Liz Haigh, director of fundraising at the Children's Trust in Tadworth, explains why she'll be attending this year's National Convention.
In common with many of the delegates at Birmingham, I am something of a National Convention veteran. Although I've taken a few years off recently, sending different members of the fundraising team from the Children's Trust, this year I am returning. I usually have a number of issues I want to chat through with other professionals: new ideas for donor recruitment, risk assessment for special events, developing our retail operation, and fresh angles on establishing supporter groups are on my list for this year.
The sessions provide a chance to sharpen my focus, raise the profile of an activity, or just inject some fresh energy and impetus into our fundraising techniques.
It was one particular session that prompted my booking this year, a session that just proved irresistible - Tuesday morning's 'How to manage me: a chief executive's advice for heads of fundraising'. Andrew Ross, my chief executive, will be up there on the panel and I'm planning to be in the audience gaining an unfair advantage for my next one-to-one.
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