Fundraising Now (speakers)


Gerald Oppenheim

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‘Gerald is currently the Head of Policy and Communications at the Fundraising Regulator and will become the Chief Executive from July 2018. 

He was Director of Policy and Partnerships at the Big Lottery Fund and some of its predecessors from 1995 until October 2010 when he went freelance, working with charities, Trusts and Foundations on a wide range of policy projects until joining the Fundraising Regulator in January 2016. His earlier career in the public sector was as a funder of charities and voluntary organisations.

He is a Trustee and Chair of the London Emergencies Trust (the successor charity to the former London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund which he chaired from 2005-2008). He is also an independent board member of the Armed Forces Covenant Trust.

He was a member of the BBC Charitable Appeals Committee and its Vice-Chair from 2004-2009 and was a Trustee and Chair of the Camden Society (a charity for people with learning disabilities) from 2009-2017 and Citizens Advice Camden from 2011-2017.’

Stephen Service

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Stephen was seconded to the Fundraising Regulator from the Public Fundraising Association (PFRA) in February 2016.
As Stakeholder and Outreach Manager with the PFRA he led its national outreach programme, developing regulatory agreements between charities and over 100 local authorities to control fundraising in local areas, including London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Previously, Stephen worked on Safer Communities and regulatory policy at the Local Government Association and the national peer challenge programme for councils.

Leesa Harwood

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Leesa Harwood has over 25 years’ experience in the third sector. Starting as a fundraiser with major charities in the USA she returned to the UK to join Business in the Community where she developed and supported partnerships between the charity and corporate sectors.
Other roles have included Head of Community Fundraising at Save the Children UK and Director of Fundraising and Communications at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution where she led the RNLI to be the first major charity to launch a successful ‘Opt-In’ campaign and became the first charity to accept donations in crypto-currencies.
For the last four years Leesa was Director of Lifesaving and Fundraising at the RNLI where she ran the operational Lifeboat and Lifeguard services as well as generating over £150 million income for the charity.
Now Leesa runs her own consultancy, advising and coaching third sector leaders on all aspects of running successful charities. Leesa lives in Dorset with her husband and rescue dog, Moosh. In her spare time she is an enthusiastic but slow runner.

Glyn Thomas

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A freelance digital communications consultant. He works with NGOs and charities to help them recruit new supporters and engage existing supporters online. A key part of Glyn's work is using data and Google Analytics to optimise the donation process, and he's delivered Google Analytics training in the UK and Europe for more than 20 charities.

Emily Collins-Ellis

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Emily Collins-Ellis is a Fundraising & Philanthropy Advisor at I.G. Advisors, helping charities towards more effective fundraising, and donors towards more effective giving. Her experience centres on foundation and major donor fundraising, and her career has spanned the mental health, LGBT, Higher Education, youth and human rights sectors.

Dave Carter

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Dave has been Head of Counter Fraud for a number of major international charities, where he was brought in to new roles to design, build and then run their global counter fraud functions.

In both organisations Dave had global responsibility for fraud & crime management, including awareness raising, reporting & detecting, responding and prevention – plus leading on investigations. He devised and implemented the key strategies which allowed for this risk to be management in hostile environments, and on occasions during the worst humanitarian disasters that have occurred in modern times. Travelling extensively, Dave built a global team to support the operational function, to provide reassurance to trustees, and to ensure compliance with legal & regulatory responsibilities.

The majority of Dave’s career was spent within the City of London Police, where he served for 14 years, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. Most of this time was spent as a detective investigating serious and major crime, including homicide, until he moved into the Economic Crime Directorate of what is the national lead force for fraud. Whilst there he specialised in international fraud, especially those involving organised crime groups targeting UK banks, whilst head of the specialist unit, the Dedicated Cheque & Plastic Crime Unit.

