05/09/2018

New Appointment: Ian Gower - Commercial Director, GalaBid UK

GalaBid UK has been searching for an exceptional Commercial Director. We needed an experienced industry figure with a passion for fundraising, great causes, mobile technology and customer service.

It’s no understatement to say we were thrilled to find the perfect person!

Ian Gower has over 10 years’ experience in digital fundraising (a veritable veteran!). Renowned in the industry as forward thinking and innovative, with a consultative approach to fundraising, Ian is set to make a positive impact on our clients’ fundraising.

Let’s meet him!

Hi Ian,
Tell us about how fundraising found you:

I found my calling 10 years’ ago when volunteering at a local gala dinner. I was excited by how cloud-based and mobile technology could be utilised to maximise fundraising at events.

What happened next?

I became involved with a start-up organisation that had an innovative fundraising product. I was responsible for developing the strategy to take it into the UK market.

On that journey I had the pleasure of working with over 200 charitable organisations helping them to capitalise on their fundraising potential through mobile bidding technology.

What prompted you to move on?:

I was looking for my next challenge, and having met Dee (Brannick) and the team at various trade shows and awards ceremonies over the years I had no doubt GalaBid would be a great fit.

Being as passionate as I am about what I do, it is fundamentally important for me to make sure that the organisation I represent is in line with my values, ethics and principles.

What excites you about GalaBid?

With a strong focus on exceptional customer service and highly innovative technology, GalaBid is the natural provider of choice for ambitious fundraisers.

I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity of Commercial Director and cannot wait to see what the future holds for event based fundraising; one thing is for sure, GalaBid will be at the forefront.

Tell us your best buzz:

Working closely with individuals and charitable organisations to ensure their fundraising targets are met, making a real difference to real people, every day.

And when you’re not helping great causes?

I’m a father to three great kids all under 10 yrs old, I enjoy spending most of my spare time supporting them in their various sporting activities.

I’m also a keen runner with a new addiction to CrossFit!

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