Sue Comber

Associate

 

 

 

 

Sue is an experienced and resourceful all-round fundraising consultant – and fundraiser.   A 38-year career in the voluntary sector which has included managing fundraising departments for 5 national charities.   A successful transformation to freelance work some 18 years ago has seen an increase in the contacts, networks and knowledge base which she already had.   A 5-year period as a Trustee of Addaction gave invaluable insight into the responsibilities of a Board and helped me subsequently to manage this often-delicate relationship with staff.

An accredited Mentor for the Institute of Fundraising of which I have been a member for 30 years.

Achievements have included substantial capital appeals for a variety of clients in all areas of the UK: Joint fundraiser of the year Award for a corporate partnership with Barclays and Outward Bound and an award for inventing and managing the classic Hunter “Giving Welly” campaign,  launched in the UK and subsequently taken to Ireland and the US.   Although many fundraising techniques have changed over the last 30 years, the basic principles remain the same and must be enhanced by a work ethic which leads the consultant to produce high quality work with consistently good results.

Making sense of the complex challenges posed by clients in a short time and finding viable solutions to present them  is essential and in a very competitive field of work it is really important to be a team player, to provide an objective view on dilemmas and solutions and to develop strong relationships as a foundation for professional and personable life.

Outside work – volunteering in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Lebanon combine with life in the Cotswolds, work for the National Trust and Country Sports – cleaning the church – and hoping the bats do not appear!