01628 306 541 info@engageconnect.co.uk

Our Values

We are a specialist national face to face Fundraising agency committed to putting you, the charity, at the heart of our business.
We are ethical, professional and compliant with regulatory requirements, committed to support our charity clients by being a trusted partner.
We are dedicated to delivering long term sustainable donors at a cost that will deliver an improved return on donor acquisition investment.
We will at all times act in a legal, open, honest, compliant and respectful manner and
will represent your
charity with pride.
Continual reinvestment ensures we have a well-trained, committed fundraising team who are passionate and trusted advocates for your charity.

Our team

Martin Arnold

Martin Arnold

Managing Director

For 30 years prior to founding Engage & Connect, Martin occupied main board roles in a variety of businesses with experience of leading small family owned companies to running one of the UK’s largest privately owned direct response advertising agencies.

For the last 5 years, he has run a Management Consultancy with significant experience of working in the Charity Fundraising, Recruitment and Employee Engagement sectors.

Based on his extensive commercial experience, Martin, together with his colleagues, has brought this new business to market with the aim of delivering a professional, quality and compliance driven donor recruitment service to the UK charity sector providing a market-leading return on our clients’ donor recruitment investment.

Chris Backhouse

Chris Backhouse

Sales Director

A highly experienced Field Sales Manager, Chris has for the last 10 years built, trained and managed fundraising teams for one of the UK’s largest private site fundraising agencies on behalf of a number of well-known national charities.

An accomplished Fundraiser in his own right, Chris is an inspirational leader and passionate advocate for the causes he represents.

A professional golfer in his early career, Chris’s ‘will to win’ attitude and engaging character ensures his fundraisers are committed, engaged and successful. As one of the founders of Engage & Connect, together with his colleagues, Chris is determined that the business will raise the bar in terms of service delivery to our clients.

Colin Lock

Colin Lock

HR Director

Colin has spent his entire 40+ year career working in HR; he says that he can even remember a time when it was called Personnel!

An experienced practitioner with 25 years Board level experience, Colin has advised on all areas of HR, from recruitment to having that difficult conversation and everything in between.

We believe that Colin’s pragmatic approach to managing people will assist us in developing and delivering a people infrastructure that provides Engage and Connect with the best possible HR practices for our business;  and if required, for clients also.

Colin has been a Fellow of the CIPD since 2013 and sits as a Committee Member of the Hertfordshire Branch of the CIPD.

Trish Keane

Trish Keane

Operations Manager

Trish has many years’ experience of working at a senior level within the recruitment advertising industry having previously forged a successful career in local press.

More recently, Trish spent several years working with one of the UKs leading face to face charity fundraising agencies, managing a team supporting nearly 200 field-based fundraisers.

We are delighted to welcome her to the Engage & Connect team where her outstanding client relationship skills, attention to detail and exceptional organisational talents will be invaluable in helping us deliver the outstanding service levels we aspire to.

Denis Wilson

Denis Wilson

Campaign Manager

With 20 years spent working in direct sales, including over 12 years in the charity sector, Denis is an exceptional communicator and an outstanding ambassador for our clients.

He has many years management experience, recruiting, training and leading field sales teams on behalf of a range of charities, from national names to local and regional campaigns.

Denis believes the route to success lies in building a close relationship with our clients and a deep understanding of the campaigns he manages ensuring his teams are equally well prepared.

Denis enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, and attending festivals and gigs.

We are delighted that he has joined our team bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the business.

Our Expertise...

… is extensive

As you can see from our biographies, we have a broad range of professional experience gained over many years from working within a wide range of businesses but the one thing that drives us all is a passion and commitment to deliver outstanding results.

Between us, we have many years’ experience of working in the Charity Fundraising sector and we are very clear about our goal; to deliver high quality, long term sustainable donors by being an ethical, professional, passionate and committed partner to our charity clients.