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Alex McDowell                           Credit: CPG Photography 

Alex McDowell has joined RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) as its new Group Head of Community Development and Growth.

Alex’s newly created role within the Group, which includes Action for Blind People and Cardiff Institute for the Blind, sees him leading the charity’s fundraising activity on legacies and community giving.

He brings more than 17 years experience, in both legacy and community fundraising, most recently working as the NSPCC’s Head of Legacy and Tribute Fundraising.

Alex, who is Chair of the Remember a Charity campaign, has also been Head of Fundraising at The Shakespeare Hospice and has also worked at Christian Aid.

He is passionate about finding engaging ways to bring a charity’s work to life and providing ways to start legacy conversations. Notable examples from his time at the NSPCC include a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and the recent ‘Footprints’ campaign which saw the installation of six giant sand footprints on a beach in Yorkshire.

Alex said: “I am excited to be joining RNIB’s fundraising team and I am looking forward to helping the charity make it easier for people to support their work through legacies and other community-based activity.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to engage communities and make a significant contribution to RNIB’s aim to improve the lives of thousands more people who are living with sight loss both now and in the future.”

 Wanda Hamilton, Group Director of Fundraising at RNIB, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Alex to this challenging new role, his skills and experience will be a great asset to RNIB. This is a very exciting time for RNIB as we look to increase our legacy income and community engagement to support our ambitious five year strategy.”