Pat Richardson and Rhona Still

Dr Pat Richardson

Pat Richardson has developed a global reputation as an expert in evaluation, impact assessment and enterprise development. Over the past 30 years she has developed and implemented a robust evaluation methodology that has enabled organisations of all shapes and sizes to make sense of the past by being clearer about their achievements, and to improve their performance through integrating lessons learnt into ongoing practice.

“Pat quickly becomes a flexible and yet focused member of a diverse team, and brings together a number of practical resources from a very wide range of activities”

Pat is able to offer customers a valuable combination of academic background alongside substantial experience in enterprise and economic development. Following a doctorate in SME economic policy, examining the impact of enterprise programmes, she has worked as a business adviser in the public and third sectors, as a researcher, an educator and a trainer, and has been commissioned  to design, deliver and manage of a wide range of enterprise-related support throughout the UK and overseas.

“Pat’s work is thorough, detailed, professional and of a very high standard”

In 1998 she was awarded a European Woman of Achievement award for her European work in supporting women’s enterprise development.



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  • Richardson Howarth is a Preferred Consultant for Big Assist and Communities Can and a registered supplier with World Bank
  • Honorary Entrepreneurial Fellow at Durham University Business School
  • Member of the IOEE ( Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs)
  • Co-Founder and contributor to Local Economy, a quarterly journal aimed at practitioners and researchers. Advisory board member until 2010 to current publishers The Taylor and Francis Group
  • A Commissioner for The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (appointed by the then Minister of State for International Development, Clare Short), 1999–2007
  • Board member of Age UK Durham a voluntary organisation affiliated to the national charity Age UK 2006-2015
  • Fellow of the Institute of Higher Education (now the Higher Education Academy), 2000–2007
  • Board member of the Institute of Small Business Affairs the UK Institute for the development of entrepreneurship, 1994–1997
  • Selected to represent the UK for the European Commission Women's LEI initiative, a EU financial and technical assistance programme for women entrepreneurs, 1990–1996
  • Business supporter for Young Enterprise throughout the North East, 2009-10
  • Associate to the International Consultants in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (ICE)
  • Associate to WISE Development, supporting international agencies, governments and NGOs to achieve progress in gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls.


Rhona Still

Rhona Still has extensive experience of working in the UK and overseas with third sector and social economy organisations including charities, social enterprises, cooperatives and voluntary organisations, across a range of sectors including arts and culture, community and economic development. Rhona has co-owned and managed a number of small businesses across a range of sectors including natural food retailing, food manufacturing and renewable energy.

“Rhona has been so valuable and supportive, and the insight from her experience and knowledge is awesome and so useful”

As well as working across her local area in the North East  of England, Rhona has been commissioned to deliver services in the developing countries of Africa, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent, as well as Eastern and Western Europe.

“The board recognised the robust job you have done on our handbook and policies – a job that would have taken up so much time when I need to move ahead with other pressing priorities!”

Rhona’s background and MA in entrepreneurship, combined with her first-hand understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing organisations driven by a social purpose, brings her a unique perspective as a consultant, advisor, facilitator and trainer, enabling countless organisations to benefit from her specialist expertise.

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  • Associate Consultant Member of Clinks
  • Specialist Adviser with the Plunkett Foundation since 2016
  • Approved Consultant – Lloyds Bank Foundation since 2015
  • Richardson Howarth is a Preferred Consultant for Big Assist and Communities Can and a registered supplier with World Bank
  • Member of IOEE (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) since 2010
  • Chairperson with Social Enterprise Innovations Research Foundation (SERIF) since 2013
  • External voluntary Chairperson with Search Services for Older People - supporting the organisation through significant change, 2013-2014
  • Served on the board of the National Co-operative Development Agency (appointed by the Minister of State for Employment), 1987-1991
  • Honorary Entrepreneurial Fellow of Durham University Business School, 1999-2010
  • Non-executive Director and Chairperson of the Board - Creative Consumer Co-operative Ltd (a large consumer co-operative with 17,000 members and operating 4 supermarkets), 1999-2007
  • Non-Executive Director 1985 to 1998 /Chairperson 1993-1997 of ICOF Limited and ICOF Plc (now trading as Co-operative and Community Finance), the national revolving loan fund company for co-operative and community organisations in the UK;
  • Board Member Northumbria College, 1998-2000