Become, the leading national charity for children in care and young care leavers, has announced Cerys Shepherd as the organisation’s new Director of Fundraising.
Cerys will bring 20 years’ experience in senior fundraising roles, as well as her own experience of being in care to Become, as the organisation continues to work alongside care-experienced young people to radically improve the care system and life experiences of children in care and young care leavers
“I know from personal experience how critical it is to ensure that care-experienced voices are heard and that we achieve a care system that gives all care-experienced young people a fair start in life,” says Cerys. “Become is truly an inspiring charity with the strongest values I have encountered in my career. I love being part of a team that’s focused and committed to improving lives of care-experienced people”
Prior to joining Become, Cerys was Head of Individual Giving at Britten Pears Arts, a pioneering art and music charity in Suffolk and home to the Aldeburgh Festival.Before that she was Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships at the National Autistic Society, responsible for generating income from Major donors, corporate partners and Trusts and Foundations.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, CEO at Become, says:
“I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Cerys to the Become team. Cerys bring a huge amount of experience, energy and an absolute passion for improving the lives of care-experienced children and young people. I’m excited to work with her as she develops our fundraising strategy, to help us support more care-experienced children and young people to reach their potential, to challenge the structural inequalities in the care system, and to continue to amplify the voices of young people to influence positive change.”
Become welcomes Cerys Shepherd as new Director of Fundraising