The Lowry (Salford)

Organisational assessment for a major capital campaign to redevelop the LS Lowry galleries and archive, working with joint Development Directors, the CEO and Chairman. An external funder feasibility study is postponed due to Covid and SFP is advising the Lowry on their Covid response strategy and high value funder solicitation.


British Academy

Case for support development across capital and revenue programmes working with the Development Director, leadership team and Chairman. 


Somerset House 

Capital campaign feasibility study following an ‘organisational readiness’ scoping assessment and campaign planning as a lead associate with a fundraising consultancy. Also guided and supported the recruitment for Head of Major Giving. 


National Portrait Gallery 

Capital campaign feasibility study which enabled the Gallery to secure a £9.5 million award  from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This was followed by campaign and lead gift solicitation planning and guidance on the mid campaign strategy.


Victoria & Albert Museum

Interim management leading major & individual giving including gift solicitation, guidance and strategic support for major gifts to capital, revenue and endowment campaigns. A second project provided a strategic review of the Museum’s American giving programme.


British Postal Museum

Strategic and hands-on support for a major capital campaign and revenue fundraising. Managing a small team and guiding high value corporate, lead and major gift solicitation incorporating matched programme with HLF, to prepare for the Museum’s launch.


Barbican Centre

Three projects; the first developing and introducing individual regular and major giving programmes with the Development Director and Barbican Trust board. The second to create a leadership board and giving circles for the Centre’s international concert season in collaboration with the Southbank Centre. Melanie worked with the Barbican Centre for a third project to develop giving circles to support a major cross arts programme.


Southbank Centre

Multiple projects include a strategic assessment of the Southbank’s major giving following their successful Royal Festival Hall campaign, with Melanie’s support continuing for 18 months to bed down the assessment’s recommendations with the fundraising team, volunteer and executive leadership. Another project focussed on strategic guidance and prospect pipeline building and solicitation planning for the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery capital development campaign.


Centre for London (think tank)

Fundraising and leadership audit and a second project providing guidance with establishing major and high value giving, solicitation planning, fundraising leadership and case for support development.


The Sutton Trust

In-house strategic and hands-on fundraising support for high value giving across HNW individuals, companies and charitable foundations and guidance with resourcing, skills and leadership to support fundraising.


London Business School

Workshop for senior Advancement team to support campaign planning.  


European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO)

High value fundraising planning across international philanthropic sectors, case for support, leadership and prospect pipeline development, guidance with resourcing and skills to support fundraising and communications.


Hofesh Shechter Company

Major and regular giving programme development, high value solicitation planning and with Executive Director, guidance for resourcing and recruitment. 


Nightingale Hammerson Care Homes

Interim Director of Development, capital campaign planning, donor development and major gift solicitation planning.


Cockpit Arts

Capital campaign feasibility study and recommendations and guidance with lead and major gift solicitation.


United World Schools 

3 year in depth fundraising strategy.


Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Charity (CW+)

Planning a £10 million capital campaign, feasibiity study, high value fundraising assessment and guidance and donor pipeline development. Guidance with fundraising staffing and recruitment.


Soho Theatre

Support for fundraising activity during the recruitment of a new Development Director, including Fundraising Gala follow-up and priority prospect approaches.



Interim management and support for high value fundraising and major giving programme development and support, strategic guidance across high value income streams, led solicitation plan to secure new major donor (£500,000).


Christ's Hospital School

Endowment and capital campaign feasibility study, lead gift solicitation planning, and Fundraising Committee development.


British Postal Museum & Archive 

Capital campaign support and strategic guidance for long term fundraising.


Calvert 22 Foundation

Developing sponsorship support and brand evaluation with Associate, Karen Morris of Bastion Connect.


Energy Institute

Capital campaign feasibility study and planning.


CLIC Sargent

Training, major giving solicitation, strategic guidance, solicitation planning and support.


South Georgia Heritage Trust 

Capital campaign planning, prospect research and initial stage implementation.


London Children’s Museum (now Institute of Imagination)

Capital campaign planning, prospect research and first stage solicitation support.


Macmillan Cancer Support

Major giving programme training and support.


Science Museum

International board development, major and regular giving programme planning and solicitation support.


Royal Academy of Engineering

Comprehensive capital campaign planning, prospect research and solicitation support.


Southbank  University

Leadership and staff training – major giving solicitation.


Jewish Community Centre 

Capital campaign planning and guidance on major gift solicitation


World Child Cancer

Board training – major giving solicitation.



Pro bono & volunteer involvement

Member of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF)

Heritage Alliance ‘Giving to Heritage’ 

IoF Cultural Sector Network & RAISE Steering Group (Arts Council England and IoF collaboration to support Arts, Cultural and Heritage Fundraising) June 2019 - present

Sistema England, Board member, September 2012 - present

Hammerson House Care Home March 2012 - present

Patron of the Southbank Centre 2011 - 2016

Best Beginnings Advisor 2009 - present 

Patron of the National Museum of Science and Industry 2007 - 2012

DASH ARTS patron 2006- 2008

Patron of Natural History Museum 2003-2007

Sadlers Wells ‘GroundSWell’ young supporters group 2003/4

British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel - Young Friends (BFAMI) 1997-2000