Zoe Amar

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Zoe Amar is widely regarded as one of the charity sector’s leading digital experts. She founded digital agency Zoe Amar Digital in 2013. Their clients have included Breast Cancer Care, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and The School for Social Entrepreneurs. Zoe chairs the steering group for The Charity Digital Code of Practice, a new initiative for the sector. She writes for The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network about charities and digital issues. She co-founded the Social CEOs awards and co-authored The Charity Commission’s digital guidance for trustees, ‘Making Digital Work.’ Zoe also wrote The Charity Digital Toolkit and The Charity Social Media Toolkit with Skills Platform, as well as partnering with them to map digital skills across the UK charity sector in The Charity Digital Skills Report. Zoe is a trustee for Future Care Capital and sits on the Board Audit and Risk Sub-Committee at the Samaritans as their digital expert. Previously, Zoe worked for 5 years as part of the leadership team at a national charity which advised nonprofits about technology

Bill King

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Bill is CEO of the multi-award winning International Fundraising Consultancy (IFC), which works in the UK and internationally to help organisations develop their fundraising potential. With offices in 12 countries and partners in most other places, IFC is proud to be changing the world, one client at a time.

Johnathan Bone

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Jonathan Bone is a Quantitative Researcher in Nesta’s Research, Analysis and Policy team. His research at Nesta has focused on two key areas: 1) exploring how crowdfunding and other forms of alternative finance can be used as an innovative way of financing businesses and non-profit organizations and 2) understanding how digital entrepreneurship (particularly 'tech for good') can be supported across Europe. Before joining Nesta Jonathan completed a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at University College London, where he used experimental economics methods to investigate the evolution of human cooperation.

Juliet Cockram Agnew

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Juliet is Director & Head of Philanthropy at I.G. Advisors. She has worked in international development, fundraising and philanthropy for over a decade, combining frontline social impact experience with involvement in some of the biggest global mobilisations of funding in history. Her leadership experience spans charities, philanthropists, foundations and global companies.

Olivia Barker White

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Olivia Barker White: Olivia is the Founder and Director of Kids Club Kampala; a successful UK charity working with vulnerable children in Uganda. With a background in International Development and over 10 years working in the charity sector, Olivia has extensive experience in measuring and reporting impact and is passionate about donor stewardship. Olivia has won several awards as recognition for her achievements; most notably the Global Champion Award at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2013.

Katie Rabone

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Katie has been a professional fundraiser for 17 years, working across all disciplines including bid writing, individual giving and corporates. She is a member of and has a Diploma in Fundraising from the Institute of Fundraising.

Katie has worked for a variety of organisations including a local authority where she raised over £1million for a new community centre and 5 separate large outdoor play facilities across the borough.
She worked for a women’s refuge, writing a successful bid for £400,000 from Big Lottery Reaching Communities, which secured 3 existing permanent roles and 2 new part time posts for 4 years. She also secured the charity its first major gift. She worked at Brighton Festival & Dome for 6 years, working with individual donors including high profile major donors. Whilst in role, she also managed corporate accounts, including Royal Bank of Scotland and American Express.

Katie offers training sessions to a wide variety of organisations in the South East and London region via her own successful consultancy, Fundraising Action. She is an Associate Trainer with DSC and in January 2018 became Grants Consultant for the EY Foundation (Ernst and Young).

Twitter @rabone_katie

Sadiq Asif

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Asif Sadiq MBE is the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY (Ernst and Young) Financial Services UK, he joined EY as an Assistant Director for UK &I and was previously the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. He is currently the Chair of the London Hate Crime Board, an Ambassador for Remembering Srebrenica, a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hate Crime, a Special Advisor to the charity Penny Appeal, a trainer for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (Europe) and a Special Sergeant with the City of London Police. Asif has received a number of accolades that include the Mosaic (Prince’s Trust) Award for mentoring, NAMP Multi Faith Award, Police Officer of the Year Award, the Civil Servant of the Year Award, The highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards and the prestigious Asian Professional Award. Asif was honoured last year in the Queen's birthday Honours list with an MBE for his services to Policing and the Communities and is a Freeman of the City of London.

