Beth has held positions with Toynbee Hall NCVO, Friends of the Earth and RNIB and provided consultancy support to arts, health and social organisations. Beth has also been a trustee of the ESOL charity EfA. She has experience of developing new income streams, from challenge and special events through to corporate and major donor fundraising. Having managed restricted, unrestricted and capital appeals, Beth is well placed to support organisations looking to diversify or further develop their income streams. More broadly, Beth is able to support organisations with their governance, as well as their strategic and business planning. Beth holds an MSc (Distinction) in Voluntary Sector Management, the IoF’s Certificate in Fundraising and the CIM’s Diploma in Communications, Advertising and Marketing.
Caroline has worked in and around the voluntary sector for over 10 years, with specialist experience in marketing, fundraising, philanthropy and grant-making. Following work leading fundraising and communications for a number of small local charities, she spent over five years as the Fund Manager at Hertfordshire Community Foundation working across the grant-making, marketing and fund development functions at senior management level, reporting directly to the board and contributing to the strategy and development of the Foundation. Caroline is well placed to provide support in marketing and communications, grant-making/philanthropy (philanthropy advice, donor stewardship, grants programme design and management) and leadership and strategy (including managing teams and working with boards/senior management on strategy development and planning).
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 Lay Chair of NHS England’s Individual Funding Requests Panel (specialised commissioning); and an advisor to the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland Research and Environmental committees. Previously, she was a non-executive director of primary care trusts in East London and has been a trustee of mental health, environmental and arts charities.
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.
An experienced fundraiser and senior manager in the third sector, Leah has over 12 years’ experience supporting charities to raise income from both public agencies and private donors and organisations. Since March 2012, Leah has been working as a freelance fundraising and strategic planning consultant to a range of local and national organisations – both generating income directly and advising senior staff on related matters.
Prior to that 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.
Mairead O’Rourke is an experienced cultural sector professional, with a particular expertise in museum sustainability, organisational development, and governance.
She has advised and supported museums across the sector while at MLA London, Arts Council, and Hampshire County Council.
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.