Joe Saxton

Joe Saxton

Driver of Ideas

Joe Saxton is Driver of Ideas at nfpSynergy and its founder. Joe works on a range of specific projects, especially those that look at strategic advice on fundraising or communications, or wider organisational issues. He has co-authored over 70 reports on charities from branding to trusteeship and organisational strategy.

Joe was chair of the Institute of Fundraising from 2005-2008. He was co-founder and chair of CharityComms from 2006 to 2013, and chair of the student environment and development campaign group People & Planet from 2005 to 2015. For six years he was a trustee of the RSPCA and chair of both the Public Affairs and International committees. He is now chair of the Parentkind which has over 14,000 members and aims to develop parent engagement with schools.

He was in the top ten of the most influential people in UK fundraising for over a decade, including four years in the top spot. In 2007 and 2008, he was named one of the 1000 most influential people in London by the Evening Standard. In 2009, PR Week named him as the 2nd most influential person in voluntary sector PR and communications. He was highly commended in Third Sector’s trustee award in 2013.

Before nfpSynergy, Joe was Director of Communications at the RNID, Britain’s largest charity for deaf and hard of hearing people. At RNID he was responsible for PR, disability consultancy, lobbying, campaigning, policy, information and membership. He was also with Brann, the world’s largest direct marketing group, for five years and has worked with numerous charities. He co-founded the Journal of Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Marketing.

Joe lives in Keswick in the Lake District and is married with three children.

To contact Joe, email him at joe.saxton@nfpsynergy.net, or call on 07976 329212.

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Other team members

Anne-Sophie Liv

Anne-Sophie Liv Data and Research Analyst

Anne-Sophie joined nfpSynergy in May 2017. She currently leads on the Celtic Charity Awareness Monitor (CCAM) whilst also supporting research in the wider Public Audiences team including the Charity Awareness Monitor (CAM).
Berni White

Berni White Head of Finance and People

Berni first joined nfpSynergy as an Admin and Finance Officer in July 2015, providing admin support to the Business Team as well as completing the company's book-keeping. She is now Head of Finance and People.
Jemma Smith

Jemma Smith Data Processor

Jemma has been in the research industry for over 20 years since leaving University and has worked across numerous industry sectors specialising in Charity and Consumer research. Jemma is a part-time Data Processor at nfpSynergy.
Jo Fischl

Jo Fischl Head of Public Audiences Research

Jo joined nfpSynergy in September 2012 and oversees all our general public audience research including nfpSynergy’s Charity Awareness Monitor. Alongside this she works on a wide range qualitative and quantitative bespoke projects for our clients.
Max Roche

Max Roche Research Assistant

Max joined nfpSynergy in January 2020 as a Research Assistant. He works with the Influencer Audiences team and helps manage the company media output.
Peter Dawson

Peter Dawson Researcher

Peter joined nfpSynergy in June 2018 and supports the work undertaken by the Public Audiences team assisting on the production and delivery of the Charity Awareness Monitor.
Rei Kanemura

Rei Kanemura Senior Researcher

Rei joined nfpSynergy in July 2016. She now heads up Families Insight, our research of young children and their parents, and assists with the Charity Awareness Monitor.

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