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Doug Thomson

Consulting Fellow

Doug is a seasoned consultant with 25 years of experience as a major gift fundraiser and philanthropy consultant. Doug’s experience is distinctive in that he has worked as both a fundraiser and as a grant-maker. He is also one of few UK development professionals who has played a leading role through the entire lifecycle of a major university fundraising campaign.

Doug was recently on the the Halpin team that delivered fundraising consultancy and training to Newcastle University.

From 2009 Doug has worked as an independent consultant with institutional clients in the education and charity sectors and with individuals and families, helping to inform their philanthropy. From 2013 to 2018 Doug worked in-house at the University of Nottingham as Director of the £242m Impact Campaign, which completed in September 2017 having exceeded its original goal of £150m.

From May 2018 Doug worked with a small group of clients alongside a substantial commission for the Sutton Trust, where he is developing and implementing a strategy for long-term funding of the Trust.
Doug also served as the first Development Director at the Sutton Trust where he established major funding partnerships and more than doubled the Trust’s grant-making capacity.

Doug began his career in development roles at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, University of Oxford and at the Royal National Institute for the Blind, where he established and successfully implemented new major gift programmes. He has extensive experience of working with donors from the USA and Asia and in managing relationships between international donors and grantees.