We have received a substantial donation from KPMG in recognition of the achievements of our Chief Executive Nicky Goulder, a KPMG alumna, whose vision led to the foundation of Create in 2003. Nicky’s career started at KPMG where she was a PA before becoming a Marketing Executive. The firm then sponsored her to read BSc Management Sciences: Marketing at Lancaster University, where she achieved First Class Hons. Reflecting on her career, she says: “Working at KPMG was an incredible launching pad – I developed so many skills that have helped to shape my career, especially the importance of partnership working, attention to detail and the highest levels of professionalism. I feel privileged to have secured sponsorship from the firm to do a degree … the first fundraising success of my career!” Nicky knew from early on, however, that her heart was in the charity sector: “I am happy that I left the corporate sector to do what I believed in. I’m one of the lucky people who gets up every morning looking forward to going to work.”
Richard Reid, London Chairman of KPMG LLP, told us: “We are delighted here at KPMG to support Create in its 10th anniversary year. It is such an inspirational charity and we are proud of the achievements of alumna, Nicky Goulder. I wish the Create team the very best of luck in its fundraising efforts over the coming months – here’s to the next 10 years!”
Speaking about the donation, Nicky said: “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of KPMG and the recognition of what we have achieved over the past ten years. The firm has provided Create with the first major fundraising success of our 10th our anniversary year – the donation was confirmed just 12 days in, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Having started my career at KPMG, this donation feels all the more special and we will be using it over the coming months to help transform the lives of many thousands more disadvantaged and vulnerable people.”
Since graduating from Lancaster University, where Nicky wrote her thesis on art sponsorship, fundraising has always been an important part of her job, and one that she loves. To find out more about her views on fundraising, read her recent blog in UK Fundraising.