Our mentors are all experienced and successful leaders and managers who know how to help others be the best they can be in their roles. Many are fundraising experts but we also have others who specialise in areas such as innovation or technology both from within and beyond the not-for-profit sector. Their wide range of skills, knowledge, organisational experience and locations means we can always make a really productive match of mentor and participant.
Get to know a selection of our team:
Andrew is Director of Supporter Relations at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and has been at the East Midlands hospice since 2015.
Andrew has 19 years’ fundraising experience, first joining the British Red Cross from building materials company Tarmac in 2000. He spent the next 8 years working in a variety of national fundraising roles across a range of disciplines, including Community Fundraising, Fundraising Development and Fundraising Strategy.
In 2007 he led the British Red Cross Tesco Charity of the Year partnership, raising £4.68m – at the time, a record amount for this major charity partnership. In 2008 Andrew moved to the NSPCC to manage the Corporate Partnerships Management Team before joining The Communication Trust (a consortium of over 40 children’s charities) as Campaign Director. Following the campaign, Andrew spent 18 months at the Stroke Association as Project Director for the charity’s re-brand and in May 2013 Andrew returned to the children’s communication sector when he took up the role of Director of Fundraising at children’s charity I CAN, before joining Rainbows 2 years later.
Andrew is Chair of the Institute of Fundraising in the East Midlands and has become a mentor to widen the role he plays in developing the fundraising profession.
Susan Booth has been Director of Fundraising for Target Ovarian Cancer since 2014, overseeing and driving a growth in income from £1.3m to over £2m. Susan has an 18 year track record of working at a senior level in a wide variety of organisations including Teenage Cancer Trust and the RSPCA as well as local hospices and animal rescues.
Susan is experienced in all types of fundraising including Major Donor, Community, Events, Legacy, Corporate, Trusts and Individual Giving. She has personally solicited six figure asks, led and developed teams based across different sites, led cultural and structural change and growth.
Susan is passionate about developing the next generation of fundraisers and ensuring the profession is one people are proud to be a part of. Having started as a volunteer many years ago, the value of the conversations had informally over the years has shaped who she is today.
“I hope that by becoming a mentor I will be able to help others with those vital conversations and time to reflect.”
A self-professed rebel with a mission, Esther Kwaku is the Founder and CEO and The Nerve Network, a platform helping people living in remote places on low incomes to start and grow their own businesses. A self-professed rebel with a mission, Esther Kwaku is the Founder and CEO and The Nerve Network, a platform helping people living in remote places on low incomes to start and grow their own businesses.
Her drive for social change has previously had her working for The Resource Alliance and Children in Crisis while her talent for storytelling has seen her presenting at major fundraising events such as the IFC.
In her own words, she wanted to join TEF as a mentor “to honour Tony and what he unlocked in me. Tony taught me to step out into the unknown, be brave and bold and find my ‘thing’. Those things have stayed with me and I want to pass that on to someone else. I want to show mentees that they can boss this!”
Luke began his career in fundraising at Save the Children in 2001, following a spell working in the NHS. Since then Luke has worked with a number of charities of varying scales, the British Heart Foundation, DHIVERSE and since 2016 CLIC Sargent, where Luke is Assistant Director of Fundraising, responsible for leading a cross-cutting supporter engagement function. A community and relationship fundraising specialist Luke has experience of successfully developing and implementing community fundraising growth strategies, building investment cases and leading large dispersed fundraising teams. With substantial experience of planning and leading significant strategic and people change programmes, Luke brings strong experience of change management and embedding structural and cultural change.
A former CEO in a regional health and social care charity Luke has experience of working directly with Trustees and establishing a fundraising function from scratch, with particular insight into commissioning and statutory funding as well as stakeholder management and building partnerships.
Luke is a passionate advocate of developing talent within the sector and has mentored and coached fundraisers, as well as benefitting from mentoring himself. Luke is a regular speaker at Institute of Fundraising convention and conferences.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Tony Elischer Foundation mentor, please get in touch using the form below or via Get Involved