Leaders in Fundraising


Confirmed speakers

Rhodri Davies, Head of policy, Charities Aid Foundation

Rhodri Davies is Head of Policy at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), and also leads Giving Thought – CAF’s in-house think tank focussing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. He is the author of Public Good by Private Means: How philanthropy shapes Britain, which traces the history of philanthropy in Britain and what it tells us about the role of modern philanthropy. Beyond that, he has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics – from social investment and civic philanthropy to the charitable applications of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain – and is much in demand as an adviser to governments, businesses, charities and philanthropists. Rhodri graduated from the University of Oxford with a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy and embarked upon an academic career before migrating into public policy work, where he has spent over a decade specialising in the policy aspects of philanthropy and charitable giving.

Kathryn Holloway, Head of individual giving and supporter care,  Friends of the Earth

Kathryn started in the charity sector in 2005, processing donations and responding to supporter enquiries at a small animal rights organisation, then became responsible for all supporter care, database management and direct marketing activity. She joined Friends of the Earth in 2010 and now heads up the Individual Giving and Supporter Care teams, responsible for leading efforts to maximise income through engaging fundraising methods and a fantastic supporter experience.

Marcus Missen, Director of communications and fundraising , Water Aid

Marcus is a Director of Communications and Fundraising at WaterAid and has over 25 years’ experience in this field. Having successfully strengthened communications and fundraising across WaterAid federation members and 32 programme countries, Marcus believes in setting clear visions and inspiring innovation. He has built a high performing UK team delivering a sustained income growth across a balanced portfolio. Marcus was previously the Development Director and Head of Fundraising Strategy at NSPCC and has held roles in other leading charities. He is also a member of the Institute of Fundraising.

Joe Jenkins , Director of supporter impact and income, The Children’s Society

Joe is Director of Supporter Impact and Income at The Children’s Society and leads our Income Generation and Supporter Engagement teams. The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. They also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Working in the charity sector for over 15 years, Joe has focussed his efforts on helping people to achieve as much impact as possible for the causes that inspire them. He was previously Director of Engagement at Friends of the Earth overseeing their fundraising, communications and activism, as well as Acting CEO. Prior to this, Joe worked with a wide range of different charities, including Royal National Institute of Blind People, NSPCC, British Red Cross, WWF and IFAW. Joe is a Trustee for Refugee Action, the Chair of the Institute of Fundraising National Convention and an Advisory Panel Member of Rogare, The Fundraising Think Tank. He lives in Hove with his wife, young daughter and a puppy.

Reuben Turner , Co-founder, GOOD

Reuben Turner is creative partner and co-founder of GOOD, the UK’s leading creative agency dedicated to social change. He has over 20 years experience in working with leading charities on fundraising, campaigning, engagement and brand. A regular speaker and writer, he is determined to help the sector evolve to become more relevant, innovative and purpose-led.

Michele Madden , Managing director, nfpSynergy

Michele is Managing Director at nfpSynergy with overall responsibility for all aspects of our work. She has research experience un-paralled in the company with extensive experience of all aspects of both quantitative and qualitative research and has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years. Before nfpSynergy she worked in the research teams at Scope and at Save the Children, where she was head of research for 3 years. While at nfpSynergy, and as a freelance researcher, she has worked on projects such as brand monitoring, tracking studies, service-user feedback, as well as large scale mixed-method research projects.

Michele excels at pulling together complex, multi-stranded research projects and making sure that clients can see how to turn research findings into practical action. Much in demand for presentation to trustees and senior management teams, she is keen to use research as a tool to guide strategic decision making and direction.  

Within the company, she is renowned for her hands-on style and her people management and motivation skills. A result of this is her success in developing a team of younger researchers who bridge the gap between excellent skills and understanding of charities and how they work.