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About Clear Thinking Consultancy

Connecting services across the charity sector

Since 2010, we have been providing bespoke support to start up, micro and small voluntary and community sector organisations to help them get the resources they need to deliver crucial services in the community.

We wanted to make sure these organisations could access the kind of high-quality support that larger charities often have at their fingertips. So, we bring together associate consultants with different specialisms on a project by project basis so that our clients can benefit from our collective knowledge and experience.

By providing an associate service we can deliver high quality services whilst keeping our overheads low. This way we can pass these savings on to our clients, keeping our expertise both first-rate and affordable.

Full cost recovery

Scenario planning

Impact measurement



Strategic Development



Diagnostic assessments

Meet the Team

Kita Ikoku | Clear Thinking Consultancy

Kita Ikoku

Founder & Director

Kita founded Clear Thinking in 2010 with a passion for supporting small community-based organisations. She has particular strengths in supporting them with their strategic planning, service costings and impact measurement. In her spare time, she’s happiest spending time with her sons and sitting in the sunshine.

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Chima Olugh

Associate Consultant

Chima brings over 15 years’ experience of public sector commissioning to inform how we support voluntary sector organisations to engage in tendering processes and collaborate with public sector agencies. Chima is also a football coach and mentor for young people and recently published his first book.

David Blagbrough

Senior Advisor

David brings more than thirty years of international experience building partnerships with and between government, non-profit, corporate and academic organisations. He has provided strategic and operational support across all of Clear Thinking’s service areas since 2017. David is passionate about the opera, red wine and travelling, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Jay Thompson

Associate Consultant

Jay supports our voluntary organisations in monitoring and evaluating journey progress bringing with her over ten years’ experience in child and youth development and supporting young people through alternative education provision. In her spare time, she is also a personal trainer, empowering both women and teens through fitness and confidence building workouts.

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Karen Diamond

Associate Consultant

A consultant with Clear Thinking since 2013, Karen leads on diagnostic support for clients, as well as specialising in marketing and communications. She draws on her years of experience in the not-for-profit sector within the fields of education, leadership and regeneration. Outside of Clear Thinking, Karen is a professional florist and happy mum of two children.

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Kirsty McGuinness

Data Analysis and Research Manager

Kirsty has been with us since 2019 and leads on our data, information and research. Formerly a Head of Department for Psychology, she is also a freelance teacher trainer and assessment specialist as well as runs her own successful property company. Kirsty is happiest when she is outdoors, either training for marathons, travelling or out exploring with her three sons and dogs.

Lucy Rafferty

Associate Consultant

Lucy has over spent over 13 years working in the charity sector, within organisations that support children and young people. Her experience of charity operations includes programme management, strategy implementation, bid writing and quality and impact measurement. In her spare time she enjoys bike rides with her children and walks in the forest. 

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Tanya Taylor

Marketing & Communications

Tanya is a Marketing and Communications professional with a special interest in Charity Comms. With a background in digital media and campaigning, she enjoys harnessing the power of social media to enact positive change. She is the proud owner of Betty the pug, and in her spare time is a reproductive rights activist with campaign group, Sister Supporter.

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Jo Stone

Associate Consultant

Jo has over 20 years’ experience in the fundraising sector, working for both small and large organisations such as British Red Cross, Age UK and Battersea. Having led teams for many years, she brings a robust understanding of the budgeting complexities organisations face. Jo’s most recent role sees her working as a Transformational Coach.  

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Michelle Williams

Associate Consultant

Michelle brings over 14 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant to the not-for-profit sector. She’s held several roles in a range of industries but, whether selling prawns or building luxury hotels, Michelle has always felt her purpose was to empower people to understand the numbers and to make the best strategic decisions.