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My Story

I’m Mark Astarita and I lead AAW’s Interim Practice.

Having managed hundreds of people at the Red Cross and in other roles, I have access to extremely talented interim candidates who have all held senior level roles in fundraising and other areas in the voluntary sector. If you are looking for an interim Communications or Fundraising Director or an interim CEO you should speak to me. Because AAW is well-connected and trusted, some of the best talent in the sector is coming to talk to us and work with us.

Why use interims? The list is long – you may not be sure of what you need in a role or you may be restructuring your organisation. Your Head of Individual Giving may be going on maternity leave in a few months’ time or your Director of Fundraising may have left suddenly.

Having key leadership or technical gaps in an organisation whilst you recruit a new person can have a negative impact on income and teams.

Almost all charities could find the quality of talent in an interim role is of a far higher standard than they have seen before, bringing in fresh ideas and talent.

Adjusting the number of days worked can bring exceptional talent that is affordable to small and medium charities, that often only the big charities can afford. We can also get someone to you at very short notice.

If you would like to book an interim or discuss how being an interim would suit you, please contact me at or on +44 (0) 7892 714153.

Mark took the time to really understand our organisation, culture, current challenges and fundraising need before promptly identifying four high calibre candidates all of whom were suitable. The appointment of a temporary Head of Fundraising has been a huge success thanks to Mark and his team.

Sue Mountford | Interim Co-Chief Executive | ROYAL ASSOCIATION FOR DEAF PEOPLE