Our Consultants

Each consultant has specific skills and experience which compliments the skill set of others in the company, ensuring we are able to provide clients with a comprehensive service. All our consultants have gone through a vigorous selection process and all have a proven track record.


John Abb
ey MA

 

Based in London


John has been working in both the charity and private sector since 1990, specialising in fundraising,  communications and business development. John has held a number of senior positions to CEO level within national organisations. John carries out both interim management assignments and consultancy.  John is also a Trustee of a US based Non-Profit in New York. John advises wealthy individuals on their philanthropy strategies and helps them identify projects to support in complex environments.

“John’s ability to think commercially and his versatility at London Fire Brigade Enterprises shows that he is an all rounder who can succeed whatever the challenge”.  Leonor Stjepic, Chair LFBe 2019

 

 

 

Key Skills

  • Long career in fundraising spanning 30 years
  • Director level and CEO positions held
  • Windsor leadership graduate
  • Established Abbey Solutions International Ltd in 1999
  • Significant experience in fundraising from foundations/trusts, companies, HNWI, events
  • Experience of fundraising for business start-ups
  • Experience of fundraising in the USA, Middle East and Asia
  • Experience of managing staff teams
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience of establishing a US based charity and Board member of RAFT USA
  • Supporting HNWI/UHNWI with their philanthropy
  • Experience of working with social enterprises
  • Strong interpersonal skills and highly developed influential networks

 

Julie Foster


Based in the South of England

Julie Foster has more than 20 years working in the charity sector, in senior fundraising positions for both large national and small start-up charities. Julie started her fundraising career in the NSPCC’s corporate fundraising team and went on to establish a successful new fundraising & communications directorate for national disability charity, FitzRoy. In recent years Julie has specialised in high level statutory and trusts fundraising and has raised 6 figure sums from major grant funders, including the National Lottery. Julie is passionate about upskilling smaller charities that do incredible work!

 

 

 

 

 

Key Skills

  • Fundraising strategy and planning
  • Trusts and Foundations
  • Capital and revenue funding
  • Statutory Funding
  • Evaluation, end of grant reporting and outcomes monitoring
  • Communications, including website development
  • Start ups
  • Bid writing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Accomplished presenter
  • Experienced user of Raisers Edge and eTapestry

 

 

Haidee-Laure Giles

 

Based in UK and Portugal

Haidee-Laure has more than 15 years of experience within the international development, human rights and humanitarian sectors in leading and managing international projects in partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders.

Haidee-Laure has worked in various countries in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the Middle East supporting projects and advocacy with a particular focus on livelihoods and refugees issues; she speaks five languages. She is the founder of two NGOs in Portugal and serves as Vice-President of a small organisation denouncing human rights violations and promoting joint actions in Portuguese speaking countries.

 

Key Skills 

  • Partnership building and development (government, charities, social movements, and grassroots organisations)
  • Project development and management
  • Due diligence, project monitoring and evaluation
  • Accomplished bid-writing and contract management (UKAid, SwedishAid, private foundations, EU, Lottery Funding, UN agencies)
  • Strategic thinker
  • Policy analysis
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  • High level of initiative
  • Critical thinker
  • High level fundraiser
  • Excellent written verbal skills
  • Passionate about achieving socio-economic change based on values of justice, equity and solidarity


Haidee-Laure’s main area of expertise is project management and funding, partnership building, as well as advocacy.
She has led multi-country programmes and advocacy on food justice, in partnership with grassroots organisations and government. In 2010 she contributed to the creation of the UK Food Sovereignty movement and lobbied for the first UK Bill on Agroecology adopted in 2014. She has also secured large grants from a range of EU government’s funding programmes, including DFID, and SIDA. She has also raised money from the Big Lottery Fund. More recently, she has worked on refugees issues in Bangladesh in the largest refugee camp in the world and in Greece.

 

Languages

Bilingual French/English, fluent in Portuguese and working knowledge of Spanish.

 

Recent deployment

Bangladesh for the IRC to carry out grant management for the Rohingya refugees crisis.
In-depth research and analysis of the impact of Climate Change on peasant farmers in 4 countries in Southern Africa to inform La Via Campesina’s advocacy strategy.
Researched  impact of food policy and trade reforms on farmers in Mozambique.

