John May

John May

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Change management
  • General / operations management
  • Management consultancy
  • Business advice / analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Market research
  • Research (qualitative / quantitative)


Based in Flitwick, Bedfordshire
I would prefer to volunteer mainly at home, mainly at the office, or will consider remote opportunities from across the UK.


Either in or out of office hours

1 or 2 days/week, split days if necessary. Evening and Saturday working fine.


  • Arts
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Counselling / advice
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Financial inclusion
  • Gardens and parks
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Human rights
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Museums / heritage
  • Older people / later life
  • Poverty relief
  • Training / employment support
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Young people

Type of role

Short term project, Ongoing role, Trustee/Governor

Work history

About me

Experienced charity Trustee and Chair, retired CEO of small charity, with expertise in charity governance including the formal processes of registration with the Charity Commission and registration as a company limited by guarantee. Recently completed six year term as Chair of Trustees of Evolve Counselling, a charity based in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.

Volunteer experience also includes chairing the Patients Liaison Group of the British Medical Association, co-founder and Vice Chair of the North London Chinese Association, chairing the Hertfordshire Citizens Advice Service, serving as a trustee of the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and chairing its Finance Committee, working with the Council of Voluntary Service to provide management and governance consultancy to small charities in Bedfordshire, providing consultancy support to Community Impact Bucks.

Over a varied career I have worked as an employee in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and also as a self-employed market research and community engagement consultant.

Extensive management consultancy experience with blue chip clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Formerly Public Participation Manager for a London Borough, during which time I obtained my PhD in marketing. After this I became a self-employed Community Engagement consultant for the Metropolitan Police Authority and then CEO of the London Communities Policing Partnership.

Good with numbers, and good at the management of people. Not financially qualified, but used to managing the finances of a voluntary organisation.

My strengths lie more in new and developing, or rapidly changing situations than in the care and maintenance of established organisations. During my six-year stint as Chair of Evolve Counselling I transformed what was a loose association of like-minded individuals into a properly constituted  21st century charity. I have even organised the running down of a charity (due to grant cuts) of which I was CEO – making myself redundant in the process!

In addition to the above I served for a number of years as book-keeper for a Methodist Church. This church has now joined forces with two other local Methodist churches to form one new church with three hubs, and I was asked to keep the books for all three.

Qualifications and Affiliations 

PhD in Marketing and Local Government, Middlesex University Business School (2003)

MA in Modern Languages, Wadham College Oxford (1969)

Postgraduate Diplomas in Management Studies, City of Leicester Polytechnic (1972)

                                      and Business Research, University of Brighton (1995)

Certified Member, Market Research Society

Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society

Member, Chartered Management Institute

What am I looking for

Role as Trustee of a charity or other voluntary organisation, ideally one which is undergoing a period of change (start up, close down or major development).

Would be happy to be considered for role as Chair, on condition that there is in place an effective management structure so that my role would be non-Exec Chair and not unpaid CEO.

At a pinch would consider role as Treasurer, again on the basis that there is already an effective finance function in place.