Our People

We build relationships, create trust and form consensus, using top level expertise gained from over 100 years of experience. A collegiate approach maximises value from a team whose specialisms include capital appeals, fundraising strategies, trust fundraising, coaching, facilitated workshops, prospects research and individual giving.

Patrick Boggon


It is about having the insight to know what to do and the capacity then make it happen. After 25 years it still fascinates and excites me.

Patrick has helped clients raise over £100 million in capital appeals. Patrick also supports trustees and senior management teams as they set new strategic directions. He helps them produce transformational plans, recruit and support the team that can then deliver.

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Frances Snowden


“It’s always exciting when a client secures funding – it completes the circuit and makes things possible.”

Frances runs projects for clients and leads the trust and foundations operations for Tarnside. She has a string of successes to her name – from £1m plus grants for Auckland Castle to managing projects for clients such as Avalon School’s £1m hydrotherapy pool appeal. Originally with arts and heritage background, in recent years Frances has also worked with clients in education, disability and health.

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Tobin Aldrich

Associate Consultant

“Fundraising only works if you go out and make stuff happen.”

Tobin Aldrich is a highly experienced senior fundraising leader who has been an extraordinarily successful Director of Fundraising for WWF, Sightsavers, Concern Worldwide, Centrepoint and the National Deaf Children’s Society. Teams led by Tobin have raised well in excess of £500m since 2004 and have recruited over 1 million individual donors for a range of domestic and international causes.

Chris Fancy

Associate Consultant

“Telling a cause’s story so that is comes alive and has meaning”

Chris helped lead Oxford University’s Oxford Thinking Campaign to its £1 billion target. As well as higher education Chris has experience with environmental, public sector and school fundraising. Chris is also an author working on his second novel.

Emily Van Lier

Associate Consultant

“relationships and attention to detail underpin everything”

Emily Van Lier has worked with NGOs of all sizes, from start-ups to complex major international organisations. She was Director of WaterAid America, where she was responsible for launching and running their first fundraising and policy office in the US.

Charles Kingston

Head of Research

“Successful strategies are driven by evidence”

As Head of Prospect Research at Oxford University’s Development Office, Charles is responsible for leading the major gift research for the Oxford Thinking campaign, the largest ever philanthropic campaign in Europe. Charles has spent his career in research and knowledge management, previously working at a ‘Big Four’ global professional services firm, and a leading business institute. He has both an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree from Oxford University, as well as an MSc in Information Science from City University.

Emma Collins

Associate Consultant

“Show funders the value you add and difference you can make”

Emma has a background in the arts, health and social care, and heritage with an excellent track record in with trusts, the public sector, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. She supports Charites with both revenue and capital fundraising requirements. Emma is a specialist in impact assessment which has proved invaluable in securing repeat long-term support.

Diane Pinder

Accounts Controller

Diane keeps a scrupulous eye on Tarnside’s finances and makes sure that our accounts are kept up-to-date and the business operates efficiently. She gained her FCCA qualification in 2000 and was previously Finance Manager at Brathay Hall Trust where she worked in the accounts department for 7 years.

Phil Donnison

Non-Executive Director

Phil Donnison PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, MCIPD, is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist specialising in management and personal development programmes for employees working in the corporate, public and voluntary sectors. He is retained as a coach and mentor to senior managers and executives by organisations in the UK and abroad.


Adam Starkey

Non-Executive Director

Adam Starkey is the CEO and Founder of Green Gourmet Ltd.,  a food innovation company that supplies food to schools and airlines in the UK and Europe. As well as running his own successful company, he acts as non-executive director to several others.

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Laurence Ormerod

Non-Executive Director

Laurence Ormerod MA, M Eng, brings his extensive experience, gained as a managing director of an international oil business, to Tarnside. His skills and experience enable him to combine an in-depth understanding of high-level technology and hard-nosed business issues with an innate skill for managing people.

He is a non-executive director of several businesses and an independent consultant resolving complex organizational, commercial and technical issues for a range of clients including universities, startups and oilfield technology businesses.

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Tilly is Tarnside’s premier canine consultant. She combines her strategic role in the office with barking at the postman and running in the fells.



A new member of the team, Gigi provides an enthusiastic welcome to visitors when she’s not expertly camouflaging herself on the floor.