Charity Speakers – UK

People who do not identify as white or male

Academic Experts

Dr Deborah Gabriel: Academic at Bournemouth University and Founder of Black British Academics – @deborahgabriel

Professor Jen Shang: The world’s only Philanthropic Psychologist, and Director of Research at the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth Business School – @jen_shang

Professor Kalwant Bhopal: Professor of Education and Social Justice, University of Birmingham – @KalwantBhopal

Chief Executives, Exec Directors and Founders

Adeela Warley: CEO of CharityComms – @adeelawarley

Adeela is a great speaker if you are looking for an expert in anything to do with charity communications. To give you a flavour of her work, you can read a piece that Adeela wrote for Third Sector here.

Aderonke Apata: Founder of African Rainbow an organisation that offers support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTIQ) People of African Heritage – @rock4_ronnie

Aleema Shivji: CEO of Humanity & Inclusion UK – @AleemaShivji

Aleema brings expertise and insight into the inclusion of disabled and vulnerable people in humanitarian assistance and international development. She can also contribute to conversations on diversity and inclusion, and female leadership more generally.

Alison Lowe: Chief Executive of Touchstone – @Alison4Labour

Alison Kriel: CEO and Founder at AMAYA TRUST – @AlisonKriel

Amanda Khozi Mukwashi: CEO, Christian Aid – @AMukwashi

Ananta Dave: Consultant Psychiatrist and part of Executive Committee of BIPA – British Indian Psychiatric Association – @adave_NHS

Anj Handa: Chair of Freedom Studios, Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers & Governor at Leeds Arts University – @anjhanda

Anj was a great addition to our 2018 charity retail conference programme – her workshop on ‘Shattering the myth of the glass ceiling’ really resonated with our female delegates and evaluated very well. It was a pleasure to work with her.” – Julia Cloke, Head of Events, Charity Retail Association

Baljeet Sandhu: Founding Director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit – @Baljeet_Sandhu

Barbara Kasumu: CEO of the Elevation Network and Co-Founder of Inclusive Boards – @barbarakasumu

Carol Ossai: Founder and CEO of Sickle Cell and Young Stroke Survivors – LinkedIn profile

Carol founded her charity as she felt there was a lack of support for parents (like her) who have children who have had strokes. She talks passionately about the challenges and realities of running a small charity.

Danielle Walker Palmour: Director, Friends Provident Foundation – @dwp_do2go

Debbie Ariyo OBE: Chief Executive at AFRUCA Africans Unite Against Child Abuse – @DebbieAriyo

Faeeza Vaid: Executive Director of the Muslim Women’s Network UK@2Faeeza

Fozia Irfan: CEO of Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation – @Irfan_Fozia

Guppi Bola: Co-founder, Working On Our Power – @guppikb

Imandeep Kaur: Co-Founder and Director of the Impact Hub Birmingham – @ImmyKaur

Inderjit Kaur: Co-Founder and Director of the Impact Hub Birmingham – @inderjitkaur77

Joy Warmington: CEO of national equalities & human rights charity brap – @jwmusesthis

Joyce Fraser: Founder and Chair of the Black Heroes Foundation – @jfraseronline

Julia Lynch: Founding Director, Global Girl Project – @GlobalGirlProj

Kim Shutler-Jones: CEO at The Cellar Trust mental health charity in Bradford – @KimShutler_J

You can read a piece that Kim wrote for the Guardian here.

Kiran Sahota: Director, Believe in Me – @kizzakat

Liv Little: Founding Editor-in-Chief of gal-dem magazine – an award-winning magazine written by women of colour and non-binary people of colour for all to explore – @LivLittle

Marai Larasi: Executive Director at Imkaan, UK-based, black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls – @MaraiLarasi

Michelle Chioma Okwudiafor: Founder of The 2030 Tribe – @the2030tribe

This is what Michelle’s nominee said about her, “Michelle is a dynamic social advocate that is consciously creating a community of young people who create impact. She believes in the power of collaboration and communication for social good.”

Meena Varma: Director, Dalit Solidarity Network – @DSNUK

Naomi Hulston: Chief Operating Officer at Catch 22 – @Catch22Naomi

Nimco Ali: Co-founder of Daughters of Eve – @NimkoAli

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah: Co-Founder and Executive Director of UK Black Pride, Head of Equality at PCS Union – @MsLadyPhyll

Poonam Joshi: Executive Director at Sigrid Rausing Trust – LinkedIn profile

Poppy Jaman OBE: CEO of City Mental Health Alliance – @PoppyJaman

Raji Hunjan: CEO of Z2K – @RajiHunjan

Raji is transforming her charity from being a service delivery charity to focusing more on systematic change – you can read more about her approach in an article she wrote for Third Sector in 2018 here or listen to an interview with her on this podcast.

Ruth Ibegbuna: Founder & CEO of the wonderful the RECLAIM project – @MsIbegbuna

Ruth has spoken for events run by my team twice. I think she is an extraordinary person, we all have something to learn from her.” – Paul Hewitt, Creative Strategist, Google UK

Sajda Mughal OBE: Multi-award winning CEO of the Jan Trust @SajdaMughal

Sandra Shakespeare: Co-founder, Museum Detox – @shakes_sandra

Sharla Duncan: Founder and CEO of Team Up – charity website

Shahnaz Ahmed: Founder of Knit Aid – @shahnazta

Shaista Gohir OBE: Chair of Muslim Women’s Network UK – @ShaistaGohir

Shakira Martin: NUS National President 17/18 – @ShakiraSweet1

Shirley A May: Director of Young Identity Poet – @Thegirldreams

Sophia Cannon: London Community Director of Tech Inclusion – @SophiaCannon

Su-Mei Thompson: CEO of the Media Trust – @suemeithompson1

Talat Yaqoob: Co-founder/Chair of Women50:50 – the campaign for at least 50% representation of women in the Scottish Parliament, in our councils and on public boards  – @talatyaqoob

Ummul Choudhury: CEO and co-founder Capoeira4refugees – LinkedIn profile

Wanda Wyporska: Executive Director, The Equality Trust – @WandaWyporska

Wasfi Kani OBE: Chief Executive of Grange Park Opera and Trustee of British Museum – @wasfikani

Yasmin Khan: Director of Staying Put UK – @ykhan100

Zohra Khaku: Director of Muslim Youth Help – @zkhaku

Corporate Fundraising

 Humuh Akram: Head of New Business at the British Heart Foundation – @HumahLAkram

Humuh has had a successful career winning and managing big corporate charities for some of the UK’s best known charities, including Scope, Crisis, Princes Trust, Corum and Age UK. In 2018, Humuh was recognised as one of the top 25 fundraisers under 35 by the readers of Fundraising Magazine.

Iyabo Oba: Partnerships Manager at Freedom from Torture. Specialises in Corporate Fundraising – @CharityIyabo

Wendy Gupta: Senior Strategic and Commercial Partnerships Manager at the NSPCC – @WendyGupta

Corporate Social Responsibility

Rosalind Kainyah MBE: Managing Director, Kina Advisory – @RosalindKainyah


Donna White: Head of Digital Marketing at the Prince’s Trust – @dmhwhite

Florence Okoye: UX/Service expert Part of Afro Futures – a UK based Afrofuturist collective of artists, hackers, activists reimagining the future black experience – @FINOkoye

Zoe Amar: Director of Zoe Amar Digital and Chair of the Digital Code of Practice –  @zoeamar

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Carol Akiwumi: Director Black Fundraisers UK, Founder of Money4Youth and Trustee of the Institute of Fundraising – @AmickyCarol

Sophia Moreau: Women’s Officer, Young Women’s Trust & Birkbeck College Students’ Union – @theSMinitiative


Neelam Sanghani: Events Manager, UK Youth – @schmeels18


Geetha Rabindrakumar: Head of Engagement at Big Society Capital & Trustee at Crisis – @GeethaBigSocCap

Joyce Materego: Director of Finance and Resources at Child Poverty Action Group – @JMaterego


Alana Tubasei: Head of Philanthropy at University of Edinburgh – @AlanaTubasei

Angie Carter:  Fundraising Manager at the Children’s Trust – @AngiecarterUK

Angie has been a fundraiser for over 25 years, and was highly commended by the #SocialCEO Awards 2017 in the Best Leader on Social Media category.

Dana K Segal: Strategist and fundraiser – @DanaKSegal

Davinia Batley: Fundraising Director at Become – @daviniab311

Dee Brecker: Director of Fundraising & Partnerships at Cherie Blair Foundation for Women – LinkedIn profile

Desiree D’Souza: Director of Fundraising & Marketing at SeeAbility – @DatSeeAbility

Harpreet Kondel: Interim Head of Individual Giving at Christian Aid – LinkedIn profile

Jaz Nannar: Managing Director at Burnett Works – LinkedIn profile

Jhumar Johnson: Director of Development – Open University – @jhumarjohnson

The person who recommended her stated, “I heard Jhumar Johnson speak at something once and literally DRANK up everything she said. Fabulous speaker and inspiring major gifts fundraiser

Kizzy Wardle: Head of Supporter Outreach at ShelterBox – expertise in community fundraising – @KizWardle

Natasha Kashyap: Head of Philanthropy & Partnerships at Bowel Cancer UK/Beating Bowel Cancer – LinkedIn profile

Renata de Groot: Emergency Fundraising Appeals expert at Oxfam – @renatadegroot

Ryna Sherazi: Head of Fundraising and Communications at Anti-Slavery International – @R_Sherazi

Shabby Amini: Fundraising, Partnerships and Communications Director, CARE International UK – @shabs0577

Susheila Juggapah: Senior digital supporter retention officer at Scope and co-host of the Charity Comms podcast@SushiJuggapah


Lyn Cole: Former England Grantmaking Director, Big Lottery Fund – @LynCole65

Maureen Grant: Grants Officer, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – @MaureenAjrct


Naomi Sesay: Head of Innovation and Diversity at Media Trust – @NaomiSesay

Marketing, Brand and Communications

Collette Philip: Brand Strategist and Founder of Brand By Me@brandbycollette

Danielle Wootton: Head of Marketing, Scope – @Babe__Ruthless

Devia Gurjar: Director of Marketing and Communications at Girlguiding UK – @DeviaGurjar

Dina Bhadreshwara: Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Marie Curie – @MuffinBreath

Jasmine Dotiwala: Head of Youth Engagement & Media at the Media Trust – @JasmineDotiwala

Kiran Ramchandani: Communications Director, UK Community Foundations – @Kiran_r

Naima Sakande: Host of Third Culture Podcast – @NSakande

Nicola Peckett: Director of Communications at the Disasters Emergency Committee – @NicolaPeckett

Ramona Aning: Senior Press & PR Officer at YMCA England – @RamonaAning

Policy, Advocacy and Campaigning

Olumide Popoola: London-based Nigerian German writer and speaker who presents internationally on the ‘in-between’ of culture, language and public space where a, sometimes uncomfortable, look at complexity is needed – @msolumide

Pamela Zaballa: Head of Policy for Women and Children services at Hestia – @pamela_zaballa

Shahin Ashraf MBE: Global Advocacy Advisor on Gender, Climate change and Refugees, Islamic Relief Worldwide – @shahinuashraf

Sufina Ahmad: Corporation of London, Elfrida Society volunteer – @sufinaahmad

Service Delivery

Ezimma Chigbo: Birkbeck SU Black Members’ Officer – @EzChigbo

Hasna Mahmood: part of LEAP Confronting Conflict – an award-winning national youth charity that provides inspirational conflict management training and support to young people and the professionals working with them. Hasna is also part of the Youth Independent Advisory group – @hasna2462

Natalie Koussa: Director of Partnerships and Services, Compassion in Dying – @nataliekoussa

Sherry Malik: Director of children’s services at the NSPCC – @sherry_malik

Shuwanna Aaron: NUS Scotland Women’s Officer- @Shuwanna_Aaron

White people who do not identify as Male

Academic Experts

Wendy Sadler MBE: STEM communicator, Lecturer Cardiff University & Founder of Science Made Simple – @wendyjsadler

Chief Executives, Exec Directors and Founders

Adele Blakebrough MBE: CEO & Founder, Social Business Trust – LinkedIn profile

Aisling Duffy: CEO, Certitude – @AislingDuffy_

Alison Garnham: CEO of Child Poverty Action – @AlisonCPAG

Amy Varle: Founder, Fellow – Homelessness – Winston Churchill Memorial Foundation, Social Property Investment – @MissAmyVarle

Anna Day: Chair of Maternal and Infant Mental Health Africa, Fundraiser for Best Beginnings, and Founder of the Centre for Social Change – LinkedIn profile

Anna Feuchtwang: Chief Executive of National Children’s Bureau, internationalista, promoter of children’s rights – @AnnaFeuchtwang

Anna Fowlie: Chief Executive of Scottish Social Services Council – @AnnaFowlie

Anna Josse: CEO of the Prism Gift Fund – @Prismgiftfund 

Anna Laycock: Executive Director of The Finance Innovation Lab – @anna_luise

Anna Smee: CEO UK Youth – @AnnaSmee1

Anne Fox: CEO of Clinks – @AnneFoxThoughts

Annie McDowall: CEO of the Share Community ­- @ShareCEO

Annika Small OBE: Co-founder and Director of CAST (the Centre for Accelerated Social Technology) – @AnnikaSmall

Antonia Orr: Antonia is the CEO of the Coalition for Efficiency. She also a founding member of She Leads Change, a peer-coaching programme for women – @antoniaorr ‏/ LinkedIn profile

Antonia is incredibly knowledgeable on the subject of impact measurement and effectiveness/efficiency of charities and social enterprises, particularly smaller-sized ones. She has a strong focus on diversity and inclusion in evaluation and is passionate about enabling small organisations be the best they can for their local communities.

Becky Slack: Co-founder/Editorial Director of Lead Magazine and Director of Slack Communications – @Becky_Slack

Beth Rowland: Founder, Let’s Talk About Loss – @talkaboutloss

Beth Upton: Founder and CEO of Money Tree Fundraising – specialises in major donor fundraising – @Beth_Upton

Carol Iddon: Acting CEO at Action for Children – @IddonCarol

Caroline Fiennes: Director of Giving Evidence – @carolinefiennes

Carol Long: CEO of Young Epilepsy – @carol__long

Caron Bradshaw: Chief Executive of the Charity Finance Group – @caronlb

Debbie Geraghty: Executive Director of Plymouth Music Zone – @PMZOfficial

Debra Allcock Tyler: Chief Executive of DSC – @DebAllcockTyler

Deborah Gold: Chief Executive at the National AIDS Trust – @deborahagold

Dez Holmes: Director of Research in Practice – @dez_holmes

Edel Harris: CEO of Cornerstone Scotland – @EdelHarris

Eleanor Covell: Founder, Is the Third Sector Sexist? – @ellecovell

Emmie Kell: CEO, Cornwall Museums Partnership – @emmiekell

Emily Sword: CEO of Theodoras Children’s Charity – @swordsevr

Fran Indigo:  Director of @indigotrust and Chair of @360Giving – @FranIndigo

Frances Longley: CEO Amref Health Africa UK – @FranRLon

Gail Heath: CEO of The Pankhurst Trust (Incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid) – @MWomensAidCEO

Ginny Lunn: Chief Executive of Beanstalk – @GinnyBeanstalk

Helen White: CEO at Chester Voluntary Action and Chair of the Regulatory Board for Wales – @arthursmam

Jane Fisher: Director at ARC Antenatal Results and Choices – @FishyJane

Jane Gould: Founder & CEO of Clean Sheet @CleanSheetUK_JG

Jane Ide: CEO of NAVCA – @Jane_NAVCA

Jess Figueras: Chair of Trustees National Childbirth Trust (NCT) – @jessicafigueras

Jessica Sumner: Chief Executive of Community Works – @jsumn76

Jessica Thom: co-founder of Touretteshero and expert fundraiser – @TourettesHero

Jill Ritchie: Chair SA UK Trust  Network – @JillRitchieZA

Jo Berry:  Founder, Building Bridges for Peace – @JoBerry9

Jo Hunter: Co-founder and CEO of 64 Million Artists – @thesonghunter

Judy Robinson: Chair of Sheffield Healthwatch & member of Health & Wellbeing Board – @JudyRob9

Julie Bentley: CEO of Girlguiding – @juliebentley

Julia Unwin: Chair of the Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society – @JuliaUnwin

Juliet Mountford: Exec Director of Parent Services at NCT – @julietmountf

Karen Addington: CEO of JDRF UK – @KarenFAddington

Kate Bratt-farrar: Hospice Director Sue Ryde Wheatfields@KateBrattFarrar

Kate Carroll: Head of Charity – Making a Difference Locally – @KateRCarroll

Kate Collins – CEO of Teenage Cancer Trust – @KateCollinsUK

If you are looking for a speaker with inspiration, passion and firepower,  look no further than Kate Collins. She covers leadership, fundraising, culture, people and dealing with life and loss. Practical, sharp and fun -and not to mention all that rock and roll insight. And shoes. Never forget the shoes“. – Nicola Brentnall MVO – Director of the Queen’s Trust

Kate Nash OBE: CEO Purple Space – @KateNashOBE

Katharine Sacks Jones: Director of the Agenda Alliance – @KatharineSJ

Kathy Evans: CEO of Children England – @Kathy_CEO_CE

Kelly Henderson: Founder, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) – @kelda_kelly

Lara Bundock: Founder and CEO of the Snowdrop Project – @LaraSnowdrop

This is what the person who recommended Lara said about her:

Lara is an inspiring female speaker who has created a charity that was the first of it’s kind within the anti-trafficking sector. Within a short period of time she and the charity were looked to to inform practice and development on a UK wide basis. She has given evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee and won the Marsh Award for contribution to the fight against human trafficking. She speaks with passion and personal insight about the challenges of setting up and leading a rapidly growing charity in both size and reputation whilst remaining true to core values and vision.”

