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Emily Anstead

Emily is Head of Trusts and Foundations at the British Library where she leads on capital and revenue fundraising and strategy for trusts and foundations. Emily was previously Head of Trusts at the National Theatre. Her previous experience includes roles at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and Liverpool Culture Company as part of 2008 European Capital of Culture. She has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from University of East Anglia and an Open University Diploma in Winning Resources and Support accredited by the Institute of Fundraising. She was part of the June 2017 Clore Leadership Short Course cohort. Emily was one of the founding members of the Arts and Culture Trusts Forum which shares best practice with trust fundraisers from non-for-profit arts and cultural organisations from around the UK. She is a former Board Member of Company Three – formerly known as Islington Community Theatre – whose work has been seen at the National Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, on Channel 4 and the BBC. Emily is Co-Chair of the British Library’s Gender Equality Network, working with the Library’s senior leadership to better embed equality at every level at the BL. She is a former Trustee of the Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights.