AssociatesMeet the team
As well as major gifts experience, Hayley has worked for three start up NGOs. At the age of 26 she was Chief Executive of Beauchamp Lodge Settlement a struggling charity in London. In three years she turned its fortunes around to become a thriving organisation with a sustainable and diverse income and funding stream.
Hayley instigated and conducted a thorough overhaul of: staffing structures, accounting systems, programme delivery, impact reporting & quality assurance and asset management (the organisation owned considerable assets which were consistently being undermined through lack of investment and through sale in order to generate short term income).
With this strong foundation Hayley:
- Secured a number of long-term grants to support the educational and community development programs delivered to residents in some of London’s most deprived boroughs.
- Put in place an investment plan for the organisations assets.
- Developed the social enterprise aspect of the charity to ensure that assets were maximised to increase earned income.
From 2007 – 2012, Hayley worked with Aflatoun an Interntional NGO based in Amsterdam. She saw the organsiation grow from its start-up phase to become a thriving organization working in over 100 countries, reaching over 2 million children with its educational programme. Hayley initially oversaw the expansion of the organsation in the European region but finally left Aflatoun as Head of Resources responsible for overseeing finance, fundraising and operations. Hayley was responsible for ensuring that over 1 million euro annually was raised both for the Dutch office and for Aflatoun’s partners globally.
Most recently Hayley has been the lead consultant on a project to develop Major Gift Fundraising at the Hartstichting. She has been working with them over the last year to develop the strategy and operational plan in order to establish Major Gift fundraising within the organisaiton.
With Hayley’s experience of Higher Education fundraising and alumni relations, Hayley has also played a prominent role in the Erasmus Trustfonds 100Mil Euro campaign and has been the lead consultant on several areas of the project including prospect management.
Somaye has a diverse yet interrelated educational background: her associate degree in Applied Mathematics in Computer Sciences advanced her analytical skills and sharpened her view on details. Her multidisciplinary under-graduate studies majoring in Social Sciences (a combination of Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology) equipped her with the ability to situate every problem and solution in different contexts and analyse them from different angles with an innovative and progressive approach. Moreover, her highly interdisciplinary post-graduate studies in Comparative Women’s Studies in Culture and Politics prepared Somaye to have an enriched understanding towards the position and status of different groups affected by similar interventions. This diverse educational background, next to her 8 years of professional experience in Public Relations as well as her capabilities with creative writing, makes Somaye an all-round fundraiser.
Somaye’s philosophy and life motto is “Sharing is Power”. Somaye provides support for NGOs and Universities to build their own development and fundraising department in order to be independent from subsidies and external support. The focus of her work is on long-term planning and strategies yet in short-run she provides variety of fundraising services and techniques as well.
Thus far, 90% of the proposals that Somaye has written or edited have been granted
Marketing consultant with 23 years business experience. She has run several successful businesses, worked with everyone from plcs to start ups and knows how to make your marketing really effective.
For the last 12 years Becky has been working as a marketing consultant with a wide range of organisations including an award-winning London design agency, an international strategic marketing consultancy, a Middle Eastern cancer foundation and a small African HIV sports development charity.
Becky has worked in the international marine industry for a long time and to add diversity to an already diverse profile, has owned and run her own profitable restaurant, developed a brand and marketed a gardening service in North London, worked with a leading women in business network, done a Bordeaux harvest, learnt to cook in New Zealand and have worked in six countries including three years in Saudi Arabia.
Becky studied business and languages at university, majoring in marketing .