Our History & Values

History of Skylark

Started in 1999 by three friends, all with a management consultancy background and united by a wish to leverage their business skills and experience to help charities develop and grow. Skylark built up a small portfolio of small and medium sized charity clients mainly in the youth sector, providing a range of services from strategy development, business planning, governance and leadership through to project management, change management, management information, event management and information systems selection and implementation.

In 2009 one of the founders left and Tim Ewbank and Graham Whitney restructured Skylark with the addition of Linda Boucher and John Clifford (both ex PwC Partners) at the senior level, and the formation of an expanded group of 12-15 Associates with backgrounds in accountancy, charities, law, HR communications, marketing, project management and management consultancy.

In 2011, we made a change to our strategy and focussed our work on helping charities develop their strategy and helping them collaborate and merge with other charities.

Skylark continues as a self-funded network with individuals not charging for their time and paying their own expenses, therefore allowing us to provide our services on a pro bono basis.

Our Values


We are professional

    • In terms of integrity, confidentiality, responsiveness, responsibility and reliability
    • In our interaction with clients, outside stakeholders and ourselves

We make a difference

    • We leverage our professional skills to advise or provide direct support
    • We make a difference by delivering quality work that is valued and more than satisfies our clients and their beneficiaries
    • We work closely with charities to identify the areas of greatest impact for our support

We learn and we transfer

    • We learn from each other, from clients and the projects
    • We transfer skills to our clients, from one charity to another and to each other
    • We develop as individuals by challenging ourselves to deliver work of the highest standard

We work in teams

    • We collaborate closely and openly with our clients and amongst ourselves
    • We support and learn from each other- Two heads are better than one
    • We encourage and embrace new people with different skills and styles

We work in projects

    • We only do work in projects
    • We have a clear beginning, end and result for each project

We volunteer voluntarily

    • We volunteer in line with the changing priorities of our lives
    • We enjoy the chance to give back

We tread lightly

    • We minimise our internal management and administration
    • We minimise resources by re using, recycling and being creative

We are open to all requests

    • With a focus on small to medium sized, UK (South East) operating charities