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Welcome Emily

As a charity, fundraising is an imperative part in running The NLH and so we were on the hunt for our Head of Fundraising to join our crew. Molly sat down to interview her, and so we are really excited to introduce to you, Emily Hodges who has taken on this role.

Hi Emily, thank you for sitting down with me today. Can you tell me a little about yourself , where are you from and career up to date please?

I’ve always lived in Cornwall. I grew up in Callington, lived in Falmouth whilst at university there and then moved to Padstow just over two years ago! Growing up I was always interested in Sports and Biology, studying both at A level and then moving to St Austell college to train in dance, I then went on to gain a BA(Hons) in Dance and Choreography. This led me to working on various dance projects both within Cornwall, the UK and around Europe. I trained as a Primary school teacher, alongside teaching dance. I then moved into Further Education, where I was a lecturer and then progressed onto course manager and was able to teach the subjects I loved including Sport and Biology – as well as Maths and Business!

Can you talk to me about your past experiences and personal life that you feel you can bring to The NLH?

Since moving to the coast I have become increasingly interested in marine biology and developed my love of Kayaking, paddle boarding and all things outdoors. Having worked with both small family run charities and large corporate companies, I feel that I’ll be able to support in driving the charity forward to a range of different demographics, in turn increasing the charities donations to support with the vital causes. I’m excited to be taking on the role of Head of Fundraising and having worked on different dance projects and with dance schools, the majority of which charity funded, I have gained lots of creative ideas for fundraising across different age groups!

What are your goals in your new position at The NLH?

My goals for The NLH are to push and develop the already amazing schemes such as Buy One Set One Free and to drive the charity to a range of different audiences. Having worked in Education as well, I am keen on ensuring that the educational outreach is pushed so that future generations understand the importance of sustainability within the fishing industry and in general. With sustainability and the environment ever growing as topics I think that now is an exciting time as more people are becoming open to learning about their surroundings and are keen to support in helping to create change. I have lots of events that I hope to build on as well, such as a charity Stand Up Paddleboard event and a Mini Festival.