Richard Sved has worked and volunteered in the charity sector for over 20 years. Prior to setting up his own company, 3rd Sector Mission Control, he led the fundraising function for two national charities, and managed the London region for the Museums Libraries and Archives Council. He is also a trustee of Child’s i Foundation, an NCVO and a RedQuadrant consultant, and was recently interim Head of Fundraising at Epilepsy Society and Education Support Partnership.
Richard’s key strengths lie in charity strategic planning, income generation and communications. He blogs regularly about the charity sector at http://www.3rdsectormissioncontrol.co.uk.
In his spare time, Richard can often be found in his local park, as he is the Co-Event Director of St Albans parkrun. He is an enthusiastic ‘freestyle’ dancer whenever he gets the chance, creaking knee joints permitting.
1- In no more than three sentences, please explain what you do
I am a charity sector consultant helping organisations to deliver their mission, specialising in fundraising, strategic planning, governance, and communications. Having grown up as a volunteer for various charities, moving into the sector after graduating over 20 years ago was a natural step. I advise organisations across a wide range of functions, from income generation to external affairs, from strategic development to governance.
2- Who inspires you?
I am inspired by new people all the time, but particularly anybody who has the drive and passion to make a difference in the world through their work or their volunteering. The common traits in people who inspire me are that they are very good listeners, and ask the best questions. I was particularly inspired by a man named Neil, my manager between 2000 and 2006, who displayed all of the above qualities, and more besides.
3- What is the biggest change you want to see in the world?
I would like to see a world in which there is greater equality of opportunity, of access, and less disparity between rich and poor. Building on my last answer, that would be a world in which we listen to each other’s needs better.
4- What would you like to be remembered for?
As somebody who it was good to spend time with, who made people laugh, who helped to enrich people’s lives, and who made a difference in his local community and beyond.
5- What is the most interesting new idea you’ve come across in the past year?
I’m intrigued by the potential of livestreaming video (e.g. Periscope), but haven’t seen any charities really crack it yet. It could be a brilliant way to bring our supporters closer to us and really involve them in our work.
6- Finally, how can people engage with your work if they’d like to learn more/help?
Check out my website at http://www.3rdsectormissioncontrol.co.uk and in particular my blog, in which I regularly write about the charity sector, often from a somewhat leftfield perspective. You can also find me on Twitter and LinkedIn sharing interesting titbits and stories that catch my eye.