Saira Holmes

Development Manager

Saira combines a strong track record in fundraising with a love of music. Recently she has worked as Development Manager at Bristol Music Trust, which runs Colston Hall and also at OpenUp Music, a dynamic organisation creating the UK’s first fully-accessible orchestras for young, disabled musicians. She was appointed the first Heritage Lottery Fund Project Officer at B&NES Council, where she coordinated a successful six-figure HLF application. She has experience of developing compelling applications to a wide range of trusts, foundations and public sector funders and has raised both revenue and capital funds. She has managed patrons’ scheme, attracted corporate sponsorship from high-profile companies and been involved in large-scale individual giving campaigns. She has also volunteered for the RNLI, one of the UK’s top charities. Saira brings a 360-degree perspective to the role, having been employed at Arts Council England and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council where she assessed and monitored publicly funded projects. In her experience, successful fundraising involves having a clear vision of an organisation’s aims, which can be communicated to relevant funders intelligently, succinctly and persuasively. With her background in teaching, Saira is attracted to the objectives of the WRMS - to give people the opportunity to realise their music-making ambitions, creating a musically alive environment in Wiltshire. She is looking forward to helping the organisation achieve its goals.