You’re probably wondering who I am, and like a true fundraiser you’ve come to find out more. Star move.
I began my fundraising career the same way many of us do, by accident. I volunteered for a corporate community team, signed up for a trek across the Jordan desert (as you do), and I’ve not stopped since.
I’ve been a telephone, door to door and community fundraiser before managing the in-house face to face team at St Oswald’s Hospice, alongside their individual giving and telephone campaigns and their associated strategies.
After five years I joined the British Heart Foundation as their ‘community fundraising relationship manager’ and won an award for my quick fundraising success not long after. During my time at the BHF I was also been responsible for the roll-out of their brand refresh within their fundraising campaigns and materials; responsible for growing supporter engagement and income.
I now work as a community and relationship fundraising specialist for Newcastle based agency, KEDA Consulting; working with charities across the country and beyond to increase their income, develop and streamline strategies, and provide interim support. I teach methods and best practice to fundraise through strong relationships and have been awarded for my approach both in person, and online (Social CEOs Rising Star 2018).
“probably the epitome of donor love in the UK”, changefundraising.com
I’m a member of the Newcastle public speaking training group, Toastmasters , and feature as a speaker on www.greatcharityspeakers.com; as well as the ‘top 20 speakers’ list for National Convention 2018. I’ve spoken in Newcastle, Scotland, Slovakia, Manchester, London, Yorkshire and Dublin about all things fundraising, with lots more sessions coming in 2019!
Better Corporate Fundraising Conference, Helsinki; Building Better Corporate Fundraising Relationships
Pay What You Like Workshop, Edinburgh
IoF Yorkshire; self-shot video
SOS Children’s Villages conference, Austria; Corporate Fundraising Workshop
Fundraising Online via Facebook Live; self-shot video
Institute of Development Professionals in Education Annual Conference; thanking & stewardship
IoF National Convention; stewardship and self-shot video
Pay What You Like Workshop, London
IoF Scotland; community fundraising & fundraising for introverts
IFC Holland; fundraising for introverts
If you’d like to see what sessions and workshops I cover or book something for your team, get in touch!
Working with charities & fundraisers
I’m a member of, and volunteer for, the North East Institute of Fundraising committee and organised the North East’s first ever fundraising conferences in 2017 and 2018. I am now on the Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Convention Board (#IoFFC) looking after the community, events and volunteering track; if you have an amazing idea you’d like to share at the event, I’d love to hear from you!
I’m also a director and trustee for the North East based arts organisation, Mortal Fools.
This is just a snippet and is of course, all about fundraising. But as great fundraisers we know connections are important and it goes way beyond what I can put here, so drop me a line and let’s get together for a brew next time you’re in the Toon.