In a former life, I was a business analyst and project manager with international manufacturing company, Nestlé UK.
Since deciding that the not-for-profit sector was a far more interesting and rewarding environment, I have gained over 20 years experience as a Fundraiser and Development Manager for various charities in the South East. Firstly managing a small ‘Nightstop’ project in Surrey helping homeless young people, alongside a similar role with the local YMCA.
Then after moving to a larger YMCA in Sussex, as their first Development Manager, I grew the income of the charity substantially through successful bids to trusts, lottery and statutory organisations, as well as developing a successful fundraising events programme. I subsequently played a key role in the early development of Sussex Community Foundation focusing on major gifts from individuals, companies and charitable trusts.
Since setting up Nahira Consultancy in 2015, I’ve worked with a wide variety of charities on areas such as strategic fundraising reviews, major donor development and trust fundraising plans. As an accredited partner Consultant for Donorfy, I have helped over 70 charities across the UK, both large and small, to implement and make the best use of their CRM fundraising software, with a focus on fundraising best practice.
I bring both passion and determination to my Consultancy role, combined with an ability to clearly identify the task and focus on getting tangible results. Clients regularly comment on my flexibility, empathy and the ability to communicate clearly, making otherwise complex concepts easy to understand.
Outside of work, you may find me in a variety of pursuits including hill-walking, cycling, meditating or singing! I have performed as a solo classical singer in recitals across Sussex, and belong to more local choirs than is probably good for me…
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