The following lists our more recent clients in the various areas of our work with a link to a full client list at the end:

  • Strategy and Policy Development
  • Fundraising
  • Financial Control and Independent Examination
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Human Resources Development
  • Building and Facilities Management
  • Public Relations
  • Training
  • Society Administration
  • Full client list

Strategy and Policy Development

ACEVO – – and FutureBuilders – as part of a team led by Peach Consultancy, we checked the feasibility for and undertook the design of a Capacity Index Tool for voluntary sector agencies.

Citizen Advocacy Information & Training –
Following our “Phase 1” report, we then supported and facilitated a Department of Health funded working party which developed the specification for a national database of advocacy resources. We then assisted with fundraising for the project (see below).

Quaker Housing Trust (QHT)-
Following our work for QHT in its 30th Anniversary capital appeal, we were commissioned to develop and pilot an organisation and governance health check service for Quaker-linked housing schemes. We recommended such a scheme be established, and we undertook checks of Leicester Quaker Housing Association, Cirencester Young Friends Housing Association and Haven Housing in East Grinstead, Sussex. – and have since undertaken a health check for De Gywnedd Women’s Aid, Gatesbield Quaker Housing Association and homeless support agency Routes to Roots.

London Borough of Merton –
Provision of consultancy advice to the London Borough of Merton’s Best Value Review of Support to the Voluntary Sector, providing an analysis of the various types of funding currently in use in Merton, in other boroughs and by other funding bodies and information about the advantages and disadvantages of using formal contracts, grant conditions or service level agreements (SLA’s) to secure the desired outputs and outcomes.

NACVS & Community Matters (CM) –
We have worked with NACVS and CM to develop material of best practice for creating local community partnerships.


· LostTown project
We were retained to undertake the feasibility study for raising funds for this fascinating project, designed by Munich based architects and funded by the East of England Development Agency.

· Cricklewood Homeless Concern ( CHC)
We worked with CHC to purchase the site of its building and then supported the Director in fundraising applications for the CHC appeal for £2.3m for site purchase and rebuilding to help the homeless. The appeal has now been completed and CHC is now accommodated in its new building. We have also undertaken work to support general revenue fundraising.

Financial Control and Independent Examination

Arthritis Care ; – We have undertaken a review of and have developed a new set of new financial regulations accessible from their intranet site to all staff

· EDP Drug and Alcohol Services ( EDP) –
In this role, we reviewed the finance / financial control and reporting issues of EDP in the light of coming challenges in funding drug and alcohol services.

· Lewisham Tenants Fund (LTF)
LTF called us in to review overheads and services, in the light of the coming changes to London Borough of Lewisham’s changing ownership of council housing, with consequent impact of LTF’s income which comes from a rent levy.

· Save the Children Fund UK (SC UK)-
This role, part project management and part financial control, drew on our charity accounting and ICT skills to implement a new financial system for the SC UK head office, In the future, this may extend to supporting the provision of a new accounting system for SC UK’s field operations.

· Carers
We provided assistance to review the finance and administration function in Carers UK national office, including recommending a new staff structure, new financial software and supporting production of a new cash flow, chart of accounts and revised end of year accounts.

· Croner’s
We contributed to the looseleaf publications “Management of Voluntary Organisations” and “Financial Management of Charities” and write occasional articles in this area.

· Charity Trustee Network (CTN)
We acted as Independent Examiners for CTN up until their incorporation and then merger.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

· Target Ovarian Cancer www. targetovarian
We helped the establishment of this new charity by setting up their IT systems, having first set out a strategy based on needs

· Aid to the Church in Need
In this role, we are guiding the improvement of local and international connectivity for A2CIN, focusing on technical advice, project matters and strategic fit with the other activities of this international NGO.

· Juvenile Diabetes ResearchFoundation (JDRF) –
Having reviewed the JDRF Information and Communication Technology systems and developed an ICT strategy, we then implemented and supported the system we recommended across the UK using Windows desktops and servers, Lotus Notes and Citrix.

Human Resources Development

We have considerable expertise in assisting organisations in managing change through consultation with staff and changing the HR framework. One of our team also has significant experience in recruitment, training and assisting organisations with managing difficult situations in respect of both disciplinary and grievance procedures as well as carrying out detailed compensation and benefit reviews. This is all carried out within a framework of Diversity and Equality. Clients include.

European Council on Refugees and Exiles –


Building and Facilities Management

· Carers UK
We prepared an option appraisal in relation to the future of Carers UK head office building, in the light of future strategy

· Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)
We supported CAPT by helping them to find the right premises and then with project management of delapidations on existing premises and ICT move to the new premises.

Now called Westminster Kingsway, Kingsway College benefited from our input on property strategy, in supporting the development of a planned maintenance strategy for their £10m+ property portfolio and then advising on development and disposals. 

Public Relations

· King’s Fund –
We have worked with the King ’ s fund to support their public relations activities

· Arthritis Care
We have worked with Arthritis Care to support their public relations activities.


· Full cost recovery
As part of the Manucci Consortium, composed of Andy Cawdell and four of his colleagues from MDN ( we provided training on full cost recovery to voluntary sector support agencies across England, Scotland and Wales in a series of events from Penzance to Aberdeen.

· Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) –
We provided the RNIB with support and training on European Union fundraising.

· Institute of Fundraising London Region
We providede introductory training (the Introductory certificate ) for fundraisers as part of our support for the Institute.

Society Administration

· British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
We provided membership administration and financial administration. We administered and marketed their annual international conference for five years up to September 2002 and then with membership and administration to end 2018.

· BALEAP – the global forum for EAP professionals (BALEAP)
We provided membership administration, conference and event support and and financial administration up to December 2017. This includes PIMs, ResTES and the bi-annual international conference.

Dovetail Clients

  • 170 Community Association
  • Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences
  • Aid to the Church in Need
  • Alpha and Omega Fellowship
  • AMED (Association of Management Education and Development)
  • Angelus_foundation
  • The Anvil
  • Arthritis Care
  • Association of Social Research Organisations (ASRO) now ARCISS
  • Association of the International Rubber Trade ( AIRT)
  • Association of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences (ALSISS)
  • ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations)
  • Audit Commission
  • ARHAG Migrant and Refugee Centre
  • Black Amber Books
  • Black Mime Theatre Company
  • Borderline
  • Bristol Care Forum
  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
  • British Deaf Association
  • Business Action on Homelessness
  • Business in the Community
  • CAIT ((Citizen Advocacy Information and Training
  • Camberwell Gardens Guild
  • Camden Community Health Council
  • Camden Training Centre
  • CBT (Campaign for Better Transport
  • Carers Lewisham
  • Carers UK
  • CARIS, the social responsibility arm of the Diocese of London
  • CASE Kent
  • Charity Trustee Network
  • Child Accident Prevention Trust
  • Christian Medical Fellowship
  • City and Islington College
  • Civic Trust
  • Community Broadband Network
  • Community Matters
  • Company of Cyclists
  • Coventry Cyrenians
  • College of North East London
  • Craft Potters Association
  • Cricklewood Homeless Concern
  • Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
  • Directory of Social Change
  • Disabled Drivers
  • East Suffolk Mind
  • EDP Alcohol & Drug Services
  • Evelyn Oldfield Unit
  • European Community (Research Directorate)
  • Farringdon Cuttings Trust
  • Foundation for Science and Technology
  • Freshfire Ministries
  • Friends of the Earth major donor support
  • Full Fact
  • Garwood Foundation
  • Gatesbield Quaker Housing Association
  • Genesis Project
  • Greenwich Association of Disabled People
  • Greenwich Steiner School Initiative
  • Greenwich Voluntary Action Council
  • Hellenic College
  • Herne Hill Velodrome/London Velodrome Trust
  • Hillingdon Council for Voluntary Service
  • Historical Association
  • Honor Oak Community Centre
  • Hounslow Welcare
  • Human Perspective Foundation
  • Hyde Housing
  • Immune Development Trust
  • Institute of Family Therapy
  • Institute of Fundraising
  • International Institute of Neurologists
  • Involve Communications
  • Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Kentish Town Community Centre
  • King’s Fund
  • Kingsway College of Further Education (now Kingsway Westminster)
  • Lambeth Co-operative Development Agency
  • Leicester and Leicestershire Animal Aid Association
  • Leicestershire Youth Service
  • Lewisham Tenants Fund
  • London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
  • London Cycling Campaign
  • Lost Town Project
  • LVSC
  • Mark Allen Publishing
  • Merton Best Value
  • National Audit Commission
  • National Housing Federation
  • NREF (National Religious Education Festival)
  • National Trust
  • National Youth Ballet
  • North East London College
  • New Forest Action Committee
  • Otesha
  • Oxfam Campaigns
  • Pavillion Housing Association
  • Peckham Forum
  • People’s Health Trust
  • Phoenix Appeal at University College London
  • Policy Studies Institute
  • Praxis
  • Quaker Housing Trust
  • Race Equality Foundation
  • Rainforest Foundation
  • Redbridge Community Housing Limited
  • Regard
  • Respond
  • Richmond Youth Service
  • Rio Cinema Co-operative
  • RNIB
  • RoadPeace
  • ROC Training and Consultancy @ Horizon NHS Trust
  • Routes to Roots
  • RYA Sailability
  • Save the Children Fund UK
  • Save the World Club
  • St Peter the Apostle RC Church
  • SCODA (The Standing Conference on Drug Abuse)
  • SHP (ex the Single Homeless Project)
  • Siloam Community Housing Association
  • Skillforce
  • Social Research Association
  • South Northamptonshire Council
  • Southwark Bereavement Care
  • Southside Partnership
  • STEP Forward
  • Sutton and Merton Connexions
  • Synaptic
  • Target Ovarian Cancer
  • Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
  • Threshold Women’s Counselling
  • Time for God
  • Towards Historic Clerkenwell Association
  • Townley Road Dental Clinic
  • Trident
  • TULIP Mental Health Group (formerly Haringey Association for Mental Health)
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • UR M8 Sexual health project
  • Vegetarian Housing Association
  • Waterlow, the business publishers – various items for the voluntary sector bulletin, and the Management of Voluntary Organisations and Financial Management for Charities looseleafs
  • Waverley Secondary School Funding Research
  • Women’s Studies Network (UK) Association
  • World of Language
  • Young Lewisham Project