- Cause4 team
- Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme Fellows
- Guildhall School of Music & Drama Creative Entrepreneurs
Cause4 Senior Management
Tom joined the Cause4 team in November 2014 as Director of Business Development and Operations. 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.
Emma joined Cause4 as Senior Associate, Strategy and Fundraising in December 2010 and became the company’s Director of Talent in June 2014.
She studied music at the University of Oxford before moving to London to spend ten years working as a development professional in the cultural sector, during which time she was Development Director for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Previously, as the European Union Youth Orchestra’s first Development and Marketing Manager Emma was solely responsible for the organisation’s fundraising, marketing and press activity. Emma has also worked for the British Museum, both the Development and Education Departments of Aldeburgh Productions, and the Britten Pears School.
Emma is a Committee Member of LPO Contemporaries, a viola player and singer and a keen horticulturalist.
Amanda is Director of Programmes for Cause4, and Heads up the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, a national Catalyst-funded Programme via Arts Council England to transform the arts sector’s capacity and skills in fundraising and philanthropy. 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 Head 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.
Stewart joined Cause4 in April 2013 as Head of Philanthropy and Projects, a newly created part-time role which Stewart will take on alongside his position as Chief Executive of the Wembley National Stadium Trust. Stewart will support the Cause4 team in developing a number of new philanthropic Foundations.
Stewart has extensive previous experience in the charitable sector, having worked most recently as a senior grants officer for the City Bridge Trust, London’s largest charitable trust fund, where he has overseen the grant making and assessment processes, working across themes as diverse as disability, youth leadership, ex-offenders, older people, and environmental education.
Stewart was seconded as Head of Secretariat at the London Bombings Relief Fund in 2005, the UK’s first national disaster fund, established in the wake of 7/7 to distribute £12m received in public donations to the injured survivors and bereaved families.
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.
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.
Martina joined Cause4 as Head of Development in November 2014, after leading the fundraising department of the Everyman & Playhouse theatres in Liverpool during the exciting opening of the new £28 million Stirling Award winning Everyman Theatre.
She studied Contemporary Arts at University, which lead to an early career as an Actress & Director before moving into Development. She is responsible for a series of cultural first in the North West including Liverpool Football club’s sponsorship of The Reds Gallery in Liverpool’s Bluecoat art gallery and bringing Picasso to the Contemporary Urban Centre.
Martina is a Trustee of Fittings Multimedia Arts an organisation committee to working with deaf & disabled artists, a classically trained singer and who is passionate about helping charities reach their potential.
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. In July 2013, Sam became Development Coordinator, and in June 2014 Sam was promoted to Development Manager.
Sam’s principal areas of interest are the arts and sport, 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 and Trusts and Foundations and training for the education sector. Sam passed the Institute of Fundraising Certificate in July 2013.
Alice studied French at Somerville College, Oxford and joined the Cause4 Entrepreneurship Programme in April 2013.
After graduating with a first class degree, Alice interned at Giving What We Can, helping to set up their London chapter, and also interned at Street Child of Sierra Leone 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. She also has a longstanding interest in the arts, particularly literature, music and cinema. She is looking forward to learning more about philanthropy and to working with a range of client organisations at Cause4.
Ben recently joined Cause4 as a Development Intern and became an Associate on the Entrepreneurship programme in January 2014. 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 Cause4 in February 2014 as an Intern after graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 2011 with a degree in law. Since graduating Emily has undertaken internships within government and the commercial sector both in the UK and abroad. At both she worked closely with charities and NGOs. It was this interaction that sparked her interest and passion in the third sector and she is looking to build on this during her time at Cause4. Emily has a particular interest in international development and is looking forward to working across a range of charitable causes.
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.