Diane Sim is a freelance consultant specialising in research-based projects in financial and professional services. For Charity Finance magazine she has authored the recent annual surveys on banking, fund management, charity shops and the finance function and is currently working on the annual audit survey.
Sim formerly headed up the retail banking and wealth management division of VRL Knowledgebank, where she was responsible for the company's newsletters, websites, management reports and conferences in those segments. She has also edited newsletters in the financial services sector including European Banker, Cards International and Retail Banker International.
She has also worked as a consultant on research-based strategy projects for UK and international financial services clients, both at Davis International Banking Consultants (1994-2001) and Coopers and Lybrand (1989-1994).
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The Charity 100 Index may have recovered from its recent fall but it still has a long way to go before it is back on form, finds Diane Sim.
Positive results from a handful of charities have at least temporarily held in check the recent decline of the Charity 250 Index, finds Diane Sim.
Consolidation in the legal market has reduced the number of firms but charities still have a wide range of options, finds Diane Sim.
A small increase in minimum income requirements for the Charity 250 Index results in 15 new entrants and exits this year, finds Diane Sim.
There are no major changes to membership of the Charity 100 Index this year, but plenty of challengers for top spots are waiting in the wings, finds Diane Sim.