Professional Fundraising Fellows 2017

The ten Professional Fundraising Fellows and organisations for 2017 are:

Amy Simcox is the Development Manager at Derby Museums which manages three free access city museums.  Amy is responsible for creating the organisation’s fundraising strategy and for implementing all identified fundraising activity.  She is excited to use this Fellowship to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to fundraising, and to view her practice within an academic framework. 

Carol Rayner is General Manager at the Mercury Theatre Colchester, and has a degree in Theatre and Media Drama. The Mercury Theatre is the most active producing theatre in East Anglia and is currently in a capital redevelopment project. Carol is delighted to be part of the Fellowship at such a pivotal time for the Mercury.

Jack Gibbon is the Director of Antlers GalleryBased in Bristol, Antlers work with emerging artists to realise creative projects including; exhibitions, collaborations, commissions and publications. Jack also programmes Christmas Steps Gallery in Bristol and commissions contemporary artists to work with heritage sites. Jack’s learning through this Professional Fundraising Fellowship will directly influence Antlers’ organisational development and help create opportunities for artists and audiences in Bristol. 

Kenn Taylor is Creative Director of Artlink in Hull. Kenn has over 10 years’ experience in managing arts and heritage participation programmes. This informs his writing on culture, community and the urban environment which has appeared in outlets including The Guardian. The Fellowships Programme will help Artlink continue its vital work to ensure that individuals and communities experiencing disadvantage have opportunities to participate in the arts. 

Lorna Clayton-Rawle is Fundraising Manager at Cast implementing a strategy encompassing individual giving, trusts and foundations fundraising and corporate support. Cast, Doncaster’s state-of-the-art theatre, opened in 2013 and this Fellowship is an exciting opportunity to develop the organisation’s fundraising activities to make a real difference across the Doncaster borough.

Mithila Sarma is Artistic Director of zerOclassikal, looking to promote British South Asian classical musicianship within the UK. She is also a Carnatic Veena player, involved in a variety of music projects. This Fellowship will enable her to develop key skills to promote South Asian classical musicians within the mainstream arts sector.

Niamh White is co-founder of Hospital Rooms, a charity that commissions museum quality artists to create new and inventive environments for mental health units in NHS hospitals. Niamh is participating in the Fellowship to ensure the charity can respond to growing demand and continue to produce sustainable, innovative and high quality projects.


Roisin Caffrey credit: Graeme Braidwod

credit: Graeme Braidwood

Roisin Caffrey is Executive Producer at Stan’s Cafe , based in Birmingham. Stan’s Cafe is an internationally acclaimed touring theatre company. The Fellowship will assist Roisin in developing inventive and effective fundraising strategies for the independent sector, allowing Stan’s Cafe to expand its artistic and creative learning programmes to work with a bigger range of audiences, artists and participants.  



Stephanie Hawke is Senior Manager for External Funding and Policy at Curious MindsArts Council England’s Bridge Organisation in the North West that works to connect children and young people with the best art, culture and creative learning. The Fellowship is invaluable to Curious Minds as Steph begins to deliver against a new fundraising strategy. 

Steve Turner is Head of Commercial & Innovation for Libraries Unlimited, a charity which runs 50 libraries in Devon and a range of other innovative services. As a new charity, Libraries Unlimited wants to fully explore its fundraising options, and the Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity  to support Steve in helping the organisation realise its ambitions  to bring ideas, imagination, knowledge and creativity to people’s lives and communities.