Testimonials

Wil Woan

“I believe in providing honest and personal advice to groups. My consultancy provides hands-on training and guidance for public, private, voluntary and community sector organisations to help them secure grant funding for projects. Since 2015 we have secured over £20m for the voluntary sector. My knowledge and experience working at the Lottery ensures clients get inspired and creative advice tailored to your capacity and capabilities. My approach and understanding of what makes a good application helps you build a strong and sustainable future so you can concentrate on helping those most in need.”

Recovery Republic

Michael Taylor, CEO

"We’ve been working with Wil for the last five months developing a number of bids, he visited the centre, explained the process to us and helped us developed some exciting bids. Wil is really keen to build our own bid writing capacity too so he explains how it all works so we become more proficient as bid writers.”

Jen Pemberton, Founder

Wil feels part of our team, he understands all aspects of our charity and brings an in depth knowledge of the funding sector that goes beyond writing a bid, he strengthens our marketing, media and helps our staff to realise we all contribute to our fundraising strategy. He really wants to see you succeed and grow as a charity. Within the first four months of working with us, he has secured £60k for the charity and we have several other bids submitted. Wil seems to be able to speak the language of bid writing and he gets results that have benefited us in so many ways.

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Peter Wanless, CEO

"I found Wil to be a valuable member of the Big Lottery Fund's North West regional office and a hard working individual. He is highly organised, has great communications skills and I have always been impressed with the way he approaches work. Wil's understanding of the voluntary sector is strong and I'd have no hesitation in recommending him."

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Rehana Koser, North West Regional Director

"Wil is a valuable mentor with Sported Foundation. He has an excellent understanding of the sector and is able to help groups develop the appropriate funding applications, including linking in with key partners to enable them to successfully secure funding. He creates great working relationships with groups, and one of his strengths is his ability to provide groups with the tools for them to become more sustainable in the long-term."

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Kathryn Morley, CEO

"Wil provided a fantastic service and due to his knowledge and experience of the sector we were successful with our bid proposal, it was a significant piece of work done within an extremely tight timeframe and we were thrilled with the outcome."

Little Bleeders

Alex Dowsett, Founder

"It’s wonderful having someone like Wil running my charity. I can’t wait to see the positive impact we have on young people living with haemophilia. He explains very clearly how we should plan the year and I'm always inspired when we talk."

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Jenny Wallwork, Founder

"Wil has been brilliant in developing my Foundation and his skills from the voluntary sector have been incredibly useful. Being able to tap into his knowledge has strengthened our work and he’s been able to shape our activities in 2016 so we can reach out to more vulnerable people."

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Malcolm Rae, Chair of the Board of Trustees

"In partnership with RL Cares, State of Mind Sport recently prepared a submission to the ‘Big Lottery’. We engaged Wil Woan to support the process. This proved to be a providential decision. Wil Woan’s guidance and support proved to be outstanding and enabled us to submit a detailed, nuanced and ambitious proposal. We were all impressed with the quality of Wil’s writing skills and his talent in succinctly capturing the ideas and messages we wanted to convey. At the start of the process he showed a genuine desire to understand our aspirations, models of working and needs. He was consistently good humoured, responsive and agreeable to work with and all members of the steering group positively commented on Wil’s remarkable skills, warm and engaging personality and how he had considerably strengthened and enhanced our bid. If we were to undertake a similar initiative in the future, our first call would be to engage Wil Woan."

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Shigufta Khan, CEO

"We engaged Wil Woan as we identified that we needed to have a fundraising strategy to outline our strategic ambitions over the next twelve months. Wil came to us based on a recommendation from one of our supporters and on meeting Wil we realised that he had a wealth of experience. Wil was able to understand our situation and needs very quickly and devised a fundraising scoping document. Within three months we secured nearly £10k and we are waiting on a number of other funding decisions. Wil crafted the bids very professionally but also helped us understand the mechanics of bid writing. Wil has been able to translate the ‘Fundraising Landscape’ to us very clearly and we are much more co-ordinated in our funding approaches across our whole team. I would recommend Wil to other groups as he is approachable, likeable and delivers good results."

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Chris Rostron, Head

"Wil is a superb bid-writer and advisor. His knowledge of what makes a good project and his experience of how to craft an application is complemented by his speed to understand your project. He expertly guided us through the processes and we we’re thrilled with the finished application and the learning we made on the way."


Wil Woan Consultancy

c/o WeWork Spinningfields
1 Quay Street
Manchester M3 3JE

Tel: 07528 665 977