Simon Pennington

Simon Pennington


+44 (0)1954 712 509
+44 (0)7956 372 368

I like a story – we all do. Fundraisers are great story-tellers. There are knotty problems, a plethora of possible futures, heroes and heroines. Exceptional people undertaking research or care; amazing scholastic talents ready to bloom. Culture and drama to enrich or change lives. I like to try and get that story across: with the right words, yes, but also the energy and body language, the eyes, the spirit and the heart to leave people thinking – “I’d like to help with that. That’s special”.

Some I've worked with recently

  • Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • Anti-Slavery International
  • Asthma + Lung UK
  • Aurora Education Foundation
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
  • Guy's and St Thomas' Charity
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Making the Leap
  • Medair
  • Mercy Ships
  • The National Gallery
  • National Saturday Club
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • NHS Charities Together
  • Oxford Hospitals Charity
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Royal Free Charity
  • The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Winchester
  • The Wolfson Foundation


  • Mentoring and coaching for fundraisers, and non-fundraisers who want to raise funds
  • Distilling and conveying complex stories and ideas simply
  • Preparing for, delivering, and ultimately reviewing a Campaign or other fundraising step-change
  • Interviewing major donors, and understanding their ambitions and intentions, to guide clients on fundraising and volunteer leadership potential
  • Strategy, structure and resources needed to make fundraising successful

Before More

A great state education and Oxford – social mobility and great teaching are still causes close to my heart. Then fundraising for two world-class universities, LSE and UCL.

Outside More

  • Top of mind would be running, biking, triathlon and a range of endurance events
  • As a Spurs fan I hope I haven’t just seen them reach the zenith, with a trajectory heading down...
  • I’m a Trustee of the wonderful Tushinde Children’s Trust, which is always in need of new donors…
  • Cooking and eating
  • Red wine and beer
  • Movies and theatre