IOFNW Conference Speakers 2017

Matt Adams – Senior Consultant, TPP Recruitment
Matt is a Senior Consultant, specialising in recruitment to senior fundraising and development roles across the not for profit sector. Matt entered a career in recruitment following four years in the Government’s faststream graduate programme, where he worked with a variety of Ministers on projects ranging from policy development through to project management. Over the last twelve years, he has recruited exclusively to the public and not-for-profit sectors managing the recruitment process for various senior level appointments.

Jon Arnold – Tiny Tickers
Jon joined Tiny Tickers as Chief Executive in September 2013, after a career as a national media executive. He has extensive charity experience, including as a volunteer fundraiser and, for a number of years, as a trustee of a regional cardiac charity. He is the Chair of BBC Children in Need’s northern committee, and a former parent representative on a regional congenital cardiac network steering group.

Jean Atkinson – Eden Marketing
Jean Atkinson is a Chartered Marketing Consultant with over 20 years marketing experience. Holding senior marketing positions in International companies, Jean has been providing independent strategic marketing support and training to public, private-sector and NFP clients throughout the UK since 2011.  Under Eden Marketing, Jean Atkinson supports business owners, directors, senior managers and marketers by developing marketing strategies and delivering marketing training to achieve the desired outcome.  Jean is a qualified trainer (CertEd), writing and delivering bespoke sales and marketing training for individuals and teams. Jean also lectures, delivering the Level 4 and Level 6 Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) qualifications and Level 7 Retail Marketing.

Jarina Choudhury – NCVO – Volunteering
Jarina is our volunteering development consultancy officer, responsible for developing consultancy and training with the aim of improving volunteering practice across the public, private and voluntary sectors. She provides consultancy in volunteering strategy and development of policies, income generation, and the design and implementation of volunteer programmes. Jarina’s recent clients have included National Trust, Amnesty International UK, AstraZeneca, Association of Voluntary Service Managers and Crimestoppers UK.  Prior to joining NCVO, Jarina supported community groups to deliver European Social Fund volunteer-led projects, and redesigned Bond’s training offer to improve quality, course content and to increase unrestricted income.

Daniel Fluskey – Head of Policy & Research, Institute of Fundraising
Daniel leads the Institute’s policy development and research work, keeping up to date with member priorities, promoting innovation on fundraising and working with key stakeholders, including civil servants and politicians, to make sure fundraising and giving are key priorities for the current and future governments.


Matt Haworth – Co-Founder, Reason Digital
A co-founder and director of Reason Digital, Matt brings to a wealth of technical experience as well as a huge amount of thought leadership around using digital as a force to drive social good. He’s spent nearly ten years getting results for not-for-profit organisations using digital, has worked on hundreds of projects and campaigns, and reached tens of thousands of people with his talks at national conferences, put on by the likes of The Media Trust, The Institute of Fundraising and others. Matt was recently voted Digital Entrepreneur of the Year at the Digital Entrepreneur Awards.

Ann Hedley – Founder and Managing Director, Get A Hed Consultancy
Founder and MD of Get A Hed consultancy and also a Director of Community Futures Trust CIC. Ann is passionate about creating social change and is currently engaged as Interim Head of Fundraising at Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.
With a financial background and over 40 years of fundraising experience both in a voluntary and professional capacity Ann chose to return to the UK after 14 years in Cyrus to work full time in the sector.  She is a volunteer for The Cranfield Trust and is a buddy, mentor, trainer and ex-Chair of the IoF North West. As a self-confessed Trusts and Foundations nerd she has worked with a variety of charities throughout the UK.  Her other specialisms are strategic planning, research, monitoring and evaluation.

Mark Hughes – Director, MCH Consulting
Mark is founder of MCH: positive impact, a staff development company that increases the positive impact of Third Sector organisations through training, mentoring, coaching and facilitation.  Currently, Mark is also Chair of, DECIPHer Impact, an award winning social enterprise which improves public health.  Previous roles include being Chief Executive of an Aboriginal sports organisation, a consultant at the international firm McKinsey & Company, a trainee diplomat, and a research chemist at Oxford University.

Euan Imrie – CEO, Charities Trust
Charities Trust is the Liverpool-based Payroll Giving Agency and donations management organisation. As a qualified accountant and after a long business career his first exposure to the Third Sector was as a trustee at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, where he remains today. Euan joined Charities Trust in 2012 and is a passionate advocate of Payroll Giving as an effective but sadly underused means of fundraising.

Peter Lewis – CEO, Institute of Fundraising
Peter Lewis is Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising. His role involves responsibility for the overall leadership and management of the IoF, making sure the Institute delivers against the organisational objectives set by our members in the most effective way possible.  Peter Lewis’ previous roles include Chief Executive of London Voluntary Service Council; he has worked for Crisis, acted as CEO of the London Cycling Campaign and held a senior role at the Greater London Authority.

