Young Arts Fundraisers (YAF) is a peer-and volunteer-led professional network for early-career fundraisers in the arts sector.


YAF runs a year-round programme of networking events, platform conversations, Q&As and interactive workshops, as well as a flagship mentoring programme, Evolve, in partnership with RAISE and the Cultural Sector Network.

All activity is designed to support the professional development of individuals in the first five years of fundraising. Our mission is to equip fundraisers with the appropriate skills, mentoring and support networks that will enable them, and the sector, to thrive.

YAF’s mission can be summarised into three key pillars:

through a year-round programme of online and in-person events nationwide...
by creating a platform of news and insights...
with a flagship programme that facilitates at least 20 new professional relationships every year...

Founded in 2016#YAF

YAF is a non-profit organisation led by four Directors, who are supported by a group of ten Board Members. New Directors are recruited every two years, with previous leadership staying on in an advisory capacity for a third year.

The Team

Lydia Brightling-Reed
  • Director of Communications
  • Head of Development & Partnerships at Serious | The EFG London Jazz Festival

Lydia has been fundraising in the cultural sector for almost 10 years, working across live music, outdoor arts festivals and museums, specialising in corporate sponsorship for the past few years. She was part of the founding YAF Board in 2016 and has recently returned to lead on our communications strategy.

Katherine Rolland
  • Director, National Development
  • Philanthropy Manager at National Railway Museum

Katherine is based in York and has been fundraising for the arts and cultural sector for 8 years. Working in theatres and museums, she specialises in individual giving, including patron and membership schemes, and major donor fundraising. Katherine joined YAF as the network’s Yorkshire representative in 2018, more recently taking on the role of Director for National Development in 2021.

Julia Mućko
  • Director, Professional Development
  • Senior Philanthropy Manager at Donmar Warehouse

Julia has worked in theatre for over six years, and her career to-date has spanned producing and arts fundraising. She joined the YAF team in 2019 as a Board Member, Professional Development, stepping into the role of Director in summer 2021.

Holly Holt
  • Board Member, Communications and Social Media
  • Development Manager at English Touring Opera

Holly has worked in arts and cultural fundraising for three years, specialising in Trusts, Foundations and Statutory fundraising. She has been on the YAF Board for a year and a half working in the communications team, and is also a Trainee Trustee at Spitalfields Music.

Ilaria Pizzichemi
  • Board Members, Communications
  • Development Manager at Hampstead Theatre

After an early career in the publishing and media sectors, Ilaria has worked in arts fundraising for over seven years, with a focus on theatre and performing arts venues. She joined YAF in 2021 as Board Member in the Communications team.

Eman Bhatti
  • Board Member, National Development (West Midlands)
  • Inclusion, Access and Development Coordinator at New Adventures

Eman is based in the West Midlands and worked in administrative roles in theatre before moving into her varied role in the dance industry. She focuses on trusts and foundations fundraising and is also passionate about removing barriers to access in the arts. She joined YAF in January 2021.

Natalie Chan
  • Board Member, Events and Partnerships
  • General Manager, Creative Youth

Natalie is an arts fundraiser and producer from Hong Kong. Currently as General Manager for Creative Youth, she has won the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy’s Giving Tuesday Competition for the charity. Recently, she received a professional development and education grant to travel all the way to Orlando, Florida to attend the International Ticketing Association's INTIX Conference, she was also a participant in 101 Outdoor Arts' Green Production Lab. Other highlights include working with BFI Network to deliver fundraising workshops and producing Dumbledore Is So Gay which won the VAULT Festival’s Origins Award 2020. She joined YAF in January 2021.

Charlotte Cole
  • Board Member, Events & Partnerships
  • Development Manager at Battersea Arts Centre

Charlotte is a fundraiser, relationship manager and events producer with over 5 years of experience in the arts and non-profit sector, working with National Careers Week, Royal Court Theatre, Polka Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall. Charlotte is also a Trustee of Poet in the City, an organisation connecting people and places through poetry.

Lauren Nicoll
  • Board Member, Events and Partnerships
  • Development Manager - Trusts, Foundations and Government at Science Museum Group

Lauren is based in London and has been working in the arts and culture sector for five years. She has experience working across cultural events production and operations, curating, supporter engagement and Trust Foundation fundraising. Lauren is also a Trustee at ArtBox London, a charity dedicated to improving the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities and autism, while raising the profile of their artwork in the wider art world.

Rosie Gitsham
  • Board Member, National Development (South West)
  • Trust Fundraising Officer (Marsha Miles Consultancy)

Rosie is based in Devon and has experience as a fundraiser for Libraries Unlimited in trusts and foundations and digital fundraising and at Rowcroft Hospice in corporate and philanthropy fundraising. Rosie joined YAF in September 2021 having been a mentee in the 2020/21 cohort and is looking forward to meeting other fundraising professionals and those interested in fundraising in the beautiful South West.

Tabitha Moore
  • Board Member, National Development (South East)
  • Bookings Administrator at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Tabitha is based in Hampshire and has worked at arts venues in the South East across all fundraising streams, but with a focus on individual giving and events. She joined YAF in January 2020 and has enjoyed meeting other cultural fundraisers across the UK without having to leave her house! Pop her an email if you are based in the South East and would like to natter about arts fundraising.

Hannah Tookey
  • Board Member (Head of Mentoring), Professional Development
  • Freelance Producer (Upstart Theatre, Crowded Room, This Little Rock)

As a producer and fundraiser, Hannah works across theatre and live performance, film, audio, digital arts and games, with a focus on impact producing. At the heart of all of her projects is an urgent or timely contemporary social or political issue. She is a Trustee for Imagine If Theatre Company, a Churchill Fellow for the arts and social justice, an RSA Fellow, and an alumnus of The Clore Emerging Leaders Course. As a previous YAF x RAISE mentee herself, she was eager to join YAF’s Board in 2021 to support the further growth and development of our mentoring programme.

Imogen Arcangeli
  • Board Member, Professional Development
  • Membership and Individual Giving Manager - Fulham Palace Trust

Imogen has an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from King’s College London and has worked for a number of heritage and arts organisations including Kettle’s Yard and Dulwich Picture Gallery. She specialises in Individual Giving and first became involved in YAF as a mentor in 2020!

Our Partners

YAF works with a number of partners across the sector to promote and deliver our work and to ensure that the voices and priorities of early-career fundraisers are heard in the wider sector.

RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage

Part of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage supports access to professional development opportunities for arts, culture and heritage fundraisers across England through networking events, mentoring, professional development and bursaries. The projects aims to:

As an Arts Council England funded five-year programme, Young Arts Fundraisers partners with the project to deliver a rolling programme of events and mentoring opportunities. 


Find out more about RAISE

The JGA Group is a well-established independent training provider, with a vision to empower people to develop their futures. We are delighted to have partnered with JGA to highlight their new Fundraising apprenticeship, designed to advance the practice of those working full-time or part-time in fundraising.

The programme has been developed and is delivered by fundraisers who have decades of experience in practical and strategic fundraising for small and large charities. Interactive online seminars led by expert tutors are combined with research tasks and individual study, as well as real-time workplace activities and regular skills coaching.

For full details on courses download the catalogue here

Please get in touch with us to receive an exclusive referral code to highlight your association to YAF when applying.

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