Rachel Haynes – Lead Consultant for Flamingo


I have been working as a consultant with a wide range of international development NGOs since 2012. I love the variety, challenge, and opportunities to learn  that  working across a changing development sector brings.

Following several years as a project manager in refugee reception and resettlement in the UK, I started working in international development in 1994, when I joined an international NGO as their first Projects Officer.   

Together with my colleagues and partner organisations in Africa and Asia, I went on to grow a portfolio of successful projects funded by DFID, EC and other institutional donors, building a strong team for applying for and managing project funds, and systems to support them.

Those years taught me that success in funding depends on an organization having empowered teams, excellent donor intelligence, a willingness and openness to learn, and effective management. But above all, in a rapidly changing world, effective development needs us all to be several steps ahead of today’s reality.


You can find my latest CV here.

Rachel works with a network of close associates including:

Cathryn Gathercole. Cathryn has worked in the voluntary sector for 20 years, in large and small organisations, with international and domestic agendas, in roles from volunteer to Director. Her experience includes fundraising, project management, facilitation, evaluation and change management. Creative and flexible, Cathryn combines practical skills and diverse experiences to offer workable solutions for clients.

David Harries.  D.V.Harries.co.uk is a leadership development consultancy, set up in 2007, to work primarily with the not-for-profit sector. David provides mentoring and coaching for people in leadership positions alongside bespoke training programmes for trustees and leadership teams. With a strong background in organisational development and systems thinking, David and Flamingo collaborate to support clients in improving their systems for organisational and programme management.

Jonny Gutteridge. Jonny offers business development and fundraising, project management, evaluation, training and facilitation as a freelance consultant. He has worked for UK and international development NGOs for over twenty years, up to CEO level, and combines this experience with adaptability, creativity and an analytical approach to generate effective, workable proposals and practical improvements.

Roger Lewins. With over 14 years’ experience providing evaluation, impact assessment and monitoring of livelihoods development projects and programmes, Roger has particular specialisms in the institutional aspects of natural resource management and evaluation of new project structures through multi-stakeholder consultations.  In 2013, Roger Lewins co-founded Brinjal, a consultancy providing evaluation and impact assessment in the natural resource management, WASH and livelihoods sectors. Brinjal also provides training and assessment in community-based management, participatory planning and advocacy.

Giving Insight. Giving Insight is a fundraising research consultancy, founded by its Director, Matt Ide, to help not-for-profits identify new sources of funding and understand the giving landscape and its implications globally. Giving Insight’s extensive experience covers HNWIs, corporate philanthropy & partnerships, trusts and foundations and statutory funders, as well as benchmarking and international fundraising markets.