NEON OrgBuilders

NEON OrgBuilders is an 18 month coaching programme for social and economic justice organisations.

Meet the Experts   Meet the Participants 

The Why

Now more than ever, we need strong, connected organisations working effectively for social, economic and environmental change. But there are a million things that stop our organisations from making lasting change, from governance to fundraising to the lack of a proper strategy. It has become all too common to see great organisations crumble under the weight of the huge issues we are all grappling with.

Neon’s OrgBuilders is here to change that.

The What

OrgBuilders is an 18 month coaching programme for early stage organisations to receive specialist coaching, led by Charlotte Millar, Head of Training for NEON and supported by a network of experts.

The programme consists of:

  • Monthly one-on-one coaching on all aspects of organisation building: from developing your theory of change to fundraising and team building
  • Three annual training days, with all programme participants, on the fundamentals of organisation building
  • Access to dedicated expert mentors to support on particularly thorny aspects of organisation building, such as governance, HR or operations

After the first year of the programme, all participants will join action learning sets –  facilitated peer coaching – for approximately 6 months, to continue collaborating and supporting each other to grow. The result will be clearer focused organisations with better strategy, smoother running and better set-up to succeed.


The cohort represents some of the most exciting social and economic justice taking place in the UK. They are all either in the early stages of operating or in a distinct period of transformation (e.g. re-writing their strategy or massively growing).

They are:

Read more about each organisation here.

Charlotte Millar will be the lead coach, with close to two decades of experience in strategy, organisation building and leadership. In addition to her role as Head of Training at NEON, Charlotte is a co-founder and strategist with the Finance Innovation Lab, Chair of Positive Money, and a Trustee of the Public Interest Research Centre. Charlotte has designed and delivered multiple training programmes building knowledge, skills and leadership for systemic change, including Campaign Lab: a 6-month training programme for campaigners and the the Finance Innovation Lab’s Fellowship: a 6-month incubation programme for social entrepreneurs in alternative finance. In her (limited!) spare time, Charlotte helps organisations collaborate for systemic change through strategic facilitation, as well as mentoring and supporting civil society leaders to grow as collaborative leaders.

“Over the last 2 years I have received coaching from Charlotte Millar on strategy development, team culture and other aspects of building Positive Money as an organisation. Charlotte’s input into my work has transformed my thinking, allowed me to become a more confident leader, and resulted in a clear strategy that has empowered our team, satisfied our Board of Directors, and has led to our increased funding.”

Fran Boait, Executive Director, Positive Money

The when & where

The programme with the first cohort will run May 2017 – October 2018. This will include monthly coaching, the three annual training days, and 6 months of a peer facilitated action learning set.

The second cohort will start May 2018, and then run until October 2019.

We thank Friends Provident and Trust for London for making this programme possible. It is our hope to grow the programme beyond the first two years. If you are interested in supporting us to scale, then please get in touch!