The Fundraising Team
In fundraising, experience counts. Our Team members have over 300 years of experience in fundraising and fundraising management between them. You will be hard pressed to find this anywhere else.
This means we are very familiar with the opportunities and challenges you face. It also means that our Team members can draw on each other's considerable fundraising experience if they need to. Where relevant, we carry out assignments on a team basis, drawing together the specialist knowledge and experience required to achieve a successful outcome for our clients.
Our Team includes nationally recognised fundraising experts. All have a proven track record and most have been with us for many years. Each has one or more specialisms. None are generalists. When new people join us, we take up references and check their qualifications. We also seek feedback on their work from our clients. As a result, you get an experienced, quality assured consultant every time
Please see the short biographies below to see what our Team can offer.
Simon George BSc (hons), FInstF (dip) FRSA
Simon is the Director of Wootton George Consulting. He has worked in the voluntary sector since 1987 and as a consultant since 1996. He has achieved the Diploma in Fundraising Management and in 2010 was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. Simon's special interests include strategic planning for fundraising, as well as legacy campaigning and charitable trust fundraising. He carries out a wide range of assignments in these fields for our clients.
In 1999, he founded the Institute of Fundraising's Trusts and Statutory Special Interest Group and was the founding Chair of the IoF's West Midlands regional group. Simon has written numerous articles on fundraising in the charity media and currently writes a blog on UK Fundraising. He has published two e-books on legacy marketing and grant fundraising, published by SPMFundessentials. In his spare time, he is a member of Rising Brook Community Church and a charity trustee. He is a keen gardener and walker.
To speak to Simon about your fundraising needs, please call him on 01785 663600.
Howard Lake BA (hons), MSc, FinstF
Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur and a recognised expert on
fundraising through new media. A fundraiser since 1988 (Oxfam, Afghanaid
and Amnesty International UK), he founded UK Fundraising, the world's
first web resource for professional fundraisers, in 1994. Having
written the first book on online fundraising in 1996 he has gone on to
train and advise thousands of fundraisers in how to fundraise using
digital tools. He also advises fundraising companies and those bringing
digital fundraising tools to market. A judge on the Institute of
Fundraising's National Awards for the past five years, he is
consistently voted in the top 50 most influential in fundraising by
readers of Fundraising magazine. He advises our clients on digital
strategy and online fundraising.
Robin Jones BA (hons) MInstF
Robin has worked in research and fundraising for 20 years and specialised in prospect research at The Factary, Europe's leading prospect research agency, for 8 years, where he became managing director.
Since 2003, Robin has worked independently and has carried out prospect research for our clients on high net worth individuals, companies and trusts & foundations.
He is an experienced trainer and is regularly invited to speak on prospect research at fundraising conferences. He has also published an e-book, with Rebecca Funnell, on fundraising research.
Robin is a former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising's special interest group for Researchers in Fundraising and continues today as a committee member. In his spare time, he is a trustee of the Bristol-based recycling charity, The Sofa Project.
Maxine Barlow BA (Hons) MInstF
has worked in the voluntary sector since 1989, originally with Apex
Trust and then Rathbone Community Industry, specialising in Trust and
Corporate fundraising. She then worked for Imperial Cancer Research Fund
for 6 years, developing national campaigns and was one of the team
which set up the hugely successful Race for Life event in the UK. She is
a long-standing member of the Institute of Fundraising and has a
special interest in medical and social welfare causes.
Claire Greenhalgh MA (Hons) MInstF (Cert)
A former Director of Fundraising, Claire Greenhalgh has worked in fundraising since 1998 with a wide range of voluntary sector organisations, developing fundraising strategies and business plans and devising and implementing major projects and work programmes. She specialises in developing strategies and raising funds from trusts, government funders and the National Lottery (Community Fund and ACE). She also undertakes project evaluations for our clients, often in relation to major grants. Claire has worked in the arts, children's welfare, international development and work with older people. She is a PRINCE2 Practitioner and has also completed the NEBS Management Course.
Jeremy Sparkes BSc (Hons) MInstF (Cert)
Jeremy is a Management Science graduate from one of Europe's leading business schools. He worked in marketing and business management for 15 years, before joining the not-for-profit sector in 1997. Prior to this, he was a volunteer for seven years with the Princes Youth Business Trust. His expertise lies in working with major donors and charitable trusts, as well as in health funding, specialising particularly in Dept of Health applications. In recent years, he has advised organisations in the fields of youth, medical and social welfare causes and recently contributed to the book Why the Rich Give, published by DSC.
