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Lynne Parker
Founder & CEO
Funny Women

Lynne Parker is an award-winning producer who created Funny Women In 2002, now the UK’s leading community for female comedy helping women to perform, write and do business with humour. The Funny Women Awards are about to enter their 16th year and Lynne has produced shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and all over the UK.

Lynne also coaches people in business and public life based on stand-up techniques to improve self-confidence and presentation skills both professionally and personally.

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Meghan Peterson
Project Manager (Research & Partnerships)
Battersea Arts Centre

Meg Peterson, Ph.D. is the Founder of 21 Artists, a company focused on fostering, documenting and evaluating art and social change through artist development, social impact evaluation and consultancy. She is also the Project Manager for Research & Partnerships at Battersea Arts Centre, working to foster learning and collaboration through exchange programmes, research projects, courses, workshops and seminars with universities and other institutions along with designing and managing the social impact evaluation for various social change programmes.

Meg has just completed her degree at the University of Exeter’s Business School researching cultural entrepreneurship, combining business model innovation with social entrepreneurship and cultural policy to develop a new model for innovative value creation in the creative industries. From this research, Meg identified effective methods and processes which you can also apply to your own journey in order to create a (self) sustaining business model around your craft. Meg also works as a practicing illustrator, painter and photographer to augment the work she does as a curator, evaluator and academic.

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Rachel joined 360Giving in November 2015 and oversees the delivery of the organisation’s strategy and its operations. Prior to joining 360Giving she was Deputy Director of Publish What You Fund, where she led the organisation’s research and monitoring work, including the development of an annual transparency index. She has researched and written several publications on transparency, access to information and accountability. Rachel has previously held positions with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the UK Department for International Development, consulting firm DAI and Transparency International.

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Samir Savant
Festival Director
London Handel Festival

Samir has 20 years’ experience as a senior manager in the cultural sector.  He is currently Festival Director at the London Handel Festival, a post he took up in 2016.  Previously he was Director of Development at the Royal College of Music, and has held fundraising positions at Shakespeare’s Globe, English National Opera, the Royal Academy of Arts and BookTrust.

Samir is a recognised writer and public speaker on topics as varied as the lack of diversity in the arts to the role of trustees and senior management in fundraising.  From 2014 to 2018, he chaired the Institute of Fundraising’s Cultural Sector Network’s national conference, the largest event of its type in the UK for arts and heritage fundraisers.

Outside of work, he is an active singer, mainly with Pegasus, the award-winning chamber choir he co-founded. He is also a trustee of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.

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Jenny Sealey MBE
Artistic Director & CEO
Graeae

Jenny Sealey co-directed the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings (GDIF).

She has been Artistic Director and CEO of Graeae since 1997 and has pioneered a new theatrical language; the creative integration of sign language and audio description within performance.

In 2009, Jenny was awarded an MBE.  Jenny has been awarded the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award, is an honorary Doctor of Drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Middlesex University and a Fellow of the Central School of Speech and Drama and Rose Bruford College.

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Rachel Stephenson Sheff
Philanthropy & Fundraising Advisor
Lightful

Rachel Stephenson Sheff works at London’s digitally-focused beyond-profit, Lightful, and is a Philanthropy & Fundraising Advisor for strategy consultancy, I.G. Advisors. Here, she advises donors on how to structure and strengthen their impact, as well as charities on how to design dynamic fundraising strategies. She also produces the I.G. Advisors podcast What Donors Want. With a strong arts & culture background, Rachel was previously a New York-based major gifts fundraiser (Metropolitan Opera, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Housing Works) and theatre producer (The Public Theater).

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Oliver Taylor
Development Research Manager
University of Manchester

Oliver has been Development Research Manager at the University of Manchester since 2015, with overall responsibility for the prospect research and prospect management function. Oliver joined Manchester from the University of Leeds where he spent over a decade in a prospect research role, growing the prospect pool virtually from scratch to enable Leeds’s successful £60 million campaign. He is an occasional speaker at industry conferences and has been a leading voice in the compliance debate.

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Richard Turner
Director
iFundraiser

Richard currently operates as a “fundraising catalyst”, helping charities adapt their approach to fundraising in today’s fast changing world by leveraging the new rules of communication.

He has 30 years fundraising experience including Director of Fundraising, at FARM-Africa, ActionAid UK, and most recently as Chief Fundraiser for SolarAid. He was awarded the IoF Fundraiser of the Year in 2001.

Richard is also a trustee of SOFII, the showcase of Fundraising Inspiration and Innovation, on the advisory board of the International Fundraising Congress, and is actively involved in an IoF initiative to improve the supporter experience.

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