Catherine has over 25 years’ governance, management and consultancy experience with high profile public and voluntary sector organisations. She provides strategic and specialist advice to central and local government, the NHS and charities in social and environmental sustainability, public health, health and social care, place-making, urban design and related areas.
Catherine is a trustee of Sustrans, chairing the London Advisory Group, and a member of the Audit & Risk and Estates committees. Previously, she was Lay Chair of NHS England’s Individual Funding Requests Panel (specialised commissioning), a non-executive director of primary care trusts in East London, and a trustee of a number of health, environmental and arts charities. Between 2009 and 2012, Catherine chaired the pan-London cross-sector NHS Carbon Reduction Steering Group which supported local NHS organisations to exceed national targets as well as share good practice. In 2019, she received an Association of Anaesthetists board award for her contribution to environmentally sustainable anaesthesia and to the Research and Grants Committee.
Dr Claire Routley
Dr Claire Routley has worked in fundraising for 14 years, specialising in legacy fundraising for the last 10. In 2011, she completed a PhD looking at why people choose to leave legacies to charity. She has worked for Bible Society, Age UK, WRVS and a local hospice, and is a tutor for the Institute of Fundraising’s qualification courses.
She is now a fundraising consultant, and a research fellow at Plymouth University’s Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy.
David is an experienced fundraiser specialising in securing support for the arts and culture sector. Prior to working as a consultant, he helped to raise philanthropic support for a range of arts organisations, including Manchester Camerata, Royal Exchange Theatre, Glyndebourne and English Touring Opera. During this time, David secured 5-and 6- figure gifts from Trusts for revenue appeals and capital projects. He also increased Individual and Legacy giving while at English Touring Opera. David’s areas of expertise include writing fundraising strategies, developing individual giving programmes, securing funding from trusts, foundations and statutory sources and providing training for fundraisers at all stages of their career.
Deborah is an experienced charity development professional with specialist experience in the arts, culture and museums sector.
With over fifteen years’ charity sector experience, five at a senior management level in the museums sector, she offers comprehensive practical experience and expertise in charity strategy development, business planning and management, income generation and sustainability and marketing communications. She has particular experience and strengths in:
- Fundraising and charity trading, including sustainability planning
- Communications, PR, marketing and marketing research
- Programme / project management
- Strategic partnership working
- Strategy and business planning
- Project / organisational outcomes framework development, monitoring and evaluation
Hannah Du Gray
Hannah is a strategic and goal-orientated fundraiser with just under twenty years of experience across a broad range of fundraising disciplines gained in small, medium and large charities. Her specialisms include strategic planning, change management and major donor fundraising.
Since March 2013 Hannah has been working as an interim fundraising consultant undertaking senior interim fundraising positions of varying length for The Children’s Trust (Head of Gala Events), Diabetes UK (Head of Community and Events), Asthma UK (Head of High Value Partnerships) and SeeAbility (Director of Fundraising). Hannah is currently consulting on major donor fundraising for Leonard Cheshire Disability and Macmillan Cancer Support.
With almost 3 decades of experience in the charity sector Harps has led complex Individual Giving and Legacy programmes and teams, with almost 20 years at the British Red Cross and Barnardo’s. Since 2017, she has been providing consultancy and interim support to charities including Diabetes UK, Dementia UK, Christian Aid, Animals Asia, Age UK and Mencap. Many charities already have an organisational strategy in place, so Harps tends to take a collaborative and hands-on approach. As a trusted advisor with a broad set of skills and tools and she can adapt her approach to the specific environment in which she operates. Harps will endeavour to implement transformational, future focused solutions which will deliver continuous business improvement for your organisation.
Her skillset includes: direct marketing; legacy marketing; strategic planning; supporter experience; budget planning, management, reporting and KPI’s; digital fundraising; supporter care; CRM implementation and management; GDPR.
Hayley has been working as a fundraiser and bid writer for the last 13 years, 10 of which have been in the voluntary sector for well-known charities including Tommy’s and St Mungo’s. Under her leadership, the St Mungo’s trusts team income exceeded £1 million for the first time, and during her recent role at Tommy’s the trusts and major gifts team has enjoyed major growth. Hayley has led successful bids to large funders including Garfield Weston Foundation, The Wellcome Trust and City Bridge Trust, and is experienced in managing and developing relationships with trusts and foundations.
Helen’s particular expertise is in establishing and scaling relationship fundraising, and she works with clients to improve their strategy and skillset, mainly in Community and Corporate Fundraising.
She was most recently Head of Hospice Fundraising Development at the hospice and neurological care charity Sue Ryder, leading a multi-year income development programme to ensure the future of the charity’s care.
Before that, Helen spent 10 years at Cancer Research UK, working across Race for Life, Volunteer Fundraising and the charity’s record-breaking £100 million capital appeal to help establish a new super-laboratory next to St Pancras, the Francis Crick Institute, which opened in 2016. As a senior manager, she established, led and developed both fundraising and operational teams.
In 2011, Helen took a sabbatical year from CRUK to work in Nairobi, with Kenya Union of the Blind. Selected and placed by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), she worked alongside blind and partially sighted colleagues to build the organisation’s capacity to attract more resources.
Leah Selinger is an experienced fundraiser and senior manager in the voluntary sector where she has supported charities to raise income from both public agencies and private donors and organisations. Her consulting work specialises in fundraising and strategy development and includes support to a range of local and national charities and social enterprises – both generating income directly and advising senior staff on related matters. Leah also delivers a range of training and workshops on these subjects, and is an experienced and engaging facilitator.
Prior to her consulting work, Leah held the post of Director of Fundraising and New Business at Youth Music, kick-starting their fundraising activity. From 2004 to 2011, Leah worked at Fairbridge, a youth development charity, in a number of fundraising roles and left the organisation as their Director of Fundraising.
With a national diploma in art and design, a degree in Law, and a Masters in Charity Management – Mandy brings a real mix of skills to the table. After spending a couple of years as a Tax Consultant for Deloitte, Mandy moved into the charity sector and became a fundraiser. She went on to spend over a decade working for various mission-driven organisations, including Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie and change.org. Her last “traditional job” was as CEO of the Small Charities Coalition.
In 2020, Mandy changed direction again and decided to use her creative skills to bring communications to life visually. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Mandy set up Sketchnotes UK – through which she has graphically recorded charity conferences, added a big splash of creativity to annual reports, and helped charities present their communications in a way that really captures people’s attention.
Straight talking communications
Brand and Marketing Communications Specialist
Philippa is a marketing specialist who has been successfully marketing companies, charities and public sector organisations since graduating in English, from London University, in 1983 – including London Borough of Lewisham, GlaxoSmithKline and a number of leading charities.
She set up Straight talking communications in January 2009 and has successfully built brands, developed strategy and devised and managed campaigns for a wide range of organisations including Sir John Soane’s Museum, The National Science Learning Centre, the Goldsmiths’ Centre, and a myriad of charities and not-for-profits.
Philippa is skilled at getting under the skin of an organisation and helping it define and clarify its offer for its target audiences. Her no-nonsense approach to strategy development and tactical planning makes marketing easy for every organisation she works with. She is an accomplished business writer, bringing brand, messaging and corporate narrative alive to help organisations increase their market share.