Grant and fundraising advice specialising in the heritage sector
Fundraising research reports
Grant and charitable trust application writing and submission
Online giving and crowdfunding advice and campaign management
Heritage and historic building research
Event management and promotion
Social media management
Production of publicity materials (Leaflets/press releases/website content/brochures etc)
Welsh translation of work can be arranged
Since graduating in 2001, Lowri has been involved in the research, recording and restoration of historic buildings in Wales. Her experience and interest in this area of work has developed over time, specialising in the acquiring of external funding for historic building restoration and heritage work and the resulting project management of the schemes. Lowri is now an independent consultant, setting up Lowri Goss Consulting in 2014 with the aim of putting all her skills and experience to good use in a field of work that she feels passionately about. She aims to provide a professional and comprehensive consulting service, whilst maintaining that important personal touch
Recent consultancy contracts include the completion of the Catalyst Cymru Research Project whilst working as an Associate Consultant for Wavehill: Social and Economic Research. This project was commissioned by Wales Council for Voluntary Action and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and saw Lowri write a questionnaire that was circulated to over 2,500 heritage organisations across Wales, undertake a number of key stakeholder interviews and workshop, and co-write the final report. She is also currently organising a large event for The Prince's Foundation to be held at Strata Florida, Ceredigion and working as the Grants Administrator for the Strata Florida Trust.
Up until March 2017 (prior to a year of maternity leave), Lowri was Joint Executive Director of Adfer Ban a Chwm (ABC) Building Preservation Trust. ABC’s aim is to restore derelict vernacular buildings to provide a community use for local people in rural Wales. ABC’s purpose is to support and engage with the local community, and to encourage awareness of the contribution to local cultural heritage that domestic architecture has made over time, encapsulating the skills and history of generations of hill farmers whilst providing a sustainable end use. She was in charge of running all aspects of the Trust, from budget management to staff recruitment; from liaising with Social Housing Landlords (Bro Myrddin HA) to local community engagement and presentations whilst reporting to Trustees. Since returning to work following her maternity leave, Lowri is now ABC's Digital Marketing and Fundraising Consultant.
As Fundraising and Project Manager for a proposed £8million restoration and extension project at the grade I listed Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire, Lowri submitted a stage 1 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project sought to develop the UK’s only residential library in order to promote wider engagement with the liberal values that lie at the heart of William Gladstone’s life and work, and ensure that they continue to play a purposeful role in Britain and beyond whilst engaging and inspiring a broader range of audiences, especially younger people, school children and cultural tourists. She led on the recruitment of an architect led design team through a complex OJEU European tendering process via Sell2Wales, oversaw the detailed £8million budget breakdown, wrote the HLF grant application; and produced a detailed fundraising strategy, all whilst reporting regularly to the board of Trustees.
In 2017 she worked as Grants & Fundraising Consultant for the Strata Florida Trust, helping them with the sourcing and securing of funding for various aspects of their project. This included the renovation of the currently derelict, grade II* listed Mynachlog Fawr farmhouse and grade II farm buildings complex to house an educational centre with exhibition on the history of the site, arts and activity areas, a holiday cottage, a café and an office space.
In 2014 Lowri completed a complex freelance event management contract at Erddig, a National Trust property in North East Wales. Her brief was to organise a large scale after dark Christmas lighting event that would appeal to all ages and draw in visitors in their thousands. By breaking this brief down into parts; the light show, additional attractions, live entertainment, catering, retail, staff and volunteer management, health and safety, marketing and publicity and final evaluation report; she was able to address each element in turn, prioritising the essential sourcing of a specialist lighting company first and so on. This event was delivered on time and proved a regional success with Wales wide media coverage and great reviews from visitors.
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‘As a small charity we do not have the internal capacity to tackle large fundraising proposals, we therefore looked for external assistance and Lowri was recommended by the National Trust, one of our Partners. Lowri has recently completed a complex funding proposal for European funding in a sector of which she had not previous worked. Working to an extremely tight deadline she assimilated the necessary information, built a quick rapport with the staff and external agents and produced an excellent proposal. Lowri built a solid and compelling bid and we would have no hesitation in employing her again.’
Peter Watson, Executive Director, The Deer Initiative
Whilst working as Grants Consultant for the National Trust in Wales, she gained experience and knowledge of many different methods of fundraising for cultural heritage and natural environment sector projects. These include applications to charitable trusts, fundraising appeals, private and corporate donations, commemorative giving, direct mail, event fundraising, online giving, text giving, raffles, legacies and gift aid. She contributed to property business plans which in turn informed the National Trust Wales Business Plan (WBP) that outlined the objectives of the whole region. The WBP included a priority project list, detailing all small to large conservation projects within Wales. She advised on the grant potential of projects on this list and identified appropriate funds. She then approached potential funders to open discussions about possible grant aid. For a successful example of this process, in conjunction with property staff she successfully submitted a bid for a 100% funded grant of £71,000 to SITA Trust to fund a hedgerow restoration project at Southwood Farm, Pembrokeshire.
Lowri has many years’ experience managing heritage building projects having been a Townscape Heritage Project Manager in three different towns. The Townscape Heritage scheme helps communities’ regenerate deprived towns by improving their built historic environment through offering grants to property owners. She managed all relevant project spend ensuring that the multi-million pound budgets were being used to their maximum potential and spent in full within given deadlines. The projects Lowri was involved with positively impacted the local economies whilst improving tourism potential and engagement of local people with their cultural built heritage. These roles required a great deal of face to face on site negotiations and consultations with property owners. The project not only included the building restoration work, but also the creation of an annual programme of conservation training for building contractors. Six different courses were arranged including the repair and conservation of traditional windows, traditional shop front design and repair, repair of lead work, traditional and ecological paints, an introduction to lime and traditional stone repairs. They proved very popular with local contractors wanting to gain experience of traditional building skills.
Whilst working for Bridgend County Borough Council, Lowri undertook the County’s Buildings at Risk survey. This involved visiting all 359 listed buildings in the County, undertaking a visual condition assessment and the submission of a final survey report to Cadw. This survey was added to those submitted from all other local authorities across Wales to form a country wide survey.
When working as Street Scene Manager for Ceredigion County Council, Lowri actively engaged, communicated and canvassed the views of the local community ensuring that funds were spent on creating a street scene that residents enjoy. She was instrumental in introducing a cross-boundary approach to environmental improvement schemes, ensuring that internal and external funding streams (e.g. Tidy Towns, Objective 1, SRA and Housing Renewal) were combined to ensure cost effective sustainable schemes that had maximum impact with community and stakeholder involvement. In addition, she directly line managed a team of 8 staff who ran the day-to-day duties of the county's harbours and car parks.
On a daily working basis Lowri promotes a ‘regular contact’ policy with all relevant parties, including clients, funders, staff and volunteers, in order to ensure efficiency and a high quality sustainable end project. She uses a variety of consultation, interpretation and information methods including the preparation and presentation of monitoring reports and strategic documents; the writing of information packs, leaflets, press releases and exhibition boards; presentations at public meetings; and face-to-face meetings.
Academic & Professional Qualifications
Lowri obtained an MSc in the Conservation of Historic Buildings from the University of Bath in 2008. This was preceded by a BSc (Hons) in Archaeology from the University of Leicester in 2001. Whenever possible, during both her degrees she chose to concentrate her assignments on the Welsh historic environment. Examples of work include John Nash’s use of the gothic revival upon estate cottages looking at the case study of the National Trust owned Abermydyr Cottage, Llanerchaeron Estate; the role of the traditional shop-front in the street scape and the economic and social value of investing in its repair and re-instatement; a conservation statement on Bethania Chapel, Maesteg; an assessment of Clom and its use as a historic building material in Wales; a report with drawings on classical doorways in Aberaeron; and an introduction to the history of the South Wales Valleys industrial terraced house with the case for a conservation based approach to its repair.
In July 2008 she successfully completed the Prince 2: Projects in Controlled Environment advanced project management course and strives to use the principles and processes learnt in the way she works.
Lowri is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising (www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk) and has a sound understanding of their codes of practice and the invaluable support that they can offer organisations wishing to fundraise in a successful and productive manner. In July 2016 she completed their Certificate in Fundraising making her a certified fundraiser. The course is a professional qualification that gives a solid grounding in the theoretical concepts and principles behind fundraising. It examines the role of fundraising within the sector and the role it plays in society. She chose to focus her studies on fundraising for the heritage sector. Lowri is also an affiliate member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (www.ihbc.org.uk) The Institute exists to 'establish, develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all.' Lowri strives to work towards all these goals when undertaking all relevant contracts. Lowri is also a member of SPAB, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
In 2008 she was elected Networking, Publicity and Events Officer for the Welsh Branch of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). From this post she has a good working relationship with a variety of conservation and heritage professionals from public and private sectors across Wales. In addition, she was asked by the UK Director to write an article about her career in the field of conservation. This article was published in the IHBC Yearbook 2007.
She has also sat on the committee of Cymdeithas Aberaeron Society, a charity that promotes the heritage and history of the town and area. Whilst on the committee she wrote an article on the historical doors of Aberaeron which was printed in the 2011 Aberaeron Town Guide.
Lowri is actively involved with the voluntary committee of the Aberaeron Yacht Club and has led on a number of fundraising events, the most significant being the creation of the Aberaeron Beer & Cider Festival. This event has now become an important and sustainable annual fundraising event not only for the Club, but also for the town and community of Aberaeron. She also arranged a fundraising talk by TV personality Monty Halls on his ‘Lost Worlds’ travel expeditions.
In her spare time, Lowri also owns and manages her own craft business. The Quilted Patch offers a vibrant collection of patchwork themed gifts which are proving very popular online and at craft fairs all across Wales.
Lowri also works in conjunction with her husband who is Director of Nathan Goss Conservation. His specialist areas include historic building surveying, restoration carpentry, television and media work and more. Please visit www.nathangoss.co.uk for further details.
Lowri is a motivated, assertive and enthusiastic Welsh speaking individual with significant experience in her chosen field. She would very much like to work with you; as an individual, business, charity or local authority; on your relevant projects, therefore please do get in touch to discuss your requirements.
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