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.
Jane worked as a national newspaper and magazine journalist for many years (with regular articles in The Times, The Independent, Independent on Sunday, Financial Times, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times, Newsweek, Evening Standard, Red, Marie Claire and more). She was also PR Director at Sans Frontiere Marketing Communications and has worked as a freelance copywriter and editor.
In 2011, she became a secondary school English teacher and in January 2019, she combined her experience of journalism and education by joining FundEd as Editor. She continues to work part-time as an English Teacher and so has first hand experience of the current funding issues in education.
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.
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.
Emma joined the team in February 2019 after a fun stint helping a national charity's local branch with their fundraising. She has spent most of her working life in advertising and marketing agencies, which saw her manage a variety of campaigns. Emma looks after some of our advertising clients and is responsible for researching new products, resources and workshops to feature in our magazines, as well as putting together our giveaways page for PTA+. She has three school-age children and is passionate about supporting schools and PTAs