I currently work as Legal and Policy Advisor to Ascension Trust, a charity with a passion to empower individuals to work in their local community and nation, to contribute positively to society and improve the quality of life of the disadvantaged and vulnerable.
I am a charity general counsel, with first class academics and quality experience of not-for-profit management, strategy and charity law, advising respected charities in professional and personal capacities, and a strong background in providing complex legal advice to clients across the UK.
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I currently advise nearly 300 charities worldwide, on legal, policy, HR, governance, strategy and management matters. I assist with the management and governance of Ascension Trust and I am heading a strategic review, including questions of management, development, international growth, service delivery and partner relationships. I am heavily involved the umbrella role of Ascension Trust, providing advice and representation to charities and initiatives including Urban Mission, Street Pastors, School Pastors, Prayer Pastors, Word 4 Weapons, Gift My Time, and others: www.ascensiontrust.org.uk.
I am Chair of Philemon UK, which supports the work of Philemon in Kenya, a holistic Christian charity which seeks to demonstrate the love of God to prisoners and former prisoners, by meeting their physical, emotional, relational and spiritual needs. I provide leadership, strategy and governance to Philemon UK and support to the Philemon Kenya board, staff and volunteers: www.philemon.org.
I am a Trustee and an Executive Committee Member of St Gabriels Cricklewood, a vibrant, contemporary Church of England situated in the heart of north-west London: www.st-gabriels.org.
I have previously been Acting International Director of LCF, managing a charitable project providing legal education, aid and research in East Africa. I was involved in overseeing a network of international offices, strategic planning and development, growth of donor and funding streams, communications and compliance: www.clearinternational.org.
This site is an opportunity for me to share some of my thoughts and experiences of charity management with a wider audience. I am happy to assist informally with any questions or queries, and can be contacted at: andrewkmackay[at]gmail.com.