Karen Fitzsimmons – Relationship Manager

As a Relationship Manager, Karen works primarily on the Start It and Build It programmes, supporting both applicants and awardees.

Karen has a MSc in Grantmaking from CASS Business School and has extensive experience working in funding. She worked for the National Lottery Community Fund for over 12 years as Funding Manager, where she headed up the Community Assets team. She has also worked in funding roles for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Wellcome Trust in London.

Prior to joining Firstport, Karen worked as Associate Consultant for Community Enterprise, supporting social enterprises and charities with a focus on income generation and sustainability.

Find out more about the programmes Karen works on: