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 (now Family Lives), Home-Start, Beauchamp Lodge Settlement, The London Lighthouse, Eaves Housing, Kensington and Chelsea Foundation, Gingerbread and Elders Voice.

  • She has been commissioned to research, write or edit successful bids and tenders for Kensington and Chelsea Social Council, Everyday Magic, the Venture Community Association,Your Credit Union and Westway Trust. Alongside freeance work, she developed a social enterprise Sew Portobello, to enable older women to become financially more secure. 

  • She has had 100% success to date with her PQQ's, tenders and Lottery bids. She puts this down to meticulous background research and evidenced data and setting clear, achievable outcomes and targets.

  • Between 2008-11 she raised over £2.4 million for Elders Voice. The buk was from London Borough of Brent, Supporting People, Communities and Local Government, New Deal for Communities, the Department of Health and the West London Alliance. The non-statutory income included £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 core local provider for families with young children. She more than quadrupled the charity's annual income with funding from LB Islington, Sure Start and foundations including Cripplegate, Esmee Fairbairn, the Tudor Trust, Richard Cloudesly and City Bridge. She also put on regular very enjoyable fundraising events.

  • She has negotiated successful spot contracts with local authorities for daycare, Telecare purchasing and various parenting support programmes. While managing Parentline Plus in Bristol, she raised funds for a new network of parenting groups across Bristol, Northeast Somerset and Gloucestershire with 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 deveoping a community led housing project in Kensington. To do this, she has already networked with multiple stakeholders, from residents and funders to political decision makers.

  • She will be available from July 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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