Philly specialises in effective communication, management development and fundraising development. She is an accredited coach and action learning set facilitator.
Previously, Philly’s career has spanned both the private and charity sectors. She has extensive experience in communications, fundraising and management. Before joining =mc, Philly specialised in large-scale corporate partnerships and was Corporate Account Team Manager at Alzheimer’s Society working with some of their biggest corporate partners, including Tesco and KPMG.
Recently, I have been developing and delivering communications and strategy programmes for organisations including Lumos, CMRF Crumlin – supporting the largest children’s hospital in Ireland, and Independent Age.
A big focus over the next few months is the work I am doing with Marie Curie to support their community fundraisers, by developing and delivering a new programme on emotionally intelligent stewardship.
I will also be continuing my work with some of the leadership teams from Diabetes UK and MS Society through facilitated sessions and Action Learning Set support. And will be preparing to support the delivery of the fourth modular management programme at the Royal Shakespeare Company, which covers a range of leadership topics over seven months.
I began my career in the private sector, working for international training company Lane4, specialising in leadership development and coaching. Initially I was responsible for internal communications between their global offices, but soon moved into the commercial team, launching new customer relationship initiatives across the business. During this time I became an accredited coach and enjoyed delivering learning sessions on personal brand and coaching.
I then moved into the not-for-profit sector and was involved in some integral projects – researching gaps in care for servicemen and their families for the Royal British Legion, and helping develop a volunteer fundraising strategy for Alzheimer’s Society. After this, I spent four years as a fundraising manager, focusing on fundraising from organisations and large scale projects; and enjoyed managing teams, both virtual and cross-departmental.
Now being at =mc, I hugely value the opportunity to work with and support so many important causes, and find myself inspired, on almost a daily basis, by the efforts I see from those we support – to truly make an impact in their roles and through their organisations. If we can help, even in just small ways, to make their work lives easier and more effective, then it’s a day well spent.
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Yvette Gyles, Director