31 Oct 2012

Simon BurneThe Children’s Society has appointed Simon Burne as its new Director of Fundraising and Marketing. Mr Burne will start in the role in December this year.

Simon has very strong credentials as a fundraiser, with more than 25 years experience in the charity sector. He joins The Children’s Society from a role a Senior Consultant at international not-for-profit marketing consultancy, Think Consulting Solutions. Simon was also Chair of the Institute of Fundraising from 2003 to 2005. 

Simon is returning to The Children’s Society – where he was Head of Central Fundraising from 1995 to 2000 – and will bring with him a wealth of experience of the sector, with directorships at Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust and Action for Children in the intervening period.

New strategy 

He will join The Children’s Society as it prepares to launch a new strategy to increase its impact on the lives of the most disadvantaged children who have nowhere else to turn, including those living in poverty and most at risk of neglect. 

Simon will be responsible for all aspects of fundraising and marketing, including individual giving, direct marketing, partnership development, legacies, major donors, retail, digital, grants and appeals.

Mr Burne said: 'I’m really excited about returning to The Children’s Society. I’ll bring with me the experience I’ve gained over the last decade from working at other leading children’s charities, as well as from the consultancy world.

'The charity sector landscape – as well as the issues children face – has changed significantly since I was last there, and there are plenty of new challenges. I’m looking forward to helping The Children’s Society meet those challenges.'

Increasing impact of our work

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said: 'We’re absolutely delighted to have Simon on board. We’re living through tough times at the moment, where children and young people often bear the brunt of these hardships.

'We are determined to increase the impact of our work on the lives of disadvantaged children across the country, and Simon’s expertise and experience of marketing and fundraising will be vital to us doing that.'

He will replace Judith Dutton, who joined the charity as interim Director of Fundraising in October last year.


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Notes to editors

  • The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life. For more information please visit www.makerunawayssafe.org.uk.