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Get to know the OAE: Part 4

Mon 11 Oct 2010

This week, we speak to Isabelle Tawil…

What’s your role in the OAE office?

Development Manager, Individual Giving

What does your typical day involve?

Lots of emails and thinking ahead.

Which mobile number do you call the most?

That of my Mother.

What – or where – is perfection?

Haven’t seen or been there yet but it could be listening to a Beethoven symphony in a darkened room.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?

Mme Ramotswe from the Ladies No1 Detective Agency series because she never stopped being good and forgiving although horrible things happened to her.

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Get to know the OAE: Part 1

Thu 9 Sep 2010

Over the next few months, we’ll be speaking to the OAE office team to find out a bit more about what everyone does (some people don’t realise how much work goes on behind the scenes of an orchestra!) and what makes them tick.

First to answer the quick fire questions is Clare Norburn…

What’s your role in the OAE office?

I’m the Development Manager – Trusts and Foundations at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (You need a good intake of air to say that.)  I work part-time (3 days a week).

What does your typical day involve?

Most people think my job is probably one of the most boring in the office.  I disagree.  I’m actually a kind of matchmaker.  It is true that writing looms large in my typical day – I spend a huge proportion of my time writing to persuade people to give the Orchestra money.  Once that has been achieved, there is more writing to be done – I need to provide reports to demonstrate the good use we have put their money to.   I also spend a lot of time reading guidelines, researching who funds what and putting together budgets.

Above all, my job is like a big jigsaw puzzle – I have to tie up projects which need funding with funders interests.  I seek the perfect funder for the perfect project.  It’s sort of like match-making.  I need to pitch the application right too – I need to research how much they likely to give us and what timescale they work to – usually I need to apply at least 3 or 4 months before I will hear the outcome – so I have to be organised.    I also need details and feedback to make the case about why the project needs funding and the impact that it has had – so I also spend my time boring the other departments, Projects, Marketing and particularly Education with hundreds of questions that they don’t yet want to think about.   

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