Our mentees are all fundraisers with the talent, drive and ambition to be the next generation of fundraising leaders. They are learning and developing through their participation in our programme and all invest great energy and enthusiasm into their time with us to get the most from the opportunity.
Get to know some of our mentees:
Bradley French oversees fundraising and marketing for Team Kenya, an organisation promoting gender equality and preventing violence towards girls and women in rural Kenya. His passion for international development has seen him previously working for COCO and has led him to become a trustee for Children of Rwanda. Brad has recently joined the committee of the Institute of Fundraising North East.
Working alongside my mentor has provided a fantastic opportunity for me to plan my development, both in my existing role and in my career as a whole. Through TEF, I have also made some wonderful connections, who have been able to guide me in different ways.
Oli is the Community Manager at Motor Neurone Disease Association. He started his fundraising career as the senior volunteer for Loughborough Students’ Rag, helping to raise over £1M in their first year. He went on to work internationally in the challenge event market, in regional fundraising and in community fundraising within the medical and hospice sectors. Oli is passionate about bringing innovation into community fundraising and identifying and building relationships with key influencers.
TEF have been fantastic in finding me a quality mentor as well as providing unique opportunities and facilitating networking with other up and coming fundraisers. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor in Simon, both in terms of personality and in terms of his unique position within the industry.
Monica is passionate about using her communication skills to connect philanthropists with identified needs for children around the world. She joins fundraising from foundations, where she previously worked in marketing and communications. Since moving to London, Monica has worked at Unicef UK in committee-led, event and philanthropy fundraising and is now Philanthropy Manager.
Moving into a new role in a new type of fundraising team is challenging. It has been such a great help working with Millie as she coaches me through each new situation I experience – both internally in my organisation and externally with supporters. Her guidance has been essential in building my confidence and identifying what career progression could look like for me.
Emily has been dedicated to the charity sector since starting as a fundraising assistant eight years ago. The focus of her work has primarily been in health and social welfare and she’s now Head of Fundraising for Family Fund, a charity supporting families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children. She is currently on a mission to build their fundraising from scratch to support their ambitious growth strategy.
Having a mentor has given me the time to regularly reflect on overall themes and areas I would like to improve, benefiting both the organisation and my personal development. It is a fantastic opportunity to work with someone who offers a completely different and refreshing perspective.