Eden Project poaches RBG Kew fundraising expert as first Eden director of philanthropy

The Eden Project has recruited its first director of philanthropy who will use expertise gained at Kew Gardens to extend its donor network and launch a major fundraising campaign.

Alessio-di-Capua (left) and Gordon Seabright. Image Emily Whitfield-Wicks/Eden Project
Alessio-di-Capua (left) and Gordon Seabright. Image Emily Whitfield-Wicks/Eden Project

Alessio di Capua was leading on Kew's fundraising efforts in the USA as executive director of Kew Foundation America in his most-recent role. At Eden, he will provide strategic leadership for high value, relationship-based fundraising.

Eden Project chief executive Gordon Seabright said: "This is a massively exciting appointment for the Eden Project.

"Alessio is an exceptional fundraiser whose talents and personality will see him become a valued member of the senior team here. He has an unrivalled track record at some highly prestigious organisations and his appointment will have a transformative effect on our fundraising efforts."

di Capua joined the charity sector 11 years ago following a career in banking and media. He has held senior fundraising positions at children's hospice charity Shooting Star Chase and the RHS before moving to Kew in 2013.

He said: "I am thrilled to be joining Eden Project. After a decade working for two British institutions deeply steeped in history, I am honoured to be leading the fundraising efforts of a young and inspirational charity with ambitious growth plans both in the UK and internationally."

He is also a member of the Development Committee at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London, and of the Advisory Board at Perfect Earth Project in East Hampton, New York.

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