Since its inception in 2000, CLEAR Services has undertaken projects for a wide range of clients. This has included work carried out by Nick Cooke for the consultancy division of Charities Aid Foundation and a 3 year assignment as independent Executive Chairman of Scotland’s leading organic farming certification body. Nick has served on the SCVO Policy Committee and other national networks, and has held several posts as a Trustee, Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer in six separate charities. He is currently Honorary President of the Callander Youth Project Trust. He also acts as Independent Financial Examiner or Company Secretary to smaller local charities in central Scotland, and is a Fellow of the RSA.
Nick’s approach to consultancy work is based on defined aims, processes and outputs of a given project being agreed and costed in advance with the client, and carrying this out under a specific budget over a fixed period. The work undertaken may include negotiation of external grant funding from third parties and production of reports or publications. Assignments are carried out principally in Scotland, but also elsewhere in the UK or overseas. Typically, a project will cover the development of new services or activities and the establishment or re-structuring of a client organisation, including monitoring and evaluation of the outputs achieved.