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:
Gillian is the Director of Income Generation at Claire House Children’s Hospice on the Wirral and Liverpool where she has responsibility for both fundraising and retail income, alongside the role of Information Governance Lead for the organisation. She joined Claire House in 2014 in the fundraising team, specialising in direct mail and individual giving and successfully grew the lottery into a major £1million+ income stream during that time.
She originally started her career in the private sector with roles in the marketing departments at Matalan, Littlewoods and more recently at Iceland where she worked for 9 years on regional marketing, integrated campaigns and national TV and radio advertising. She switched to the charity sector in 2013 and has loved the different challenge that brings.
Gillian says, “I’ve been very fortunate to have an interesting and varied career where I’ve particularly enjoyed learning new skills and trying new things. I’ve benefitted from mentoring myself on a couple of occasions and know how rewarding it can be, so I was really excited to get the chance to sit in the other seat! I love seeing the energy and enthusiasm of the leaders of the future and I know our sector is in very good hands.”
Gillian lives in Chester with her husband and son. Originally from Edinburgh, these days she’s most likely to be found walking around the Welsh countryside with the dog.
Louise is a major donor specialist and founder of Summit Fundraising with 14 years of major gifts fundraising experience, following on from her first career in sales and marketing at Unilever. She has increased income in a range of major gift fundraising roles, has been Director of Fundraising at Woking Hospice and is also a trustee of Women and Children First. Louise lives in Surrey with her family and chickens and can often be found mountain biking and climbing.
Through Summit Fundraising Louise has worked with over 100 charities helping them raise more large gifts and interviewed over 70 philanthropists. She has a distinction in the Certificate of Philanthropic Psychology from the Institute of Sustainable Philanthropy. At the heart of her approach is connecting with donors, increasing their well-being and experience, and enabling charity staff and trustees to grow in confidence viewing things from a donor perspective.
Louise is passionate about mentoring support for future fundraising leaders to make the sector stronger, more diverse, and ultimately have more of an impact.
"It's a real pleasure to spend time with mentees who are investing in their leadership growth and potential to be the best they can be for themselves, and the wider sector".
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.”
Linda has over 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 became the Director of Fundraising at the Motor Neurone Disease Association in 2017, 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.’
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