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Pippa Lock
Pippa Lock
Co-Chair

Head of Corporate Engagement, The Children's Society. Pippa began her career straight after school at 19. Working for a small charity she developed multiple income streams before specialising in corporate partnerships. She's worked at Child Bereavement UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Teenage Cancer Trust; and now heads up the corporate engagement team at The Children's Society. An obvious fan of #NonGraduatesWelcome she has also dedicated numerous hours supporting other fundraisers through volunteering with the Chilterns Institute of Fundraising Group since 2012. She's also a passionate trustee of The Dash Charity, her local domestic abuse charity in Windsor & Maidenhead.

Emma Low
Emma Low
Co-Chair

Co-Director, Nova Fundraising Ltd. Emma has over 25 years’ experience of working in fundraising and leadership in the not-for profit sector. Her experience covers health, social welfare and disability sectors; the fields of women’s rights and international aid; and charity sector infrastructure. Emma is passionate about recruiting and supporting fundraisers into this career, and regularly mentors new fundraisers and champions individuals' career development and well-being. Emma is also known for her commitment to the development of fundraising in small charities. Emma is a trustee of Youth Concern, Aylesbury - a local mental health and homelessness charity for young people.

Ruth Dunkin MInstF
Ruth Dunkin MInstF

Head of Community and Events, Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Ruth has worked in the charity sector for over 20 years. Currently at Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Ruth has had extensive experience with community groups especially Rotary, and has a hands-on approach to events having taken part in anything from abseils to runs and plenty in between. Having worked across the sector in local and national charity roles, including Regional Fundraising Manager at The Stroke Association, Community and Events Manager for Hearing Dogs amongst many others, Ruth has built up a superb network of contacts and experience.

Emma-Louise Singh MInstF (DiP)
Emma-Louise Singh MInstF (DiP)

Co-Director, Nova Fundraising. Emma-Louise has over a decade’s worth of fundraising experience, working for a diverse range of causes, from very large international charities including Christian Aid, to working as a sole fundraiser for small charities in Buckinghamshire. For the last five years Emma-Louise has worked for small charities and understands the pressures and constraints they face, and in 2017 founded Nova Fundraising which helps small charities implement and develop their fundraising programmes, from start-up to refreshes. Emma-Louise is also Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and Chair of the Learning and Development committee.

Steve Westwood
Steve Westwood
Co-Chair of Trust Network

Trust Relations Executive, Home for Good. Steve has worked with a wide range of Trusts and Foundations to enable increased social impact since 2012. This currently includes working for Home for Good to scale up their Trust fundraising programme. Often being a sole-fundraiser or part of a small team, Steve really values being able to connect and share learning with other charities. Part of this includes co-chairing the Chilterns Trust Fundraising Network.

Kirsty Ford
Kirsty Ford
Communications Lead

Head of Fundraising, Helen & Douglas House. Kirsty has 15 years’ experience in fundraising, working for charities big and small in a variety of leadership roles. She's worked at Oxfam, Asthma UK, Diabetes UK and currently heads the fundraising team at Helen & Douglas House, the world’s first children’s hospice, based in Oxford. Kirsty's background is in Individual Giving and she has extensive experience in product development and developing supporter engagement strategies to grow supporter loyalty and income. Kirsty is vice Chair of Governors for a local primary school.

Paul Lander
Paul Lander
Individual Giving Network Lead

Individual Giving Manager, Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. Paul started his working life as a police officer in West Yorkshire before embarking on a successful career in publishing. He was a director of McMillan Scott plc before launching his own business in 2003 with what is now the main police management journal in the UK with a worldwide readership. He sold his business in March 2020. He took on his current role in December 2020.

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