 

Recent Achievements

  • Responsible for the oversight and overall management of IRC’s humanitarian framework team
    to increase the value and quality engagement of key European donors in forgotten and protracted
    crisis in the Syria Region, West Africa and the Horn (portfolio value of USD$10.9m).
  • Awarded USD$8.8m by SIDA (SwedishAid)
  • Secured SIDA’s ongoing support for IRC’s Strategic Initiative promoting innovative thinking in
    humanitarian project design and delivery

 

Nicola Barrett BA (Hons)

Based in France

Overview

Nicola has 19 years’ experience and a demonstrated history of programme and strategy development in international non-profit organisations. She has specialised in project and proposal management through building effective and lasting working relationships, increasing Amnesty International’s external partnerships by over 500% between 2010 and 2015.

With an eye for detail and conciseness, particularly in relation to planning, monitoring, reporting and impact evaluation, Nicola previously worked as a strategic development consultant for a Netherlands-based foundation and for a European funding programme. She thrives on contact with a diverse range of partners, and work flexibly and proactively to support their initiatives, and is convinced that by working together, we can make the world a better place.

Nicola has a BA (Hons) in French and Politics, speaks fluent French.

Key skills

  • Strategy, programme and project development and management
  • Partnerships
  • Experience of managing staff teams
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Fundraising strategy and planning
  • Major international Trusts and Foundations
  • Government donors (DfID, EU)
  • Bid writing and editing
  • Due diligence and contract management
  • Strategic and critical thinking
  • Problem solving and analysis
  • AgilePM Foundation certified

 

Zoë Strong

Based in Edinburgh

 

 

Zoë has over 10 years partnership development, account management and fundraising experience, having worked for health, welfare, educational and environmental causes including the NSPCC, Marie Curie and Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.

Zoë is experienced in developing strategies and programmes for corporate, Trust and Foundations fundraising. Zoë has an MSc in Marketing Communications, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and Leadership and a Fundraising Management Certificate. Through her corporate experience in national account management and business development roles, Zoë has worked with a wide range of high-profile clients from sectors including energy, professional services, retail and hospitality.

 

 

 

Key skills:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility development and execution
  • Corporate application writing and pitching
  • Partnership PR and Marketing strategy development
  • Employee engagement strategy development
  • Trust and Foundation application writing
  • Partnership creation for collaborative bids
  • Cause Related Marketing
  • Corporate fundraising product and resource creation
  • Event creation and execution – e.g. charity gala ball, corporate team building day

 

Sune Buch Segal, MSc

Based in Edinburgh

 

Profile

Often reaching into his anthropological toolbox, Sune has 18 years’ experience working at the nexus of communications and human rights-focused international development programming. Having held managerial positions at several leading third-sector organisations he is passionate about making communications and fundraising work to further human rights and social justice. Sune has experience collaborating with partners across Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He is particularly well-versed in the Middle East and North Africa, having lived in Damascus, Beirut, and Ramallah, and having overseen complex development programmes across the region.

 

Key Skills

  • Communications, campaigning, and advocacy for human rights
  • Bid writing
  • Institutional donors
  • Programme cycle management, including feasibility studies, mid-term, and end-of project evaluations
  • Countering SoMe-based disinformation
  • Social science research
  • Copywriting and editing

 

Languages

Bi-lingual English and Danish (non-proficient knowledge of German, French, Spanish and Arabic).

 

Recent deployment

Early 2020, assignment for International Media Support: Evaluate impact and provide recommendations for the continuation of a media development programme designed to defuse ethno-religious tensions in Sri Lanka through conflict- sensitive journalism and media sector reform.

 

Late 2019, assignment for International Media Support: Evaluate project designed to enhance the quality and quantity of media coverage of religious minorities in Pakistan and Iraq. Write funding bid to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a continuation of the project. Based on the bid the ministry decided to fund a three-year extension of the programme.