Laura Bunt: Exec Director of Business Development at Addaction UK – @LauraBunt

Lily Elizabeth Davies: Executive Director of Chickenshed Theatre – @tweetsfromlily

Liz Sayce: Former CEO of Disability Rights UK Disability equality consultant – @lizsayce

Liz Searle: CEO of Keech Hospice Care – @LizSearle1

Louise Macdonald: CEO youth charity Young Scot and Chair National Advisory Council for Women & Girls – @LouiseMac

Lucy Caldicott: CEO of UpRising and on the Board of the Fundraising Regulator – @LucyCaldicott

Lucy Lake: Chief Executive of Camfed International- @LucyLake

Lucy McTernan: CEO of SCVO, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations – @LucyMcTernan

Lynda Thomas: CEO Macmillan Cancer Support – @lynda_thomas

Mandy Johnson – that’s me – Founder of and Their Platform –  @MsMandyJ

Meredith Niles: Executive Director of Fundraising and Engagement at Marie Curie – @MeredithNiles

Michelle Chambers: Managing Director of Think CS – @MicheChambers

Michelle Hill: CEO of Talk Listen Change – @TLCCEO_Michelle

Merle Davies: Director Blackpool Centre for Early Child Development – @Merle_CECD

Nathalie McDermott: CEO and Founder of On Road – a charity improving media coverage of misrepresented groups – @natmc

Nazek Ramadan: Director of Migrant Voice – @NazekRamadan

Nicola Brentnall: CEO, The Queen’s Trust and The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust – @NicolaBrentnall

Nicola Miller: Founder & Chair of A Mile In Her Shoes – Nicola’s LinkedIn profile

Nik Peasgood: CEO of Leeds Women’s Aid – @NikPeasgood

Oonagh Aitken: CEO, Volunteering Matters – @OonaghAitken

Patricia Armstrong: Chief Executive of ACOSVO, the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations – @patacosvo

Penny Fidler: CEO of The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres – @PennyFidler1

Polly Neate:  Chief Executive of Shelter – @pollyn1 

Pooky Knightsmith: Vice chair CYP Mental Health – @PookyH

For clear, practical messages about supporting your people with their mental health, Pooky Knightsmith is your dream speaker. Telling it how it is, with clarity, kindness and compassion. Pooky wins the room very quickly and helps the hearts and minds of those she addresses. A win for any conference organiser.” – Nicola Brentnall MVO – Director of the Queen’s Trust

Rachel Muir: Founder & Executive Director, Girlstart – @rachelmuir 

Rhian Burke: CEO and founder of 2 Wish Upon A Star – @Rhian_Burke

Rhian Davies: CEO Disability Wales/Anabledd Cymru – @dwrhian

Rhona Cunningham: CEO at Fife Gingerbread – @Rhona_FG

Ruth Marks: Chief Executive WCVA, Wales Council for Voluntary Action – @wcvaruth

Sally Young: CEO Newcastle CVS –

Sarah Lindsell: CEO The Brain Tumour Charity – @BrainTumourCEO

Sarah Thompson – CEO of St Claire Hospice – @SarahVThompson

Savita Willmott: Chief Executive of the Bristol Natural History Consortium – @sav63

Shirley Cramer: Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health – @ShirleyCramer28

Sophia Giblin: CEO & Founder Clear Sky Childrens Charity – @Sophia_Giblin

Sophie Andrews: CEO, The Silver Line, Samaritans – LinkedIn profile

Stephanie Fraser: Chief Executive of Bobath Scotland – @StephanieFraser

Stevie Spring – Former Children in Need Chair of Trustees – @steviespring1

Described to me as “the most inspirational person I have ever met” by the person who recommended her

Sue Turner: CEO Quartet Community Foundation – LinkedIn profile

Susan Brumpton: CEO Crawley Community & Voluntary Service, Chair The Making Place – @crawleycvs

Suzanne Bull: CEO, Attitude is Everything – LinkedIn profile

Tina Butler: CEO of Relate Bradford – @TinaButler9

Tracey Lazard: CEO, Inclusion London – Charity website

Vic Hancock Fell: UK Director at Vision Africa – @VicHancockFell

Vicki Beere: CEO at Project 6, a drug and alcohol charity – @VickiBeere

Vicky Browning: CEO of ACEVO – @Browning_Vicky

Sue Tibballs: CEO of Sheila McKechnie Foundation – @Sue_Tibballs

Zoe Clark-Coates: CEO of the Mariposa Trust, a UK-based charity that provides support to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy – @ClarkCoates

Zrinka Bralo: CEO of Migrants Organise and Founder of Women on the Move – @ZrileB

