Who We Are

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Who We Are 2018-07-12T10:34:43+00:00

Sarah Taragon

Director

Sarah has twenty years’ experience of working with social purpose organisations, specialising in consultation and engagement, research, funding and evaluation and impact measurement. She is trained in a range of group facilitation methods and in participatory appraisal approaches. Sarah now has a substantial track record of supporting organisations to develop a Theory of Change and embed impact measurement in their day to day operation. Sarah founded Clarity with Jacqui in 2014.

Jacqui Wolstenholme

Director

With over twenty year’s extensive experience, Jacqui is passionate about supporting organisations with a social purpose to help them be the best they can be. In previous lives, she has been a secondary school teacher, youth trainer, language consultant in Japan and a development worker for five charities in the UK. Jacqui is an Associate Fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs. Her consultancy strengths include: undertaking strengths reviews and building organisational capacity, governance, strategic planning, building partnerships and collaborative networks, community engagement, funding, training, designing infographics, graphic facilitation for events and presenting with flair and impact.

Steve Woollett

Director

Stephen has a thirty-year track record in strategic leadership, policy influencing, public and community engagement and delivering development support to a wide range of social purpose organisations. He brings together an incisive understanding of the policy context within which the social purpose and public sectors operate with extensive experience of the day to day challenges facing community groups and voluntary organisations. Stephen was Chief Executive of South West Forum from its inception in 2000 and played a key role in building awareness and understanding across the sector of the importance of robust impact measurement and far-sighted strategic planning. Stephen joined Clarity in 2018.

Associates

Jenny Archard

Jenny specialises in participatory processes, project development and evaluation. She is passionate about people and planet; focussing on engaging with those of all ages in our wild outdoors to effect positive change of all kinds. As an outdoors leader she works with disadvantaged families, groups and young people in wild settings. Her professional background is in rural development, social enterprise, community development and personal change. Jenny is a Fellow of the Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs and a founding Director of Neroche Woodlanders, a social enterprise based in the public forest estate of the Blackdown Hills.

Angela McTiernan

Angie has worked as a consultant with a wide range of community, voluntary and statutory organisations, funders and partnerships over the past seventeen years. She provides tailor-made services including: facilitation; training; public consultation and engagement; research and evaluation; project planning; development and support; toolkit design and development; funding and development advice; grant appraisal and event planning.

Her wider experience includes work with: homeless young people; teaching children with learning disabilities; special needs housing development; local authority grant allocation; coordination of a transnational ESF co-operative and small business training programme; and development advice to Heritage Lottery Fund applicants. Angie is Trained in a variety of facilitation and evaluation techniques and her approach is inclusive and her methods interactive.

We are also able to draw on the expertise and experience of the following:

Karen Evans

Karen has over 30 years’ experience of working with communities in the South and South West. She has extensive experience of project development and delivery, research, monitoring and evaluation, writing funding applications, organisational review and business planning. Much of her work has involved working with strategic partners, voluntary sector organisations and local communities to improve communication, understanding and partnership working.

Lyn Winter

Lyn has a lifetime’s experience of the voluntary sector, having worked and volunteered in Devon, Cornwall and further afield. Her specialisms include: community development, research, consultation, community buildings, rural and environmental action and helping new groups start up.

Mandy Kenyon

Mandy has twenty years’ experience in the voluntary sector, embracing business development, community development, funding, bid-writing, project delivery, volunteer recruitment and management. She has specialist experience in the funding and operation of community buildings.

Our track record

Since our formation, we have helped over 100 organisations in the South West that do good, do better by providing 1:1 advice, support and skills building. ​​Our support means organisations are more resilient and better able to support the communities they serve and the people running them are better informed, more confident and skilled.

What our clients say

“I just wanted to say again a big thank you again for organising such a great event last night. There was a real buzz from the group and I thought the format worked extremely well with lots of networking and sharing ideas. The expert appointments also worked really well and we had to literally kick people out at 9pm – they would have kept talking for hours if not!”

“Thanks to you both for a very enjoyable and useful day. As a person who has been rather over exposed to consultants in his working lifetime I found your approach very refreshing. Many of your observations were helpful to me as they opened the eyes of some of the team about the difference between idealism and running a business. I am looking forward to our AGM and Trustees meeting to build on the day.”

We strive to understand an organisation’s unique position and offer solutions which fit their situation.

Clarity CIC works with social purpose organisation and public bodies across the South West