Samuel Kasumu

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Social entrepreneur, Samuel Kasumu is currently Managing Director of Inclusive Boards, an agency that supports organisations seeking to improve diversity at board level. He was a Parliamentary Candidate in 2017 and is the youngest member of the Prime Minister’s Race Disparity Advisory Group.

Victoria Ward

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Viki started fundraising in 2011 immediately after graduating from university and has been the Head of Fundraising at the British Youth Council since September 2017. Viki specialises in donor relationships and being an overall ambassador for #DonorLove! In her spare time, Viki blogs and tweets about fundraising, often identifying the unique quirks of being a fundraiser!

Sian Norris

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Sian Norris is a novelist, journalist, poet, short story writer and copywriter. As the lead writer at agency Different Kettle for five years, Sian worked on a range of accounts including Macmillan Cancer Support, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Christian Aid, and many more. Since going freelance in 2016, Sian has worked on numerous projects including the Repeal the 8th campaign, Women's Aid and the Thistle Foundation. Sian is a regular contributor to the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Pool, Prospect UK,, and 50.50 openDemocracy and recognised as a leading UK feminist voice. Her short fiction has been published in 3am Magazine, the Wales Arts Review and Halcyon. In 2017 she was the writer in residence at Spike Island. Sian is the founder and director of the Bristol Women's Literature Festival, and is co-editor of the Read Women project. Her first novel explores the lives of women in Gertrude Stein's circle and in 2016 was nominated for the Lucy Cavendish Prize. She is currently the Ben Pimlott writer-in-residence at Birkbeck University.

Ali Walker-Davies

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Ali has a deeply geeky fascination for all things digital and especially email. At Open, she's transforming the way we work and creating campaigns that deliver real results for our clients. Having been Head of Digital Fundraising at Shelter and previously communications strategist Blue State Digital, Obama's agency of choice, she cut her teeth creating email programmes with the best in the business. She’s developed successful email campaigns for the likes of Google, the Labour Party and RSPCA, uniting audiences around shared values and writing emails that drive action.

Bethan Francis

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A Fundraising and Supporter Engagement Consultant with almost 20 years’ experience specialising in direct dialogue, one-to-one and relationship fundraising. Bethan has delivered fundraising strategies and campaigns for some of the UK's biggest charities including Cancer Research UK, NSPCC and Marie Curie.

Adam Waters

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Adam Waters is the Director of Digital Content at Forces Broadcasting. He’s worked as a journalist through most of his career. He’s published a book called Confident Digital Content and has made pretty much every comms-related cockup in the book.

Simon Scriver

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Simon Scriver is a professional fundraising consultant, coach, trainer, Board Member and practitioner. Simon has won Fundraising Ireland's 'Small Budget, Big Impact' and ‘Supplier Of The Year’ Awards, as well as Eircom’s Start-up Award. He is a TEDx speaker and has previously won the Toastmasters UK & Ireland International Speech Contest. A board member of a small non-profit ‘Making Connections’, he also sits on the Advisory Panel of Rogare, the international fundraising think tank, and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and the AFP. Simon also offers consultancy to some of the biggest and smallest charities in Ireland and abroad. He offers advice and training to non-profits to make their fundraising more cost-effective, speaking regularly at international conferences. He is the only person in Ireland with a CFRE, a Diploma in Fundraising and a Certificate in Fundraising.

Carol Akiwumi

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Carol Akiwumi is a social entrepreneur, fundraising Cconsultant, trainer and inspirational speaker with a passion for Stewardship and diversity; helping individuals and organisations to unlock their potential in those areas. She is the CEO of RAA Solutions, a creative fundraising and training consultancy and a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising (IOF). Carol is the visionary and Project Director of the IOF Black Fundraisers UK’s (BF-UK) ground breaking AVOCADO Project.

Robert Powell

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Rob Powell is Head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion (CR&I) at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP. He manages the full breadth of activities within the London office’s award-winning CR&I programme, from advising at local law clinics and fielding requests for pro bono advice from a range of leading charities, NGOs and social enterprises, to community and Inclusion endeavours such as working with young people, social entrepreneurs and the office's philanthropic efforts.

