Farewell to Nicky Wynne

Nicky Wynne
Thursday, 1 March 2012

Head of London Office Moves On

It was with great sadness that we all said goodbye to Nicky Wynne at the end of November last year. 

Nicky had been Head of Fundraising and Marketing at the St John Eye Hospital Group London office since October 2007 and presided over a grand total of £5.6m coming into the office during that time. 

After four years with SJEHG, she has taken up the position of International Development Director at Mission to Seafarers, a charity founded in 1856, which provides help and support to 1.2 million British merchant seafarers around the world. 

In 2007, Nicky was brought on-board to head a new, contemporary fundraising and marketing team in London, combining all of the potential fundraising avenues that most charities now make use of.   Although her team was always small, Nicky transformed the London operation into a successful and modern fundraising enterprise. 

Upon the retirement of Sylvia Holmes in 2010, Nicky took over responsibility for co-ordinating the St John Priories’ sponsorship of SJEHG staff and became even more of a well-known figure throughout the Order of St John.  In 2011, she organised and managed the Patron’s Reception at Charterhouse, the former Carthusian monastery and current almshouse just round the corner from our London hub.  The 2011 reception was one of our most successful, raising over £25,000 net.

Upon hearing of Nicky’s intention to move on, the Lord Prior of the Order, Professor Anthony Mellows, wrote, “You have certainly developed fundraising to a very significant degree during your time with the Hospital.”

Nursing Director, Ahmad Ma’ali wrote, “It has been my pleasure to work with such a visionary, professional lady, who has given all to the Hospital.”

Nicky joined the team at SJEHG from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, where she was Development Director.  Previously, she had been Fundraising & Sponsorship Manager for The Teaching Awards Trust.

In 2011, Nicky was honoured by Her Majesty The Queen by being admitted to The Order of St John in the grade of ‘Serving Sister’, for outstanding service to The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group.