CAREERS: How I Got Here - Briony Wicksteed, corporate fundraising manager, Tommy's

What was your first job?

I worked as a nanny looking after a rich banker's three children. Now, 13 years on, I am still working with rich corporates and babies - it's just a little more hands off.

What does your current role involve? I am a corporate fundraising manager at the baby charity Tommy's. My main projects include running our national pregnancy week in September, the national pub quiz and managing long-term corporate partnerships. I also work on business pitches and charity of the year applications.

Roughly outline your career path. I always wanted to work for a child or baby charity, but was slightly waylaid by the recruitment sector after I graduated in 1997. In January 1999, I got back on track and joined the NSPCC's corporate fundraising department. I was an admin assistant for two teams before becoming an account executive. Having worked on accounts such as Poundstretcher and Mars, I was promoted to be project manager for the Microsoft Challengers Trophy, a team-building event for 100 blue-chip companies, which raised more than £200,000. My last role at the NSPCC before moving to Tommy's was a secondment to Microsoft as community affairs project manager.

What training course has most enhanced your career? Flex talk is brilliant. It taught me the importance of establishing how clients like to communicate and to use their favoured methods in correspondence.

What has been your greatest career achievement? Somehow managing to run up what seemed like hundreds of hills with my clients and celebrity supporters while staying on good terms with them.

What is your advice to people starting out in the sector?

Find a cause you really believe in because then you will be highly motivated by the work.

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