About us

We are known for bringing innovation, passion and commitment to our work.

Company founder Steve Wiseman has served in the charitable/social enterprise sector in many capacities. Established in 2012, Wiseman and Associates has provided bespoke support to many small charities, social enterprises and pubic bodies with business development, research, fundraising and training. The focus of their work has been wide ranging. Examples include:  education and training; international development; community development; permaculture and conservation; children and young people; the arts; heritage; mental health; community centres; medical research; discrimination; legal advice services; advocacy; disadvantaged communities and disability.

Steve’s professional qualifications include an MA in Education and Professional Development, the Institute of Fundraising Diploma in Fundraising Management and Qualified Teacher Status.

His previous career has featured advice and representation work, teaching, journalism and authoring consumer rights guides, as well as being CEO of the Norwich & West Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau.  He developed the Bureau in response to community need, and sourced funding for and managed a wide range of information, advice and advocacy projects in Norwich and Norfolk. Under his leadership the Bureau was seen to be a national pioneer.

He has mentored and supported many people starting up new ventures as well as fundraisers and senior staff, trustees and directors of established groups, and has run countless business development training seminars and founded or co-founded a range of new charities and social enterprises.

Main associates working with Steve are:

Julie Briggs – Julie has 20 years’ experience in campaigning, PR and lobbying for national and local charities.  While a senior project manager for the RSPCA she was responsible for securing legislative change and managing multi-million-pound budgets.  She has managed a network of regional volunteers and facilitated large, diverse project groups comprising scientists, commercial sector representatives, solicitors, MPs and pressure groups.  She also established and managed an autonomous branch of Gingerbread, and subsequently trained as person-centred counsellor and became an advisor-advocate for 7 years with Equal Lives– a charity offering support to people with mental illness or physical disabilities.  Running her business, Get It Communications – providing project management and PR support for non-profit making groups – allows Julie to work empathetically with individuals or large organisations and budgets of all sizes.

Louise Richmond – Louise’s career has featured local, national and international charity management and fundraising roles.  Louise works for Break charity in Norwich in Business Development and has also worked with the United Nations in Social Development (UNRISD) and as a university lecturer.   She has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Switzerland, US, France and Spain as well as the UK.  Her qualifications include BA Hons. in Development Studies, MA in Gender Analysis in Development, and Professional Certificate in Management.  Louise is currently studying for a part time MBA at the University of East Anglia.