The World To Rights blog is by David Bull CBE.DB CBE pic cropped

If you need help or advice on leadership, strategy, organisational culture, structure, advocacy and campaigns, executive or trustee recruitment, governance or help in addressing any challenges in the social purpose arena, I may be able to help as a consultant or mentor/coach – please contact me. I can also access many highly skilled associates with complementary expertise for larger or more complex projects.

I have spent a rewarding career working for the environment, education, human rights and international development, including 32 years as a Chief Executive of a number of wonderful voluntary sector organisations, most recently as Executive Director of Unicef UK and previously as Director of Amnesty International UK.

I am also a trustee of The Power of Nutrition – a catalytic and innovative means of contributing at scale to the elimination of childhood undernutrition, especially stunting, in the worst affected countries (http://www.powerofnutrition.org/).

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I am also an Associate Consultant with Action Planning

You can see case studies of some of my consultancy projects here:




David provided invaluable support and leadership as we developed and delivered our essay series: Global Britain: Becoming A Leader For Child Rights At A Time Of Crisis. He steered the project from beginning to end, shaping the project and curating the content. It’s fair to say that without him, the project would have struggled deliver, let alone exceed all expectations as it did. He was also a pleasure to work throughout the entire project. Liam Sollis, Head of Policy, Unicef UK

We wanted to think quite big and ambitiously and were looking for people with experience to help us. David stood out immediately. He and Mary were really thorough with their research, but also very creative and imaginative throughout the project; we were amazed and surprised along the way: it’s been even bigger and better than we’d hoped.
Charlie Hay, CEO, AfriKids

I am very satisfied with David’s consultancy services. His knowledge and experience in the INGO sector and leadership has helped me personally to further develop and add value to my organisation. When it comes to flexibility David was excellent to accommodate my busy schedules and be available as and when I needed his support and guidance. David’s listening, communication and report writing skills are very good and I would recommend him strongly. Naser Haghamed, Chief Executive Officer , Islamic Relief Worldwide

“David worked as an adviser to The Listen Campaign during a critical phase of our development. In particular, he led on the sourcing of 36 exemplary and scalable/replicable international development projects for vulnerable and disadvantaged children, representing a broad range of countries, regions and themes and meeting a set of criteria which David helped to refine. In addition, his advice was invaluable in relation to due diligence, child protection policies, the development of legal agreements with partner delivery organisations and recruitment and selection of personnel. David created clear and compelling presentations for the Trustees of The Listen Charity and gained the confidence and respect of all those involved in the Campaign. His extensive networks, deep knowledge of international development and children’s rights, and his ability to build relationships with people from a wide variety of backgrounds have all helped enormously in the development of our ambitious campaign. I would strongly recommend David to anyone looking for advice and support, especially in the field of development, children’s rights, and charity strategy, governance and leadership”. Tony Hollingsworth, CEO of the Listen Media Campaign

“I have known and worked with David for about three years in connection with a philanthropic Foundation which I represent. Throughout this period I have been greatly impressed by a number of qualities which David has in abundance. He is driven by a great desire to help the disadvantaged wherever he can throughout the world. He is a team player and commanded great respect and affection from those working with him. He is well connected in the charity sector and energetic in pursuing his goals. He was most helpful in supporting the Foundation in documenting its vision and strategy for the project on which we were working. I would have no hesitation in recommending David to clients in need of the service he can provide”. Paul Leonard

“David presented a session entitled ‘How to Succeed’ at our national conference to the CEOs of 80 charities in the sport for development sector.  The EFL Trust has adopted many of the ideas into its strategy development, particularly around effecting cultural change. I would recommend David to any organisation that is serious about developing an open culture to facilitate growth strategies”. Mike Evans, Director of Operations, EFL Trust

‘I have found David’s mentoring and coaching support to be enormously helpful. He can call upon a wealth of experience to provide tailored advice on good leadership. He had solid advice on pretty much every management challenge I put to him’. Imran Madden, Director, Islamic Relief UK