David Burgess  @davidburgessfr

As Director of Apollo Fundraising David specialises in helping arts and culture organisations to improve their fundraising.

David has been fundraising for the arts and culture sector for ten years. In this time, he has raised support for a range of organisations, including the Royal Pavilion & Museums (Brighton), English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne and the Royal Exchange Theatre. David moved into consultancy in February 2015, initially with the Management Centre, before founding Apollo Fundraising in Spring 2016.

In 2016 David was named as one of the UK’s “Top 25 Fundraisers under 35” by Civil Society’s Fundraising Magazine.

Sarah Gee   @SarahABGee

Sarah Gee is co-founder and Managing Partner of Indigo, a leading UK-based consultancy for arts and cultural organisations.

Sarah has twenty-five years of fundraising, marketing and communications experience with arts, heritage and other charitable organisations.  Alongside her work helping charities to create robust fundraising strategies, she has led training across Europe, Japan and the Middle East for organisations such as the European Broadcasting Union and the British Council. 

Sarah is a Trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society, Flatpack, The Stringcredibles, and Motionhouse Dance Theatre, and a former trustee of Spitalfields Music and the BBC Performing Arts Fund.  She is a Fellow of both the British-American Project and the Royal Society for the Arts, and a Member of the Institute of Directors.  

Ruth Jarratt

Ruth Jarratt has over 20 years experience in the arts, health and social care sectors, working as senior executive, internal and external consultant and with boards and development committees.

Currently Ruth trains, coaches and consults on strategic and structural review, strengthening boards, building teams, integrating income generation into the organisational mainstream and supporting professionals moving into the sector.

Ruth’s passion is guiding clients in acquiring clarity of vision, inner confidence and the freedom to innovate in pursuit of their goals.

Helen Jenkins  @HelenJenkins117

Helen Jenkins has worked in fundraising for longer than she cares to remember, but is prepared to admit to over 20 years.

In her early career Helen specialised in events for charities, organising overseas challenges and large events.  She then worked abroad with VSO, an experience which changed her life.

Helen has specialised in the arts for the last 10 years, working across all fundraising disciplines, in senior management roles and at Board level.  Helen is now a consultant at 117 Consulting and prides herself on continuing to be hands on as well as providing strategic advice and support.

Howard Lake  @howardlake

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. He has published UK Fundraising (, the world’s first web resource and community for professional fundraisers, since 1994 and wrote the world’s first book on digital fundraising in 1995. He worked as a fundraiser at Oxfam, Afghanaid and Amnesty International UK in the 80s and 90s.

Elected a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising for his digital work, he is Chair of the judges for the National Fundraising Awards, and consistently voted in the 50 Most Influential in Fundraising by readers of Fundraising magazine. He is a trainer on the National Arts Fundraising School and on the Institute of Fundraising Academy.

He is a co-founder of Barcamp Nonprofits and founder of Fundraising Camp, the unconference-style learning event for fundraisers.

Nicole Newman

Nicole Newman is an independent consultant, specialising in corporate fundraising with extensive experience in delivering transformational fundraising strategies in major cultural organisations.

Nicole has experience of museums, galleries, performing arts, music, design, fashion and film and has worked on regional and international projects. Previously Nicole was Development Director at English National Ballet, English National Opera and Somerset House and led the corporate fundraising at V&A and Tate, establishing many of the commercial partnership strategies that exist today.

Nicole regularly teaches and lectures on arts fundraising and brand strategy internationally and is a Trustee of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and Up Projects.

Fern Potter

Fern Potter has been mentoring and advising colleagues in the arts for many years, both as a regular trainer for Arts Council England and as a lecturer in Fundraising for the Cultural Sector at City, University of London (MA Arts Management).

Fern is currently Director of Development with New English Ballet Theatre and has worked as Director of Development (Dance UK), Head of Development (Dance Umbrella), Senior Development Manager (Index on Censorship), and was founding Director of Essexdance.

Fern has provided consultancy for Barbican, The Place, and Orlando Ballet, among others and holds a MA Arts Management from City University, London. Fern is a full member of the Institute of Fundraisers.

Michelle Wright  @MWCause4

Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright is Chief Executive of Cause4.  Michelle trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and played the violin professionally. A chartered marketer, manager and fundraiser, Michelle set up B-Corporation and social enterprise Cause4 in May 2009 and since has undertaken major strategic and business development projects, including campaign developments with a number of national charities and consultancy work for FTSE 100 brands developing  their cultural sponsorship programmes.

Michelle also specialises in philanthropy, having recently developed a number of major philanthropy projects for charities and corporates, and having set up new philanthropic foundations for sports stars, artists and entrepreneurs.

In 2015 Michelle was voted by Salt Magazine as one of the top five compassionate business leaders in the UK, alongside leaders such as Richard Branson. Cause4 was voted one of the top 50 scale-ups in the UK by Silicon Valley Comes to the UK in 2016.