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Danni Fearnley
Development Manager
Octagon Theatre Bolton

Danni Fearnley is Development Manager at Octagon Theatre, Bolton where she joined the team in 2017. Danni oversees the revenue fundraising including strategy and campaign planning, corporate development and Individual Giving, as well as supporting fundraising towards the major capital project which is currently underway.

Danni is passionate about creating a culture of giving within arts organisations, and engaging audiences in more meaningful, long-term relationships to encourage ongoing support. Prior to this Danni was Marketing and Development Officer at The Dukes in Lancaster and had a previous career in Stage Management.

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Debbie Geraghty
Chief Executive
Plymouth Music Zone

Debbie Geraghty has worked for Plymouth Music Zone for 16 years having been its Development Director for 6 years before taking over the helm. She came to the charity sector following a successful career in broadcasting as a Political Correspondent and a former life leading international culture and language programmes in Japan.

Debbie has helped position Plymouth Music Zone as a flagship socially engaged music charity strategically embedded within education, health, social care and community agendas. She sits on the IoF Cultural Sector Network committee and is passionate about the power of diversity and equality and how the arts can be a formidable force for change.

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Lindsey Glen
Head of Policy and Strategy
Royal Opera House

Lindsey Glen is Head of Policy and Strategy at the Royal Opera House, a varied role that includes producing and monitoring delivery of the organisation’s business plan, working with the Executive team to develop strategy and liaising with stakeholders. She moved into this field from a career in fundraising, encompassing roles at the ROH, Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall and Music at Oxford and consultancy work. She is a trustee of Spitalfields Music.

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Lucy Gower is founder at Lucidity. She is a coach, trainer and consultant as well as a best-selling author and international speaker specialising in giving people the tools and confidence to take charge of their own working life and achieve the results that they want.

Lucy led the first innovation team at the NSPCC. Since leaving the NSPCC in 2012 Lucy has worked with over 50 organisations including Amnesty International, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Nesta, The Children’s Society and Greenpeace to help them their teams think more clearly and work together to get better results and make more impact.

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Rachel Harrington
Coutts Institute

Rachel joined Coutts in 2011, having previously worked for several years in the field of social enterprise. She supports families across the UK around challenges such as how to talk about wealth as a family, preparing children for inheritance, and planning for the future of the family business. Rachel specialises in helping families to begin their philanthropy journey and develop their giving strategy so that it is effective and rewarding, and was involved in the publication of the Coutts Million Pound Donors and Million Dollar Donors reports.

Rachel holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Oxford and practising Certificates in Family Business Advising and Family Wealth Advising from the Family Firm Institute. She has been recommended in the Spear’s 500 list of family advisers for the past three years, and featured in Brummell magazine’s ‘Ones to Watch’ listing of rising stars of the City. Outside of the office, she is a Trustee of the charity Breaking Barriers, and is an adviser to the Coutts Foundation and the Environmental Funders Network.

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Richard Holmes
Non-Executive Director
Ulster Bank

Richard is a non-executive director of the Board of Ulster Bank , Dublin and also sits on their Risk Committee and Audit Committee. He is Chairman of the Corporate Development Network of MQ: Transforming Mental Health, the leading mental health research charity. He is also a private equity investor.

Richard has more than 35 years experience across a wide range of functions in international banking, latterly at Standard Chartered Bank, where he was CEO Europe from 2008 until 2016.

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Shaun Horan
Joint CEO and Co-founder
Halpin Partnership

Shaun has over 20 years of senior-level international experience and is a dynamic, experienced and respected consultant. Drawing on his strong legal background, he has advised some of the leading names in higher education on areas spanning fundraising, strategy, equality and diversity, and race reviews. Known for his highly regarded insight and proven results, he was a member of the HEFCE Advisory Board for the Pearce Report into the Philanthropic Workforce for Higher Education.

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Emily Hurrell
Development Manager
Streetwise Opera

Emily Hurrell has been working in the arts for six years and fundraising for five. She is currently Development Manager at Streetwise Opera, an award-winning charity that uses music to help people who are or have been homeless make positive changes in their lives. She has extensive experience in all areas of fundraising and is currently focusing on individual and major giving, events and trusts and foundations. She sits on the Professional Development Sub-Committee of the Cultural Sector Network and the Repertoire Sub-Committee of the Royal Free Music Society.

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Tarek Iskander
Incoming Artistic Director & CEO
Battersea Arts Centre

Tarek is currently Interim Director for Theatre at Arts Council England. He was one of the founders and Associate Artistic Director of the Yard Theatre as well as Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio. Prior to embarking on a career as a director and writer, Tarek was a senior executive and management consultant for the National Health Service.

In May he will be taking up a new role as Artistic Director and CEO of Battersea Arts Centre.

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Mandy Johnson

Mandy Johnson is the Founder of TheirPlatform.com and GreatCharitySpeakers.com. She was named the 2nd most influential fundraiser in the UK in 2018.

Mandy has worked for a wide variety of organisations, including the Small Charities Coalition, Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie and Deloitte. She Chairs the IOF South East and London Committee and is a judge for Civil Society’s Charity Awards. Mandy has a Masters in Charity Management (with a specialism in Fundraising and Marketing).

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