Helen Geary

Helen Geary


+44 (0)7970 980821

Like many fundraisers, I came into this profession by accident – in my case through a love of theatre which led to the Development department at the National Theatre. And what a happy and rewarding accident it’s been. For over 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of helping make it possible for brilliant, talented people to do extraordinary things; of helping charities change the world for the better; and of ensuring donors feel great about being part of that change.

I’m a very curious person. I love getting right into the heart of things and learning all about what people are doing and why. But I also love helping clients step away from the detail and look at the bigger picture. When you take a step back, all sorts of interesting patterns and connections begin to emerge. There’s no greater feeling than when a client says I’ve helped them see things in a new way.

Some I've worked with recently

  • English Heritage Trust
  • The Queen's College, Oxford


  • Fundraising strategy
  • Working with boards and senior leadership
  • Capital and revenue project development
  • Mentoring
  • Fundraising ethics and governance
  • Broad experience across income streams including major gifts, regular giving, legacies, grants and lottery

Before More

  • Director of Fundraising, Lichfield Cathedral
  • Associate, Tarnside Consulting
  • Head of Development and Alumni Relations, Birmingham City University
  • Research and Grant-Writing Manager, Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Information Officer (Major Donors and Organisations), RNIB
  • Assistant to the Director of Development, Royal National Theatre
  • First in Classics, University of Oxford

Outside More

  • Trustee of two wonderful charities, Classics for All and Sinfonia Viva
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising
  • Mentor for the Evolve programme, a partnership between Young Arts Fundraisers and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising
  • Former choral scholar and still a keen singer, often to be found driving a 5-hour round trip just to be in a particularly exciting concert
  • Avid reader, enthusiastic cook, emerging gardener
  • Taxi driver and logistics manager for a busy 10-year-old
  • Loudest parent on the sidelines at sports fixtures