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My Story

I’m Imogen Ward and I lead our AAW People practice.

When AAW was created just over two years ago, Tobin, Mark and I wanted to be sure that we were adding value to a pretty crowded field in consultancy and search services.

The three of us have all been either CEOs or Fundraising and Communications Directors and we wanted our new company to provide the sort of service that we had yearned for when we were running not for profit organisations.

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Why use AAW?

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Meet My Team

AAW’s search consultants specialise in the global and UK charity sectors as well as corporate cross-over candidates.

Tobin Aldrich

Lead on AAW’s Global Strategy Practice, but as a former Director of Fundraising and Communications and a Trustee for several top 100 charities, Tobin is an essential part of our Search offer. Tobin adds depth to both the search itself as well as the strategic insight that is needed for every campaign.

Mark Astarita

One of the inspirers and pinoeers of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Virtual Fundraising Hub and lead on AAW’s Interim service. Mark is also a key part of the AAW Search team as his extensive networks across the charity sector - particularly with CEOs, Chairs of Boards and important statutory institutions - provides our clients with unique access and insight.

Ali Kurn

Ex Director of Harris Hill Executive Search, managing campaigns to recruit CEOs, Directors and Trustees for the charity sector. Ali has 20 years of experience in recruitment consultancy as a quality-driven recruitment professional with both in-house and consultancy experience across both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

Suzie Spooner

Senior Consultant. Ranked as top consultant at Brook Street and the highest performing consultant at CF Appointment NFP division.

Quinton Seemann

Ex Save the Children’s in-house recruiter and Marie Stopes International Recruitment Business Partner sourcing candidates and managing recruitment for global campaigns.

Anton Packheiser

Ex Divisional Director, Harris Hill. Established Charity Recruitment function primarily recruiting for head and Director-level position at Next Employment. At AAW, Anton specialises in preparing candidates for interview, primarily at the Director level, incorporating coaching and a face to face mock interview.

Beth Stickney

Beth is an Associate Senior Researcher for AAW and is a law graduate with over twenty years of senior executive search experience working across the private and public sector, both nationally and internationally. She has worked on high profile searches at C-Suite and Chair/NED/Trustee level within not for profits for numerous charities.

Liz Sinclair

Leader in field of executive recruitment and our specialist in the commercial sector. 

Jane Medley

Jane provides project co-ordination and administrative assistance to AAW search teams. Jane has worked as a senior PA in the advertising industry for over 15 years at one of the world's leading ad agencies – AMV BBO - and has also worked to support teams and businesses in the marketing, coaching and medical industries.

Jo Hastie

AAW Communications and Marketing Consultant, managing the AAW website and production of recruitment materials. Jo has worked in the not for profit sector for 25 years in fundraising, campaigning and communication roles for a range of national and international charities. 

Current Leadership Roles

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Our Clients

Here is a selection of successful campaigns over the past 18 months:

  • Barnardo’s, Director of Fundraising
  • Battersea Cats & Dogs Home, Director of Fundraising
  • Beatson Cancer Charity, Director of Philanthropy
  • Blue Cross, Group Head of Fundraising & Group Head of Marketing & Communications
  • Clic-Sargent, Assistant Director of Individual Giving & Insight
  • Disasters Emergency Committee, Director of Marketing & Fundraising
  • Global Canopy Programme, Director of Development
  • Goodenough College, Philanthropy Manager
  • Greenwich & Bexley Hospice, Director of Income Generation
  • Mencap, Deputy Fundraising Director, Relationships
  • MQ, CEO
  • National Children’s Bureau, Head of Fundraising
  • NSPCC, Head of Philanthropy
  • The Poppy Factory, Director of Fundraising
  • Prostate Cancer UK, Associate Director of Fundraising
  • Refuge, Director of Fundraising
  • The Royal Star & Garter Homes, Director of Supporter Engagement
  • RSPCA, Director of Income Generation
  • RSPCA, Assistant Director of High Value
  • The Samaritans, Director of Fundraising
  • Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Director of Fundraising

AAW are a key partner for the Disasters Emergency Committee. They have an intelligent approach to recruitment, linking their extraordinary knowledge of fundraising and the charity sector to their unrivalled set of networks and connections to help identify and secure the talent that we need.


Thank you Imogen for a truly excellent experience in helping us recruit our new Director of Development. We know that isn't something at all easy to make happen, so thank you for your tremendous skill and hard work - and for making it enjoyable into the bargain!

Niki Mardas, Executive Director | GLOBAL CANOPY