Rob is also on the board of Special Olympics GB, Heart of the City and is a member of a number of advisory boards for charities.

In his spare time, Rob enjoys running marathons for charities, writing and performing music and writing novels – his first book was published this year.

Twitter: @robertpowell09

Richard Radcliffe

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Richard has 37 years ‘experience in fundraising.

For the last 27 years he has specialised in legacies including being Executive Chairman of Smee & Ford where he started the UKs first dedicated legacy consultancy. He sold Smee & Ford nine years ago and has since run his own consultancy

He has met around 27,000 supporters and service users to ask their views on Will making and legacy giving around the world.

He has helped develop strategies for many of the biggest charities in the UK as well as many very small ones!

Richard trains fundraisers, trustees and other volunteers in “How to make the legacy ask”.

He has been Chair of the International Fundraising Congress and the Institute of Fundraising (UK) Convention. He has researched extensively on donor happiness!

Ceri Sunu

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Having spent a number of years as an accidental (though successful) Fundraising Manager for a national children’s charity, Ceri now runs Akos Training & Consultancy, a social enterprise which provides professional and organisational development services. She is a massive believer in using the principles of coaching in everyday conversations to transform working relationships, and has supported CEOs and Managers from various charities in their leadership development in her role as a mentor for the Small Charities Coalition.

Gabriel Davalos

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Gabriel is an optimist. He believes in the power of people and a couple of cups of really amazing coffee to change the world. Born in Arizona, he has slowly migrated east: first to New York and now across the Atlantic to London, with side trips to Argentina, Central America and Ethiopia along the way. Cornwall, look out!

At Purpose, Gabriel serves as a Campaigner, and he believes that the most challenging problems we face can and will be addressed through collective action and creativity. His job at Purpose is to help facilitate that action.
Gabriel carries a bachelor's degree in Sustainable Development, Coffee Production and Latin American Studies from New York University and a master's degree in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has campaigned against hydraulic fracturing in New York State, pushed for fossil fuel divestment at the LSE, co-founded an ethical green coffee importing company that has completed several development projects in Ethiopia and Nicaragua and served a brief stint in a vegan ice cream shop.

Outside of the office, Gabriel enjoys Mexican food, outdoor markets, yoga, reading, running and living life with friends and family

Gautam Raju

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Gautam Raju is passionate about how technology can be used to create social change. Gautam is a Campaigns Director at Purpose and leads a number of projects across Kenya, India, and the US. Gautam joined Purpose from Oxfam International, where as Head of Digital Campaigns he headed the digital worldwide influencing strategy – an ambitious agenda to build the digital campaigning capacity of Oxfam and partners. There, he took on campaigns from Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Asia, working with in-country teams, partners, and coalitions to mobilize around issues on land, climate change, inequality, and humanitarian crises. Under Gautam's leadership, the digital worldwide influencing strategy has mobilized of 2.5 million supporters around the world and built tools and resources that were accessible to over 2,000 partners. Before joining Oxfam, Gautam co-founded – an independent organization started by a team of young people passionate about harnessing the power of social media to revitalize critical participation in democracy. He has also worked on public policy and external relations for Teach For Australia and in the Australian public service. Gautam has a Master's in International Development and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Arts (Advanced Chinese Mandarin). In his spare time, Gautam loves to cook, travel and play the bass guitar. He is a native of Melbourne, Australia and has lived in Shanghai, New Delhi and London.

Helen Lang

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Helen Lang is the chair of ASAP UK, and runs Innovation Unboxed, a social business that focuses on tech for good skills development. She is a civil society organisational development specialist who has spent over 12 years building cross sector partnerships between corporate businesses and the voluntary sector. She has designed and led complex local civil society skills transfer projects for the Olympic 2012 legacy programme, and award-winning programmes delivering skilled volunteering opportunities for multinational businesses. Helen has also worked in the innovation team at Cancer Research UK. Ellen Shepherd is a project coordinator at ASAP UK. She recently completed the On Purpose leadership development programme, during which she performed project management roles for three London-based social enterprises.

