Rebecca Rawle

Born in Rochford, I attended Greenways Infants and Juniors, followed by Southend High School for Girls, which I attended through to A-levels. I attended university at Royal Holloway, University of London, where I achieved a 2:1 in BA History (hons), majoring in both the history of medicine and female perpetrators of the Holocaust.

I have worked in the charity sector for more than ten years, having known this was where I wanted to focus my career from an early age. My first job was running international and UK challenge events at The Prince’s Trust, where I spent two years working with FTSE100 companies to deliver events such as arctic husky trails, trekking in the Himalayas and climbing Mount Kenya. After this, I worked at JDRF, a small type one diabetes charity, overseeing their corporate partnership programme. Since then, I have held a variety of corporate partnerships roles at Marie Curie, Breast Cancer Care/Now and ActionAid UK, where I am currently Head of Private Sector Partnerships & Engagement.

In all my roles, I have managed multi-million-pound budgets and have been responsible for securing 7-figure donations for our work. More recently, my focus has shifted to developing strategic partnerships which get to the core of business objectives and has required me to develop technical knowledge about supply chain issues and climate change resilience. My team has had some recent success securing £1m+ multi-year partnerships which additionally have advocacy and policy goals, to further achieve ActionAid’s mission of ending violence against women and girls, supporting their economic rights, and helping them to secure leadership roles in disaster response.

Throughout my career, volunteering has been important to me. I have previously offered pro bono consultancy to smaller charities, including supporting new business generation for Street Child UK and managing a high-new-worth dinner at the Dorchester for the Beyond Food Foundation. I regularly support other fundraisers through mentoring, and I have a strong belief that coaching for development is a core skill that all people managers should have and practice regularly. In 2016, I volunteered with VSO Nepal, spending four months in rural Baglung leading 22 volunteers to complete a sexual and reproductive health programme and ensure sustainability of this work in the region.

I am at a point in my career where I have a bit more time to volunteer and I see becoming a Trustee as the opportunity both to share my experience, and to continue my own professional development by learning more about other aspects of charity governance. Havens Hospices is a charity close to my heart and I look forward to seeing how my time, experience, fundraising drive, and passion for the cause, can help to support the organisation continue to do great things.