Michelle Chambers Managing Director
Trading and Retail
Michelle has senior management experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Her early career was spent in high fashion retail, following which she moved into the not for profit sector in 1993. Her experience in the sector encompasses a wide range of causes spanning heritage, education and mainstream charity. Her roles have included Interim Director of Fundraising at RNID, Director of Visitor Development at the Museum of London, Managing Director of the Museum in Docklands and Head of Commercial Development at the British Red Cross.
She has been responsible for most of the major fundraising activity streams throughout her career and is adept at developing fundraising strategy at both overall and stream specific level.
As a consultant Michelle thrives on challenge and delivering practical recommendations for implementation. As a long-term senior member of the THINK team she has also driven the development of a range of additional services that we now offer to clients to support our consulting work: interim services, research & knowledge and our specialist forums; all of which keep Michelle at the cutting edge of developments in the sector and helps her review all possible options before delivering solutions to clients.
Her skills in supporter relations and the all essential ‘back room’ operations of charities also help THINK to deliver comprehensive recommendations recognising that the people who look after the donors are just as important as the people who recruit them.
Michelle is passionate about the opportunity for charities to deliver income from commercially premised activities and is skilled in assessing ideas and creating associated business plans. In addition, she is experienced in the rigour and discipline of securing and stewarding income from statutory sources.
Objectives and results orientated, Michelle combines strategic thinking skills with operational delivery, applying practical implementation to the creative idea. She was awarded an MBA by the Open University in 2000.
‘She brings a truly unique set of skills to deliver solutions.’