Charity Retail

Fee Gilfeather: Head of Retail Brand & Customer Experience – @feegilfeather

Jayne Cartwright:  Founder of the Charity Retail Consultancy – @JayneCartwright 

Corporate Fundraising

Katie Mosses: Corporate Partnerships Manager The Brain Tumour Charity – @katie_tbtc

Laura Croudace – Head of Partnerships at the Resource Alliance – @AlwaysColour

Lauren Young – Head of Corporate Development at the National Theatre – @laurenmariay

Nicola Sinclair: Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Standards Board Scotland and Member of the Executive Committee at the Institute of Fundraising Scotland – @SinclairJnrJnr

Corporate Social Responsibility

Annie Morton – Strategy Director at the Good Agency – LinkedIn profile

Caroll Pattison: CSR Manager for Traveleyes – @carollpattison

Emma Noble: CSR manager at Utility Wise plc – @noble83


Ali Walker Davies: Director of Digital Strategy at Open – @aliwalker84

Amanda Neylon: Digital Transformation Director at the NHS – @amandaneylon

Amy Burton: Digital engagement expert. Currently at the Department of Health and Social Care but has previously worked for several charities – @MissAJBurton

Anne Kempster: Freelance digital consultant focusing on delivery – @annkempster

Audree Fletcher: Consultant Service Designer and Researcher at Barnardo’s – @avfletcher

Ellie Budd: Product Manager at William Joseph – @elliebudd_

Emily Casson: Digital Marketing Manager at Cats Protection – @EmilyCasson

Gemma Hanson: Digital and Communications Manager, co-chair Digital Charities group, also ex-Centerpoint – @Gemolo_Gemma

Jo Kerr: A digital unicorn and one of the founders of the digital maturity matrix – @jokerrconsults

Julie Dodd: Director of Digital Transformation and Communication at Parkinsons UK –@JulieDodd

Kelly O’Connor: Head of Digital Fundraising at Oxfam GB – @kellyoc6

Kirsty Marrins: freelance charity digital expert  – @LondonKirsty

Laila Takeh: Decribes herself as a “digital geek”. She currently works at Deloitte but previously worked for UNICEF UK so has a good understanding of the charity sector – @spirals

Pauline Roche: Charity tech expert, based in the West Mindlands – @PaulineRoche

Penny Dakin-Kiley: Digital comms expert – @PennyKiley

Rebecca Rae-Evans: Co-Founder of Tech for Good Live – @rebeccawho

Sam Sparrow: Operations and Programmes Lead and Presenter at Tech for Good CAST – @SamRSparrow 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Siobhan Corria: Head of Inclusion at Action for Children – @SiobhanCorria 

Siobhan is an experienced inclusion specialist who has worked in the charity and public sector for twenty years. She is able to share her own experience and organisational experience about embedding equality, diversity and inclusion within behaviours.”

Fundraising Directors/Heads

Anna Sheinman: Fundraising Consultant – @annasheinman

Claire Singlehurst: Director of Relationship Fundraising Macmillan Cancer Support – @c_singlehurst

Dayna Ferdinandi: Head of Fundraising and Communications at The Dystonia Society – @little_bulr

Fiona Pattison: Strategic Planner at Open – @fiona_pattison

Hayley Clark: Senior Business Development Manager at the NSPCC – @Hch19

Isabella Wallace: Founder of Reach Out 2 Schools – a charity that gets resources and quality teacher training into impoverished communities overseas – @WallaceIsabella

Jane Hogan: Project Lead, Elmer’s Great North Parade at St Oswald’s Hospice – @JaneHogan28

Janie Frampton: Chair of Ref Support UK and Patron at Muslim Women’s Network UK – LinkedIn profile

Joanna Elson: Chief Executive of Money Advice Trust – @JoannaElson

Jenni Anderson: Fundraising Director – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – @JennilAnderson

Julie Roberts: Community Fundraising and Events Specialist at More Strategic – @Julie_Roberts1

Kath Abrahams: Director of Engagement & Fundraising for Diabetes UK – @kathabrahams

Kirsty Connell-Skinner: Development Manager at the Univeraity of Strathclyde – @Kirsty_CSk

Lindsay Marsden:  Director of Partnerships & Fundraising for UK Youth – @lindsaymarsden8

Lisa Clavering: Freelance fundraiser and member of the Institute of Fundraising National Convention Board – @LisaClavering

Read some of Lisa’a articles.

Lizzi Hollis-Butcher: Head of Fundraising at Football Beyond Borders (and Founder of Charity Women) – @LizziHollis

Lizzi rose through the fundraising ranks as a corporate and community fundraiser – working for St Mungos, Marie Curie, Marine Conservation Society and Independent Age

She is well-known and well-networked in the sector not just because of her fundraising expertise but also because of the work she has done to improve women’s rights within the sector.

