CAREERS: How I Got Here - Darryl de Prez, head of trusts, Care International UK

What was your first job?

I helped to set up the personnel database at the National Trust, despite never having used a computer before.

What does your current role involve? I work with a small team to raise funds from trusts for our overseas project work and our UK core costs.

My role involves hands-on fundraising, strategic direction, developing and managing donor relationships and staff management.

Roughly outline your career path I stayed at the National Trust to become a researcher, establishing Raiser's Edge software as their fundraising database. I worked at St John Ambulance as a corporate and trust fundraiser, then moved to CancerBACUP and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Following that, I spent two years as a fundraising consultant with Field-Works Fundraising, working primarily within trust fundraising. After two years, I decided to work exclusively for one organisation and became head of trusts at Care International UK in August.

What training has most enhanced your career? The best experience was working as a consultant, because it provided an opportunity to work with a range of different organisations and causes in a range of different disciplines.

What has been your greatest career achievement? The fact that I have a career at all.

What is your advice to people starting out in this sector? It's important to know as much as you can about the work of your charity and to believe in it. If you lose sight of why you are raising money or cannot respect what the charity is doing, then you cannot really be effective as a fundraiser.

Are their any charities you support financially, or with time?

I support Stonewall. In fact I am still recovering from their Equality Walk around New York, which I took part in recently.

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