Tell us a bit about your background
I have spent almost 20 years working in the Third Sector. My experience is in international, national, regional and local charities with turnovers ranging from the £100s of millions to a few tens of thousands of pounds per annum. During my time, I’ve done most types of fundraising from traditional community fundraising through to major gift, lottery, statutory fundraising and charity retail work. I also have a great deal of experience organising events of various shapes and sizes including challenge events and Royal Gala functions.
I am married with two young children. In my spare time I am treasurer for my local church and a small charity that supports young people in Central London. I am also a member of a Hampshire group of professional fundraisers, and was pleased to accept the nomination for the post of inaugural Chair for the Central South group of the Institute of Fundraising in July 2018.
What made you decide to become a Trustee for Hft?
When I was a teenager my mother taught young adults with learning disabilities in a local college near our home in Lancashire. I helped out with a community group she ran every Wednesday for a couple of years and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. When I was invited to consider becoming a Trustee at Hft I was pleased to have the opportunity to support an organisation that has a clear vision for how it can make a difference in the lives of people with learning disabilities, while making use of my fundraising and income generation knowledge.
What’s your best ‘Hft moment’?
It’s early days in my role, but the experience of meeting the team in Bristol and visiting one of the services in the South East confirmed for me why the work of the charity is so important. I looking forward to learning more and meeting more of the team in the coming months.