Helen Middleton
I’m an independent business adviser, project developer and trainer working with charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and housing associations; and create partnerships with public and private sector organisations.
For 8 years, I was Senior Manager at the national infrastructure charity – the Furniture Re-use Network – advising, leading and lobbying on behalf of 300 voluntary sector organisations in the UK, specifically focusing on poverty alleviation, welfare, business development and job creation.  12 years business and marketing management in an international SME was transferred into the voluntary sector, initially as Business Development Director for an ethical research organisation. I then managed a social enterprise and have first-hand experience of the challenges facing small voluntary sector organisations, and the multiple plate-spinning they must perform with minimum income.  I’ve worked independently for the Big Lottery and other funders, and I’m currently a trustee and chair of the marketing and fundraising sub-committee at the George House Trust in Manchester.

Chris Millward – CEO, Institute of Legacy Management
Chris has over 10 years experience in managing charity legacy fundraising and administration.  He has worked for Macmillan Cancer Support and Save the Children.  He was Chair of Will Aid for three years and a member of both the Institute of Fundraising’s Special Interest Group for Legacies and In Memory Committee and Remember a Charity’s Campaign Council.  Chris is currently CEO at the Institute of Legacy Management – the professional body for charity legacy administrators in the UK.

Sarah Naismith – Head of Charities, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity
Sarah is an experienced fundraiser with over 15 years’ experience in the sector. Sarah has a successful strategic and operational track record in delivery of complex capital appeals within the NHS and other sectors. Currently responsible for the development and delivery of an ambitious fundraising strategy across six hospitals in the North West. Sarah began her fundraising career when she joined the National Corporate teams of Cancer Research Campaign, later Cancer Research UK and then joined Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity to develop Major Gift Fundraising as part of a newly established fundraising team, challenged with raising £20m as part of a three year capital appeal. Sarah is a member of the Association of NHS Charities and is also an Associate with Graham-Pelton Consultancy.

Mark Philips – Founding Owner and Managing Director, Bluefrog Fundraising
Mark started out working at the overseas development charity, ActionAid UK in the late 1980s and later became Head of Fundraising at the youth welfare charity, YMCA England. He set up Bluefrog in 1997 with one simple goal – to be the agency he would have wanted to employ. One of the most influential fundraisers in the UK and around the world, Mark combines his academic background with hands on experience of research, marketing and fundraising for some of the best and most respected charities. He works alongside Bluefrog’s clients conducting research, developing and planning their fundraising strategies, products and creative. Mark is a passionate advocate of putting donors and their needs at the heart of all we do in fundraising. Mark shares his ideas and findings on and through his blog,

Stephen Pidgeon – ConsultantStephen P, Stephen Pidgeon Ltd
Platform speaker, teacher and consultant, Stephen speaks and teaches throughout the world. 20 years running the UK’s largest fundraising agency, he now works with charities in the UK, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Canada, US and New Zealand. He has a special interest in stewardship and legacy marketing but gets excited (very excited!) at the way charities mistreat their supporters. He is a visiting Professor for Plymouth University’s Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy and a Trustee of development agency VSO. Stephen writes regularly and critically in Third Sector magazine. He has published a book ‘How to love your donors…to death’ which was well received by fundraising world.  He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the IOF in 2016.

Julie Roberts – Director, More UK
Julie is a recognised expert in digital Community Fundraising and the Events online fundraising sphere, with over a decade of experience in the charity sector.  She specialises in setting strategies for Community Fundraising, peer-to-peer and mass participation events as well as conducting research projects (mystery shopping, benchmarking, peer to peer data insights) in the events arena.  Julie’s not for profit experience spans the UK and Australian markets (NSPCC, Help The Aged, The Shepherd Centre & Cancer Council NSW).  She has been responsible for redesigning the strategic direction for many events and leading teams into financial growth.  Julie now utilises her expertise to help charities maximise their peer-peer and community online potential.

Simon Scriver, Change Fundraising
Simon Scriver is a professional fundraising consultant, coach, trainer and practitioner.Simon received Fundraising Ireland’s ‘Small Budget, Big Impact’ award in 2016, and has previously won Supplier of the Year, Eircom’s Start-up Award and 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.

William Shepherd- Blacksheep Biz
With a background in Marketing and Innovation, Will currently works as half university lecturer and half business consultant which adds up to an interesting whole. He lectures in a wide range of business topics with forays into medical ethics and how to start a complementary medicine company. His consultancy Blacksheep Biz was set up during a year working for 16 different NGO’s in Cambodia. This experience has given him the insight and skills to work on multiple issues, from running capability sessions for local village planning through to calculating the asset value of a pregnant sow. Back home, he has worked mainly with a local not for profit, on a range of projects such as developing their strategic plan, helping creating a positive culture and designing their management training programmes. He also spent time as Chairman of Soi Dog UK, having brought two dogs back after a month working in Phuket. Outside of work he is passionate about diving and rubbish old cars (owning over 70 in the last 20 years).

