Emily Wheeler

Emily is an award winning fundraiser with over a decade’s experience in the charity and higher education funding sectors. She has a passion for inspiring collaboration across the third sector and for the power of volunteering.

Emily is Director of Research Partnerships & Development at MQ Mental Health Research, an award-winning mental health research charity who invest in scientific research all around the world, where she oversees organisational partnerships to ensure they reach greatest impact. She has developed their programme of collaborative project delivery with academics across the globe, third and public sector organisations as well as working closely with philanthropists, foundations and corporates to maximise their support and impact.

Before this, Emily worked in higher education fundraising, first for Bristol University and then at UCL, having entered the fundraising world through the graduate scheme run by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) to build the pipeline of professional fundraisers.

Until mid-2022, Emily was Chair of Nightline Association, the umbrella organisation that supports Nightlines, peer-to-peer listening support services, available to 1.6million higher education students across the UK. She served on the board for six years, overseeing a restructuring of the 90+ strong volunteer body, governance update, building the charity’s external profile and new strategy development.

She was named in Civil Society’s 2018 25 under 35 fundraisers and won the 2016 CASE Iain More Award which recognises the outstanding achievements of an emerging fundraiser.

Emily holds a first class degree in French and Politics from the University of Bristol and a Level 5 Apprenticeship in Operations and Departmental Management.

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