Who I am

Event / Fundraising Consultant, with over twenty five years experience in the hospitality industry and charity sector.

In 2014, I decided to step back from Weddings and closed SJD Events Limited, having found a niche in the charity sector.

  • March 2019 to January 2020  – Event Manager at Walking With The Wounded in the London office, supporting the CEO, Ed Parker and Head of Grants, Pamela Deakin.
  • May 2018 to May 2019 – Maggie’s Chairwomen, BADA ‘Secret Garden’ dinner – Thursday 21st March 2019, raising funds for the new Maggie’s Centre at Royal Marsden Sutton.
  • September 2018 to January 2019 – Event Manager, There But Not There (Remembered Charity).  Working on events such as TFL collection days, Services of Remembrance at Westminster and Bring Tommy Home for Christmas with John Lewis Stores.
  • September 2015 to February 2017 – Coming Home (Haig Housing).   I undertook a consultancy role,  2 days a week with Coming Home the fundraising arm of Haig Housing Trust where I had been volunteering with them since May.  I worked on the Tower of London For Queen & Country event where we projected images on the exterior, the first time ever.  I also worked on the Rankin book ‘For Queen & Country’ and created an art exhibition with other military artists at the Motor Village in Marylebone.
  • May to December 2015, Voluntary work at Maggie’s Head Office, London.   Maggie’s is a cancer charity that offers support through their drop in centres throughout the UK for everyone suffering with the effects Cancer has on your life.   It is an amazing charity and in September 2015 with six friends we did Culture Crawl through the night as Rainbow Warriors.
  • February to September 2014, I undertook a consultancy role as Event Manager for Combat Stress (The Veterans’ Mental Health Charity) working on a number of key events within the Fundraising team.

Voluntary Positions:

  • March 2017 to date – Volunteer with Friends of the Royal Marsden at Chelsea.  Head up the team for Meet & Greet within the hospital, work in the Friends shop, work in the Friends Cafe, work in Outpatients offering trays of water, tea trolley in Medical Day Unit.  And offer administrative support to CCU (Critical Care Unit) when no pandemic.

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