Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson MBE


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As a fundraiser and CEO I’ve been privileged to see how organisations, and the causes they serve, can be transformed through philanthropy – but it doesn’t just happen. At Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, we grew fundraising income from £15m in 2002/03 to £100m in 2017/18, raising over £1bn for the UK’s largest charitably funded hospital redevelopment, pioneering medical research and a patient, family and hospital staff support projects. It required careful thought, planning and preparation….plus a good dose of passion, enthusiasm and determination from everyone involved.

Some I've worked with recently

  • Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust
  • Barts Charity
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals
  • Guy's and St Thomas' Charity
  • James' Place Charity
  • Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation
  • Maudsley Charity
  • Moorfields Eye Charity
  • Museum of London
  • NHS Charities Together
  • RNOH Charity
  • Royal Free Charity
  • The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity


  • Developing and implementing comprehensive fundraising strategies
  • Creating high performing teams
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Initiating, developing and nurturing donor relationships, especially high value donors and corporate partners
  • Establishing effective volunteer Boards
  • Capital and revenue fundraising projects
  • Working with institutional leadership, clinicians and academics to develop fundraising programmes; building confidence in their role within the fundraising process
  • Grant-making and impact reporting

Before More

  • Led the merger of Sparks, the children’s medical research charity, into the GOSH Charity Group in 2016 and became CEO of Sparks in 2017
  • Joined Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity in 2002 to establish a major gift fundraising team and became Executive Director/CEO of the Charity in 2008
  • Head of Fundraising roles at CSV (now Volunteering Matters) and UCL
  • Corporate and trust fundraising at the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
  • Started my fundraising in the Direct Marketing team at Mencap

Outside More

  • I am a busy family man – married with three children
  • I enjoy pottering in my garden and cycling, though slower than I would like…
  • …probably because I enjoy cooking…
  • …and France, where I like to visit vineyards!