Vérane Castelnau


+44 (0)7947 828759

The country I am from – France – has a proud tradition of an active state which has institutionalised solidarity and generosity through taxation. I value how this ambitious re-distribution of wealth pays for liberty and equality in our society.

Yet for me, when the State provides for all social, cultural, health, educational services and infrastructures, I worry that we lose a little bit of our fraternité: the sense that we are bound together by something more than just obligation. To me, philanthropy is the answer: not as a substitute of state intervention but as a parallel and powerful movement where people consciously give and receive and can feel free but part of a whole.

Some I've worked with recently

  • Aarhus BSS
  • City of London School
  • École du Louvre
  • Emmanuel College, Cambridge
  • Exeter College, Oxford
  • Fondation de l'École Normale Supérieure
  • Guy's and St Thomas' Charity
  • Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques
  • Institut Pasteur
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Mercy Ships
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Oxford

Years of fundraising experience: 10


  • Editorial and visual fundraising communications
  • Donor stewardship
  • Direct marketing
  • Event planning
  • Project management

Before More

  • Four years advancing Sciences Po’s €40m fundraising campaign, as UK Donor and Alumni Relations Manager and then Head of Fundraising Communications;
  • Director of Communications at Lycée Français de New York, fully servicing the annual fund and capital campaign activities as well as the annual gala dinner which raised over $1.5m each year;
  • Project Manager for award-winning internal communications agency, Angie, working on the print and electronic communications of big corporates such as Danone, French national railway SNCF, chinesed-owned costmetic firm Marionnaud and French bank Crédit Agricole;
  • Started as a freelance reporter for various media, including The Associated Press, the Franco-German TV channel Arte, the web service of Le Monde, the local newspaper La Dépêche du Midi;
  • MA in political science and international relations from Sciences Po.

Outside More

  • Always lots of friends and family at home for dinner parties or longer stays;
  • Love all sports, both for fun and the thrill of competition. Former gymnast, now a runner, yogi and occasional tennis player;
  • Always seem to be starting a new craft hobby whether jewelry making, porcelaine painting, greeting cards making, sewing or knitting. Just enjoy creating things, and being inspired visually;
  • News addict
  • All of the above while being busy with my two boys and baby girl!