VĂ©rane Castelnau

Simon O'Leary


+44 (0) 7584 571834

What really excites me is working with teams and organisations that have a BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) and have the belief and resilience to go out and try to achieve that goal.

As much as the quality and impact of what we do is important, so is the process of getting there. Great fundraising achievements only happen because of brilliant people coming together to achieve a vision and an ambition; donors, volunteers, fundraisers, researchers, academics, clinicians. It has to be a team effort. 

Some I've worked with recently

  • Nottingham Hospitals Charity 
  • Ormiston Families 
  • Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers 
  • Three UK


  • Strategy development 
  • Complex problem solving 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Coordination and collaboration 
  • People management and leadership
  • Relationship management

Before More

  • Director of the Poppy Appeal at the Royal British Legion
  • Head of Community and Corporate Partnership Fundraising at Cancer Research UK 
  • Senior Manager Mass Events (Race for Life, Cycle for Life and Run10k) at Cancer Research UK 
  • Navigating and Operations Officer Royal Navy
  • 2:1 degree in International Relations from the Keele University 

Outside More

  • Outside of work life is dominated by family and pets however if I have spare time, I enjoy hill walking, cycling and open water swimming.  
  • I also volunteer at Park Run, my local rugby club as a coach, and other community events.