Holly joined Paul Hamlyn Foundation in June 2020. She was formerly the deputy chief executive at A New Direction, where she worked for nine years, originally as Director of Partnerships and Communications. While at A New Direction Holly led the commissioning of ground-breaking research into cultural education, as well as building partnerships with key agencies and stakeholders.

Prior to that, Holly worked for Arts Council England for 10 years as a national director, leading on resource development and business growth. In this role, she spearheaded initiatives for integrating the arts into public life, and worked closely with central government.

Holly has a MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School, City University where she developed her interest in learning organisations and the use of beneficiary research within the third sector.


Panel discussion: the art and craft of commissioning participatory research

Day 2, 24 March, 9.50am

Including: Kieron Boyle, CEO, Guys & St Thomas’ Charitable Trust; Peter Babudu, Director of Evidence, Youth Endowment Fund; Chimeme Egbutah, Public Health Service Manager, Luton Council; Sarah McCready, Barking Riverside Limited; Helen Whyman, Head of iWill Fund at the National Lottery Community Fund; Holly Donagh, Director of Strategic Learning, Insight and Influence, Paul Hamlyn FoundationChaired by Helen Goulden, Chief Executive, The Young Foundation.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. He died in 2001 and left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation uses its resources to support social change, working towards a just and equitable society in which everyone, especially young people, can realise their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.


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