Simon Pennington

Simon Pennington


+44 (0)1954 712 509
+44 (0)7956 372 368

I owe a good and fulfilled life to inspirational teachers who gave me a shot of confidence at a key moment. What I like more than anything is transmitting confidence of the same kind and a sense of energy and possibility. So for me, mentoring, teaching, developing language and techniques for success are close to my heart – and what I most like doing for my clients.

Some I've worked with recently

  • Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • The British Academy
  • Cancer Research UK
  • CASE – I’ve been on the faculty at many CASE Africa and CASE UK Institutes
  • King’s College London
  • Institute of Fundraising – I’ve helped create and now chair their Major Gifts Intensive course
  • The Royal Society
  • UCL
  • UEA (University of East Anglia)
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Melbourne

Years of fundraising experience: 23


  • All aspects of fundraising, but particularly the following…
  • Helping organisations to tell their stories in imaginative and inspiring ways
  • Making donors and volunteers feel good about everything they enable

Before More

  • Studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford
  • Went into fundraising right away – at the LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Stayed in fundraising but moved to UCL (University College London), where I became Development Director

Outside More

  • In the last few years I have become an ultra-marathon runner and long distance triathlete, alongside shorter runs with a troublesome dog
  • One aim now is to do some distance cycle events over a week or two
  • I love to cook
  • Spurs fan
  • Enjoy movies and theatre