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Ernie the dog for community help and information service


Chis  is made up of people who have years of experience in the not-for-profit sector and would love to get to know your organisation and support it in moving forward.

Peter Firth and Paul Curphey are founding directors of CHIS Their experience and achievements are testament to their strong belief in the invaluable role “third sector” organisations grounded in the grass roots of their local communities can play in helping them to flourish and thrive. 


Peter is an MBA graduate of the Open University and has over 25 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector. He spent 16 years of these as CEO of a Charity running a large community centre.  One of Peter’s main achievements in this role was to support the development of embryonic groups that started life at the community centre. He’s also set up many new services for such as playschemes, youth clubs, music projects  – and secured £1+ million grant funding in the process. Peter has been involved in many not-for-profit  groups and organisations serving on committees; Currently Live from Worktown CIC and  Bolton Methodist Circuit. See the client page for recent work

Paul has 35+ years of experience working in many senior roles for social housing providers, a regulator and local authorities – including 12 years at Director and Assistant Director level. Paul’s expertise lies in research, strategic planning, project management and problem solving. He has developed many corporate plans, led numerous service and strategy reviews and managed a merger between two housing associations.  Paul has developed practical strategic plans for two local charities and a  community-led housing organisation. 



Julie Langford


After 20 years working in the corporate sector, Julie was inspired through her voluntary work to work within the not-for-profit sector full time! In 1999, she was appointed as Director of Grants for a grant-making Foundation serving the sub region of Greater Manchester. Her primary responsibilities were to develop and expand the (then under-performing) charity’s grant making portfolio. During her tenure, grant-making through the Foundation increased from a total of £2.5M in the decade prior to 1999 to over £37M during her 12-year tenure.


Why Not?

The dog in the pictures is Ernie and he is a Cavapoochon. Ernie belongs to one of our founding Directors - Paul.

Why the Dog?

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