Register your interest - Maximising parent engagement: how can parent associations and development work together

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LocationIDPE Webinar

Due to the current uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be postponing this webinar, which will be rescheduled soon. Please register your interest in attending the webinar using the button to the right of your screen, and we will be in touch to confirm a new date as soon as possible.

Parents play a significant role in supporting schools, as volunteers, fundraisers, donors. IDPE and Parentkind, along with member schools, will share some of the key takeaways from their new joint guide, Maximising parent engagement: how can parent associations and development work together, which explores how parent groups and development offices can work more effectively together.


Key takeaways for viewers include:

  • The roles and responsibilities of the development office and parent association
  • How to engage parents and further your fundraising
  • How parent associations and development offices can work together to maximise impact

  • Examples of best practice of development and parent associations working together

Clare Atkinson, Deputy Chair, IDPE and Development Director, Dr Challoner's Grammar School
Clare has over 20 years’ experience working in development across a range of organisations in both the charity and education sectors. For the last ten years she has been Development Director at Dr Challoner's Grammar School, a boys' state grammar school located in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. In this time, she has set up a Development Office and firmly embedded a culture of philanthropy within the school. There is a thriving annual fund and a number of successful capital campaigns have seen a new Sixth Form Centre, improvements to laboratories and a rebuilding of the Cricket Pavilion.

Louise Bennett, Joint CEO, IDPE
Louise has over 20 years’ experience of working across fundraising disciplines, and has previously held senior fundraising roles at The Stroke Association and Shelter Cymru. She is currently Joint CEO of IDPE, responsible for developing training, support and resources to support schools’ fundraising, and champions the impact of schools’ development on providing the best educational experiences for young people.

Kerry-Jane Packman, Executive Director of Programmes, Membership and Charitable Services, Parentkind
Kerry-Jane arrived at Parentkind in February 2018 from Tomorrow's People where she was Director of Fundraising and Marketing. Prior to that she worked as Director of Resource Development and Communications for International Medial Corps UK. She has 20 years' experience of working within the charity sector, driving successful funding operations, generating income from multiple sources, building and leading teams, business development and marketing.


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