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Our Fundraising & Communications team

The Fundraising & Communications team engage our supporters, who generously give their time and money to support our work. They also raise awareness of Tree Aid's work in media and across other communications.

Melanie Knight, Director of Fundraising & Communications

Melanie Knight joined Tree Aid as Director of Fundraising and Communications in October 2019. Melanie has 14 years' senior management and leadership experience in both the charitable and private sectors, specialising in income generation, fundraising, marketing and communications. Melanie moved to the charitable sector in 2011 and has worked for the Churches Conservation Trust, the Soil Association and Deki.

Emily Nelson, Individuals Fundraising Manager

Emily joined Tree Aid in 2014 and now manages our Individual Giving Fundraising programme. She has more than 13 years' marketing experience, specialising in direct marketing, initially gained in the publishing industry at BBC Audiobooks and the Geological Society Publishing House, before she moved into the charity sector.

Headshot of Sally Airey, Tree Aid's Communications Manager, stood in front of a tree

Sally Airey, Communications Manager

Sally joined the Tree Aid team in 2018 and oversees the organisation’s communications, PR and media activities. She has more than 13 years’ experience in charity communications, previously leading communications at international women’s rights organisation, Womankind Worldwide, and delivering media and PR for VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas).

Clare Hanley-Theare, Corporate and High Value Fundraising Manager

Clare joined Tree Aid in 2017 and manages the organisation’s corporate and high value team. She has more than 6 years’ fundraising experience, working at the children’s charities Kidscape and The Sick Children’s Trust in their community fundraising teams before moving to Tree Aid. Clare is also a fully certified member of The Institute of Fundraising and has completed the professional qualification, the ‘Certificate in Fundraising.’