Vanessa Edwards has been appointed as Director of Fundraising for Hft.

With more than 25 years’ experience as a fundraising professional, Vanessa brings a wealth of experience to the role which she initially began in an interim capacity in November 2018.  During her career she has worked in a variety of charities, education institutions, and museums in a range of sectors including heritage, conservation and childhood bereavement. Before joining Hft Vanessa spent six years working on freelance consultancy projects in the South West which included Glastonbury Abbey and Bristol’s historic Underfall Yard.

At Hft, Vanessa will be responsible for leading the strategic direction of the fundraising department, delivering ambitious growth which will transform fundraising at the charity.

Vanessa said:

“I’ve got to know the talented team really well since joining Hft and I look forward to continuing to deliver significant financial support that can enhance and enrich the lives of the people we support.”

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About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services.

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

For more information about Hft, please visit

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

For more information about learning disabilities, please visit