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Gijs Elsen joins the Craigmyle team

We are delighted to announce that Gijs Elsen has joined the Craigmyle team as of 1st August. Gijs brings a wealth of experience in the Performing Arts sector having worked in different areas of the music industry for close to 30 years. As Read more…

Coleshill Parish Church celebrates transformation

St Peter and St Paul, Coleshill, Warwickshire have completed the third of four phases to transform their Grade 1 listed building. Craigmyle Consultant Dr Joel Burden has been working with Reverend Nick Parker and the Coleshill team to support the church’s fundraising efforts. Read more…

Digital support for Westminster’s young people in Covid-19 lockdown

Craigmyle Consultants’ new client, St Andrew’s Club, is delivering an exciting new online service to meet the needs of young people during the Covid-19 lockdown. #VirtualAndrews service is supporting Club members’ physical and mental wellbeing through virtual challenges, opportunities for online hangouts and staying Read more…

Church capital campaign expands community impact

At the Grade 1 listed parish church of St Peter and St Paul, Coleshill, contractors are on site for the latest and most complex phase of an ongoing programme of works. A £1 million re-ordering and restoration campaign has already delivered vital weatherproofing Read more…

A Coronavirus fundraising checklist

Avoid hasty decisions and think holistically, across fundraising, marketing and communications. Develop a charity-wide response. Look after your staff and volunteers. All decisions must have this as the primary consideration. Keep funders informed and if you need to change/delay your plans for their Read more…

The Budget, Spring 2020

Presenting his first budget yesterday, Rishi Sunak, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced a £30bn stimulus package to help the economy get through the coronavirus outbreak. Measures include: a £5bn emergency response fund to support the NHS; statutory sick pay (SSP) from Read more…

Missing Out?

A new report – Missing Out: Understanding the female leadership gap in fundraising – has been published by the Institute of Fundraising. It follows 2019 research that found that the majority of senior fundraising roles are held by men, despite the profession being Read more…

Times of uncertainty

These are uncertain times. Who knows the short and longer term impact of Brexit for charities. This context demands a more rigorous and flexible approach to fundraising, by charities, churches or heritage organisations. Successful fundraising during politically or economically uncertain times depends on Read more…

Celebrating the First 60 years

Craigmyle is the longest established fundraising consultancy company in the UK and to mark its 60th anniversary this year, Craigmyle has published Craigmyle – The First 60 Years, which charts its remarkable story and, alongside it, of post-war fundraising in Britain. Written by Read more…

Mayoral investment in Mary Ward Centre East

The Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Capital Fund has awarded £5.6m to the Mary Ward Settlement Group to help move its specialist adult educational centre from Camden to Stratford, East London. The move is part of the Settlement’s plans to expand its Read more…

Wendy Foreman joins the Craigmyle team

We are pleased to announce that Wendy Foreman has joined the Craigmyle team, adding a new dimension as she brings over 30 years’ communications experience in the private and public sectors. With the energy and drive to deliver excellence in strategic communications based Read more…

HLF New Strategy Bulletin January 2019

Introduction The Heritage Lottery Fund has a new name and brand – National Lottery Heritage Fund. This is clearly aimed at raising the profile of the National Lottery as a mechanism for funding good causes, in the ambition that this will help sell Read more…

Christine Buccella Joins Craigmyle

We are happy to announce that Christine Buccella has joined the Craigmyle Consultant team. She has an impressive breadth of experience across the non-profit sector, including five Director-level fundraising positions and many years of experience as a self-employed fundraising consultant and project manager. Read more…

The Budget, Autumn 2018

Austerity is nearly over, according to the Chancellor’s Budget speech yesterday. He made a number of welcome announcements aimed at alleviating the administrative burden on charities, summarised below. There are also measures of more indirect interest to charities of various kinds, across the Read more…

New Facilities at Coleshill Parish Church

New facilities for the local community and congregation are being used for the first time at Coleshill Parish Church as phase one of a £1.05 million remodelling and restoration project is completed. The large Grade I listed parish church is an active focal Read more…

Siân Newton Joins Craigmyle

We’re delighted to welcome Siân Newton to the Craigmyle Consultant team. She brings a wide range of skills and experience, most recently as Appeal Director of the £6.9 million campaign at Guildford Cathedral. Over 20 years Siân has worked in local and national Read more…

Worcestershire Royal Hospital Breast Unit

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has officially opened the new Breast Cancer Haven at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s state of the art Breast Unit. Craigmyle consultant Geoff Howard worked for several years on the campaign to build and equip the unit which opened Read more…

Charities and the Chancellor

Click here to read Craigmyle’s analysis of what the charity sector needs to note from the Autumn 2017 budget.

Legacy donors plant their own celebratory roses at Beaulieu Convent School, Jersey

Following the conclusion of Beaulieu Convent School Foundation’s first capital appeal, which has already delivered highly valued improvements to the School’s campus, a legacy programme has recently been inaugurated. Future legators who declare their provision for the School in their wills automatically become Read more…

Rowans Hospice

After a major development project, Rowans Hospice will be able to help new categories of patients at a new Living Well Centre. From the moment of diagnosis, people with a life-limiting illness in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and their families and carers Read more…

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2016

In contrast to the seismic political events that 2016 will forever be remembered for, Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement was something of a sedate affair, and probably none the worse for that. Most of the key measures, such as the investment in infrastructure Read more…

National Heritage Centre

An eleven-year project came to fruition with the opening on 3rd November 2016 of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at the Palace House site in Newmarket by Her Majesty the Queen. Planning for the Centre, which includes a new Read more…

We are delighted to announce that Gijs Elsen has joined the Craigmyle team as of 1st August.

Gijs brings a wealth of experience in the Performing Arts sector having worked in different areas of the music industry for close to 30 years.

As General Manager of The Sixteen he was responsible for initiating the Choral Pilgrimage, a highly successful annual programme that survives to this day. During 10 years at The Barbican, Gijs brought the greatest international groups, orchestras, artists and ensembles to London and co-produced with major international venues and festivals in projects ranging from classical and contemporary music to opera, film and dance.

Most recently, as Chief Executive of The English Concert Gijs achieved considerable commercial and fundraising success through cross-artform collaborations with opera dance and theatre companies. Through a combination of Arts Council, Trusts & Foundations, corporate sponsorship and Individual Giving he raised more than £3 million in contributed income towards core business, artistic projects as well as education work.

As a Craigmyle Consultant, Gijs will contribute to supporting clients in the following areas:

  • Strategic consultancy, including organisational restructuring post-Covid-19
  • Fundraising strategy and implementation, including building resilience and project campaigns
  • Leadership, Governance and mentoring.

With arts organisations facing unprecedented challenges at this time, Gijs is able to offer a valuable mix of practical advice, change management and expertise honed from decades of work with a broad range of stakeholders.  He also brings a sympathetic and supportive ear – something all too often hard to find for arts leaders, especially in small-medium organisations.

Gijs says:

I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues at Craigmyle, adding my Performing Arts experience to the significant range of skills and disciplines already there. With Craigmyle’s impressive 60-year history I am proud to be part of the team and look forward to working for the benefit of our clients, especially at a time when our support is so very much needed.

To contact Gijs for an informal discussion of how he might support your organisation, telephone 07887 475190 or email gijs@craigmyle.org.uk