As director of engagement and fundraising, Kath brings to Diabetes UK significant senior management experience in fundraising and communications from a range of roles in charities and higher education. She’s also a Trustee of the Institute of Fundraising and has previously been a Trustee of the charity Freedom from Torture.
Previously: Executive director, fundraising and supporter development, King’s College London; director of engagement and income generation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer; development director, NSPCC
Jonas is one of the founders of and an innovation and leadership consultant at Fantastic Studios, a creative consultancy dedicated to innovation, organisational transformation and strategic learning. He has been facilitating educational workshops for more than 15 years, and during the last three years has taken more than 350 people through the advanced facilitators training “Leading Creative Collaboration”. What Jonas is really passionate about is raising creative confidence and making people smarter together.
Previously: Workshop designer and facilitator; film and media coordinator, Subtopia
When it comes to building high value donor relationships, Kimberley’s energy, enthusiasm and original thinking is unparalleled. With over 30 years of experience in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, she is a sought after speaker on the topics of high value giving and the sector. Kimberley is a fundraiser and a marketer who is the Donor Journey Champion at Blakely. She has a 30 year background in business and not-for-profit development. Kimberley believes we all have a responsibility to engage and inspire donors throughout their journey with our organisations. In her role as VP, Client Relationships & Donor Journey Champion, she brings vision and leadership to the organisation. Leading a team of high-performing individuals, she instills both the importance of superior customer service for our clients, as well as the foundations of using the Donor Journey as a framework. She ensures we put our clients and their donors at the centre of everything we do. Her passion for high value donor development, coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit, has led to the development of UPLIFT – Blakely’s new partnership in Mid-level giving with Mark Phillips, and VISION, a marketing program for legacy giving.\
Adam’s role is to work with AI’s fundraising teams to build and establish legacy programmes all over the world. He has more than a decade of experience in all aspects of legacy fundraising, and he has worked with large and small INGOs to increase their legacy income.
Previously: Legacy programme manager, The Brooke; membership director, Institute of Legacy Management; senior legacy officer, British Red Cross Society
Founder and director of Factary, a leading European research consultancy in funding for not-for-profit organisations, Christopher is an expert on philanthropy, a researcher, writer and trainer. He teaches strategy and marketing on the Postgraduate Certificate in Fundraising at the University of Barcelona, and is the author of three books. Importantly, he was runner-up in last year’s IFC Gala Night, where he appeared as one of the BeeGees. Come see what he comes up with this year!
Previously: Director, Elimination of Leukaemia Fund; researcher, House of Commons
Aroon has worked in fundraising and marketing for a range of non-profit organisations — from conservation to medical research to international development — over the past 12 years. She has vast experience, both at a hands-on level, leading on fundraising campaigns across a range of channels and audiences, and at a strategic level. In the five years prior to joining THINK Digital, Aroon specialised in digital fundraising and strategy, and her last role in the non-profit sector was as chief executive of a crowdfunding charity in London. Aroon joined THINK Digital as strategy director in 2016, and provides both strategic consultancy and project management services to a range of NGOs and INGOs, as well as running all things operational for THINK Digital.
Previously: Trustee, Abortion Support Network; mentor, Small Charities Coalition; head of individual giving, Kidney Research UK
Brian Fitzgerald is founder and co-director with Tommy Crawford of Dancing Fox, Ltd, a creative agency specialising in mischief, magic, and mind-bombs for artists and activists, helping them craft transformational stories of a more beautiful world. He spent 35 years with Greenpeace in roles as varied as deckhand and canvasser to hot air balloon pilot and communications director. His resume proudly lists arrest for US Federal trespass at ground zero of a nuclear weapons test. He pioneered digital campaigning at Greenpeace International, and collaborated in campaign and communications strategies that shifted the environmental practices of governments, corporations and entire sectors.
Previously: Founder, Technoprisoners, LTD; founding member, Greenpeace Italy; head of digital networking and mobilisation, Greenpeace.
Burkhard provides advice on international leadership, governance and management to many of the leading international civil society organisations (ICSOs) including Amnesty International, CARE, ChildFund, Greenpeace, Oxfam, Plan, Transparency International, World Vision and YWCA. He has been the executive director of the International Civil Society Centre, the common action platform for the world’s leading ICSOs, since 2007. Burkhard has been board chair or board member of various organisations in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, India, Korea and Japan. He is the author of “The Hedgehog and the Beetle”, a book on the future of ICSOs.
Previously: CEO, Save the Children International; CEO, Greenpeace Germany; CEO, terre des hommes Germany
Brian is CEO at Pieta House: Suicide & self-harm crisis and suicide bereavement centres, which provides a free, therapeutic service to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm, as well as to those who are bereaved by suicide.
Previously: Board member and non-executive director, Start360; director of services, Missing People; senior development manager, Depaul Ireland
As creative director/strategist at DTV Group, Derek develops creative fundraising campaigns for organisations worldwide, and is part of a team helping 30+ great causes raise money worldwide through television campaigns. He has been a fundraiser for 25+ years, before which he was an artist. He is a trustee of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, and a volunteer organiser of the International Fundraising Congress (IFC).
Previously: Director and creative strategist, THINK; managing director, Burnett Associates
Joe is director of supporter impact and income at The Children’s Society, a national charity that runs local services to help children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. Working in the charity sector for over 15 years, Joe has focussed his efforts on helping people to achieve as much impact as possible for the causes that inspire them.
Previously: Director of engagement, Friends of the Earth; head of fundraising strategy, RNIB; senor account manager, Pell & Bales
Liza has over 20 years of experience in developing and leading fundraising programs at well-respected healthcare organizations in Toronto. Over her career, Liza has been involved in implementing innovative fundraising strategies that have significantly grown revenues. She has led public awareness campaigns that have helped change people’s views on mental health, developed integrated direct marketing programs to improve donor loyalty, and established data mining techniques to identify revenue opportunities. Her previous roles at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation and SickKids Foundation provided her the environment to innovate and take risks to drive revenue growth. Liza is a board director at Willow Breast and Hereditary Cancer Support, has served on the AFP Board, and chaired the Not-for-Profit Council of the Canadian Marketing Association. Liza is highly regarded in the fundraising profession as a valued speaker and educator and has been praised for her ability to improve fundraising programs through her analytical skills, team-work and innovation.
Colin is CEO at Resolution, the campaigning family law association whose 6,500 members are family lawyers and practitioners committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Resolution campaigns for improvements to family law and the justice system to make sure that families get the help and support they need as they move through difficult transitions such as separation and divorce.
Previously: Director of youth and volunteering, London Development Agency; director of development and department CEO, YouthNet; deputy marketing director, The Multiple Sclerosis Society
Agent Jen Love is a storyteller. And not in a poetic sense. In a fumbling, arm-waving, half-sentence-speaking, let’s-get-to-the-heart-and-the-feelings sense. Write drunk, edit sober… even if you’re only drunk on emotions. Inhaling an attitude of gratitude and exhaling #donorlove, Jen’s title is partner at Agents of Good, a collective of donor champions.
Mary Lynn (ML) is an unapologetic fundraiser, communications professional and shameless idealist with more than 25 years of experience creating compelling and award-winning actionable content. She loves it when the good guys win. (Hint: You are the good guys.) As global fundraising engagement manager at UNICEF in Geneva, she helps shape the narrative for fundraisers and has led storytelling missions to at least 17 countries. Along with colleagues around the world, ML helped drive a central galvanizing moment for UNICEF on 20 November 20 2017 (World Children’s Day), with a story that resonated in 140 countries, was re-tweeted by the Pope and trended #2 on Twitter globally.
