Good to work with and clearly knows what she's doing
'Expert in public services'
[Abbie is] "Down to earth, sensible and pragmatic"
Commentators mark her ability to tackle "highly technical work"
'[Abbie is] genuinely brilliant'
"[Abbie is] very friendly, helpful and clear"
"She brings a pragmatic and sensible approach, whilst never losing sight of fighting for clients interests."
Clients describe her as "very responsive, tolerant and always willing to explain in a way we understand."
With extensive experience as a non-executive and trustee, I understand the challenges and opportunities faced by organisations balancing commercial considerations and social impact and I aim to provide straight forward, practical advice. My clients range from household names to small entrepreneurial start ups.
Having been one of the originators of the Community Interest Company, I worked on the legislation and drafted the model constitutions. There are now 15,0000 registered CICs and I have particular expertise in the delivery of public services, providing strategic and legal advice to public bodies on when, whether and how to use alternative delivery models. I lead our public services team.
A champion for women leaders, I was a trustee of the Fawcett Society, was listed in the first “Power Part Timers” and worked closely with WISE 100, featuring in this short film celebrating women leaders in social enterprise. I am passionate about education and, having been a school governor, am now a trustee of the Creative Education Trust delivering education to over 17,000 students. I was elected to the Bates Wells Management Board in 2018.
We are advising on this high profile transfer of a portfolio of museums and heritage assets, including the sea-front Royal Pavilion to a charity.
I lead our work with this charity, advising on a range of complex commercial matters and regulatory matters as well as working with them on a detailed governance review.
I lead our work with Comic Relief and Sports Relief, advising on a wide variety of issues as and when they arise, often at short notice. Matters include social finance, grant making and high profile fundraising initiatives.
We have advised the Stephen Hawking Foundation on a range of governance and commercial issues.
I advised on the spin out of the children’s services departments of Richmond and Kingston councils (£115m services) to a community interest company wholly owned by the two councils. It has gone from strength to strength with the DfE recently citing it as an example of best practice.
I advised on the establishment of the Safer Tourism Foundation follow the very sad deaths of two children on a Thomas Cook holiday. Thomas Cook worked with the children’s mother and others to set up this foundation.
I advise the National Deaf Children Society on a variety of both UK and international matters.