Achates was founded 7 years ago by Caroline McCormick, who was formerly Chief Executive of the world’s largest organisation representing writers, PEN International, heading up 145 Centres in 105 countries and acting as the Literature Representative at UNESCO.

 Caroline’s passion for art, social and environmental justice led her to create Achates as an ethical company dedicated to supporting charities working in these areas. Seven years later we have advised over 500 organisations internationally and our reputation goes from strength to strength; whether advising UK cultural organisations ranging from The Women’s Prize Trust, to the Donmar Warehouse, to London Film School; leading human rights fundraising campaigns for organisations such as The White Helmets on behalf of the Syria Campaign, and the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music; advising environmental organisations, such as Greenpeace and ArtsAdmin; or international organisations such as 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust and Belarus Free Theatre; we are known and respected for our ability to enable resilience with integrity through our strong focus on organisational purpose and distinctiveness, and on understanding the priorities of participants and audiences.

 Achates has rapidly become a respected cultural sector strategic and fundraising consultancy company which works with and for cultural organisations of all scales, art forms and locations to support a holistic and embedded approach to business planning and voluntary income generation, from bid writing to identification and cultivation of major donor prospects, to leading on major capital projects.

Below is a list of some of our most recent clients from across the cultural sector.


Candoco Dance Company
Dance United Yorkshire
East London Dance
New Adventures
Royal Academy of Dance


London Film School

Fine & Visual Arts

Hastings Contemporary
The Mosaic Rooms
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA


Bare Lit Festival
Berkley Books Community Library
Big Book Weekend
Forward Arts Foundation
Hay Festival
Jacaranda Books
National Centre for Writing
National Literacy Trust
Poet in the City
Women’s Prize



32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust
Birmingham MAC
Global Venues
King’s Head Theatre
London Irish Centre
The Maltings Arts
Plough Arts Centre
Union Chapel


Museum of Architecture
National Museums Liverpool
Plus Tate
Royal Armouries


Birmingham Symphony Hall
City of London Sinfonia
Live Music Now
The People’s Orchestra
World Heart Beat


Opera North


Arab British Centre
Arts Council Catalyst Evolve in partnership with BOP Consulting
B3 Media
Ballymore in partnership with Jennie Lee Foundation
Cellar Door
English Heritage
Foundation for Future London
Guy’s & St. Thomas’s Charity
Jennie Lee Foundation
LB Brent Council
Lincolnshire One Venues
National Archives Trust
On the Record
One world media
Rosendale School
The Africa Centre
The Conversation
The West of England Cultural Compact


Actors Touring Company
Apples and Snakes
Arts Admin
Belarus Free Theatre
Camden People’s Theatre
Cardboard citizens
China Plate
Donmar Warehouse
English Touring Theatre
Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre
Javaad Alipoor Company
Kings Head Theatre
Lincoln Drill Hall
Little Angel Theatre
New International Encounter
Oily Cart
Plays for Progress
Sheffield Theatres
Soho Theatre
Stan’s Café
The Albany
The Albany Family Arts Campaign
Theatre Peckham
Young Vic