As the Global F2F specialist for UNICEF, Daniel supports operations in 49 countries that collectively are close to recruiting one new donor every 60 seconds. Starting as a street fundraiser while pursuing a masters in psychology, he worked his way up to head of operations for one of the UK’s largest in-house F2F operations, then went on to work in 22 countries over two years as an independent consultant for organisations such as S.O.S, Oxfam International, UNICEF and UN Women, as well as some multinational F2F agencies.
Previously: Director, D.T. McDonnell Ltd.; head of national operations, Shelter UK; operations manager, The Street Academy
Tony is principal & senior counsel at Myers & Associates. He is a passionate fundraiser, consultant, strategist, author, speaker and coach who loves to raise money and help others to do the same. He is a self-proclaimed student of philanthropy and leadership who continues to learn and practice his craft internationally.
Previously: Advisor to the president, University of Calgary; principal gift officer, SAIT
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 sofii.org and through his blog, queerideas.co.uk. He is currently partnering with like-minded agency Blakely in Canada to share learning and expertise particularly across mid-level giving fundraising programmes.
Jason is the CEO of THINK Digital Solutions. He’s worked in digital media in the international non-profit sector for over 20 years. In 2012, he set up THINK Digital to help INGOs drive growth and embed digital thinking and channels within their organisations, including Amnesty International, UNHCR, IRC, the National Trust, Christian Aid, and the British Library. Jason is widely recognised as an innovative and pioneering contributor to the development of digital thinking and channels in the nonprofit sector and continues to inspire and lead the way.
Previously: Owner, Think Consulting Solutions; art director, Burnett Associates
Bernard is a Director of The Management Centre (=mc), a boutique management consultancy working worldwide for ethically driven organisations. His areas of expertise are strategic thinking, change leadership, innovation and organisational transformation. He works with senior teams and boards developing strategic capacity.
Bernard has worked for over 20 years with not-for-profit organisations, helping them transform their performance. His clients include many leading INGOs – ranging from Dian Fosse Gorilla Fund to US Olympics and from World Vision to Greenpeace International. His work has taken him to over 50 countries. Among his recent projects are:
Bernard co-authored Breakthrough Thinking for Non-Profit Organisations with Clare Segal, which was voted Best Non Profit Book in the USA in 2004- the first time Europeans have won this award. His book The Influential Fundraiser was published by Wiley in December 2008 and was nominated as one of the top 5 ‘must read’ non-profit books in The New York Times in 2009. Most recently Global Fundraising, edited with Penny Cagney, won the Skystone Prize for Research in April 2015 and was published in China in 2017. His book on strategy was published by the Financial Times/Pearson in January 2016. And he has a new book on Behavioral Economics out in March 2018.
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Simon is a professional fundraising consultant, coach, trainer, board member and practitioner. He 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 nonprofit, 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 is the only person in Ireland with a CFRE, and both a diploma and certificate in Fundraising.
Previously: Peace commissioner, The Office of Peace Commissioner; head of fundraising One in Four Ireland; founder, Toastmaster for Good Dublin
Helena is co-owner of leadership and team development consultancy Sharpstone Skinner. She’s an experienced facilitator, mentor, coach, speaker and writer working with leaders, teams and individuals to improve performance and impact. A licensed practitioner of insights learning and development, Helena’s specialties include leadership coaching, management development, team spring clean, personal effectiveness, presentation skills, and interview techniques.
Previously: Speaker, The Parent Company; head of training, Help the Aged; sales and management training consultant, Brook Street PLC
Beate – or Bea as she’s also known – runs the fundraising agency b.bold out of Oslo, Norway. She specialises in digital fundraising: non-profit web design, content strategy and social media. Before starting her own company, Beate headed digital fundraising at the Norwegian Cancer Society for six years. This is where she discovered that her big passion in life is a well-designed donation form.
