development partners

Fundraising & sustainability for museums, heritage and cultural organisations

About Us

A team of successful fundraisers

For 20 years our team of successful fundraisers have been helping organisations, small and large, raise funds for capital projects, endowments and revenue activities. Our expertise in individual giving, trusts and foundations, Lottery and other grants and corporate sponsorship has resulted in many millions of pounds of investment in cultural organisations across the UK.

Our Approach

We approach each organisation and project from scratch, knowing that no two are the same. But our approach is tried and tested. We believe fundraising strategies should be practical and appropriate to the organisation. They should be developmental - we don't believe in the 'smash and grab' school of fundraising. And fundraising should always be respectful - of staff and volunteers, of donors and grant-makers, of those who ask for funds as well as all those who are asked.

our team

Judy Niner


Judy founded DP in 2000 and has contributed to almost all our projects. One of the UK's most experienced heritage fundraisers., she's held senior positions at the Science Museum and Waddesdon Manor. Chair of Cogges Heritage Trust and founder of

Faye Clews


Faye has worked with DP since 2013, particularly leading individual giving programmes and advising on GDPR compliance. She came to DP following in-house roles at the Prince's Regeneration Trust, the Institute of Cancer Research and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Cathy Bedford


    Cathy specializes in Trust and Foundation fundraising and has made successful appications on behalf of many clients. She brings research and writing expertise to the production of cases for support, applications  and  funder reports. Her background is in TV documentary research.

Jean Hunter


Jean is a very experienced  heritage marketing, communications and fundraising consultant.  Based in York, she often works with DP's northern clients.

Vikki Thompson


Vikki is a well-established fundraiser in the museums and heritage sector and has previously worked for the British Museum, Imperial War Museums and War Memorials Trust. She has particular experience in trusts and foundations fundraising, direct mail campaigns, legacies, patrons schemes and membership.

And other associates


As and when we need additional expertise, we're able to call on a network of other consultants specialising in business planning, communications, design, event management and other fields.