Gary Kernahan is a Consultant at THINK Consulting Solutions, and is a frequent speaker at IoF events including IoF Scottish Fundraising Conference and IoF Fundraising Convention
Giles Pegram CBE has been involved in fundraising since he was at school.On leaving Sussex university with a degree in Logic, he joined Help the Aged, starting a special department to raise funds in secondary schools.
Giles Pegram joined the NSPCC as Appeals Director and subsequently set up the highly successful 1984 Centenary Appeal. This appeal raised £15 million, a record at the time in the UK. Additionally, Giles has grown the NSPCC’s income from donors and supporters from £3 million to £145 million, whilst the ground-breaking FULL STOP Appeal raised £250,000,000 to kick-start the Society's campaign to end cruelty to children. Giles continued as Appeals Director until 2010, when he became a consultant.
Giles Pegram was nominated UK Professional Fundraiser of the Year 1994 and received the Institute of Fundraising/Professional Fundraising Awards "Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising" award in 2002. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. His interests include food, Burgundy and music. He was appointed a CBE in 2011.
Günther Lutschinger, President of the European Fundraising Association and Chief Executive of Fundraising Verband Austria
Helena Sharpstone is a learning and development specialist, mentor, writer, and a regular speaker at business conferences. Former Head of Training at Help the Aged with a background in commercial selling, Helena’s special areas of interest include leading teams, personal effectiveness and communicating with impact. Since 1997 she has run the Leadership and Team Development Company Sharpstone Skinner alongside Caryn Skinner.
Ian Clark is a Fellow of the Institute who specialises in fundraising strategy and serves on the Policy Advisory Board, the Remember A Charity Council and HMRC's Charity Tax Forum.
He has been a long-term trustee of several national charities, overseeing fundraising & trading, financial management and governance standards. A professional management consultant for many years in the commercial world, he spent the last decade as the sole paid fundraiser for a group of 400 local charities whose volunteers raised over £20m each year, with income increasing steadily ahead of inflation. He has a keen interest in Gift Aid and legacies.
Recently voted as the 11th most influential person is fundraising, Imogen has been the Director of Marketing and Communications at Merlin, since 2003. Since joining, Merlin's turnover has increased from £8 million to over £60 million with voluntary income increasing by 760%.
She is now leading a programme of further growth in all areas of funding and brand awareness. Since 2003, Merlin has secured 5 national newspaper appeals and won countless accolades including the Institute of Fundraising Award for their digital campaign in response to the Haiti crisis and The Third Sector's Best Communication Team of the Year.
The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) was founded in 1983 by a committed group of fundraisers getting together to tackle fundraising issues. A lot has changed since then but this founding ethos remains at the heart of what we do – coming together to face the challenges we meet as fundraisers.
Jenni is the Director of Income Generation and Marketing at Haven House Children's Hospice