Fundraising Team

Our fundraising team’s aim is to increase understanding and support within the profession – and raise the vital funds required to help members of the wider architectural profession, and their families, in times of need.

Their goal is to create long-term sustainability for the Society and increase donations from individuals and practices. They love to keep our supporters up to date with how their money is being used and show them how their generosity helps rebuild lives.

The Team Members:

  •   External Relations Manager
  •   Supporter Relations Officer
  •   Communications and Trusts Officer

Katie Vivian External Relations Manager – 

"I joined the ABS as External Relations Manager in January 2016. My role involves working with the Fundraising Team to generate income for, and raise awareness of the charity to ensure that we can continue to provide valuable support to those in the industry who need it. My background is in supported employment, specialising in autism, and Business Development for a social enterprise which involved generating income through contracts and grants, and service development. Joining the ABS has given me a chance to apply my knowledge and skills in a new field to drive through the new fundraising strategy. I see this as an exciting opportunity, as I strongly believe in the support provided by the ABS. Outside of work, my two young daughters keep me busy. I also enjoy being creative, especially making celebration cakes for family and friends!"

Mark Thomas  Supporter Relations Officer – 

"I have been the Stewardship Officer at the Society since March 2014.  I have over a decade of experience in Donor Care within the charity sector and I also volunteer for local charities.  My role sits with the Fundraising team and is focused on communicating the work of the Society to new and existing supporters to promote engagement and retention.  I also work on a number of fundraising appeals and manage the processing and acknowledgment of all incoming donations from individuals and practices.  My goal is to ensure that our supporters are cared for, looked after and feel valued."

Reema Patel – Communications Officer 
"I joined the Fundraising team back in August 2014.  My role was initially Gift Aid Officer, where I primarily focused on ensuring our donations are tax-efficient by encouraging donors to ‘Gift Aid’ their donations whenever possible. In March 2015 I began my new position as Communications and Trusts Officer.  In this role, I split my time between Trust Fundraising and raising awareness of the Society’s work through various forms of communications, such as Social Media and by working with the team to develop our appeals, newsletters and website.  Outside of work, I spend my time with my friends & family, volunteering with various organisations and making cards or crafty gifts for people."
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