Year 1 Fellows – North

The four Dare Fundraising Academy Fellows and their Host organisations in the North were:

Tom-Bevan-Royal-Northern-College-of-MusicTom Bevan was Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music.  Tom achieved success in a number of areas and is particularly proud of his planning and leadership of the annual RNCM Gala Dinner, which secured new corporate donors and individual philanthropy.

Tom now works as Development Manager at Chethams School of Music.

“The Fellowship has been excellent to experience all aspects of fundraising and feel like you are making a real contribution to the host organisation. The professional development and networks that we can build up from this programme are unrivalled and I am hugely grateful for the opportunity.” Tom Bevan


Adam-Cooper-Sage-GatesheadAdam Cooper was Fellow at Sage Gateshead.  Adam managed the Sage’s first ever fundraising-event and seat-naming campaign, and organised the first sponsored event for North Music Trust.

Adam is currently a Director at Adapt for Arts, based in Manchester.

“The Fellowship is a unique and career-defining experience. I have had the chance to meet and learn from some of the most inspiring leaders in the UK arts sector, to manage high-profile projects and programmes, and benefit from targeted and intensive training and mentoring. 6 months on the fellowship has been worth years of experience. I have been brilliantly equipped to help the organisations which are close to my heart. I know that both I and the causes I care about will benefit from my fellowship experience for many years to come.” Adam Cooper


Sarah-Johnston-Opera-NorthSarah Johnston was Fellow with Opera North. Sarah is proud to have made a positive impact on Opera North’s fundraising targets, particularly in helping to secure significant funding from the business community in Hull for the company’s 3 year residency plan.

Sarah now works as Development Manager at Dance Base, Scotland’s national centre for Dance.

“Attending the patron’s opening evening of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an excellent opportunity to see the inner workings of the development team in action when looking after high level individual givers. It was great to see from both perspectives the donor’s expectations and how thoroughly the development team had planned to meet them on the night.” Sarah Johnston, April 2014


Bex-shindler-Tate-LiverpoolBex Shindler was Fellow at Tate Liverpool.  Bex is particularly proud of the impact she  made on Tate Liverpool’s individual giving strategy, including coordinating their first legacy event,

Bex now works as Development Manager at the Hepworth, Wakefield.

“The Fellowships programme has provided a platform for me to be an ‘enabler’ of artistic excellence and inspiring educational projects – it has been an extremely rewarding experience.” Bex Shindler, April 2014