I started my career in publishing, selling international rights and co-editions in Europe and America. In 1997 I changed city and career, moving from London to Oxford and into the not-for-profit sector. As Fundraising Manager for the Berkshire Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust I cut my fundraising teeth doing a bit of everything from corporates to events, grant-seeking and appeals. Protecting species including water voles, chalkhill blue butterflies, red kites and snake’s-head-fritillaries, this was my all-time favourite job.
In 2004, I migrated to Australia and my first role was with Plan Australia, where I significantly increased income from major donor and philanthropic trusts and foundations. Since 2008, I have been immersed in all things grants supporting not-for-profit and for purpose organisations, large and small, state-based and national, in the planning and execution of their grants program across diverse sectors: mental health; aged care; environment; arts and entertainment; disability; social welfare; homelessness and animal welfare.
My practice is informed by extensive experience and deep insight. Over the last 18 months I have secured grant wins totalling over $14m for my clients; these include arts and entertainment organisations through the Federal Government’s RISE fund, multi-year philanthropic and Government funding for mental health, and coaching a grassroots organisation with their first submission to Perpetual’s Impact Philanthropy Application Program.
I build strong client relationships with deep listening to identify needs, and work hand in hand to help meet your grant-seeking goals whether it’s through developing your grants and funder engagement strategy, writing and reviewing your submissions, or building capacity through individual coaching or group training. I have delivered grants upskilling workshops online and in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, receiving consistently excellent feedback.
“I build strong client relationships with deep listening to identify needs, and work hand in hand to help meet your grant-seeking goals.”
I’m very much a people person, and well known for bringing my sense of humour, warmth and empathy to meeting the challenges inherent in the competitive world of grant-seeking. I work successfully with multiple stakeholders and diverse perspectives to make sure your grant-seeking is on track to succeed.
Never bored, I am a homemaker, nature lover, books and arts aficionado. A Modern Languages graduate, I sing in a German choir, love art house and foreign language films, theatre and opera. In my downtime, I can often be spotted walking my beloved dog Bertie on the beach, headphones in and listening to something bookish on BBC Sounds.