Nicola Barrett

Nicola has 20 years’ experience as a consultant and employee, and both donor and grantee, across a range of sectors. Nicola has a eye for detail particularly in relation to planning, monitoring, reporting and impact evaluation.

Her background is in high value fundraising and donor engagement, strategic development, programme and funding management, reporting and evaluation, mentoring and organisational reviews.

She has secured and managed multi-million, multi-year commitments from international trusts, foundations and government donors, and managed teams to exceed annual income targets.

Nicola has specialised in building effective and lasting working relationships, breaking down silos and barriers to ensure collaboration and maximum impact.

As a consultant, she has advised clients on strategy setting and fundraising in a number of countries, combining careful and accurate analysis and evaluation with reasoned and objective judgement.

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 works flexibly and proactively to support their initiatives. She is convinced that by working together, we can make the world a better place.

Nicola is APMG International AgilePM® Foundation qualified, has a BA (Hons) in French and Politics, and 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)
  • Facilitating strategic cooperation to overcome fears of competition and focus on collaboration
  • Bid writing and editing
  • Due diligence and contract management
  • Strategic and critical thinking
  • Problem solving and analysis
  • AgilePM Foundation certified