Andrew Ball of I Can

The director of fundraising at the children's communication charity recounts the journey to his current position, including jobs at the British Heart Foundation, the NSPCC and the Stroke Association

Andrew Ball says being director of fundraising at I Can is a big role
Andrew Ball says being director of fundraising at I Can is a big role

The date 15 May 2000 sticks in my mind as the day that my career really began. It's the day I got a job at the British Red Cross after two false starts working in sales for a healthcare company and at Tarmac in a transport and logistics role. Hearing that Tarmac was being taken over was my push to pursue work in the voluntary sector. I knew something of the sector through volunteering at the charities for which my dad worked, and I saw fundraising as a good application of my degree – marketing with a conscience.

Over the next eight years at the British Red Cross I had about nine different roles across a range of disciplines. This gave me a good grounding in many areas, the highlight being managing the Tesco corporate partnership in 2007.

I loved the BRC but felt I needed experience elsewhere, so I moved to the NSPCC partnerships management team. Unfortunately it wasn't quite what I expected and I found myself becoming cynical about the ability to end child abuse. I learnt that it's important to be passionate about a cause to do a good job. I then joined the Communication Trust, which is hosted by I Can, when my son was learning to talk, which gave me an understanding of the importance of children's communication. I was director for a national campaign and then did something similar at the Stroke Association before moving back among friends as director of fundraising at I Can in May 2013. It was a role I was desperate to get, so it was a proud moment. It's big role with lots to achieve – I'm relishing it.

Andrew Ball is director of fundraising at the children's communication charity I Can

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