Our mentors are all experienced and successful leaders 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:
Emma is Director of Fundraising & Marketing at the Macular Society and has been a fundraiser for over twenty years. She began her career with the Royal Academy of Music and has also held senior positions with Prostate Action, Prostate Cancer Research Foundation, Dyslexia Action & Rethink Mental Illness. Emma thinks the best part of her job is supporting her fundraising team to become the leaders of tomorrow. In her spare time she is a parkrun addict, both volunteering and running, and has run 3 of the world marathon majors, all be it very slowly but raising money along the way!
Richard Sved is the Founding Director of 3rd Sector Mission Control. He has worked and volunteered for charities for over 25 years, has been a Trustee for a decade, and has led the fundraising team at seven national charities, including National Literacy Trust, Girlguiding and Epilepsy Society.
He also writes a somewhat leftfield blog about a wide range of aspects of the charity sector and is always agreeably surprised to hear people read and enjoy it!
“I’m a mentor because I really enjoy doing it! Beyond the expected feel-good aspects of helping someone else in our sector to develop their craft, I gain so much from it myself, including getting a refreshing perspective on approaches to work and be successful in the sector I love.”
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.
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 power of this discipline to have a positive impact on people’s lives and of the pivotal role it can play in an organisation’s fundraising mix. Aside from community fundraising, Beccy is passionate about vegetable growing and small-holding and tries to live a low impact, self-sufficient life in the heart of Lancashire witch country. Having been both a mentor and mentee, she is acutely aware of the enormous benefits that can be attained through the relationship and she is thrilled to be a part of the Tony Elischer Foundation, to nurture and champion an individual’s potential.
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