Simon Dickson, Senior Consultant

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Balancing Capital & Revenue Funding

Heritage, Conservation & Environment Campaigns

Building High Performance Teams

Simon is a highly experienced fundraiser with a proven track record in high value fundraising over 20 years for capital and revenue fundraising programmes at a range of leading UK charities.

Conservation and the environment have been key elements of Simon’s career as well as personal passions. His career started at The Wildlife Trusts before moving on to senior roles heading high value fundraising teams (HNWIs, corporates and foundations) at several world-leading heritage and conservation organisations; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Natural History Museum and Eden Project. During his tenure at each, Simon led on the development and delivery of fundraising strategies and propositions for major capital projects including the Millennium Seed Bank and Darwin Centre. During his career, Simon has also gained significant experience in developing fundraising initiatives to grow sustainable income for core research programmes, education initiatives and exhibitions.

With formal education and training in science, and practical fundraising experience across a range of leading cultural and conservation organisations, Simon brings a range of unique skills and knowledge for delivering effective strategies and innovative approaches to secure support for complex, multi-faceted organisations with ambitious fundraising targets.

Most recently, Simon has worked for UNICEF UK on a range of special projects including the charity’s unique international partnership with the Glasgow2014 Commonwealth Games and the launch of a new integrated brand, advocacy and fundraising campaign. He has also led on the development and embedding of a new leadership giving and high level influencer programme to maximise the potential of the charity’s key supporters to help the organisation reach its ambitious five year targets for a range of international programmes supporting children’s rights.

Simon has had experience of managing and growing high-performing fundraising teams. He understands people, structures and cultures, and what is needed to develop and implement effective strategies and plans.

‘Seeing the bigger picture while delivering practical approaches to achieve success.’