Watch Lizzi presenting at ‘I Wish I’d Thought of That’.

Mary Dobson: Head of Fundraising & Comms Bar Pro Bono Unit – @medobson

Nikki Bell: Multi award winning fundraising consultant for KEDA Consulting – @CharityNikki

Recognised in 2018 as a Rising Star in the #SocialCEOs Awards. Sits on the Board of the Institute of Fundraising North East. Nikki has spoken at fundraising conferences in several countries and always gets excellent feedback. Read Nikki’s blog.

Nina Gopal: The Silver Line Director of Fundraising – LinkedIn profile

Rachel Beer: Head of Creative Services at Revolutionise – @RachelBeer

Ruby Bayley-Pratt: Policy and Research Manager in the Fundraising team at the British Red Cross – @RubyBayleyPratt

Sara Rees: Head of Fundraising at Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity – @sararees1

Sarah Goddard: Head of Events and Appeals – St Joseph’s Hospice – @FundraisingSarah

Denis Fazlji said this about Sarah, “Sarah was my line manager for over a year at Farm Africa where I assisted her in our community fundraising programme. She has tremendous knowledge in the field of direct marketing and community fundraising and always keeps up-to-date with trends and latest developments in the area. Her dedication is infectious.”

Sinead Chapman: Strategy Director at Open – @naidster

Sinead O’Keeffe: Professional fundraiser at Enable Ireland – @Ok_Sinead

Tracy Griffin: Executive Director of Marketing, Fundraising and Communications at Scope – @tracyagriffin

Viki Hayden Ward: Head of Fundraising at the British Youth Council – @vikihayden

Read Viki’s blog.


Alex Skailes: Director at Cass Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness – LinkedIn profile

Jacqui Penalver: Transformation Director at Papworth Trust – @bean04

Rosie Chapman: Charity Adviser and Chair of the Charity Governance Code – @RosieChapman1

Pamela Ball: Executive Consultant – @PamelaSBall / LinkedIn profile

Jenny Berry, Director of Leadership and Governance at ACEVO gave the following recommendation, “Pamela is a ball of positive energy and strong leadership who I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with for several years, through our connections via ACEVO. She is passionate about good governance in the charity and social enterprise sector, shows and can deliver strong leadership – all with a very grounded and realistic approach. I will be happy to give a more personal reference for Pamela if required.


Emma Beeston: Philanthropy Advisor – @EmmaBeeston01

Mary Hancock, Operations Director at Somerset Community Foundation wrote the following recommendation, “Emma facilitated a training session on grants assessments for members of the UK Community Foundations. She was incredibly thorough in her process and she made planning the session really easy and seamless for us, tailoring the content to our needs. We’ve had fantastic feedback from all of the programmes managers who attended the session. Normally, this type of high quality training is only available in London, but thanks to Emma’s flexibility and availability to travel to us, we were able to provide this excellent session in-house right here in South West, making it convenient and affordable. Thank you Emma. We hope to see you again soon!


Lesley Pinder: Senior Innovation Consultant at Good Innovation – @Skipinder

Lucy Gower: Coach, trainer, author and consultant – @LucyInnovation

Legacy Fundraising

Christine (Punter) Reidy: Project Manager at Your Catholic Legacy – she is a legacy fundraising expert – @ChristineReidy

Claire Routley: Legacy giving expert – @ClaireyJaneR

Dominique Abranson: legacy fundraiser for Water Aid UK – @DomAbranson

Jane Hallahan – Head of Legacies at Mencap – @JaneLouH

Tish Ley: Legacy Engagement Manager at Guide Dogs for the Blind Association – @Ley_Tish

Legacy Management

Nichola Sims – Training Manager at the Institute of Legacy Management – @NicholaSims

Major Donor Fundraising

Lynda Harwood-Compton: Major Gifts Manager at Animals Asia – @LatchLynda / LinkedIn profile

Lynda is an award-winning, innovative major gifts and corporate fundraising manager with expertise in long-term, strategic donor relationships. She is an experienced speaker, trainer and co-authored DSC’s Corporate Fundraising and Partnerships.”

