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9th December 2021

First Team Managers Appointed at The Professional Fundraiser

As we continue to evolve our business following the effects of the pandemic, and to continuously improve our service offering, for charity donors, and our clients, I am pleased to confirm the appointment of our first wave of Team Managers from January 2022.

Congratulations to Mike Donovan (South Region), Mark Chadbourne (North Region) and Johnny Collins (Scotland), who will be our first Team Managers, closely followed by Ellie Burgham and Lee Murray (Midlands), who commence in their new roles from April. We are looking forward to you taking up your new roles in 2022.

Paul Christie, our Head of Fundraising said “A massive congratulations to all our new Team Managers, I can’t wait for you to start work in your new roles in the New Year".

These appointments are the most exciting and important roles we have recruited for in 2021, but they go even further, they demonstrate the biggest development and change to the organisational structure at The Professional Fundraiser for some time.

So why now??

The pandemic has changed things for us at The Professional Fundraiser, in the same way as it has for so many others within the sector and beyond.

However, from the impact of the Coronavirus crisis, a new beginning was able to develop, lockdowns and pauses in face-to-face activity meant we could refocus, look at ourselves in the mirror; be proud of everything we do well but analyse what we needed to do differently - to be better, more supportive, and of course provide the best fundraising for our amazing charity partners. Fundraisers that are not only great charity ambassadors, but more importantly, fundraisers who can provide quality long term donors.

Team Managers are the key to unlocking this potential, and whilst further enabling new people to join the sector and our organisation, we will have a new support team in the field, a team that provide leadership, motivation, and development to all.

Our Team Managers will be different to others you may have seen or worked with, their focus will be on coaching and development, training and driving quality.

They will guide their teams to ensure compliance, will take a hands-on approach and be responsible for the selection and field training of new fundraisers, whilst continuously working with and coaching their team to achieve high fundraising standards, and quality KPIs. They will also be able to provide feedback from their field teams, which will help shape and inform our future campaign strategy.

These appointments and Team Managers are the start of the process of The Professional Fundraiser creating a first-class leadership team in the field that will provide the highest standards of fundraising excellence, a leadership style that is one of inspiration, that enhances our culture and demonstrates our business values.

Our aim is to grow the number of Team Managers from the initial 5 to 10 throughout 2022, with each new Team Manager bringing something new and unique to the organisation, a skill set that can be shared to create best practice across all forms of face-to-face fundraising, across all the teams.

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