Committee members

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Andrew Watt
Andrew Watt
Chair

Andrew has been a leader and advocate for the social and philanthropic sectors for more than 25 years. His current role, as Senior Principal at a health care philanthropy consulting firm, Accordant Philanthropy, enables him to continue to contribute thought leadership in the field.

Previously, he was also Deputy Chief Executive at the Institute of Fundraising. 

Gill Raikes
Gill Raikes

Gill started her working life as a journalist before joining The National Trust as a press officer. Over the next 28 years, Gill introduced and organised events, ran fundraising campaigns and managed teams. She became Director of Fundraising in 2001. In 2012 Gill took on a new role to create an independent charity to support two specialist heart and lung hospitals, Royal Brompton in Chelsea and Harefield near Uxbridge, discovering the important similarities and differences between health fundraising and other fundraising disciplines.

Kerry Huntington
Kerry Huntington

Kerry has been a fundraiser for over twenty years. Kerry was Challenge Events Manager at Barnardo’s for nine years before moving on to CW+, the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Kerry joined the Health Sector Special Interest Group when making the transition from a large national charity to a NHS charity, experiencing a steep learning curve which was made easier by fellow fundraisers in the group.

Louise Cook
Louise Cook
Vice Chair and Secretary

Louise is Head of Fundraising, N&N Hospitals Charity (Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Louise has over 20 years of experience in the sector working with a range of organisations.

Theresa Dauncey
Theresa Dauncey

Theresa Dauncey works at the National Brain Appeal.

Jason Bacon
Jason Bacon

Jason is Chief Executive of St Mark’s Hospital Foundation, part of St Mark’s the UK’s National Bowel Hospital. 

The Foundation supports research and education initiatives at St Mark’s. Jason has been involved in charitable fundraising and donor engagement across many sectors and charities, including a global HIV NGO and a number of charities using sports and nutrition to help develop young people’s life skills. As Director of Programmes at Greenhouse Sports, Jason worked closely with strategic funders including Sport England, collaborating with other charities and national bodies. Jason believes in collaboration is of equal importance in health fundraising, which is why he joined the group.

Rachel Jones
Rachel Jones

Rachel is responsible for leading Moorfields Eye Charity’s fundraising activities, notably its £100m campaign, in partnership with UCL, to raise funds to support the creation of a centre for advancing eye health. She has over 20 years’ experience in developing and implementing successful fundraising campaigns and strategies. Prior to Moorfields Eye Charity, she was Head of Development at LSE.  Rachel is also a Trustee of Willow Foundation. 

Emma Carter
Emma Carter
Events Lead

Emma is the Charity Development Manager at Air Ambulances UK, the officially national charity of the air ambulance community. Previous to this Emma was the Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Great Western Air Ambulance Charity for four years and is also a Trustee of a young person’s mental health charity in Bristol – Off the Record.

Emma joined the committee because of the gap in networking opportunities for peers in the healthcare sector.

Neil Harman
Neil Harman
Treasurer

Neil is Director of Fundraising at Thames Valley Air Ambulance, having previously worked for the National Trust, Prospect Hospice and Thames Hospice over the last 15 years. He is passionate about an ‘audience first’ approach when fundraising and relishes the opportunity to connect fundraisers across their specialist healthcare causes, to both explore opportunities to collaborate and champion excellent fundraising.

Gill Jolly
Gill Jolly
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