Our team can bring a wide range of experience to bear.
Jon Scourse Associates comprise a team of people that have worked together over many years. Gill Valenti has worked with Jon for nearly twenty years and they developed the concept of Corporate Challenge events during the mid 1990’s, pioneering a new form of fundraising that has now become very widespread and successful. Liz Showell worked with Jon as part of his team when he was Director of Fundraising at Guide Dogs and she played a key role in the development of the new fundraising strategy, taking over as Head of Fundraising prior to developing her career at Fundraising Director level in two of the top UK charities.
Jon Scourse BSc
Jon joined the charity sector in 1993, having been inspired to switch from a successful career in industry. His first role was as a Corporate Fundraiser with an emergency aid agency working primarily in the Balkans in the late 1990’s. He developed a new approach to corporate relationships, focusing on staff involvement which culminated in a highly successful corporate challenge programme which involved 200 companies and raised over £1.2m per year. This led to his appointment as Director of Fundraising at Guide Dogs in 1998; during this period a major new fundraising strategy was initiated with the introduction of several new income streams which included direct mail, high net worth individuals and corporate relationships. This was followed by a period as a consultant with some Interim Director appointments which included The Air Ambulance Foundation and Seafarers UK. In 2006, Jon was selected to be the first CEO of the newly formed FRSB (Fundraising Standards Board), funded by the Office of the Third Sector and working closely with the Institute of Fundraising and the Charity Commission. This organisation is the self-regulatory body for UK fundraising and is responsible for maintaining standards of fundraising and dealing with any complaints from the public. This experience has equipped him with a depth of knowledge across virtually all aspects of fundraising.
Following a period as Interim Director of the Royal Berkshire Hospital Charity he specialised in working with NHS Charities and has completed several major projects for NHS clients. Currently he is also an adviser to The Association of NHS Charities and assists in managing their events programme.
He was a Trustee at the Institute of Fundraising from 2000-2005 and is Chairman of the Youth Adventure Trust and a trustee at TOE2 - The Trust for Oxfordshire Environment. From 2009 until 2012 Jon was a Visiting Fellow at the London South Bank University as a specialist lecturer for the MSc Civil Society (Marketing and Fundraising). In his spare time he is a landscape photographer and his first book “The Chilterns” was published in 2013.
Liz Showell MBA Cert.IoF
With over 25 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, Liz has held senior fundraising management positions in a number of organisations including The Children’s Society, Alzheimer’s Society and the Red Cross, and has been responsible for creating and managing multi million pound income and expenditure budgets. She has extensive experience in all aspects of fundraising and charity retail both at operational and strategic level.
Liz has managed a number of charity fundraising operations, many if these being major charity brands with multi £m budgets and large teams to manage. Most recently as Director of Income Generation and Marketing with Thames Hospice, she introduced and developed an individual giving strategy to increase net income by £500,000 per annum by year 5 of the programme. As a freelance consultant, Liz has undertaken a number of strategic reviews for both large and small charities including Cats Protection, Victim Support and Shooting Star Childrens Hospice.
As a practitioner, Liz has a wide experience in achieving significant income growth, and was across a broad range of voluntary income streams.
Used to working under pressure, Liz is experienced in start-up programmes. A certified member of the Institute of Fundraising, she served as a member of the National Convention Board for 4 years, and in 2011 was a judge for National Fundraising Awards, the International Fundraising Awards and the Professional Marketing Awards
Liz has unrivalled experienced in the management of charity retail operations. She has undertaken several programmes to redevelop existing charity shop chains with significant success, especially with regard to product segmentation and merchandising.
Gill has been working in the charity sector since 1995; for the past 16 years as an Independent Consultant & Fundraising Practitioner. During her early career with Children’s Aid Direct she developed an expertise in managing the marketing, sponsorship and fundraising aspects of corporate fundraising events, building successful working relationships with many national and multinational companies. As a consultant Gill has worked with small (Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children), medium (Motor Neurone Disease Association)and large (Guide Dogs) organisations on a variety of initiatives including event management, fundraising audits, trust applications, origination of publications and the origination, development and implementation of brand new community and corporate fundraising concepts. This broad spectrum of experience has resulted in the ability to adapt to different working environments, ‘hit the ground running’ and, not only work on strategy and planning, but also implement plans with a very hands-on approach. Many of Gill’s projects are ‘repeat business’ from both charities and individuals with whom she has developed a strong working relationship over many years.