Year 1 Fellows – South West

The four Year 1 Cause4 fundraising Fellows and their Host organisations in the South West were:

Matt AshdownMatthew Ashdown was Fellow for Hall for Cornwall.  Matt contributed to the organisation’s corporate and Trust fundraising, and was particularly proud of the support he gave the whole Hall team through a year of change and growth.

Matt has remained in Cornwall where he works as a freelance marketing and fundraising consultant.

“As a theatre in a rural area we don’t always have the same opportunity to access major corporate and individual support. Matt has brought a fresh, solutions-led approach to fundraising, particularly in areas we haven’t had the capacity to explore before such as social funding and crowdfunder.” Jowdy Davey, Head of Fundraising, Hall for Cornwall, April 2014


Miriam BattyeMiriam Battye was Fellow at Circomedia.  Miriam was involved in generating a culture of fundraising in the organisation, and learnt a great deal about the challenges and opportunities presented by the circus sector.

Miriam has brought vital knowledge from her Fellowship to her work as a theatre practitioner, working on projects at Bristol Old Vic and the BAC in London.


Cause 4 PortraitsGeorgina Brown was Fellow for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  Georgina supported the busy fundraising team by working on numerous Trust bids, developing corporate packages and helping to review the organisation’s legacy fundraising.

Georgina is currently Manager at the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation.

“The fellowship really is a fast track to gaining a wealth of experience in the arts fundraising world. In any other position I would never have as much practical opportunity in as short a space of time.” Georgina Brown, April 2014

“Georgie Brown has made a significant impact in a short space of time. A key achievement has been the creation of a case for support and budget for a new artistic project and all of the research underpinning the approach to a range of trusts and foundations that BSO has not worked with before.  In short, BSO is delighted with the standard of Georgie’s work. She has quickly become a valuable member of the Development team.” Jackie Tanner, Head of Development, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, April 2014


Robin PetersRobin Peters was Fellow for Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival.  Robin supported the Festival team in fundraising from Trusts and corporates, helping to organise a wide range of cultivation events both during and outside of the Festival period.

Robin is now Development and Engagement Officer at Circomedia, managing relationships with both corporate and community partners.