January - June 2019, FLP London Guest Speakers


Tufail Hussain, UK Deputy Director & Head of Fundraising, Islamic Relief UK

Tufail Hussain

Tufail Hussain joined Islamic Relief UK in 2016 and has over 10 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector coupled with extensive experience in marketing and campaign management. During these years, Tufail has travelled extensively around the world raising awareness of major emergencies such as the Syrian Crisis and Pakistan Floods. Current Deputy Director of Islamic Relief UK and Trustee at the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), Tufail was previously the Chief Executive Officer at a leading charity specialising in helping vulnerable children. The charity, which supports thousands of children around the world, saw its income grow from £2 million to over £9 million in three years under his leadership. Prior to this he held senior roles at various organisations where he has established fundraising strategies and has shown a strong track record of growing organisational income exponentially. A sports enthusiast, Tufail lives a very active lifestyle having recently ran the London Marathon, raising over £20,000 for charity.


Claudia R Knights, Development Director, Impetus-The Private Equity Foundation & Registered Craniosacral Therapist

Claudia Knights

Claudia joined Impetus-PEF in 2017 from The Prince’s Trust, where she was Senior Adviser, Campaign and had previously been Campaign Director and Senior Head of the National Philanthropy Team. She has expertise in fundraising and philanthropy, having worked with organisations including King’s College London and Save the Children. Prior to working as a fundraiser, Claudia began her career in the oil and gas sector specialising in supply and distribution. This included working as a strategy consultant for Accenture, primarily with major energy and natural resources clients. Claudia is also a registered Craniosacral Therapist and works with individuals to help them access  alternative approaches to supporting their physical and emotional health. She holds a Master of Engineering in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the  University of Southampton.


Paul Nott, Principal Consultant, NFP Consulting

Paul Nott

Having worked in the charity sector for 16 years as a senior fundraiser, founder and recruiter at NFP,  Paul works with charities across the country to help them attract and retain the best staff. Paul’s passion is long-term career partnership, working with professionals to plan their futures beyond role titles and salary levels and truly valuing work/life balance, beneficiary outcomes and simple day-to-day satisfaction. Paul advises boards of small and medium charities on fundraising and staffing and mentors a handful of excellent fundraisers.


Dhivya O’Connor, Chief Executive, Children with Cancer UK.

Dhiyva O'Connor

Dhivya has extensive experience with HNWIs, Corporates and Development Boards. Dhivya joined Children with Cancer UK as Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships in July 2017. She quickly moved up to be Chief Operating Officer and Chief Philanthropy Officer, before taking up the CEO role in July 2018. Over the past 12 to 18 months, Dhivya has led Children with Cancer UK through a strategic transformation, including launching a new brand image, a complete organisational re-structure and implementing an ambitious plan for growth.  

Before Children with Cancer UK, Dhivya worked with The Prince’s Teaching Institute (The PTI). Dhivya joined The PTI from the Banking sector when the charity was very small, and spent 7 years building up and establishing the entire fundraising function, generating five-fold organisational growth. The primary focus was in creating a very successful tiered Major Donor programme, securing recurring 5 and 6-figure gifts over a rolling 5-year period. When Dhivya left The PTI, over 70% of non-statutory income came through the Major Donor income stream.

Prior to joining the charity sector, Dhivya spent 10 years in commercial and strategy / business development roles, across Banking, Financial Services and Travel.

Twitter: @DhivyaOConnor


Lucy Sargent, Director of Philanthropy, WWF-UK



Please note, guest speakers may be subject to change.