Marketing, Brand and Communications

Barbara Osborne: Director of Income Generation and Marketing, Myeloma UK – @OzzyBM

Beth Murray: Director of Communications and Engagement at Catch22 @bmbm 

Claire Walker: Co-Director of Communications Teach First – @walker_essex

Deirdra Barr: Head of Marketing Henshaw (Society for the Blind) – LinkedIn profile

Emma Roberts: Head of Marketing & Communications UK Youth – @EmmaUKYouth

Gaby Jeffs: Founder of Magneto Films – @MagnetoGaby

Hannah Ellen Clare: Digital Marketing Manager, UK Youth – @hannalytical

Laura McIntosh: Head of Comms at Duke of Edinburgh – @LauraMcl

Lisa Quinlan-Rahman: Executive Director of Customer Strategy and Experience Scope – @QuinRah

Madeleine Sugden: Digital Impact Consultant – @madlinsudn

Natasha Roe: Charity consultant -specialises in strategy, brand, marketing – @RedPencil_

Natalie Williams: Communications Manager at Jubilee+ – @NatWillNatter

Paige Hughes: Fundraising and Marketing Manager at Talk, Listen, Change – @PaigeComms

Polly Shute: Director, Fundraising and Communications Together For Short Lives – @shute_polly

Rebecca Goodbourn: Head of Comms at NPC – @RJGoodbourn

Rebecca Rae-Evans: Digital strategist, @techforgoodlive – @rebeccawho

Sarah Johnson: Director of Mission (Marcomms, policy, patient advocacy, strategy), JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity – @s_e_johnson

Policy, Advocacy and Campaigning

Anne Baxendale: Deputy Director of Comms, Policy, Campaigns at Shelter – @baxendaleanne

Antonia Bance: Head of campaigns & comms for the TUC – @antoniabance

Becca Bunce – Co-director of the ICchangeUK campaign (and named by former US President Barack Obama, as one of his inspirations!!) @_BBunce

Charlotte Ravenscroft: Director at Evidential Consulting- @CharRavenscroft

Christine Allen: Director, Policy & Public Affairs Christian Aid – @CDenchN21

Eleanor Briggs: Head of Policy and Research at Action for Children – @EleanorSBriggs

Fran Woodard: Executive director Policy & Impact Macmillan Cancer Support – @franwoodard

Jane Vass: Director of Policy and Research at Age UK – @janevass1

Josie Tucker: Head of Policy and Advocacy at Child Poverty Action Group – @JosieTucker

Katie Evans: Head of Research & Policy at Money & Mental Health – @katieuevans

Kayleigh Wainwright: Head of Membership & Policy UK Youth – @k_wainwright

Lucy Malenczuk: Policy Officer – Financial Services at Age UK – @LucyMalenczuk

Nikki van der Gaag: Director of Gender Justice and Women’s Rights at Oxfam GB – @NikkivanderGaag

Rachel Connor: Director of Research Partnerships – @coracle1

Rebecca Gowland: Head of Inequality Campaigns and Policy at Oxfam GB – @rebeccagowland

Ruby Bayley-Pratt: Policy and Research Manager in the Fundraising team at the British Red Cross – @RubyBayleyPratt

Sally Copley: Campaigner with Oxfam GB, Chair of Oxford Rape Crisis, Trustee for Bond – @SallyCopley

Stella Duffy OBE: Stella is a regular speaker and campaigner around LGBTQ, women’s and arts issues – @StellDuffy

Yvonne Penn: Public Engagement Officer at the Sailors Society – @ympenn2

Service Delivery

Abigail Darton: Research and Projects Assistant at Leap Confronting Conflict – @DartonDarton

Debbie Bezalel: Head of Services at Bliss – LinkedIn profile

Debbie Pippard: Director of Programmes Barrow Cadbury – @debbiepippard

Hannah Mahoney-Smith: Head of Customer Care Macmillan Cancer Support – @HannahMahoneyS1

Kat Osborn: East Midlands Program Director, Safe Families for Children – @KatOsborn77

Kate Stanley: Director of Strategy at the NSPCC – @KateAStanley

Karen Bateson: Development and Impact Manager at the NSPCC – @KarenJBateson

Kelly Simcock: Director of Programmes at Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation – a charity that promotes peace & non-violent conflict resolution – @kellysimcock78

Niamh Clowry: Programme Manager – Irish Association for Palliative Care – @Neevy101

Rachael Orr: Head of UK poverty programme for Oxfam and Trustee at Refugee Council – @Rachaelorrsome

Volunteer Management

Chris Freed: Head of Volunteering at Citizens Advice – @cfreed

Ruth Buchanan Leonard: Head of Volunteering Development, Macmillan – @struthyb

Have you been inspired by a speaker who is not on this list? Let us know.

Other lists you may want to visit include the following:

Project 3:28: A list of UK-based, female, Christian speakers.

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A list compiled by Professor Iyiola Solanke of Leeds University celebrating 54 BME women professors in the UK.

A list from Techworld of 508 women working in tech in the UK (not charity sector specific).

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