Ros Taylor BA (Hons) MInstF
began fundraising in 1990 with Help the Aged and subsequently held
positions at the RNIB, Brain and Spine Foundation, the Foundation of
Nursing Studies and Reading Single Homeless Project. Since 2002, she has
worked as a consultant, primarily in the fields of social welfare and
disability. She has particular experience of fundraising from charitable
trusts, the National Lottery, EU funding and corporate support, as well
as many years' experience of fundraising start-up, managing teams and
supporting strategic change within organisations.
Andrew Ball BA (Hons)
has been working in fundraising since 1995, specialising in major bids
and securing funds for humanitarian work in developing countries. He is a
highly experienced practitioner advising on and developing complex bids
for major projects, as well as guiding and mentoring charities through
the major bid process.
Andrew has worked for a range of agencies including Save the
Children, Amnesty International and Action Aid, where he was a Programme
Funding Manager. As well as securing large grants, Andrew has also
delivered lectures in strategic fundraising at Liverpool and Manchester
Universities. He is a longstanding member of the British Overseas
Network for International Development (BOND).
Caroline Dewfall BA (hons)
has 16 years' experience in fundraising spanning all income streams.
She has worked for charities of varying sizes and has held the position
of Director / Head of Fundraising within two organisations. She is very
experienced in strategic planning and in successfully developing
fundraising 'from scratch' within smaller organisations. She has a track
record in securing large grants from charitable trusts, the Big Lottery
and the Department of Health and has substantial experience in
community fundraising, corporate fundraising and training.
Amanda Price BA (Hons) MInstF
Amanda started her fundraising career in 1998 at the NSPCC as Community Appeals Manager, where she remained for eight years. She has since worked for the University of Liverpool and Action for Children. She specialises in major donor and charitable trust fundraising, where she has consistently secured large grants, and has additional experience of corporate, events and community fundraising.
Amanda is experienced in project management of capital campaigns and was instrumental in setting up a scholarship programme. She has also taken a lead in volunteer recruitment and development, public speaking and PR charity work.
Amanda is a former features writer for a family magazine and freelance writer of a children’s magazine. She continues writing in her spare time as well as doing voluntary fundraising.
Lynne Farnell BA(hons)
Lynne has been fundraising since 2002, specialising in; fundraising strategies, capital campaigns, charitable trusts, sponsorship, individual giving and establishing and managing teams. Lynne has raised substantial funds for a range of charities, including; Manchester Deaf Centre, MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry), Imperial War Museum North and Lancaster University. In her spare time, Lynne is a Trustee of the Oldham Coliseum Theatre.
David Russell BSc, MInstF (cert)
David has worked as a fundraising consultant since 1996 specialising in church capital building projects. He has helped leaders of various denominations develop their plans for expansion, renovation & community use of their buildings including leading and coordinating the capital appeal process. David is an experienced church leader and serves as an elder and trustee of Renewal, a leading Midlands church.
Helen Duncan BMus (hons) MMus
Helen spent 12 years as Trusts and Foundations Manager at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, raising funds for a broad portfolio of projects, including a major capital appeal. She has experience of working with a wide range of grant-making bodies including the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Arts Council England. Prior to that Helen worked in marketing and communications roles in classical music and at Oxford Brookes University where she was part of a small editorial team writing content for prospectuses and other promotional materials. Her interests span the arts, culture, heritage and wildlife.
Victoria Hone BA (Hons)
Victoria is a passionate trust fundraiser with over 16 years' experience of working in the voluntary sector. She spent 12 years working for Barnardo's, raising income from charitable trusts for projects across Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Whilst at Barnardo's Victoria secured significant grants from Children in Need, Comic Relief and The Big Lottery, alongside working on several large capital campaigns.
Latterly, she has been working for the national disability charity, Go Kids Go, as their Fundraising Manager. Responsible for all income streams, her focus has been on establishing a successful trust fundraising programme for the charity.
Her interests lie in the fields of children, youth, social welfare and disability.
Sarah Clay BSc (hons) MInstF
Sarah started her career in 1997 working for the Big Lottery Fund on the pilot small grants scheme that became Awards for All. Since then she has held a variety of roles firstly as a funding advisor and then as a Fundraising Manager in small charities. More recently she specialised in trust fundraising at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, successfully fundraising for both medical research and support activities. Sarah is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and was secretary to the West Midlands Group for six years.
