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.
Linda has nearly 20 years’ experience of the charity sector specialising initially in Individual Giving before enjoying a wide range of roles as a supplier, consultant and more recently Director of Fundraising. She joined the sector in 1999 after an early career in marketing agencies including Ogilvy and Mather Direct working on corporate accounts. She became Client Services Director at sector specialist agency Burnett Associates gaining experience with a wide group of amazing causes before moving supplier side to head up charity client accounts at Dataforce. Four years as a Consultant for THINK followed before Linda joined the Campaign to Protect Rural England as Director of Fundraising in 2011. She recently became the Director of Fundraising at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, heading up a broad fundraising programme.
‘I am lucky to have been supported and influenced by some amazing people during my career and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to share my experience with someone who might benefit from that learning.’
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!”
Siân Mexsom is an experienced fundraiser with experience in the Military charities, social welfare and heritage sectors in the UK and India.
Siân is currently the Director of Fundraising at The Poppy Factory. Earlier in her career, Siân provided leadership to such diverse organisations as The Army Benevolent Fund - The Soldiers’ Charity, where she served as Director of National Fundraising and Communications; Combat Stress, where she served as Director of Fundraising and PR; Age Concern England, where she was Account Director Corporate Partnerships; Counsel and Care, where she was Appeals Manager.
Siân is a graduate of University College London. She has been a member of the Institute of Fundraising for over 25 years. Siân is also a trustee of Clio’s Company, a site specific arts education charity, and Hogarth Singers, a community choir based in west London.
"Throughout my career I have been fortunate to have received mentoring from senior fundraisers, including Tony Elischer. I am delighted to continue this ethos of sharing my skills and experiences that will, I hope, benefit other fundraisers in their careers."
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