CAREERS: HOW I GOT HERE - Angela Cluff, senior consultant, The Management Centre

What was your first job?

After university I worked as an information officer in the external relations unit at Aston University.

What does your current role involve? At The Management Centre, the fundraising consultancy business, I advise and assist a wide range of organisations on overall strategies and specific projects. It's all about building capacity within voluntary organisations to enable them to deliver outstanding fundraising results.

Roughly outline your career path? After Aston University, I worked for media and market research consultancies on the client handling side. Almost 10 years ago, I decided to transfer those skills to the voluntary sector.

First I worked at the British Heart Foundation developing corporate relationships and then with the NSPCC, where I held three positions: head of major donor development, joint campaign director for Full Stop and deputy director of appeals. I moved to The Management Centre last week.

What training or course has most enhanced your career?

It's hard to single out one training course. Career enhancing experiences come from so many sources, but especially working with and learning from the best people and organisations.

What is your biggest career achievement? It has to be being part of the NSPCC's mould-breaking Full Stop campaign. This was and still is one of the most exciting things going on in fundraising.

What is your advice for people starting out in the sector? Work for and commit to causes that you passionately believe in. It's the only way to really inspire donors to make a difference.

Are there any other charities you support financially, or with time?

With a six-month-old son and a new job, time is in short supply. But I support a range of charities including the NSPCC.

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