- Cause4 team
- Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme Fellows
- Guildhall School of Music & Drama Creative Entrepreneurs
Cause4 Senior Management
Brian joined Cause4 in May 2015 as Director of Digital Strategy. Prior to this Brian spent 6 years working as a consultant in the charity sector and the tech startup community. He has also undertaken a number of senior interim and advisory roles with organisations including Stonewall, Contact a Family, and SENDirect.
Brian’s background also includes time with the London Symphony Orchestra where he oversaw the development of the orchestra’s first digital platform for live performance streaming, and co-developed the orchestra’s collaboration with Google on the first global YouTube Symphony Orchestra project which attracted more than 10 million followers across the globe.
Brian is a trustee at Step Forward, an independent charity providing free and confidential services to young people aged 11-25 in Tower Hamlets and the surrounding areas.
Amanda is Director of Programmes for Cause4. Her main role is as Head of the national Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, including management of the Arts Fundraising Fellowships and developing & delivering fundraising training. Amanda has also undertaken consultancy work with clients including Creative Scotland.
Amanda’s career in the arts began in university research and teaching, before moving into theatre production, first at the Almeida Theatre, then at Sphinx Theatre Company. Amanda then moved to run the international dance company DV8 Physical Theatre, co-producing work with international promoters, the Tate Modern and Channel4. Amanda joined Arts Council England in 2004 and was appointed Director of Combined arts and touring in 2010. Whilst in this role Amanda developed national policy, designed and implemented the Arts Council’s £45 million Strategic Touring Programme, managed the national Artistic Assessment programme and acted as Business Manager for The Space, the innovative digital project Arts Council England launched in 2012 in partnership with the BBC.
Rose Spencer joined Cause4 in November 2013 as Director of Finance and Resources. Previous experience in the charity sector was gained as Head of Finance for International House Trust Ltd which operates a large language school in Covent Garden.
Rose also worked on famine relief in Uganda and Ethiopia with the World Food Programme. Rose has held various teaching posts abroad including maths in Uganda, physics in Ethiopia, theory of knowledge in Mexico and science in Nigeria. Rose is a keen hockey player.
Niels Veenhuijzen works with the Cause4 team in the Netherlands. He has been a senior executive, trustee and entrepreneur in the performing arts and non-profit sector for more than 25 years. At present he is consultant and board member to a range of charities, trusts, arts organisations and cultural institutes. His key strength is identifying the unique selling points of artists and organisations with a view to their long-term opportunities and enabling them to translate this into the strongest possible market position with both sustainable growth and public value. He has a background in law and classical music and took classes in public management at Tias Nimbas Business School.
From 2006 to 2013 Niels Veenhuijzen was chief executive of the Residentie Orchestra The Hague. Additionally he served as chairman of the executive board of the Philips Concert Hall/Lucent Dance Theatre and was one of the founding fathers of the new Dance and Music Centre in The Hague. Before that he was a Director of HarrisonParrott Ltd. in London, working globally as consultant (orchestras, festivals, venues) and agent (artists a.o. Janine Jansen, Neeme Järvi and Xian Zhang). He started his own business in 1995 in creative entrepreneurship as Director/Owner of the agency Concertdirectie Samama & Co. in Amsterdam.
Alan joined Cause4 as Director of Strategy & Fundraising in June 2015 and is responsible for key client delivery and the management of our talent programmes.
Alan has extensive experience in arts fundraising and creative entrepreneurship. Before joining Cause4 Alan was the Managing Director of the City Music Foundation, and he was previously the Chief Strategy Adviser, Development, for the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Alan has also held senior fundraising roles at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He was also a member of the Opera Australia chorus performing at the Sydney Opera House.
Alan has a BA and BMus from the University of Melbourne and completed an MA in Cultural & Creative Industries at King’s College London in 2012.
Valerie Spence joined Cause4 as Executive Assistant to the CEO in July 2014, having returned from Spain where she worked within the yachting industry as an Interiors Project Manager. Before locating abroad, Valerie was employed in the financial services sector progressing in her role and qualifying as a Compliance Manager. As well as supporting the CEO’s office, Valerie takes on a range of project roles, including supporting the Close Brothers Trustee Leadership Programme.
Tom joined the Cause4 team in November 2014 and is now the company’s Head of Philanthropy and Development. He has worked across the charity sector and in social business, focusing on early-stage and fast-growth organisations. Tom was previously Executive Director of Project Harar Ethiopia, leading the development of the health NGO between 2007 and 2012. Tom joins from StudentFunder where he was a member of the team that launched a new loan scheme for postgraduate study. He began his charity career with Ambitious About Autism and has consulted for several UK charities and start-ups on their marketing and campaign strategies, including a spell as Account Manager at Third Sector PR.
A keen cyclist, Tom rides with the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign and advises Rollapaluza Cycling Events. Tom studied NGO Management at Cass Business School and holds degrees in international relations from the University of Leeds.
He is a Trustee of CSIS Charity Fund and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Ben joined Cause4 in May 2010 on our Entrepreneurship training programme and is now Head of Development. Prior to joining Cause4 Ben spent two years working in marketing, advising start-up firms on their social media strategies.
Ben’s experience in the charity sector includes strategic development, leading and running fundraising campaigns, facilitating corporate approaches, writing bid proposals and developing online and social media strategies. At Cause4 Ben has developed specific expertise across arts, education, social enterprise and sport.
Ben holds an MA in International Security and Terrorism and a BA Hons. in Politics from the University of Nottingham. He has a passion for all things sporting and a growing interest in culture and the arts and holds an Institute of Fundraising Diploma with merit.
Matt provides freelance marketing support to the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme. Matt is a highly proficient arts marketer with over 16 years experience in the cultural sector.