Jillian got her start in peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising working at Pallotta TeamWorks in 2001, then continued her career working for Event 360 and optimising the revenue performance for the top charity events in the US. In 2014, she founded PeerWorks Consulting so she and her colleagues could share their knowledge about P2P fundraising with the rest of the world. When not at work, Jillian is usually out exploring in nature and possibly hugging a tree or a dog.
Previously: Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Emolife Events & Consultancy; Event Fundraising Consultant, Event 360; Program Manager, Pallotta TeamWorks.
Jan helps organisations to reach their fundraising goals, focusing on major gifts and digital fundraising. He started his professional fundraising career right after school, working at an orphanage in Guatemala. Continuing for the same organisation in Germany, Jan learned all facets of traditional fundraising from scratch, starting as a trainee. Later he focused on major gift fundraising, and worked as director of fundraising at NPH Germany. He is now Community Manager at RaiseNow, a digital toolset that supports ambitious fundraisers to grow their online fundraising. In 2012 he also co-founded the Major Giving Institute, offering a qualification program for major gift fundraisers. Jan is an author, (video-)blogger and member of the Advisory Board at the German Fundraising Association.
Previously: Project manager, Swissfundraising; fundraiser, director of major gifts and director of fundraising director, nph deutschland e.V.
Lena is the senior fundraiser at Amnesty International. She joined the fundraising team at Amnesty in 2013 and became legacy manager in 2015 before taking on her current role.
Previously: Marketer, National Opera and Ballet of the Netherlands; marketer, The Dutch Opera
Astrid is head of resource development at EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation with more than 80 independent research groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology.
Previously: Senior director of development, University of California Santa Cruz; director o library development, Univeristuy of California Santa Cruz; development director, Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Ali is a digital strategy and communications expert specialising in helping clients reach their goals by creating strategies that build communities, make connections, and inspire people to take action. She was once described as ‘irrepressibly cheerful’, always looking for opportunities to solve problems, support colleagues and play with new ideas in an endless quest to make the world a better place through better communication.
Previously: Senior communications strategist, Blue State Digital; head of digital fundraising, Shelter UK; individual giving manager, English Heritage
Tyra is an innovation and leadership consultant at Fantastic Studios, a creative consultancy dedicated to innovation, organisational transformation and strategic learning. She’s an all-around creative whose passion is exploring new ideas and seeing new connections. She’s a big believer in Chaordic (Dee Hock), so as a counterweight to her creative side she is very fond of structuring things (in general) and if possible, simplifying. In her studies, she’s investigated the relationship between employee engagement, creativity, nature, interior design and group culture. She’s also a LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitator.
Previously: Student, KaosPilots Switzerland; process consultant, Happy M Kitchen
Jo is managing director for London at prosocial digital agency Reason Digital, overseeing their work with charities based in the south. Jo has over ten years’ experience as a digital leader in the charity sector. Jo’s most recent in-house role was as Assistant Director of Digital for Breast Cancer Care. As the charity’s digital lead, she developed innovative online support services for people affected by breast cancer. Working collaboratively across the sector, Jo created the Third Sector Digital Maturity Matrix – to date the tool has helped almost 800 charities understand their current digital capability and set goals for the future.
Before Breast Cancer Care, Jo was Girlguiding’s first Head of Digital Communications, initiating a programme of digital transformation. She has also directed digital strategy and managed campaigns and products for vInspired and Action on Hearing Loss.
In 2014, Jo was voted #1 woman in digital under 30 by The Drum. In March 2017, she was named one of 10 inspiring women in charity digital by Third Sector. Jo is a Trustee for Sadler’s Wells – world leaders in contemporary dance. She is a Fellow of the RSA and a graduate of the prestigious CharityWorks programme. Jo blogs for Third Sector on all aspects of charity digital.
Previously: Assistant director of digital, Breast Cancer Care; UK delegation leader — Community Core Leaders Development Program, cabinet office, Government of Japan; head of digital communications, Girlguiding