Fundraising teams, especially those in smaller organizations, need to be masters of many trades. They often find themselves with their heads in the strategy and their hands in the kitchen sink, expected to deal with both high level and low level tasks and activities. So how do you balance all that and still come out on top as a top team? By knowing where to invest your energy, that’s how. This session will focus on key skills and strategies you need to be a high performance team that has innovation running through its veins. Come if you’re currently working in or leading a fundraising team and you’re good but you want to be better.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Create the best environment for top team working and innovation
  2. Identify and work to the characteristics that make a high performing team
  3. Maintain a high challenge/high support team environment
  4. Practical advice on where to focus to get the best results for you and your team

Lucy Gower

Founder and Director


Lucy Gower is founder and director at Lucidity. She is an accomplished trainer, coach and consultant specialising in innovation. Lucy led the first innovation team at the UK children’s charity the NSPCC and it was here that she realised that for change to happen you need a clear purpose, the best ideas, processes and technology, and most importantly you need the right people working together. Since leaving the NSPCC in 2012 Lucy has worked with over 50 organisations including Amnesty International, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Nesta, The Children’s Society and Greenpeace to help them their teams think more clearly and work together to get better results. She is author of the best-selling book “The Innovation Workout” a blogger and conference speaker and often seen on Twitter @lucyinnovation

Helena Sharpstone, MInstF, MCIPD


Sharpstone Skinner Ltd.

Helena Sharpstone is a learning and development specialist, mentor, writer, and a regular speaker at business conferences.  With a background in commercial selling and a former Head of Training at Help the Aged, Helena’s special areas of interest include leading teams, personal effectiveness and communicating with impact.  Together with Caryn Skinner and since 1997 she has run the leadership and team development training company Sharpstone Skinner.