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.
Meet the programme leaders
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 Cancer Research UK.
He has written six best selling books on fundraising including The Influential Fundraiser– listed as one of the top five non-profit books by New York Times Online.
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 =mc clients range from Marie Curie to the Museums Development Network.
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.
Rob Shaw is a freelance fundraising and management consultant and an =mc Partner Consultant specialising in the Arts and Cultural sector. He has over 20 years experience in the sector, and has held leadership roles in some of the UK’s leading cultural organisations, including Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, chamber orchestra Manchester Camerata and the Science Museum Group. Specialisms include fundraising strategy, corporate sponsorship and supporting clients to place fundraising at the heart of their organisational culture.
Rob has been a freelance consultant since 2016. His current clients include Absolutely Cultured (formerly Hull City of Culture 2017), Eureka! The National Museum for Children and Red Ladder Theatre Company.