A time of transformation


Today the charity sector faces unprecedented transformation.  Against this backdrop I specialise in helping boards, executive teams and fundraising leaders move beyond the business and funding models they have inherited to create organisations designed for the future not the past.

Why by the waves?


I am Leesa Harwood, owner of by the waves.  For 30-years I have worked in  fundraising, strategic development, change and leadership in UK and US charities of all sizes.  So, I have first hand experience of the challenges that charity executives and fundraisers face every day.

Working my way from front line fundraiser at the American Cancer Society to an Executive Director at the RNLI and now as a Trustee, I have experience at all levels in the third sector.  I have led groundbreaking initiatives including introducing Bitcoin fundraising to a major charity as well as a track record of innovation in fundraising.

Now, as a Trustee for The Big Issue Foundation, consultant, conference speaker, fundraising columnist and charity blogger I continue my involvement with the charity and social sector.