Meet your Committee
GeorGINA Hyman - Co-Chair
Georgina has worked in the charity sector since 2007 and chose to specialise in legacy and in memory fundraising after having experience in major donor relationship management, data and supporter care as well as direct marketing. Georgina recently joined Alzheimer’s Research UK as the Legacy and In Memory Marketing Manager which has been a great opportunity to bring her skills and experience from a range of different roles and organisations to develop and shape the programmes here.
Her experience has been very varied having worked at small, medium and large charities. Georgina started her career at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, where she first learnt about legacy fundraising She then moved to Cancer Research UK where she was in the cross-sell and legacy direct marketing teams and then in the legacy marketing team. Since then Georgina has worked at The National Autistic Society where she was also the legacy administrator and then the Brain Research Trust where she was promoted to Head of Individual Giving and managed all public fundraising as well as the expectation of the Board of Trustees.
David Roberts - Co-Chair
David has been involved in Legacy Fundraising for over 15 years and is Head of Charity Engagement at Bequeathed and was formally Charities Engagement Manager for The Law Society. Both his current and previous roles involve working closely with Legacy Fundraisers and Administrators to aid growth of people leaving charitable bequests in their wills and offering a valuable product in the legacy fundraising mix.
In April 2013 he was invited to join the board and in April 2016 became a Trustee of Jewish Legacy Giving – a cross communal initiative made up of 50 of the leading Jewish charities, which aims to make members of the Jewish community aware of the importance of leaving a gift in their will. His role on the board is the development and promotion of the campaign to the community through media, synagogues and community events.
Barry Hunt - Treasurer
Barry started his career in marketing before moving into legacy fundraising in the summer of 2013. He spent four years in the legacy team at King’s College London implementing the legacy activity for both the University and it’s hospital partners.
In his current role as Legacy Manager at Scope, Barry is responsible for driving the charities legacy fundraising strategy forward with a strong focus on relationship building and effective targeted marketing communications. He is also responsible for overseeing Scope’s legacy administration, ensuring that the caseload is managed effectively with legacies being processed and thanked efficiently and sensitively.
As Treasurer for the Legacy Marketing & In Memory Special Interest Group Barry oversees all aspects of financial management for the Group as well as working closely with other members of the committee to safeguard the Groups finances.
KATE JENKINSON - Secretary
As a former fundraising manager, Kate set up from scratch a successful in-memory and tribute fund programme at Cancerbackup (now Macmillan). This inspired her to make the move agency-side to Our Lasting Tribute, where she was uniquely placed to support many charities of all different sizes and causes in the early days of their in-memory and tribute programmes.
As a strategic planner for OLT/ Whitewater, Kate specialised in in-memory and legacy strategy development and business planning for numerous charities. Her research for Macmillan drove the overhaul of their in-memory fundraising. She continued in this area for 5 years as a strategic consultant for MovingThinking.
Kate has been closely involved with Legacy Foresight’s In Memory Learning Circle since its inception, contributing primary research. She is excited that her new role with Legacy Foresight will keep her right at the cutting edge of this rapidly evolving area.
Andy joined St Barnabas Hospice and Chestnut Tree House children's hospice in 2006, following many years working for Barclays Bank and a small community transport charity. His initial focus was on developing a trust fundraising strategy for both hospices, with particular attention on the new St Barnabas Hospice capital appeal. He first became involved in legacy fundraising in 2008, when he took on this role across both hospices. Previously, nobody had responsibility for this key area.
In 2013 he moved to St Catherine's Hospice, focusing on legacy marketing and administration and Trust fundraising, before moving to a role at the hospice focusing solely on legacy marketing and administration in 2019. Andy is also a regular speaker at Special Interest Group events and was the first to answer our call for speakers.
DOMINIQUE ABRANSON (DIP IDM)
As WaterAid’s Legacy and In Memory Manager Dominique is responsible for leading on the development and implementation of the legacy and in memory strategies. Overseeing the delivery of fundraising and stewardship activity, while working with the wider organisation and member countries to embed legacy messages into their annual plans. Alongside marketing, she oversees legacy administration and manages all forecasts and budgets.
Dominique has been a committee member since October 2013 and Chaired the group between 2014 and 2019. Other volunteering roles include being a Campaign Council Member for Remember a Charity since 2016.
Hannah started her career agency side, before taking on roles specialising in legacy and in memory fundraising. Whilst at Macmillan, Hannah worked closely across the charity’s will writing products and managed the launch of the free will writing service there. In her current role as Head of In Memoriam at The Stroke Association, Hannah is responsible for developing and implementing the in memory strategy, as well as focusing on improving the supporter journey and generating new products. Hannah views in memory as an area of fundraising that is full of potential and is excited by this opportunity to work more collaboratively across the sector.
Katie started her career in 2012 at Prostate Cancer UK in the Supporter Care Team. She held her first legacy role in 2014, and has specialised in legacy and in memory fundraising at Diabetes UK and St Mungo’s. In her current role as Legacy Manager at Kew Gardens, she’s responsible for leading on the strategy for legacy marketing and stewardship plans, as well as managing the legacy administration for the charity.
Lucy has 5 years’ experience in fundraising, specialising in legacy and in-memory marketing for the past 2 years. Bringing her experience in legacy marketing and in memory fundraising at the RNLI, Lucy is now responsible for developing and implementing the stewardship, events and internal engagement strategies at Macmillan Cancer Support as well as feeding into their wider marketing strategy. She is passionate about legacies and making the most of the brilliant opportunity of working together across the sector.
Matt has been working in legacies for 7 years, firstly at RNIB where he joined the team as an assistant, helping organising the legacy event program. From there he was promoted to officer level, where he became more involved with the legacy marketing and pledger stewardship. During this time he led on RNIB’s most successful RAC campaign and also helped deliver legacy conversation training to the staff there.
In 2017 he joined the RAF Benevolent fund as their Legacy and In Mem Manager for a year’s maternity cover. He then went back to RNIB for a few months working on a consultant contract as a legacy manager.
In July he became the first Legacy Manager at London’s Air Ambulance, where he will be setting up their legacy marketing programme and also be responsible for the Legacy Administration.
Michael has worked in fundraising in a variety of roles across social enterprise, community and corporate, legacy and in-memory since 2007. He has worked for Age UK, PDSA, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and is currently the Head of Fundraising at St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds. He has been awarded the Legacy10 award for excellence, and the Fellowship of the Institute of Fundraising in 2017. He has sat on the committee since 2015, and also is a co-founder and committee member of LIME Legacy and In Memory East.
After Graduating from University Tish fundraising career started when she joined the Barnardos Corporate fundraising team she went on to work in the Community and Educational Fundraising Team. For the last 14 years Tish has worked for Guide Dogs, initially in Regional Fundraising development in Yorkshire managing a number of projects including the BBC radio Leeds appeal. In 2004 Tish moved to work as the first regionally based Legacy Marketing Officer for Guide Dogs, developing relationships with key individuals and running the events program. 10 years on Tish is part of the team that has twice won the Institute of Fundraising’s Best use of Legacy Marketing.
As the Legacy Engagement Manager, Tish is responsible for developing and implementing Guide Dogs legacy event and engagement strategy. Tish leads a team of 4 regionally based Engagement Officer whose key activities are focused on communicating key messages both internally and externally to encourage the acquisition, conversion and stewardship of Legacy supporters. Tish is also passionate about In memoriam giving, she is sits on the steering group for the IN MEM consortium and is responsible for the development of the Guide Dogs in memoriam strategy.