CarynCaryn Skinner – Sharpstone Skinner
Former HR Director of Help the Aged (now Age UK), originally a fundraiser before moving into learning and development. She specialises in leadership and team development as well as the full range of communication skills from making impact as a speaker to building effective relationships at work. She offers a down to earth, sleeves rolled up approach which helps people shift their minds to new challenges, adjust their behaviour and develop their skills. She uses her experience as a manager and board director to bring wisdom, ideas, options and insights. She also sees it as her role as a consultant to constantly keep up to date with the latest thinking and bring it to audiences and clients alike.

Victoria Symes – Charity Careers North West
Founder of impact! fundraising, Victoria Symes has over twelve years’ experience of working at a strategic level in the arts, heritage and charity sector to meet challenging seven figure capital and revenue income targets for the Science Museum London, British Film Institute, Courtauld Institute of Art and the University of Liverpool.  Victoria’s key specialisms include the review and development of strategies for major gift fundraising and capital campaigns, working with and coaching boards, staff mentoring and the development of major funding bids.  In the past year she has helped secure nearly £10 million to support clients of all sizes that include the Seashell Trust, the Petty Pool Trust, FACT Liverpool, Everyman & Playhouse Liverpool, Alder Hey and the University of Liverpool’s Children’s Medical Research Centre, and the Sheila Kay Fund.  Based in the North West, Victoria also works with clients in her other ‘home town’ of London and across the UK.  Victoria is passionate about making a difference to society and in her spare time Chairs Action Transport Theatre, is an active board member for the St George’s Hall Charitable Trust, and helps organise events for the Institute of Fundraising North West.

bruce2Bruce Tait – Charity Careers North West
Bruce Tait has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years.  Following award-winning role as a Director of Fundraising and Chief Executive at several Scottish charities, Bruce set up Bruce Tait Associates in 2003.  He now leads a team of consultants and recruiters providing strategic fundraising advice, executive search, training and mentoring for a wide range of charities.  As a consultant he has worked extensively throughout the UK and North America, with clients including the Canadian Red Cross, St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, UNICEF, Concern and SCIAF.  He specialises in providing charities with a clear and practical review of their fundraising activities, followed by a detailed plan for significant fundraising growth.  Bruce is a former Chair of the IoF Scotland and a Trustee of Developing World Health, Scottish Outdoor Education Centres and Falkirk Football Community Foundation.

Liz Tait – Director of Fundraising at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and proud owner of a Battersea cat.  Liz has been a professional fundraiser for 17 years, and since September 2010, Liz has been leading a new fundraising strategy and team at Battersea. In just five years they have increased non-legacy fundraising income from £1.6m to more than £20m; winning Fundraiser Team of the Year from the Charity Times in 2012 and Third Sector in 2013 and 2015.  In her life before Battersea Liz was Head of Direct Marketing at the British Red Cross, and led transformational growth in the charity’s direct marketing income, which rose from £27m in 2007 to £57m in 2010. Liz is passionate about the charity sector and in her spare time Liz is a trustee at Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID). Liz is also proud to be a trustee and fellow of the Institute of Fundraising, sitting on their Learning & Development committee and chairing the National Fundraising Convention Board.

Laura Taylor – Taylor Business Training
Laura Taylor is an experienced Corporate Trainer based near Manchester in the United Kingdom who specialises in areas such as body language, procurement and influencing. Having a background in public and private sector procurement Laura has trained over 2500+ professionals in these areas within the UK and globally for many multi-national organisations. Laura travels across the world to attend training with top experts in order to bring this knowledge back into her trainings. Having received many accolades over the course of her career on her engaging style and innovative approaches to learning, Laura is immensely proud to be the first UK based certified trainer of the Science of People and is passionate about the scientific background of the theory she teaches.

Oliver Taylor – Developmental Research Manager, University of Manchester
Oliver has overall responsibility for the prospect research and prospect management function. He joined Manchester from the University of Leeds where he spent over a decade in a similar role, growing the prospect pool virtually from scratch to enable Leeds’s successful £60 million campaign. He is an occasional speaker at industry conferences and a mentor to others in the sector. He won the bursary to attend the APRA Conference in the USA, awarded by Researchers in Fundraising, in 2010.

Ellisa Thompson – Consultant, TPP Recruitment
Ellisa has worked with TPP Recruitment for almost three years and is the heart and soul of the Regional Recruitment Team. She developed quickly and successfully undertook internal training to become a consultant. Ellisa recruits for all the UK regions outside of London and the Home Counties and specialises in finding the best charity fundraising, communications and marketing professionals, covering a range of different roles from officer level up to senior management. Ellisa has always had an interest in the charity sector and has been volunteering for a local disability charity in her spare time since she was sixteen.

Richard Turner – Formerly Solaraid
Richard Turner has over 25 years’ experience as a fundraiser, including IoF Fundraiser of the Year in 2001, Directors of Fundraising at FARM-Africa and ActionAid, and, more recently, as Chief Fundraiser for SolarAid. Now Richard is sharing his learning and insights about adopting a new paradigm approach to fundraising developed during his time at SolarAid, and is an associate consultant with Alan Clayton Associates. He blogs and tweets regularly as @ifundraiser.

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