Interim Technical Leadership

Interim Technical Leadership

The challenge

For many reasons, organisations can find themselves without the technical leadership they need – just when they need it most. Some will have taken the decision years ago to outsource as much as possible but now need that expertise in-house again; some have an excellent team to work with in-house but not quite the right skills and experience for the particular challenges they face right now; some have just lost key people because people sometimes just move on.

The challenge
How we can help

How we can help

Adapta has been helping charities, membership bodies and others for many years. Our team of consultants is drawn from the voluntary sector and includes people who have held senior management positions in both large and small organisations as well as individuals with specialist experience in a range of sector-specific disciplines. We can offer the right combination of skills and abilities to meet the challenge you face today – and we can deliver that right now. Whether you need an interim CIO for a few weeks or months, or a “virtual” IT director on an occasional (“fractional”) basis to guide your senior team and trustees, or even if you need a complete team with the right mix of digital, technical and change management skills to help you get to grips with a more complex set of challenges, Adapta can come alongside.

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What we will deliver

We help our clients by providing the information systems directors, managers or teams that will achieve the outcomes you need. Team thinking and a holistic approach are at the heart of the support we offer. Even where we deliver a single consultant to help with a specific issue, the whole set of Adapta’s resources – and the experience they represent – are sitting behind that individual, providing extra support and capacity.

We always agree our approach and focus with you before starting work – and that varies depending on the issues and challenges you need to deal with. Importantly, our consultants are experienced in the broad range of equipment, software and services that organisations in the sector depend on and so we can begin immediately to help you review the fitness of your current systems; or develop your business case for change, or plan your digital strategy, or set up a governance framework appropriate to your organisational culture – or we can just help you manage the change you want to make to your current arrangements for information systems support and development.

What we will deliver
How we can help

Our credentials

Adapta consultants are experienced leaders in the sector – all with a mix of technology insight, commercial experience and sector knowledge. The people we bring alongside you will all have worked closely with senior management teams and boards of trustees in a range of organisations, which means that we understand the difficulty of providing interim help without doing harm. And we are completely supplier-independent, which means we have no vested interest, other than in the best outcomes for your organisation.

Our credentials

What our clients say

, Rebecca Pritchard
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Rebecca Pritchard
Former Director of Operations, Crisis

"Adapta have been honest and realistic with us throughout. They are clear where they can add value and where we can do things on our own – so it feels like a partnership..."

, James Kliffen
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James Kliffen
Head of Fundraising, MSF UK

"You have had a huge influence in our fundraising, and I would enthusiastically recommend you to other charities (and often have)..."

, Phil Durbin
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Phil Durbin
Former Head of Corporate Systems, Salvation Army

"Unlike many consultants, Adapta won’t tell you what you expect to hear. They will be very honest and challenging and, even if some of what they say is uncomfortable to hear, it means you end up getting better advice."

, Dawn Varley
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Dawn Varley
Operations & Strategy Director, Badger Trust

"I knew I could task them with my problem, and leave them to undertake the work in a professional yet friendly way, bringing their expertise and experience to the project…"

, Iain McSeveney
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Iain McSeveney
Finance Director, Medical Aid for Palestinians

"I’m very pleased with the professional way that Adapta managed the project for the selection of MAP’s new accounting software. It was obvious that they have great experience in the charity sector and on the range of suitable accounting software currently on the market..."

, Rachel Rand
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Rachel Rand
Strategic Director - Finance and Corporate Services, NCB

"I would not embark on any IT project without first meeting with Adapta to understand how they feel they could support me. I have found their guidance and practical support invaluable…"

, Rosalba Leonelli
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Rosalba Leonelli
Head of Finance, Client Earth

"Thank you to you and your team for developing and facilitating an excellent workshop. You fully understood our needs which were evident in the workshop structure and content…"


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Case Studies

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