About us

Illuminate Governance is the trading name of freelance Charity and Governance Consultant, Lynn Cadman.

With over ten years’ experience in charity law, regulation and governance Lynn has given charities guidance on a wide range of issues.

Most of my seven year career at the Charity Commission was spent in the Large Charities Division. I provided bespoke one-to-one guidance to charities with an annual income of £5m+ as well as providing legal authority such as for changes to governing documents, land transactions, and significant transfers of assets. 

I also worked within the Commission’s investigations function, seeing first-hand the impact that poor governance and insufficient controls can have on a charity.
Since leaving the Commission in 2012 I’ve provided consultancy advice and project management to a range of charities.  Most notably, with the Royal British Legion, initially as a consultant and then Head of Department, to transform its management of >700 charitable trusts of which it was trustee.  This included unlocking c.£40m from restricted funds that were no longer effective in meeting beneficiary need, as well as introducing new ways of working.
But I haven’t just worked with large charities. Many of my clients are smaller organisations and I am myself a trustee of a small charity in Haringey (income c.£50k) - so have experienced the joys and challenges of being a charity trustee and a volunteer.
Lynn is also an Associate of Professional Governance Services Ltd - www.profgov.com, a registered Prince 2 Practitioner, a lay member of the Charity Law Association and a trainer for Getting on Board

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