Richard began his career in sales after travelling and teaching in Kenya. His market expertise means he is able to seek out, build and nurture long-term partnerships with clients. These relationships enable us to provide fundraising services to schools free of charge, helping them to raise even more! Richard ensures the company remains competitive and innovative, swiftly adapting the business strategy according to changes in the market. After identifying an emerging need for school business managers to engage in fundraising activities, Richard decided to launch FundEd for schools.
Carol's background is in publishing. She joined us initially for two months, and has been here since 2011. Carol makes sure we are producing inventive and original content across the magazines and digital platforms. She loves learning about new technologies, and finding ways to help our small team achieve as much as we possibly can. Her obsession with organisation and planning help us stay on track and remain true to our values. Carol is mum to one school-age child, and an active member of the school's PTA, for which she concentrates on publicity and communicating with the parents.
Katie has worked in publishing for almost 20 years, as a writer, editor and sub editor across magazines, newspapers and online. Katie is here to make sure everything you read in our magazines is clear, relevant and, most importantly, factually correct. She also plans, commissions and writes content for PTA+ and FundEd magazines, working closely with the rest of the team on shaping the direction of the magazines as they grow. Katie is mum to two primary school-aged children and is an active member of their school's PFA.
Heather finished her school years in 2013 and fondly remembers the special things that enriched her experience (the big blue Wendy house was her favourite), which is why she's passionate about helping PTAs enhance a new generation of pupils' lives through fundraising. Having earned her degree in Creative Writing, Heather does most of the in-house writing, which means she's always thinking of new feature ideas, researching stories, finding testimonials and interviewing PTA members. She's also involved in running our Facebook groups and writes our email newsletters.
Lucy is a former secondary school English teacher and primary school governor. Her experience puts her in an excellent position to understand what both primary and secondary schools need so she can source the best value-for-money products and innovative resources for our readers. She knows how important it is to help schools fundraise and save money in the current challenging financial climate. Lucy has three children of her own.
Sarah joined us when her youngest daughter started pre-school. Sarah thrives on variety: one minute she's liaising with subscribers and advertisers on the magazines, the next she's researching and compiling the FundEd grants database. Sarah contributes ideas, grants information and testimonials to the publishing team and is also the administrator of our Child Safe Zones scheme, which runs in shopping centres nationwide. In her 'spare' time, Sarah's the secretary of the (very successful) PTFA at her daughter's school and leader in charge of a local Guide unit.
Roz began her career as a PA for the director of a charity, before moving into due diligence. Following her maternity leave, Roz joined Community Inspired, where she assists the managing director in day-to-day activities, taking responsibility for email and online activity, particularly our Facebook suppliers directories. Roz has two school-aged children.
Our extended team of experts are specialists in bid-writing, crowdfunding, working effectively with business partners, and public sector procurement. They share proven methods that are already working in schools, and are helping us create a bank of case studies and practical resources.
Rachel Gordon heads up the School Funding Service, which helps schools across the UK secure grants for a range of projects, from sports equipment to extended services. She writes bids for schools and advises them on how to maximise their funding potential. Rachel has written for numerous publications, including Headteacher Update and Sec-Ed.
Howard Rose is Director of Funding and Publicity at Central Schools Trust (MAT). Since 2012, he has secured over £400,000 through grants, sponsorship and support from businesses. Howard won a British Chamber of Commerce Education and Business Partnership Award in 2015 and Solihull Business Person of the Year in 2016 for the work he has done to develop relationships with local businesses to enhance teaching and learning.
Sam Baker is Head of Business and Education Partnerships at Mark Rutherford School in Bedford. In 2011, Sam established an education-business partnership programme, which now has over 150 local and national organisations playing an active role in the life of the school and the career progression of students. This involves regular networking meetings, Preparation for Work workshops and the Business Mentor Programme, for which Sam was awarded a British Chamber of Commerce Education and Business Partnership Award in 2015.