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:
Richard began his career in retail, working for high street retailers like Boots, Burton and the Early Learning Centre where he was the UK and Europe’s Stores Director. Richard joined Imperial Cancer Research Fund in 1998 and was heavily involved in the merger with CRC which created Cancer Research UK in 2002. As Fundraising & Marketing Director he oversaw dramatic growth in fundraising from £200m to £500m, a successful rebrand in 2012 and the launch of Stand up to Cancer with Channel 4.
In a volunteering capacity, Richard has been a trustee of Willows Counselling, Chair of the Neuro Foundation and was Chair of the Institute of Fundraising until July 2017.
Richard joined Macmillan in October 2015. He believes Macmillan to be the most ambitious charity in the UK grappling with the nation’s biggest health related issue - cancer. His remit is to help Macmillan raise vital funds and awareness in order to help everyone with cancer live as fully as they can.
"I’m delighted to be involved with the Tony Elischer Foundation and to be a participating mentor. I have always valued the power of drawing on someone else’s experience, expertise and insight and when I reflect on my own career it’s been just one or two individuals who have had the greatest impact on me. And it’s always been through their sharing, challenging and encouragement that I have been able to grow and develop. I would love to offer that same opportunity to a fundraiser with the hunger and drive to grow and succeed.”
Douglas started his working life as a fish biologist splashing around in rivers in the west of Scotland (far less glamorous than it sounds), but has worked in fundraising for charities for the last 19 years. Over that time he has worked for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Association, Oxfam, Earthwatch, Oxfam again, the British Heart Foundation, the Motor Neurone Disease Association , and now finds himself CEO of Oxford Hospitals Charity.
Over this time he has held a variety of fundraising roles covering a wide range of areas, including legacy marketing, new product development, supporter retention, and as a director of fundraising. He is passionate about ensuring fundraising plans are well thought through, and that those delivering them have the right environment and support to do so. Douglas has had the privilege/luck to be involved in two large public fundraising activities – launching Oxfam Unwrapped and responding to the Ice Bucket Challenge. The former was proactive and the latter was reactive; it is very important to understand this difference.
Over the years Douglas has benefited from valuable advice and support given generously and freely by numerous people, and is delighted to continue to do so. This is his chance to help others in the same way.
Beccy is a successful community fundraising specialist with an excellent record of achievement throughout a twenty year career at Cancer Research UK and THINK. She is experienced in all aspects of community fundraising including strategy development and implementation, change management and leadership. A keen advocate of community fundraising and volunteering, Beccy strongly believes in the […]
Frances is the Executive Director of Philanthropy & Partnerships, responsible for developing and leading the high value fundraising strategy, driving income growth through individual relationships and partnerships for Cancer Research UK. Her fundraising experience spans more than 20 years. Joining Imperial Cancer Research Fund in the mid 90s, she subsequently held a number of roles within Volunteer Fundraising and following the merger to form Cancer Research UK she was responsible for developing the charity’s Innovation team. Frances joined Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, as the Fundraising Director in 2007 developing their fundraising team and leading their capital campaign The Joy of Living to fund the expansion of the Maggie’s Centres network. She returned to Cancer Research UK in 2010, as the Supporter Led Fundraising Director, and has subsequently led the Events team, Volunteer Fundraising, High Value Supporter Partnerships, Sports and Volunteering.
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