The annual Institute of Fundraising Cultural Sector Network conference is organised by the volunteer members of the Professional Development Sub-committee:

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Kane Moore - Conference Chair
Head of Development
The Scar Free Foundation

Kane has a decade’s experience fundraising for arts, health and not-for-profit sectors. As Head of Development of Battersea Arts Centre, he completed a major capital campaign and managed the disaster appeal following the fire to their main auditorium. Kane is a Trustee of several theatre organisations (Sounds Like Chaos and Uninvited Guests) and a Committee Member of the Institute of Fundraising’s Cultural Sector Network. He has recently taken on the Chairmanship of the Institute of Fundraising’s annual Cultural Sector Conference and is a founding Trustee of new arts venue Streatham Space Project.

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Rosario Bellolio
Programme Co-ordinator
RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage Programme, Institute of Fundraising

Rosario is Programme Coordinator for the RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage Programme at the Institute of Fundraising. Prior to joining the Institute of Fundraising, she has experience working as arts manager and raising funds for diverse arts and government organisations in London and her native country of Chile. Rosario graduated in 2018 from her Master’s Degree in Arts and Cultural Management at King´s College London.

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David Burgess MInstF
Apollo Fundraising

David is an experienced fundraising consultant specialising in securing support for the arts and culture sector. During his career he has helped to raise philanthropic support for a range of organisations, including Manchester Camerata, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Glyndebourne, English Touring Opera and the Royal Pavilion & Museums.

As Director of Apollo Fundraising, David has helped arts organisations of all shapes and sizes to achieve their fundraising goals. In the last year he has helped fundraise for an art gallery with no walls, a Cathedral with a 123m spire that’s particularly popular with Russian tourists and a 3,000-year-old gold necklace that was either worn by a pregnant woman or a sacrificial animal.

Alexandra Davis
Development Manager, Major Gifts
The National Gallery

Alexandra’s career has seen her manage fundraising programmes across a diverse range of the arts, from the Landmark Trust, Tate, The London Library and the Gate Theatre to the National Gallery, where she is currently responsible for raising major gifts across all Gallery activities.

She sits on the Development Board of St John’s College, University of Durham, and is a Trustee of the Ian Karten Charitable Trust, which provides assistive technologies and educational access for people with disabilities or economic disadvantages. She was a founding Board Member and Director of Young Arts Fundraisers from 2016-2018. Alexandra is passionate about arts education and is also an experienced speaker, writing and delivering regular public tours and talks on the collection at the V&A Museum and the National Gallery.

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Dan Fletcher MInstF (Dip)
Director (Fundraising)
Kingston Smith Fundraising and Management

Dan is Treasurer for the Cultural Sector Network. He has worked in fundraising for 20 years with the last six as a consultant. His broad background of leading fundraising teams has enabled him to provide insights as a consultant, focusing particularly on fundraising strategy, major giving and legacy marketing. He also serves on the Institute’s Learning and Development committee, and is a trustee of the national charity, Rethink Mental Illness, and environmental charity, Sustainable St Albans.

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Nicole Gibson-Clark
Senior Patrons and Individual Giving Manager
Barbican Centre

Nicole manages the Individual Giving team at the Barbican Centre which includes the Patrons programme, Direct Marketing and Visitor Giving. This is her first role in the arts sector. Prior to joining the Barbican she worked in Major Gifts fundraising at King’s College London, Marie Curie and Fight for Sight.

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Zoe Hawken
Senior Development Executive
Science Museum

Zoe Hawken is the Senior Development Executive for the Science Museum working with trusts, foundations and, occasionally, the government. Zoe focuses mainly on securing major gifts for capital projects, recent successes include a 7 figure gift from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a gallery opening at the Science Museum in the autumn of 2019.

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Francesca Hewitt
Philanthropy Company

Francesca was formerly Head of Development at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford from 2015-2018. In that role she led the Museum’s fundraising programme across all income streams raising £24m for the Museum. She was responsible for one of the most ambitious and successful arts endowment campaigns: the £50 million Ashmolean Fund, as well as fundraising for many other key projects including a major £1.65m acquisition, numerous capital projects, education, conservation and the Ashmolean’s world-class exhibitions programme. Her experience spans developing and growing Membership groups including Friends and Patrons, working with advisory and Trustee Boards, building individual and visitor giving streams, and raising major gifts from Trusts, Foundations and individuals and statutory funders.

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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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Matthew Ross
Senior Philanthropy Manager
Royal Academy of Music
Director, Young Arts Fundraisers

Matthew is Senior Philanthropy Manager for the Royal Academy of Music and a Co-founder and Director of Young Arts Fundraisers. Matthew began his fundraising career at UCL where he raised funds for causes ranging from dementia research and the refugee crisis in Lebanon to the UCL Art Museum. He also served as a committee member of Young People in the Arts.

Previously, Matthew worked in classical music for organisations including Rayfield Allied and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and for the conductor Ivor Bolton, and completed a PhD at UCL on late medieval cultural history.

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Laura Sears
Associate Director

Laura joined Execucare as Associate Director in 2017 following a successful fundraising career with some of the UK’s leading cultural organisatons – BAFTA, the Science Museum the V&A, where she was Head of Corporate Partnerships. Laura oversees Execucare’s Arts portfolio.
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Vesna Sokolovska Jovićević FRSA
Green Culture project

Vesna is a cultural manager and producer, leading the London-based NGO Krug, with branches in Skopje, Macedonia and Podgorica and Cetinje, Montenegro. She has promoted Balkan cultures in the UK since 2006 through arts exhibitions, theatre performances, film festivals, concerts, literature readings, and educational projects.

Vesna promotes the environmentally sustainable creative sector through activities like Green Culture, the annual gathering for the green creative sector, taking place for the 8th time in Montenegro in June 2019. Parallel to this she is preparing the Green Culture – Planetary Summit 2020, linking events in the UK, Europe and the US for a greater impact of the sustainable cultural sector on the wider global community. Since 2015, she’s been part of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Team.

Ed Stannard
Development Officer
Institute of Fundraising

Ed is Development Officer at the Institute of Fundraising and sits on the Cultural Sector Network as Chair of the Marketing Committee. Previously, Ed spent eight years in sales and business development roles in the corporate world before joining the Institute to manage the Giving to Heritage programme, one of the Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst programmes which provided high-impact fundraising training and development to independent heritage organisations across England.

Ed has been a Trustee of the London Museum of Water & Steam since 2014 and a Committee Member of the Cultural Sector Network since 2017.

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Frances Wheare
Senior Development Executive
Ashmolean Museum

Frances Wheare is Senior Development Executive at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, where she has worked as a senior fundraiser since October 2015.  At the Ashmolean, Frances works across a range of projects with a paticular focus on the Ashmolean Fund, one of the UK’s most ambitious and successful arts endowment campaigns.

Before the Ashmolean, Frances was Development and Alumni Manager at Oxford’s Department of Computer Science, and Corporate Development Manager at Southbank Centre.