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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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Ma-ayan Plane
Deputy Development Director

Maayan has worked in arts fundraising for ten years. Prior to her current role at Artichoke, she worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, and Frieze. She has worked across all funding streams but primarily works on Trusts, Foundations and Statutory sources. She was previously a trustee of social enterprise, Artbox London, and has recently joined the board of an East London Development Association.

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Adrian Punaks
Executive Director of Development, UCL
Chair, CASE Spring Institute in Educational Fundraising

As Director of Development, Adrian oversees all the external-facing, relationship-building activity and teams within the Office of the Vice Provost Advancement, in support of the Campaign for UCL and the 2034 strategy, including fundraising, supporter communications and alumni relations. With 15 years’ experience in Higher Education Advancement, he joined UCL in 2011 having previously worked at Imperial College London, and Birkbeck, University of London. In 2010 he received the inaugural CASE Iain More Award that recognises the outstanding achievements of a development professional and he is a respected advancement professional and role model in the sector. Alongside Chairing the Spring Institute, he served for three years as the co-chair of the fundraising track at the CASE Europe Annual Conference, and speaks frequently at seminars and events. Adrian has helped develop the Campaign for UCL from its inception, its momentum building phase, and through the public launch and beyond. He has had a particular focus on UCL Neuroscience and much of the partnership fundraising activity with UCL’s NHS hospitals, as well as UCL’s international activity.

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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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Dana Segal MInstF
Senior Partner Consultant
The Management Centre

Dana Segal (MInstF) is a strategist and fundraiser. Having started her career in the arts & cultural sector, she has grown her portfolio to include INGOs, NGOs and charities across the UK, Europe and Africa including UNICEF, World Animal Protection and Afrobarometer. Dana is also Deputy Director of the National Arts Fundraising School.

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Rachel Stephenson Sheff
Philanthropy & Fundraising Advisor

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

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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