Judges confirmed for the 2015 Researchers in Fundraising Awards

Judges confirmed for the 2015 Researchers in Fundraising Awards

19 October 2015

The judges have been confirmed for the 2015 Researchers in Fundraising Awards, and there is still time to nominate yourself or others for an award.

We are pleased to announce the judges for the 2015 RiF Awards, sponsored by Prospectus:

  • Morna Black (Chair)
  • Anna Gardet
  • Antonia Newman
  • Sacha Newman
  • Karl Newton


Nominations are still open for the Awards, which celebrate the best in prospect research across the UK over the past year, and are open to researchers within the higher education and non-profit community. We want to encourage all researchers and fundraisers to nominate their peers or themselves for any outstanding contributions they have observed or been part of.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 5pm on Friday 30 October.

To find out more please click here for all the forms and details you need to submit entries, and visit Eventbrite to book your place for this year's RiF Conference and Awards.

The 2015 awards follow the same format as last year, with five categories:

  • The Prospectus Award for Prospect Research Impact
  • The Prospectus Award for Prospect Research Innovation
  • The Prospectus Award for Prospect Research Analytics
  • The Prospectus Award for Outstanding Contribution to Prospect Research
  • The Prospectus Rising Star Award


We are very grateful to Prospectus, for kindly sponsoring this year's Awards: "Prospectus is the IOF's 'Best Recruitment Agency of 2015', so we're especially proud and excited to offer our full support to the Researchers in Fundraising Awards. As specialist recruiters in the beyond profit sector, 'great research' is core to Prospectus' recruitment methodology. As such, we fully appreciate the unique skills and experience our own Researchers employ to add value, focus and creativity to our resourcing solutions."


The 2015 RiF Award Judges

Morna Black
Research Manager, Development & Alumni Office, University of Glasgow
Morna has worked in development research since 1999 and at the University of Glasgow has special responsibility for medical projects, scholarships, alumni, major gift prospects, and campaign development as well as prospect research strategy for the rest of the Development & Alumni Office's portfolio of projects. She has been a committee member of Researchers in Fundraising since 2010, Secretary since 2013, and is a member of both Researchers in Fundraising Scotland and the Institute of Fundraising.

Anna Gardet
Associate Director, Fundraising, Prospectus
Anna has been recruiting to not-for-profit clients since 2009. She leads Prospectus’ Fundraising Team; a team established in 2013 to address the high level of demand for quality fundraisers. The Fundraising Team has placed whole teams of fundraisers for clients including MS Society and Willow Foundation and works with clients across all charitable sectors, at all levels. The team’s hard work and dedication saw Prospectus rewarded with the Institute of Fundraising’s ‘Best Recruitment Agency’ in 2015, in their first year of entry. Anna specialises in Executive Search for Prospectus, regularly working in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising and fundraising consultancies to identify and address challenges in the market. Recent appointments include the Director of Fundraising for CLIC Sargent and the Executive Director of Fundraising for MS Society.
After graduating in Business Management, Anna initially worked within the charity sector before moving to an award-winning career in the property industry. Working with not-for-profit organisations allows her to fulfil her ambition to build capacity in the charity sector.
In her spare time Anna supports a Brixton based sports club, focussing on working with children and teenagers to build a lifelong engagement with sport. She also is the Fundraising Officer for the club.

Antonia Newman
Head of Development, Cancer Research UK
Antonia is Head of Development at Cancer Research  UK, responsible for leading the Create The Change and Catalyst Club fundraising teams. She has over 14 years experience of working in the world of major gifts. She began her career at LSE and then Girton College Cambridge as a prospect researcher and retains a passionate belief in the importance of research in a successful major gift fundraising operation.

Sacha Newman
Research Manager, National Trust
Sacha has been the Research Manager for the National Trust in Swindon since 2006, where she was responsible for the prospect research function and the fundraising database, Raiser's Edge. She was Chair of the Researchers in Fundraising (RiF) special interest group until 2014 and is currently a member of the South West RiF group and APRA.

Karl Newton
Head of Development Operations, University of London
Karl became Research Manager at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1999, playing a key role in the launch and completion of the £100m Campaign for LSE. Karl and the Research team at the LSE successfully worked to introduce data analysis and propensity scores into the fundraising process, added a stronger focus on prospect development and developed procedures for screening for ethical and reputational risk. In 2015 Karl joined the new Development Office at the University of London and is currently setting up donation processes, prospect research, and Blackbaud CRM.