Ian O'Reilly

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Ian started his fundraising career in 2006 and has worked in events and community roles for some of the UK's largest charities. In 2017, he became a fundraising consultant and is passionate about helping charities to set up, improve and grow community fundraising.

Jessica Bailey

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Jes Bailey is an award winning crowdfunding consultant who specalises in helping charities and socially focused businesses run successful crowdfunding campaigns. 80% of her clients reach or surpass their financial goal, compared to the UK average which is 21%. Her consultancy has so far raised over £1.8 billion from around 10,000 backers. She has worked on campaigns from all over the UK, EU, Balkans, Asia and Africa.

Jessica Reddy

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Jess has worked with charities in a variety of guises since 2003 and as part of corporate partnerships since 2013, having managed the award winning partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, Mind and Prostate Cancer UK from 2013-2016. In the last few year’s Jess designed and launched Deloitte’s new Society Partnerships Programme, aligned to the firm’s Responsible Business Strategy, One Million Futures, recruiting 31 charities and social enterprises to join the existing network of school partners, to mutually impact the education and employment outcomes of one million individuals over five years. She now manages a network over 29 society partnership teams around the UK, involving over 2,000 volunteers who locally manage and deliver those partnerships. Jess is also responsible for the firm’s flagship fundraising initiatives and employee impact day volunteering program

Joe Hall

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Joe has worked in campaigning, communications and tech for charities and social causes for over 13 years. He helped create Save the Children’s first global campaign, and has worked on projects large and small for organisations including Amnesty International, Scope and The Climate Coalition.

From children’s education to everyone’s environment, Joe loves opening people’s eyes to big issues in inspiring, imaginative ways that reach new audiences – and put them at the heart of making change.

John Williams

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John is Vice Chair of the Association of Chairs, set up in 2013 to support Chairs of charities and other non-profits and to promote good governance. John has a professional background in public relations, advertising and marketing. He is a co-founder and former Chair of the communications consultancy Fishburn Hedges, now FleishmanHillard.Fishburn. Since then, he has taken on a number of advisory and non-executive roles, notably in the charity sector, focusing particularly on leadership and governance. He served as a Charity Commissioner for five years up to 2010; was Chair of the governance and leadership think tank Tomorrow’s Company; and Deputy Chair of ChildLine up to its merger with the NSPCC, where he also chaired the fundraising and communications committee. John is a longstanding board member at Business in the Community, and a more recently appointed trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics. He has also chaired the regional tourism board Tourism South East, and a commercial theatre production company.

Kim Van Niekerk

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Kim van Kierk is a pitch and conversation consultant. She sits on the faculty for the European Social Innovation Tournament and the IoF Academy and coaches teams who are looking to see significant growth in their fundraising. She is a Fellow of the RSA and Associate of innovation consultants 100% Open. As a fundraiser Kim led projects that raised over £16m for the NSPCC.

Stephen Follows

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Stephen Follows is a writer, producer and storytelling consultant. He is an expert in how to use storytelling to achieve measurable, pre-defined goals and has taught staff at numerous major organisations including the BBC, Google and the National Trust.

Stephen’s scriptwriting has won Virgin Media Shorts, the Reed Film Competition and IVCA awards; has been nominated at the British Independent Film Awards, Viral Video Awards, LA Movie Awards and long-listed for a BAFTA; and has been championed by Mike Newell, James King, Stephen Fry, the Daily Telegraph and Le Monde.

As a producer, he has created work for a wide variety of clients ranging from computer game giants (Bethesda), technology giants (Nokia Siemens Networks) and sporting giants (Jonny Wilkinson) but sadly no actual giants. He’s shot people in love, in the air, on the beach and on fire (although not at the same time) across over a dozen different countries in locations ranging from the Circle Line to the Arctic Circle.

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