My expertise and experience is not only in fundraising, but also in corporate and government engagement, and alumni relations. I’ve also spent many years working on policy and practice to advance social equality, including access to higher education.
These diverse elements all begin to make perfect sense when you set them in the context of my passion, which is for the role that universities and charities play - to change the world for the better. Hence my interest in the power of education to support social equality, and my wide experience in fundraising for bursaries, scholarships and access programmes. There is often a gap between our assumptions about how to effectively engage people in our organisation, and the evidence that we can uncover through data, smart questions, and by taking more time to listen.
Fundraising, especially for causes relating to social equality and access
Strategic alumni relations, with a focus on outcomes
Corporate and government engagement
Data analytics and insights
Senior leadership, organisational culture and strategic planning
As founder and Chief Executive of the Bridge Group, I’ve developed a nationally leading charity focused on advancing social equality - and secured large commissions from e.g. the Cabinet Office, the Wellcome Trust and the BBC; and funding from over forty corporate organisations including Google, KPMG and Barclays.
Earlier career includes playing pro soccer in the USA, managing a national government programme at the University of Warwick to advance university access, and many years leading access, corporate and alumni affairs at the University of York.
First in Literature at the University of York, then during my career an MBA with distinction at UCL, and selected as a full scholarship candidate on the Talent Development Programme at Cranfield School of Management.
It’s all about the music. I love to play the guitar and the piano, especially with my wonderful family (usually with dance moves added), or in one of York’s excellent pubs, or on my own to relax. All of my important memories and moments have a soundtrack. As an obsessed fan of Ipswich Town, uplifting music also helps to get through tough times!
I dedicate time to politics and policy-making, especially in relation to advancing social equality. This has involved working directly with Ministers, the Cabinet Office, and various leading commentators and influencers.