Sep 14 2023
Ask a Development Director


A National Development Series event, in partnership with the North West Development Network (NWDN) and Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy.

Ever wondered how Development Directors get to the top? Want to be a Head of Trusts but don’t know how to get there? Struggling with progression and don’t feel comfortable asking your line manager what’s next? 

On Thursday 14 September at 12pm, Young Arts Fundraisers and the North West Development Network will be joined by some of the most senior arts fundraisers in the UK to answer questions from the YAF and NWDN networks. Whether it’s a question about promotion or pay rises, ethical fundraising or going freelance, this is your opportunity to submit anonymous questions to a panel of Development Directors who want to help.

We’re delighted to confirm that Frankie Spickernell (Prev. Head of Philanthropy, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Executive Director/Joint CEO, Pentabus Theatre Company), Matt Freeman (Director of Freeman Fundraising and Prev. Director of Development, Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Paul Amadi (Non-Executive Director for Cause4 and Chief Support Officer, British Red Cross) will be joining us to share their expertise and answer your questions.

This event will be a panel Q&A until 1pm, and then an open discussion from 1-1:30pm.

So, if you have something that you’ve always wanted to know but have never had the chance to ask, please send it to us in advance at or use our socials! 

Our Partners

This event is managed by the Young Arts Fundraisers National Development Team and delivered in partnership with the North West Development Network. Young Arts Fundraisers is committed to supporting emerging fundraisers across the country, supporting them to network with other fundraisers in their region and beyond. Through bespoke events hosted online in various regions or creating conversation with a regional focus, the YAF National Development team lead on our ambition to grow the network’s reach beyond London.

Our new partnership with the North West Development Network speaks to these ambitions. The NW Development Network is a peer support and skill sharing network of fundraisers, the majority of whom work in the cultural sector across North West England.  Starting out in 2005 with four sole fundraisers meeting for a quarterly coffee, the group now numbers 250+. In 2022, the NW Development Network established its sub-group for early career fundraisers who now connect regularly and arrange social meet ups.

This event is also part of a partnership project with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, who are supporting Young Arts Fundraisers to grow and thrive through Networks Funding.

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