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Caroline Underwood OBE

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Caroline is a senior leader and an expert in fundraising and philanthropy. She works at the highest levels with chiefs of industry, philanthropists, celebrities and government leaders and is an experienced board member and senior manager. Caroline was awarded an OBE for charitable services in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Caroline was a board level executive director as Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships at Save the Children where she tripled high value income and built a team of over 80 fundraisers in the UK as well as playing a key role in income generation internationally with an effort to grow income to US$2.4billion.

Since 2003 Caroline has led the Philanthropy Company working as strategist, adviser, counsellor and mentor. She was responsible for the strategic direction of the £119m campaign to redevelop the Royal Festival Hall and worked with a number of arts, charity and university clients including King’s College London, the Barbican Centre, the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London as well as with many small organisations. She has undertaken multiple feasibility studies interviewing potential major donors and advising Trustees of some of Britain’s most high profile organisations.

Earlier in-house roles included Founding Development Director, University of the Arts; Development Director of the Royal Court Theatre; Head of Marketing and Development for Arts & Business and Director of Development and Marketing for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Caroline is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), a founder of the CASE Spring Institute, a member of the Institute of Fundraising and a regular speaker and trainer at professional fundraising conferences. She has held a number of trustee and volunteer roles.