Committee members

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Emily Casson
Emily Casson
Chair

Digital Marketing Manager at Cats Protection. Emily is a multi-award-winning fundraiser, digital expert, and speaker. She is currently Digital Marketing Manager at Cats Protection and was named one of Fundraising Magazine’s Top 25 fundraisers under 35 in 2018.

She joined the committee in 2015, becoming Chair in 2017 and is passionate about developing the fundraising sector in the North East, upskilling fundraisers and building a diverse community. She also sat on the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion panel and has acted as a trustee and consultant to various charities.

Catriona Taylor
Catriona Taylor
Vice Chair

Head of Fundraising and Communications and Children North East. Catriona joined the Chartered Institute of Fundraising North East committee in 2015, becoming Vice Chair in 2018. On the committee, she's involved in organising our events and training, arranging our comms, and is part of the North East Fundraising Conference team.

Sam Moralee
Sam Moralee
Treasurer

Fundraising Manager at Cancer Research UK (Northumberland and Tyne & Wear). Sam is the local Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK covering Northumberland and Tyne & Wear and I have been a member of the Chartered Institute's North East committee since 2016. In 2017, she was elected as treasurer and also plays an active role in organising the annual North East Fundraising Conference.

Lisa Wild
Lisa Wild
Secretary

Development Manager at LD:NorthEast. After two years working as a Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie, Lisa moved to a smaller local charity called LD:NorthEast to take on the role of Development Manager. 

She joined the North East committee almost a year ago and took on the role of Secretary.

Ellen Drummond
Ellen Drummond

Regional Director at Charity People. Ellen has been recruiting fundraisers into the charity sector since 2007. After 7 years in London she moved home to Newcastle in 2012 and began supporting the North East’s finest fundraisers and charities.

Ashley Elliott
Ashley Elliott
Bursary Lead

Head of Marketing and Income Generation at The Key. Ashley joined the charity sector in 2011 where she was thrown straight in the deep end and took a small, unknown local charity and helped turn it into a very successful organisation. In her current role, she works with a range of charities to help maximize income generation.

Katie Searles
Katie Searles

Regional Corporate Partnerships Specialist at Save the Children. Katie's career in the third sector began after graduating from university, working for a number of small charities. She worked for Marie Curie for five years, starting in community fundraising and moving into corporate fundraising.

She now works for Save the Children as Regional Corporate Partnerships Specialist, working with their community team and developing partnerships with companies across the UK.

Lisa Saxton
Lisa Saxton

Head of Fundraising at Bright Red. For many years Lisa ran a fitness business and studio until 3 years ago when Lisa decided to change career. Lisa was approached about working for Bright Red and joined as the Fundraising Manager progressing to Head of Fundraising. 
 

Wendy McGauley
Wendy McGauley

Engagement Lead for the RNLI. Wendy has over 19 years’ experience in fundraising, volunteer management and community engagement at the British Heart Foundation, Leonard Cheshire and St Clare’s. Wendy wanted to join the committee to be part of an inspiring group of peers who strive to enable fellow fundraisers to be the best they can be.

Bradley French
Bradley French

Brad currently works as Fundraising and Innovation Manager at Donr, and previously was a Development Manager at Team Kenya, a Newcastle-based organisation promoting gender equality and preventing violence towards girls and women in rural Kenya. Bradley became a part of the North East Committee in 2019 and has since focused on the organisation of training events.

Kate Wood
Kate Wood
Communications Lead

Kate has been a fundraiser for almost 20 years, starting off in national charities like Centrepoint, The Prostate Cancer Charity and Hospice UK (among others). 

Kate's background is in individual giving, community and events. After completing the Certificate in Fundraising and volunteering at Fundraising Convention, Kate decided to get more involved with the Chartered Institute.

Abi Walker
Abi Walker

Abi works as a Fundraising and Grants Officer for Action Foundation, a charity supporting asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in the North East through supported housing and language provision. Abi recently joined the North East Committee as a way of networking, socialising and furthering her professional development.

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