Between 1998 and 2006, Matt worked as Marketing Manager at Arts Marketing Hampshire, Marketing Director for HST Theatres and Head of Marketing at Bristol Old Vic. Since 2006, Matt has been working as a consultant and freelancer with a wide range of clients across England and Wales. Matt was Course Director for the TMA’s ‘Druidstone’ Essentials of Marketing residential course in 2010 & 2011 and has been Communications Consultant to Orchestras Live since 2006.
Matt holds a First Class Honours Degree in Arts Management and Chartered Marketer status with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Since 2012, he has been a National Advisor to the Arts Council of Wales.
Natasha joined Cause4 as Programme Coordinator for the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme from the policy and strategy department of Arts Council England. In the past she has worked in post-production and licensing for children’s television, in the legal and contracts department for HarperCollins Publishers, and in marketing for the Southbank Centre.
Natasha has a first class degree in Music from Edinburgh University, and currently serves as the Chair of Tell Me A Tale, a theatre charity that creates accessible arts opportunities for diverse community groups. She has a passion for arts fundraising and new innovative approaches to income generation.
Sam read History at Downing College, Cambridge and joined the Cause4 Entrepreneurship programme in February 2012. He is now the company’s Development Manager.
Sam’s principal areas of interest are the arts and heritage, and he has a keen interest in public access. He also remains passionate about widening participation work for universities and further education.
Sam is learning all aspects of Cause4’s work in fundraising strategy and project development, specialising in fundraising from the Statutory Sector, Trusts and Foundations and corporates. Sam was awarded the Institute of Fundraising Certificate in July 2013.
Alice graduated with a first class degree in French from Somerville College, Oxford. She joined the Cause4 as an Associate in April 2013 and is now a Development Coordinator.
Prior to joining Cause4, Alice interned at Giving What We Can, helping to set up its London chapter, and also interned at Street Child in communications and fundraising roles.
Alice is passionate about Effective Altruism: finding and raising awareness about the most effective ways to alleviate suffering and fight extreme poverty. In her role at Cause4 she enjoys working with a range of client organisations to strengthen their strategies and achieve their fundraising goals. She has developed a strong interest in International Development and the measurement of charitable impact.
Ben recently joined Cause4 as a Development Intern and became an Associate on the Entrepreneurship programme in January 2014. He is now the company’s Development Coordinator. Ben studied History and American Studies at the University of Nottingham, and has just completed an MA in International Politics and Human Rights from City University, London.
Ben has experience of volunteering and fundraising in the non-profit sector (including specific work within international development) and is passionate about ensuring charities are still well supported in tough economic times. His interests include sport, with a huge passion for playing and watching football, the education sector, politics, current affairs and travel.
Emily joined the Cause4 team as an Associate on the Entrepreneurship Programme in May 2014, after completing a law degree at the University of Aberdeen in 2011. Since graduating, Emily has undertaken internships within government and the commercial sector both in the UK and abroad. As part of her work as an Associate, Emily is gaining valuable in house experience at a number of charities, supporting them on all their fundraising activities. Emily has a particular interest in international development, and this is something she is looking forward to working on in the future.
Jules joined Cause4 as an intern on UCL’s Advances Summer Programme in July 2014, after having graduated with a first class degree in Philosophy from the university. In October 2014 he joined the Cause4 Entrepreneurship graduate training programme.
He is passionate about music and its benefits to society, producing in his spare time, reading as much as possible, and setting up a new music society at UCL in his final year.
Jules is keen to develop new fundraising skills, and is particularly interested in charities that involve and support the arts and sport.
Fahmida joined Cause4 as the Digital Marketing and Fundraising Apprentice in September 2014. She developed her interest in social media when working with a local charity that helped young people get into work by providing employability skills and she is keen to understand how charities can use social media to increase their brand awareness. Fahmida’s passion and interest lies in branding and marketing and she undertakes freelance graphics design for various clients to demonstrate her creative side.
Keanue joined Cause4 as the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy apprentice in March 2015. Throughout his school life, he was involved in a variety of Performing Arts clubs, taking part in theatre performances and the school choir. In Year 8 his choir was offered the opportunity by Arsenal Football Club to perform in Trieste, Italy.
He first became interested in Fundraising and Business after volunteering during secondary school to raise money for a small charity that helped provide facilities for children in Kenya such as new water pumps, sports equipment and books for educational purposes. After researching more about the diversity of charity work, he is now keen to expand his arts fundraising knowledge and to identify the many strategies and techniques charities, social enterprises and businesses could use to raise money and to grow in the right direction as a whole.
Georgina graduated in 2014 with a first class degree in English Literature from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and joined Cause4 as a Development Intern in June 2015.
Before working at Cause4, Georgina was a Schools Recruitment Officer at Shakespeare Schools Festival, helping to encourage participation in the festival nationwide. This allowed her to explore the interest in arts education and educational outreach that she developed whilst working at the Cambridge Admissions Office as an undergraduate. She is passionate about the importance of the arts in education and communities, particularly in terms of literature and theatre.
Georgina is aiming to develop her understanding of the practical aspects of development across the charity sector, and to develop her experience of helping a wide range of clients to find strategic ways of achieving their goals.
Jess joined the Cause4 team in June 2015 as an intern on the UCL Summer Advances Programme funded by Santander, having just completed a degree in Spanish at UCL. As part of her degree she lived and worked in Argentina for a year, working as a marketing intern for her first six months in Buenos Aires and then teaching English with the British Council. The latter inspired her to take up a volunteering role as a project leader for a London-based mentoring charity.
Thanks to her experience in the Argentine capital, Jess has a keen interest in marketing and is looking forward to develop a better understanding of innovative fundraising strategy, believing there is a direct correlation between the two.