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Head of Fundraising and Engagement Gresham College

Join a charity that has been providing high-quality free education to millions of people since 1597. Gresham College is seeking an experienced charity fundraiser who is committed to engaging new audiences and developing a range of income generation activities as the next Head of Fundraising and Engagement.

  • Location: Hybrid/London (3 days minimum on site)
  • Salary: £70,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 22nd May

Who we are.

Gresham College is a charity that provides high-quality free education to the public across a broad range of subjects. The College aims to stimulate a love of learning and intellectual curiosity while championing academic rigor, professional expertise and freedom of expression.

Gresham College has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years. Lectures are attended by in-person audiences and are live-streamed around the world.

The College is now in year four of an exciting five-year plan which has the aim of increasing and broadening the audience that the College reaches. Each year, we provide public lectures by leading academics and experts for thousands of people in London and millions online.

Offering top-level education to the public for free is something we intend to continue doing and alongside Gresham’s two founding sponsors, the Mercers’ Company and the City of London Corporation, we will continue to seek opportunities to engage with our valued audience members and supporters — and find ways to generate income that will ensure more people can benefit from the outstanding education Gresham offers.

About the role.

Historically funded almost exclusively by its founding sponsors, the Corporation of London and the Mercers Company, in 2021, Gresham College recruited our first dedicated income generation role.

Our track record of success since this appointment has shown that there is tremendous potential in diversifying the College’s income.

As we continue to build on the successes achieved over the last 3 years, Gresham College is seeking a new Head of Fundraising and Engagement, who will be responsible for driving income generation for the College and for engaging our audiences through traditional and digital means.

Reporting to the Executive Director, you will be a key member of the College senior leadership team, playing an important role in helping the organisation progress towards its strategic objectives of building audiences and diversifying income while delivering the very best academic learning to the general public.

The Head of Fundraising and Engagement will play the central role in continuing to draw new forms of income to support the College’s educational mission, which will include leading on a portfolio of income-generating activities including individual giving and legacies, corporate sponsorship, events, trusts and foundations, business development, venue hire and collaborative partnerships.

You will build on the success of the 6.5 million annual views of our YouTube channel to generate income from small donations and memberships, as well as play the lead role in growing relationships with high-net-worth individuals and corporations.

As Head, you will have responsibility for the College’s wider profile and engagement, in owned, earned and paid-for media, including traditional and digital channels. This activity will aim to support both the mission of the charity in reaching audiences as well as provide key tools for income generation.

You will be responsible for brand management and development, including management of the College’s online and PR presence to grow our profile and reputation.

This role offers the opportunity to work with a range of stakeholders, including the Provost and other senior managers, and you will be expected to contribute to the College’s Council and sub-committees to report on income generation activities.

The Head of Fundraising and Engagement will line manage a team of four staff, including a Website and Communications Manager, PR Coordinator, Events and Office Administrator and Content Curator.

Gresham College staff are expected to work on site for a minimum of three days per week and flexible working arrangements will be agreed in advance with the line manager.

‘The College aims to stimulate a love of learning and intellectual curiosity and to champion academic rigor, professional expertise and freedom of expression.’

Who we are looking for.

We are seeking candidates with a demonstratable track record of success in raising income in a charity environment, alongside knowledge of the requirements of the fundraising regulator and best practice in the sector.

You will bring experience of working across a range of income generation areas and activities, including membership, HNWIs, corporate, and trusts and foundations. It is essential candidates demonstrate their ability to identify, build and maintain strong donor, sponsor and supporter relationships. You should also be familiar with managing engagement and communications programmes, particularly through digital means.

We expect applicants to have experience of managing fundraising CRMs and be proficient in using MS Office applications.

Candidates should bring experience of managing individuals or teams focused on income generation within a relevant setting and be able to demonstrate the impact of their leadership through the achievement of successful income generation activities.

You must demonstrate your ability to organise time effectively, prioritise workloads, meet deadlines and multitask with ease.

