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PGS works with boards to increase their effectiveness

Working with PGS

The greatest benefit of a consultant is the objectivity and independence they can offer a project, and their breadth of experience of similar charities.  We believe that these are two areas in which PGS has much to contribute.

Our consultants have many year’s experience as Chairs, board members and trustees of a wide variety of organisations.  We continue to hold senior board roles to ensure that our approach is based in practical reality, rather than just a theoretical approach.

Beryl Hobson

Beryl has worked at Board level in three sectors – as a Marketing Director in the insurance industry, as the chair of health trusts in the public sector, and as a CEO, Trustee and Chair in the voluntary/ third sector.

She has a particular interest in how Boards work, and how the performance of the Board can affect the impact of their organisation.  She has worked with many charities on behavioural governance issues.

In her role as Head of the Large Charities Division at the Charity Commission, Beryl worked with the Boards of many high profile charities to improve governance. Beryl left the Charity Commission in January 2012 to set up PGS, and since then PGS has dealt with many charities on a wide variety of interesting and complex governance issues.

Until late 2015, Beryl was Chair of the NCT, the UK’s largest parenting charity and has been a trustee on many charity boards, including serving as Vice-Chair of Womankind Worldwide.

She is currently Non-executive Chair of the Queen Victoria NHS Foundation Trust in East Grinstead, an internationally renowned specialist hospital.


Lynn Cadman

With over ten years’ experience in charity law, regulation and governance Lynn has provided guidance on an extensive range of governance issues and the legal framework in which charities must operate.  Although she has worked with charities of all shapes and sizes, Lynn spent most of her seven year career at the Charity Commission working within the Large Charities Division. She provided bespoke one-to-one guidance to charities with an annual income of £5m-£600m as well as providing legal authority for a broad range of matters such as alterations to governing documents, land transactions, and significant transfers of assets. Lynn also worked within the Commission’s investigations function, seeing first-hand the impact that poor governance and insufficient controls can have on a charity.

Since leaving the Commission in February 2012 Lynn has provided consultancy advice and project management to a range of charities, including as an associate of PGS.  Most notably, over the last four years Lynn has worked with the Royal British Legion, initially as a consultant and then Head of Department, to transform its management of >700 charitable trusts of which it is trustee.  This included introducing new policies and procedures for accounting, property management and governance as well as unlocking c.£40m from restricted funds that were no longer effective in meeting beneficiary need.

Lynn is a trustee of the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS), a small charity in Haringey and has experienced the joys and challenges of being a charity trustee and a volunteer.


David Kirby

David is a qualified solicitor specialising in advice to charities and social enterprises.  He has a broad range of experience having worked as a solicitor in private practice, as a Legal Advisor for the Charity Commission and as Head of Governance & Legal at Samaritans.  This combination has enabled David to develop a thorough appreciation of the challenges facing charities and the need for clear and cost-effective solutions to legal issues which arise.

David also has served on the boards of charities and is currently part of the core team of a micro-finance social enterprise.  This focus on the charity and social enterprise sector both professionally and personally reflects David’s passionate support for the vital work of these organisations.

In 2016, David founded a new legal practice aimed at providing high-quality but affordable legal support for charities and social enterprises.  Through this practice, David is able to offer advice and support across a number of areas including new charity registrations; incorporations, mergers and restructures; governance and compliance obligations; and general charity law and business issues.


Phil Hodgins

Phil is a Director of PGS and provides support and advice to the consultants.

Phil is currently the Rector of two parishes in Sussex, and Chair of two Parochial Church Councils.  He also has many years’ experience as a school governor, with a particular interest in school ethos and values.

Before taking up his current role, Phil was the Head of Human Resources for two large, national charities and company secretary for one of them. He also had a background in training and development.