Stamens is a start-up helping keep girls in school in Africa through the strategic provision of sanitary towels. In July this year I was asked to help get the charity ready for registration with the Charity Commission, and develop its infrastructure and outreach. Founder Revd Francis Gardom, who ministers as an assistant curate at St Stephen’s, Lewisham, says: ‘I have “learnt the hard way” that setting-up a new charity is no simple matter.
‘The involvement of Dr Jenny Taylor as my Consultant in this process has been invaluable. Her expertise, and past experience in this field, have enabled me to avoid many of the pitfalls into which I might easily have stumbled.
‘Her past experience in founding (and for many years running) a successful charity, together with her remarkable organisational skills, have both made a substantial contribution towards the success of the enterprise in which we are currently involved together.’