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:
Isla Campbell Lupton
Isla is Head of Fundraising and Partnerships at Music in Hospitals & Care. She’s been a professional fundraiser for 15 years but really started fundraising when she was 15! She loves telling stories in innovative ways and is passionate about the professionalisation of fundraising and bringing new talent into the sector.
"I would say my mentor Richard has taken a coaching led approach to mentoring. Our sessions aren’t always easy - they can be difficult and challenging and they leave me with lots to think about but it’s all massively worthwhile."
Ollie has always worked in roles that create positive donor experiences, whether in retail at Oxfam, events at The Manor Gardens Welfare Trust or customer care with Voluntary Service Overseas. Today, he manages the Supporter Care Team at The Royal British Legion and co-moderates an online supporter care group.
It's great to have someone outside of your organisation who you can be totally frank with. Having a mentor means you can speak openly about your own weaknesses and also about your long-term career goals. Having the support of Luke has given me a lot of confidence. I'd be a lot more stressed without him.
A desire to see tangible benefits from the money you make drove Catherine to change careers in 2016 from the commercial sector to the voluntary sector. Since joining CRUK as a Local Fundraising Manager she has been promoted twice and is now Senior Manager.
If you added up the time I've spent with my mentor Kate it would probably only be 8-10 hours so far but the impact from this has been significant. It has affected my approach to my current role, to my career progression and my personal journey.
Gemma is passionate about the Community and Events sector and about creating unforgettable experiences for donors. She is an experienced Community and Events Manager, with a track record of successfully delivering large scale events and substantially growing communities for organisations such as the MS Society and SAMH. She currently holds positions as a Committee Member with the IoF Scotland Fundraising Conference team and is Chair of the Community Fundraising SIG Scotland.
I feel very ambitious in my current role, I know where I want to go but I also feel it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day of your job. TEF has been the perfect opportunity for me to think about my development, not only in terms of my current role but also my future aspirations.