Cath Errington BA (hons) MInstF (dip)
Cath Errington has worked as a successful fundraising manager since 1998 for Young People First and then Heart of England Mencap, specialising in trust fundraising. She has experience of implementing fundraising strategies to achieve maximum results. She is diploma qualified and a full Member of the Institute of Fundraising, with a special interest in disability and young people’s issues.
Judith Kilvington BA (Hons), PG Dip
Judith is a highly experienced fundraiser with over 15 years’ experience in the voluntary sector. She specialises in capital campaigns having led the £21M capital appeal to refurbish the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. She oversaw the successful delivery of the award-winning Bradbury Studios in East London, the home of a disabled-led theatre company, Graeae.
She has extensive experience of working with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, with local and national governmental bodies, and charitable trusts. She has expertise in strategic planning, managing change and developing business plans.
She is passionate about achieving equal access to the arts and has a particular interest in theatre, heritage and disability.
Caz Ford BSc
Caz has worked in the charity sector for over twenty-five years where she has successfully secured over £34m in grants and contracts. She has a proven track record of creating compelling cases for support and is a former BBC local radio presenter. Caz excels in writing complex tenders for public sector bodies and has supported charities to build high-quality relationships with major donors.
Over her long career, Caz has worked across a wide range of issues, including climate change, developmental trauma, mental health, disadvantaged young people, organic farming, disability, mental health, homelessness, complex needs, older people, animal welfare, conservation and deaf wellbeing.
Caz is a member of the Institute of Fundraising (formerly a South West committee member) and used to chair her local parish council.
Vickie Randall DipM MInstF
Vickie has over 15 years' experience in the voluntary sector. As a former Fundraising Manager, she now specialises in the development of strategic plans, corporate relationships and bid writing. She has a particular interest in corporate social responsibility and is a CSR Accreditor, so really understands how corporate partnerships can benefit charities.
Vickie has a marketing diploma with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and is also a full member of the Institute of Fundraising.
Her depth of knowledge in the commercial aspects of the charity sector enable her to quickly assess an organisation's immediate, medium, and long-term requirements and help them develop strategies for growth and sustainability.
Jenna Wills BSc (Hons) MInstF
Jenna started her fundraising career in 2005 and has held senior roles in a variety of local, regional, national and international charities. With 15 years’ experience spanning all income streams, Jenna is a passionate and dedicated fundraiser with a reputation for achieving excellent results. She has a track record of securing substantial funding from trusts, foundations and government tenders and specialises in trust fundraising and writing winning bids.
Having set up regional fundraising for Oxfam in the Midlands, Jenna also specialises in developing strategies for growth and loves nothing more than the challenge of increasing income and maximising return on investment. She was Head of Fundraising and Marketing for Disability Resource Centre for five years, where she devised a new trust fundraising strategy which doubled income for the organisation.
Jenna also has extensive experience of community fundraising and managing mass participation events, including the London Marathon with Action for Children. She is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising.
Rebecca Turner BA (hons), MInstF
Rebecca started her charity career in 1997, and worked for many years in national charities as a successful corporate and events fundraiser, including five years at BLISS – the premature baby charity. She’s done everything from national TV appeals, gala events, integrated FMCG partnerships alongside winning friends and influencing people as a high level corporate networker. She has been working as a consultant since 2007, and has lots of experience setting up fundraising from scratch for smaller organisations, as well as securing large grants from trusts and foundations for big appeals and projects. Rebecca’s work is underpinned by her excellent writing skills and passion for good communication and she’s carved out a niche for herself as a talented charity copywriter. Her ability to absorb and synthesise large amounts of information quickly, understand what clients and the audience need, combined with her fundraising experience, means she has the ability to create great charity copy that not only meets the brief but raises money, whether that’s a case for support, major donors brochure, or a trust application.
Ben Ansell BA (hons) CIM (cert)
Ben started his career in fundraising in 2005 and has undertaken various fundraising, leadership and consultancy roles for small, medium and national organisations including Oxfam, The British Heart Foundation, Royal Trinity Hospice and the Big Church Day Out. Ben has a broad range of fundraising experience including Community and Special Events, Trusts, Major Gifts and Capital Appeals. He has worked with organisations in many areas including Health Care, International Development as well as several faith-based Christian organisations and churches. Ben has a degree in business and a certificate in marketing qualification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.