Synergies is led by Catherine Arkley.
After graduating from Surrey University with a business studies degree, Catherine worked in hotel management before taking a career break to raise her family. She returned to work as Chief Executive of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF). At CLDF Catherine developed a new vision for, and public profile of the charity. She increased turnover from £220k to £1.7m. As a consequence Catherine has a complete understanding of fundraising and successfully raised money from BBC Children in Need and the Big Lottery. She also led the charity to international renown with its innovative “Yellow Alert” programme; the early detection of liver disease in infants.
Catherine has over twenty two years’ experience at CEO level, especially within the health charity sector. She has a particular interest in children’s and adolescent charities. She has led the development and implementation of many programmes including stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, medical and social research and team development. She has worked collectively with other charities, large and small, and represented the sector at the Department of Health and other public bodies. Catherine has particular experience in the development and delivery of patient and young persons’ emotional support and information services. She has appeared extensively on television, radio and in print. In summary, Catherine has a proven track record of successful leadership and charity management.
In 2013 Catherine set up Synergies and started a part-time Master’s Degree in Work and Organisational Psychology at Nottingham University. She graduated with distinction in 2015. Catherine’s research dissertation – examining the barriers and facilitators to team working in England general practice – highlights her strong skills, knowledge and experience in teamworking . Catherine is an associate member of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Institute of Fundraising.
Synergies works in partnership with a range of associates in areas such as marketing, digital and other communications, fundraising and human resources.