 

 

 

 

William Harnden

Based in Thailand

William has 10 years of international development experience, including overseas postings and 6 years as the Executive Director of a UK charity. Detailed knowledge of working within the UN system, multinational aid agencies, NGOs and community based organisations. Proposal and report writing skills developed through engagement with a range of donors including bilateral agencies such as the Australian Government and International Rescue Committee, corporate sector including Aberdeen Standard Investments and Accor, and diverse range of Trusts, Foundations and high net worth individuals (HNWIs).

 

 

 

 

Fundraising Markets

Detailed operational knowledge of the UK charity sector, including governance, charity commission, legal and financial systems. Experience of launching new campaigns within the US including both East and West coast audiences and set up of tax effective giving through 501(c)(3) agencies. The full spectrum of international aid actors, including UN agencies and multinationals, as well as giving conduits and regional philanthropy networks. Have also worked within the French not-for-profit system.

 

Regional experience

Fieldwork and personal experience in South East Asia: specifically Thailand, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. South America including Colombia, and research experience of East Africa and the Middle East.

 

Programming knowledge

Security sector reform, capacity building for civil society and government, community development, health, access to and quality of education, livelihoods – including agriculture and professional integration, migration, refugee settings, ethnic minority groups, entrepreneurship and social business.

 

Languages

English (native speaker), Spanish, Thai, Tetum and French (basic).

 

Deidra Anne Baker

 

Based in Dundee, Scotland

 

 

Deidra has 16 years experience working as a professional fundraiser in Scotland. She has delivered contracts in every region of the country in a wide variety of sectors including the arts, higher education, youthwork, science, and medical.

Deidra has expertise in all aspects of fundraising including individual, corporate, legacy, and trusts & foundations.

 

 

 

 

Key Skills 

  • Effective bid writing – private trusts, government funders, lottery, and sector-specific funders such as science councils and professional organisations
  • Research and prospect identification
  • End of Grant reports
  • Communications and PR (print and digital)
  • Strategic Trust prospect pipelines
  • Experienced with Raiser’s Edge and eTapestry databases
  • Excellent relationship building, telephone, and face-to-face meeting skills

 

Penny Cole

Based in Glasgow


Penny has extensive experience within the third sector at a senior level, having been Director of Communications & Fundraising for United Response, one of the country’s largest non-profits. Head of Public Relations at Stonham Housing Association and Senior Press Officer at the London Borough of Greenwich. Penny was also Head of Publications at NCVO and Head of Partnerships at NCVO.

 

 

 

Key Skills

  • Communications and PR (Experience in government, charities and public organisations)
  • Exceptional bid writer
  • Strategic thinker
  • Fundraising and Management
  • Local government tenders
  • Business Planning for charities and social enterprises
  • Prince 2 accredited project manager

 

Martyn Weeds BA, MA, MInstF(Dip)


Based in Cambridge

 

Martyn is a Member of the Institute of Fundraising and has held senior positions in a number of social welfare and animal welfare charities. He has sat on the Board/Management Committee of several organisations, most recently serving as a Trustee of a small charity supporting education and well-being projects in India, Nepal and Malawi.

Martyn’s main area of expertise is EU social policy, funding and project management.  He has secured large grants from a range of EU funding programmes, including Daphne III, Youth in Action and Lifelong Learning, and has managed large multi-country networks and partnerships to ensure all deliverables are achieved and all funding and reporting criteria are met.  Martyn has also worked with the UK National Agency to evaluate applications to the new Erasmus+ Programme.

 

Key Skills

  • EU fundraising
  • EU funding evaluation
  • Bid-writing
  • Strategy planning
  • Lottery funding
  • Project management
  • Quality assurance and evaluation
  • Accomplished EU funding speaker at major conferences

 

Debbie Lyne, MinstF


Based in London

Debbie has held senior positions in large national charities such as Perennial www.perennial.org.uk where she was Director of Marketing and Fundraising; Paul’s Cancer Support Centre; The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields; the Rain Forest Foundation; GUTS Fighting Bowel Cancer – Royal Surrey County Hospital; Carr-Gomm Society and many more. Debbie is an excellent bid writer and now specialises in Trusts and major bid preparation.

 

 

 

Key Skills

  • Bid-writing
  • Strategy planning
  • Project management
  • Trusts/Foundations
  • Marketing/communications