Candidates should be able to operate at a senior level and bring experience of collaborating with colleagues in strategy making.

Gresham College encourages applications from those of diverse backgrounds who meet the role specification brief. The College is committed to fairness, consistency and transparency in selection decisions.



  • University of London SAUL Pension Scheme (16% employers’ contribution).
  • 28 days holiday, plus 6 closure days over Christmas.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

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Welcome from the Executive Director

Dear Candidate,

Thank you very much for your interest in joining Gresham College as our next Head of Fundraising and Engagement.

This is an exciting time to join the College as we focus on developing our income generation activities, which will include expanding our reach to engage with more audiences across London and with millions of people online.

We have had 51 million views of our online lectures to date, and this format provides us with an opportunity to improve education and advance the dissemination of world-class research far and wide.

To continue our work and a legacy of over four centuries of free education, we are seeking an experienced charity fundraiser to join the senior leadership team.

The Head of Fundraising and Engagement will be the most senior fundraiser in the organisation and will have an opportunity to drive our income generation strategy, which aims to raise upwards of £500,000 over the next 3 years. This will ensure the College can continue to offer free, accessible education in London and to millions across the world as well as engage new audiences in the future.

If you have the experience required to fulfil the duties of this post and a passion for furthering the aims of a charity dedicated to providing free access to high-quality education, then please get in touch with one of the Peridot Partners consultants.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Smith
Executive Director, Gresham College

About us

Gresham College has been providing free public lectures since 1597, when Sir Thomas Gresham founded the College to bring the ‘new learning’ to Londoners. We were the first Institute of Higher Education in London.

Sir Thomas Gresham was admitted to the Mercers’ Company aged 24 and spent time as a Royal Agent in Antwerp, becoming a driver of mercantile policy in Tudor England. Inspired by the time he spent in one of the most dynamic cities in Europe, which fostered an appreciation of technical and scientific innovation associated with trade, Sir Thomas was committed to bringing this ‘new learning’ to the City of London and established Gresham College as his legacy.

The original seven Professorships reflected traditional subjects and also Thomas Gresham’s desire to bring the new, scientific thinking of continental Europe to England. Thus, the original Chairs were in Divinity, Astronomy, Geometry and Music, all nominated by the City of London Corporation; and Law, Physic and Rhetoric, nominated by the Mercers’ Company.

Gresham College is now jointly administered by the City of London Corporation and the Worshipful Company of Mercers.

Today, we carry on Sir Thomas’s vision, bringing some of the world’s most brilliant minds to speak in fields ranging across the arts and sciences.

The number of Gresham Professors remained unchanged for well over 300 years, until the mid-1980s when Professorships in Management, Ethics, Education and Commerce were introduced. However, only Commerce (later Business) survived the decade, financed by the Mercers’ School Memorial Trust.

More recently, the Frank Jackson Professor of the Environment Chair was created in 2014. A year later, the IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology Chair was created, thanks to sponsorship by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

Professorships today are awarded for three-year terms. Together with our Visiting Professors and guest speakers, our Professors help us provide over 100 free lectures each year. You can visit our website to view the Lecture Series 2023-24.

Whilst the location and format of the lectures have taken various forms over the centuries, when Gresham College moved to Barnard’s Inn in 1991, the remit reverted to focus again on free lectures in the original subjects.

We began live streaming all lectures in 2017 and have had 51 million online views so far. There are over 2,500 videos featuring over 1200 speakers available to watch via our website or YouTube.

Accessibility information

Gresham College wholeheartedly supports the principles of equal opportunity in employment and is opposed to all forms of unfair or unlawful discrimination.

We will treat all job applicants and employees in the same way, regardless of any protected characteristic. We seek to promote equal opportunities and we welcome diversity amongst our staff.

We will consider and make reasonable adjustments to facilitate the requirements of employees with specific needs, which may include:

  • Adjustments to premises
  • Providing suitable workspaces or location
  • Providing training and mentorship
  • Supplying equipment

You can review Gresham College’s Equal Opportunity Policy for further information.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

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