Bringing historical research skills and an endless curiosity to fundraising executive search.

Tara Patel, Executive Search Researcher, Peridot Partners

Tara Patel
Senior Consultant | Fundraising Appointments

m. 07398 901458

Using research to have a positive impact in the fundraising sector

Ever curious about those who impacted the world we live in, I undertook a BA in History. Not feeling satisfied, I embarked upon a Master’s in History, specialising in American Constitutional History. I then realised it was high time for me to get out of the archives and utilise my endless curiosity and research skills.

I joined Peridot because I wanted to use my research skills to have a positive impact in the fundraising sector and to grow my research ability. Peridot was the exact answer to these objectives, and I could not be more thrilled to work with a team who are so passionate and supportive.

Outside of work, you can find me: attempting to run, expanding my record collection, or reading – anything from historical biographies to Haruki Murakami. Most of the time, I am usually around my family eating and talking until one of us begins to fall asleep around the dining table.

I had a great experience with Peridot Partners through the help of Tara Patel who built such a rapport with me, I felt I had known her for years which put me at ease through the entire recruitment process. She was always a friendly voice to be greeted with on the phone when finding out about each stage and she did it with such professionalism and care.

I am very grateful and appreciative for all her help and emails letting me know the timescales of when I would expert to hear feedback or outcomes. She never let me down and I think she showed true skill and passion for her role of wanting to help people get their dream jobs. It was contagious and I would feel this way no matter the outcome of the recruitment process.

Successful candidate for a wildlife charity

Tara's Track Record

Birdlife International | Individual Giving and Supporter Care

Compassion in World Farming | Fundraising Prospect Research Manager

Global Witness | Grants Manager, Head of New Business

Hospice UK | Corporate Partnerships Manager, Interim Head of Events and Supporter Engagement, Major Giving Manager, New Business Manager

International Rescue Committee UK | Acquisition Marketing Manager, Mass Markets

Myeloma UK |Head of High Value, Head of Public Fundraising, Director of Fundraising

NHS Charities Together | Mass Participation Manager, Regular Giving Manager

Prostate Cancer UK | Appeal Project Manager, Head of Appeal, Interim Philanthropy Manager, Research and Insight Manager, Senior Partnerships Development Manager

Royal Free Charity | Philanthropy Lead

Target Ovarian Cancer | Director, Development

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity | Prospect Research Manager

UnLtd | Business Development Lead

Yorkshire Ambulance Service | Head of Charity

My experience as a candidate working with Tara at Peridot was a hugely positive one. Her communication was timely, her advice sound and reassuring and I felt supported every step of the process. I owe huge thanks to Tara for helping me to develop my career and place me in an organisation with a fantastic culture, something that is very important to me.

Successful candidate for a hospice charity

Tara was incredibly helpful and attentive throughout the whole recruitment process, keeping me in the loop and providing timely feedback after my first interview. Her interview advice was on point and helped me focus on the areas that were most critical to the employer. It was a smooth and easy experience from start to finish and I hugely recommend working with Tara!

Successful candidate for a human rights charity

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