, Gingerbread and Elders Voice.

  • She has researched, written and advised on successful bids and tenders for Everyday Magic, the Venture Centre, Kensington and Chelsea Social Council and Westway Trust, alongside fundraising for and setting up a new social enterprise Sew Portobello.

  • She has had 100% success to date with her PQQ's, tenders and Lottery bids. She puts this down to meticulous background research and evidence, clear accurate prose and realistic, specific outcomes and targets.

  • Between 2008-11 she raised over £1.4 million from London Borough of Brent, Supporting People, Communities and Local Government, New Deal for Communities, the Department of Health and the West London Alliance.

  • She also secured income of £640,000 including £67,000 from the Transitions Fund, £55,000 from the Innovations Fund, trading fees and 2 and 3 year project grants from Trusts and Foundations. 

  •  She specialises in reinvigorating smaller organisations that have run into difficulties. She is able to understand and collate information and put together bids quickly and to tight deadlines.

  • During her 8 years as manager of Home Start Islington, she developed the charity from an empty room into a central local provider for families with young children and more than quadrupled the charity's annual income. Funding came from LB Islington, Sure Start and foundations including Cripplegate, Esmee Fairbairn, the Tudor Trust, Richard Cloudesly and City Bridge.

  • She has negotiated successful spot contracts with local authorities for daycare, Telecare purchasing and various parenting support programmes. While managing Parntline Plus in Bristol, she raised funds for parenting groups across Bristol, Northeast Somerset and Gloucestershire from the Extended Schools Partnerships. 

  • In 2011 she developed a robust structure to enable individuals to buy home care and daycare services through personalised budgets in Brent.

  • In 2013 she built partnerships and raised funds to set up a creative social enterprise which she then managed and developed for four years.

  • She is currently creating a community led housing network in Kensington and Chelsea, drawing together multiple stakeholders from residents and funders to elected politicians.

  • She will be available from January 2018 for new briefs and commissions.


I have had 100% success to date with statutory funding applications across the children and families, community support and social care sectors. 

My handbook for carers, Moving on From Depression, quickly became one of Mind UK's best sellers. 

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"In the light of the current economic challenges they face I have introduced stepped charges for smaller charities & arts organisations. Please feel free to get in touch."  

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