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Roger Courtney

Since 1998 Roger has been working locally, nationally and internationally as a freelance writer, lecturer and organisational development consultant in the Third and Cultural sectors, specialising in strategic planning, governance, leadership development, fundraising strategy, quality, human resource management and evaluation. During 2006-9 he worked as a senior advisor to the international grant-making trust, Atlantic Philanthropies.

As chief executive of the Simon Community he increased the annual revenue income of the organisation from under £100,000 in the early 1980s to over £3M by the end of the 1990s developing an organisation with three staff and six volunteers into one with over two hundred full-time staff and a wide range of projects and services for people who are homeless. In addition to fundraising for revenue costs, Roger played a key role in fundraising for more than a dozen major capital projects.  As part of this he planned and co-ordinated a major gift campaign which raised over £1million, using a ‘constituency’ approach to gaining big gifts from high net worth individuals. In 1997 Roger was awarded an MBE for his work with people who are homeless.??

Roger was the founder and first chief officer of the Crescent Centre in Belfast (which was re-named Crescent Arts), the leading community arts organisation in Belfast. He developed the organisation from scratch and built it as a respected and well-used arts centre.

Roger was a key-note speaker at the 2009 Institute of Fundraising Annual Conference. He also lectures at Queens University, Belfast on the Masters on Social & Community Development and Masters in Organisation & Management.

Memberships and interests

Roger is an approved NCVO consultant, a member of the Chartered Management Institute and the Strategic Planning Society.  Roger is the author of three books on fundraising: Fundraising through Trusts, Planning a Fundraising Strategy (1st and 2nd editions) and The Northern Ireland Fundraising Handbook. He was awarded a PhD for his thesis on voluntary sector strategy and has published two leading books on voluntary sector management and strategy. He has published three books on organisational development in the third sector: Managing Voluntary organisations – New Approaches, published by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Strategic Management for Voluntary Nonprofit Organisations, published by Routledge and Toolkit for Managing Change, published by CO3, the Association of Third Sector Chief Officers. He also wrote, Volunteer Mentoring, A Guide for the Journey.

Roger is a prolific reader, singer song writer, member of a band and armchair athletics fan.


In parallel with the practical experience of managing a rapidly expanding organisation, Roger gained a Diploma in Management studies, a Masters in Human Resource Development, an NVQ in Management at level5 and a doctorate in the Strategic Management of Non Profit Organisations. He has a psychology degree from Queen's University, Belfast.



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