Established in 2007, Just Solutions provide a bespoke and specialist support service offering a wide portfolio of experience. Our work is conducted entirely in person by our principal consultants, Howard Tolley (Just Solutions Consultants) and Sara Green (Butlin Consulting), supported, only where necessary, by other industry specialists.
In over 12 years working as self-employed consultants, we have successfully delivered over 330 consultancy service contracts. We have worked on projects in a diverse range of fields, including leisure, culture, education, economic regeneration, sport and the arts.
We offer a number of services designed to address issues, identify and broker opportunities and facilitate the creation of new solutions. These include:
Visioning & Strategy
Helping clients develop a vision for their future.
- Writing strategies and plans
- Facilitating visioning
- Producing business and development plans
- Developing visions and approaches for cross sector collaboration
- Creating and writing design briefs
Transporting a plan to reality.
- Shaping new ideas, models and approaches to delivery
- Project management and procurement
- Making funding applications
Reviews & Feasibility
Rigorous, evidence-based appraisals.
- Reviews of services and facilities
- Feasibility studies and options appraisals
- Consultations and needs assessments
- Strategic reviews and evaluations
Support & Development
Training, mentoring and representation.
- Peer reviews and mentoring
- Delivering training
- Acting as client representatives or agents
Our goal is to provide our clients with an independent and objective perspective. This often requires drawing on the expertise and skills we have developed through years of varied professional experience.
You can read more about our professional history below, with experience ranging from developing and managing national grants programmes to teaching.
Howard Tolley, Company Director
Howard has over 30 years' senior public sector management experience, as well as having worked for 12 years in commercial practice.
His public sector work has included leisure and cultural management roles in Suffolk, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, London and South Wales, as well as being the Director of 4 authorities in England and Wales, overseeing a wide range of services including housing, food imports, historic buildings and health.
He was Director of Sport Council for Wales, specialising in facilities development, as well as managing the Lottery Fund for 10 years. This included the delivery of over 400 facilities and 7 national centres.
Visioning, options appraisals, feasibilities, financial and operational management plans and advice, governance, problem solving, project management and procurement, facility design briefs.
Sara Green, Business Partner
Sara has over 30 years' experience working in the sports and leisure sector. This includes teaching and lecturing, strategic management as well as serving as a volunteer club secretary and treasurer.
She was National Development Officer for the Amateur Swimming Association Governing Body of Sport, as well as a Sport Facilities and Activities Manager in the North East of England. She also held roles of Sports Council Policy Officer and Senior Manager, Northern Region and London.
Later in her career, as Director at Sport Wales, she was responsible for setting up the Lottery Fund for Sport in 1994 and thereafter distributing over £60m in grants.
Subsequently, as Welsh Assembly Government Head of Sports Policy, she further developed her expertise and knowledge of government and sports policy throughout the country.
Stakeholder consultations, options appraisals, workforce reviews, facilitated strategic reviews, evaluations, feasibility studies, business cases, management reviews, funding.