Working in partnership with a team of specialists, Sixth Voice is led by Owen McNeir, a fundraising consultant, trainer and marketing professional with over 20 years experience.
Owen’s background is extensive and diverse, with roles spanning charities, education, entertainment and commercial sectors. As a fundraiser his roles include Development Director at Cheltenham Festivals and Development & Marketing Director at Bath Festivals.
He brings together his skills and knowledge to help charities change their mindset in order to face with confidence the challenges presented by declining public funding.
Owen advocates developing mixed income strategies across a range of funding sources and based on a commercially-minded approach. Recent achievements include devising fundraising strategies with this methodology for Bath Festivals that increased income through sponsorship, donations and grants by over 70%.
Owen is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Member and approved mentor of the Institute of Fundraising, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a trainer and workshop facilitator for the British Council and has been guest speaker and lecturer for the European Sponsorship Association’s Arts Sponsorship Certificate and the Local Authority Event Organisers’ Group.