Me & My Job - Briony Markham, corporate fundraiser, Greenfingers

Briony Markham, corporate fundraiser, Greenfingers - image: Copyright Steven Prouse/KBO Photography
Briony Markham, corporate fundraiser, Greenfingers - image: Copyright Steven Prouse/KBO Photography

How did you get into the horticulture industry? Through the charity Greenfingers, because it combined my passion for helping children and my interest in gardening.

What does your typical day involve? There is no typical day and that's what makes it such a good job. One day I could be speaking to 100 school children about raising money, the next I could be in a meeting with senior business people talking about VAT.

What takes up most of your time? I am currently trying to gain additional funds for three gardens we are hoping to build this year, so I'm finding out about the projects and researching local companies that have links with gardening.

What is the best aspect of your job? Seeing a new project being opened and the children benefiting is amazing. I also love to be creative, so I enjoy setting up new fundraising initiatives and brainstorming ideas with my team. Currently, I am launching a scheme Turn Old into Gold, which asks the horticultural industry to donate old and unwanted stock for Greenfingers to auction to raise funds.

And the worst? The amount of administration. Like all jobs, you need to have everything in place to make sure that it all works smoothly.

What is your greatest achievement at work? I love running a team of fundraisers, nurturing their skills and seeing them succeed. Much like gardening, it is a slow and committed process, but very rewarding.

How do you wind down after a hard day at work? I love to play with my two boys in the garden on a sunny evening.

What does the future hold? I would love to continue in the children's charity sector. There are many children in great need and I want to make my own personal impact on helping them.


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