1. How did you get into fundraising?

By chance. Over twenty years ago I saw an ad in the paper saying: “Would suit a graduate seeking a career change”.  It turned out to be a disability charity looking to train up someone with transferable skills to be a Trusts Fundraiser . I got the job and was mentored for a year by a very dynamic and talented young Director.

  1. What do you see as our sector’s biggest opportunities?

To regain public trust in charities, and to take full advantage of developing technology

  1. If money was no object, what issue would you solve for fundraising? How?

Create the definitive, user-friendly, go-to’ database of UK trusts. (‘Designed by trust fundraisers, for trust fundraisers!’)

  1. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional sportsman!  (Football, golf, tennis – would’ve taken any! Got closest with golf but not close enough!)

  1. What motivates you?

Positive communication with others, learning new things, making the most of each day.

  1. What are your non-work habits that help you with your work-life balance?

Running, reading, writing (fiction and poetry) and socialising

  1. If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Everyone you meet has something to teach you, so keep your eyes and ears open

  1. Tell us something surprising about yourself:

A few years ago I ran ten marathons in ten days as a fundraising challenge.  Yes, it was nuts and it hurt (!) but the funds raised made it more than worthwhile.