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Elaine France

Elaine France

Co-Founder

Verbier Vertical

Resilience & Leadership Consultancy and Coaching for Social Entrepreneurs & Social Businesses

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Verbier Vertical

Co-Founder

The Verbier Vertical is a winter sports challenge event for all levels of sporting ability www.verbiervertical.com

It's simple! You have to walk up-hill in order to come down.

We've designed it as a corporate team-building event or a charity challenge event. It's tough, it's fun and it will inspire you to take one more step.

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Balance Verbier

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Balance Verbier provides resilience coaching and consultancy for social businesses. We work with change-makers - ordinary people, who aim to achieve extraordinary things by pursuing their social mission to make a difference in the world.

We work face to face and also work via Skype online anywhere in the world

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The 3-D Foundation

Fundraising Adviser

Providing strategic management, knowledge management and fundraising advice to the Board of this Swiss NGO to support the development of a permanent sculpture park in Verbier, Switzerland

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Snow-Camp

Commercial Manager

Snow-Camp is a charity using snowsports and life-skills to support inner-city young people to achieve more in their education, employment and relationships. Having volunteered for the charity since 2009, I made the decision to ‘go back to the shop floor’ and invest my expertise in this small/medium size charity to develop their commercial skills and explore the potential for launching a social enterprise.
As a volunteer I worked with Snow-Camp to increase their capacity through a successful application for a grant/loan finance package from a Government social investment fund.

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Local Partnerships LLP

Head of Business Development (Public Services) and Project Director

Local Partnerships is a 50:50 joint venture between Partnerships UK and the Local Government Association. I was interim Head of Business Development for the new organisation and carried over my Head of Business Development, Public Services role from Partnerships UK. The business was transferred from Partnerships UK to Local Partnerships during 2009.

I left LP to move to Switzerland to pursue a freelance consultancy and coaching career.

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Partnerships UK

Head of Business Development (Public Services) and Project Director

Partnerships UK (PUK) was a joint venture, set up in 2000, between HM Treasury and a number of private sector organisations. PUK was aimed at making a success of the Government's public private partnership initiative and wider markets initiative. I was a Project Director and Head of Business Development within the Public Services practice and led on developing PUK’s offering to not-for-profit organisations and social enterprise spin-outs from the state sector. The Public Services practice was transferred to a new joint venture HM Treasury and the Local Government Association called Local Partnerships in 2009.

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North West London Strategic Health Authority

Programme Office Manager

Established the Programme Office in this public sector organisation, to support the management of key regional projects and strategies designed to improve healthcare delivery.
Worked with the Dept of Health and McKinsey to deliver two pilot projects reviewing strategic business and financial plans of hospitals and primary care organisations.

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Barts and The London NHS Trust

Fundraising Research Manager

A senior member of the fundraising team, responsible for researching/coordinating philanthropy for this public sector health organisation comprised of three hospital sites serving North East London.
Created a fundraising research unit and database to support income generation activities
The team raised £15m+ donations for healthcare projects including Barts Cancer Centre of Excellence and the Stem Cell Appeal.

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Elaine France Floral Design

Founder

Established a floral design business delivering events at Kensington Palace, the House of Lords and the SWAP Ball – a prestigious event for 1,000 City Traders at Old Billingsgate Market, London. Also provided flowers for individuals with highlights being wedding flowers for a client at The Landmark Hotel, London.

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Westwood Forster Ltd

Fundraising Database Consultant

Responsible for advising existing and prospective clients on database solutions to support increased income generation at this private sector company providing software for the NGO sector.

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Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

Corporate Information Officer

Created a new research unit and developed sales and marketing campaigns at this NGO/Social Investor focused on global corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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British Red Cross NHQ

Fundraising Information & Research Officer

Managed the fundraising research unit and database at this NGO, to support and coordinate income generation across corporate and grant/foundation teams; supported the initiation of a high-net worth donation programme.

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Manchester Metropolitan University

Library Assistant

I supported the conversion of both Crewe and Alsager libraries from a manual system to an online library system, documented processes for library staff and trained users. I dealt with enquiries, the purchasing and cataloguing of new books and journals, shelving and stock-taking.

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Liverpool John Moores University

PgD, Library & Information Studies

University of Leeds

BA Hons, Classical Civilisation

St Nicholas RC High School