Guide Dogs appoints fundraising chief

Deborah Bourne
Deborah Bourne

Guide Dogs has named its next fundraising and commercial director.

Deborah Bourne, the charity’s head of committed giving, will start the role in July.

She has been the joint interim fundraising director since November and succeeds Maria Novell, who left Guide Dogs after 14 years to become chief fundraising, communications and marketing officer at Marie Curie.

Bourne will lead a team of almost 200 fundraising staff, Guide Dogs said in a statement.

Guide Dogs is one of the largest charities in the country, by income, and raised £108m in donations in each of the past two years, according to its latest annual accounts.

Bourne has previously worked for charities including Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Leonard Cheshire and Barnardo’s, as well as in the private sector for WHSmith and Guinness.

Bourne said: “I am incredibly proud to work for Guide Dogs and look forward to further increasing our loyal supporter base by bringing our cause and the impact of our work to hearts and minds across the UK.”

She said the charity’s fundraising team “is in a strong place”, and that she would prioritise “steering through the current economic crisis and innovating to future-proof ourselves for sustainable growth”.

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