Our mentors are all experienced and successful leaders and managers who know how to help others be the best they can be in their roles. Many are fundraising experts but we also have others who specialise in areas such as innovation or technology both from within and beyond the not-for-profit sector. Their wide range of skills, knowledge, organisational experience and locations means we can always make a really productive match of mentor and participant.
Get to know a selection of our team:
Iain has been Head of Fundraising at MND Scotland for 11 years, and had led the charity’s considerable income growth over that period. Like most fundraisers he came into the role through a somewhat circuitous route having previously worked initially in sales, then subsequently as a civil servant where he gained considerable experience managing individuals and teams, working with senior management, and delivering change programmes.
He has experience in all areas of fundraising, particularly community and events, and played a key role in the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge in Scotland in 2014. “My role is heavily involved in both fundraising and organisational strategic development, and I’ve built, coached, and managed successful incarnations of my fundraising team over the years. I’ve been fortunate to have been informally mentored by a couple of excellent fundraising leaders, and I’m really enthusiastic about sharing knowledge and experience to enable effective fundraising to flourish.”
Iain is also Treasurer of a newly established charity delivering community arts projects in north Glasgow.
Lisa Pottie has over twenty years of experience in Canadian art, health, education, conservation, and international development not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining the McMichael Canadian Art Collection as Director, Development and Donor Relations, Lisa was National Campaign Director, and Executive Director for Atlantic Region at Muscular Dystrophy Canada. She has been a consultant for numerous organizations in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, and worked at Canadian Cancer Society, World Wildlife Fund and University of Toronto. She also has experience in strategic planning, program development, building grassroots and senior business leader networks, research and communications.
Lisa has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto and taught English literature for a number of years. She has also volunteered for many community organizations, including the Youth Project in Nova Scotia, Autism Nova Scotia, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Toronto Community Foundation.
“One of the most positive things about working in nonprofits is the sense of community. We are here because we care about helping others. That has translated in my personal experience into being able to rely on others for, and provide, advice and support, or sometimes just commiseration. I am grateful for the support of my fundraising community, and very pleased with the Tony Elischer Foundation program that embodies that spirit of support for the next generation of fundraising leaders.”
Richard began his career in retail, working for high street retailers like Boots, Burton and the Early Learning Centre where he was the UK and Europe’s Stores Director. Richard joined Imperial Cancer Research Fund in 1998 and was heavily involved in the merger with CRC which created Cancer Research UK in 2002. As Fundraising & Marketing Director he oversaw dramatic growth in fundraising from £200m to £500m, a successful rebrand in 2012 and the launch of Stand up to Cancer with Channel 4.
In a volunteering capacity, Richard has been a trustee of Willows Counselling, Chair of the Neuro Foundation and was Chair of the Institute of Fundraising until July 2017.
Richard joined Macmillan in October 2015. He believes Macmillan to be the most ambitious charity in the UK grappling with the nation’s biggest health related issue - cancer. His remit is to help Macmillan raise vital funds and awareness in order to help everyone with cancer live as fully as they can.
"I’m delighted to be involved with the Tony Elischer Foundation and to be a participating mentor. I have always valued the power of drawing on someone else’s experience, expertise and insight and when I reflect on my own career it’s been just one or two individuals who have had the greatest impact on me. And it’s always been through their sharing, challenging and encouragement that I have been able to grow and develop. I would love to offer that same opportunity to a fundraiser with the hunger and drive to grow and succeed.”
Frances is the Executive Director of Philanthropy & Partnerships, responsible for developing and leading the high value fundraising strategy, driving income growth through individual relationships and partnerships for Cancer Research UK. Her fundraising experience spans more than 20 years. Joining Imperial Cancer Research Fund in the mid 90s, she subsequently held a number of roles within Volunteer Fundraising and following the merger to form Cancer Research UK she was responsible for developing the charity’s Innovation team. Frances joined Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, as the Fundraising Director in 2007 developing their fundraising team and leading their capital campaign The Joy of Living to fund the expansion of the Maggie’s Centres network. She returned to Cancer Research UK in 2010, as the Supporter Led Fundraising Director, and has subsequently led the Events team, Volunteer Fundraising, High Value Supporter Partnerships, Sports and Volunteering.
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