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The School is designed and delivered by leading fundraisers – experts in their fields, who bring in expertise from the arts, culture and heritage sector but also from international charities, high performing UK agencies, Higher Education and business.

Many of the programme leaders also act as personal coaches on the School, offering you one-to-one insight and support as you work though the programme.

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These guys know what they’re talking about.
Sharon Mee, Director, Artpod Ltd, Brighton
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Bernard, Dana, and Julia are fantastic facilitators, and clearly care deeply about fundraising. Having passionate leaders with such high levels of acuity made it easy to give all your time and take risks on the course.
Caspar Cech-Lucas — Fundraising Manager, Wigmore Hall (formerly Shakespeare Schools Foundation)
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Bernard Ross

Director

Bernard Ross is Director of The National Arts Fundraising School. For over 20 years, he has acted as a fundraising consultant to a wide range of bodies in the arts and cultural world, including Scottish Opera, BFI and Southbank Centre. He regularly consults on major fundraising projects for leading organisations such as UNICEF, NSPCC and CRUK.

An international expert on decision science, he has written eight best selling books on fundraising including  The Influential Fundraiser– a top five non-profit book in the New York Times Online.

Jules Bellingham

Jules Bellingham

Deputy Director

Jules Bellingham is Deputy Director of the School. She originally came from a commercial background in sales with a major multinational. She was then Deputy Director for Fundraising at one of the UK’s largest children’s charities, Action for Children.

She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in fundraising and specialises in foundations, sponsorship and communication skills.

Her current clients range from Marie Curie to the Museums Development Network.

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Dana Segal

Deputy Director

Dana Segal is Deputy Director of the School specialising in strategy and fundraising in the cultural sector.

She has worked across theatre, music, visual art, galleries, museums and local authorities.

Her specialisms include developing online and individual giving. Her recent  =mc clients include Southbank Centre, York Museums Trust and Scottish Books Trust. Outside the arts she’s delivered training and consultancy on innovation for UNICEF in Spain and on strategy for World YWCA.

Grace Green

Grace Green

Programme Leader

Grace is Director of Strategy & Communications for social enterprise Young People in the Arts, and Development Manager (Patrons, Friends & Events) at The Landmark Trust, overseeing all unrestricted voluntary income. She is a former alumna of the National Arts Fundraising School.

She has worked with a wide range of organisations including orchestras, venues, festivals, universities, heritage organisations, social enterprises, and more. She has experience building long-term strategies and running high-performing campaigns.

Her specialisms include building supporter & corporate membership schemes, and developing bespoke virtual & in-person experiences.

Liz Ngonzi

Liz Ngonzi

Specialist Projects Coach

Liz is a New York City-based partner consultant and founder of the International Social Impact Institute at City University of New York.

She enables cultural leaders to increase their impact by engaging stakeholders across digital and traditional channels and geographies. Clients include academic institutions, human rights bodies, youth organizations, and multilateral agencies in Africa, Europe and the US.

Liz is currently developing a multi-year strategy for Nelson Mandela University in South Africa.

Susan Fisher

Susan Fisher

Specialist Projects Coach

We’re delighted to welcome Susan Fisher as a specialist coach for anyone undertaking a major project or one with a heritage focus. Sue has over 20 years’ experience in fundraising, working predominantly in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors. She was the Director of Development for the Science Museum Group, and worked with the University of Oxford’s central development function at the Ashmolean Museum.

She is Director of Development for English Heritage.

Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone

Programme Leader

Lucy Stone is a fundraising consultant specialising in supporting arts and culture sector organisations.She helps them to raise more through trusts and foundations, diversifying their income and making better connections with their funders and supporters.

Lucy is currently supporting small charities like Ensemble Reza and Soundcastle, alongside NPOs Phoenix Dance Theatre and Arts By The Sea (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council) and networks like Music Venue Trust, LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment) and Association of Festivals.

She is a director of consultancy No Stone Unturned Fundraising, which she founded in 2018.

Jeremy Wyatt

Jeremy Wyatt

Programme Leader

Jeremy Wyatt is CEO of The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr and a Director of consultancy Hall Aitken Associates.  He has worked in fundraising for over 30 years specialising in public and trust fund sources as well as carrying out investment appraisals and advice for the private and third sector. 

He has consulted on over 20 National Lottery Community Fund programmes, for national and local government across the UK and for many community groups.

While now largely focusing on theatre and arts, he also chairs the Social Value UK Council and is a member of the Social Value International methodology committee.

Northampton Borough Council
Without a doubt the most consistently well taught and beneficial course I have been on.
Nick Gordon — Cultural Services Manager Northampton Borough Council / Development Officer, Cambridge Arts Theatre
Cambridge Arts Theatre
I would recommend the School to everyone who wants to be a fundraiser. The tutors were fantastically knowledgeable, approachable and helpful. Inspirational!
Laura Rico — Development Officer, Cambridge Arts Theatre

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