Meet our award winners

Ashley Rowthorn News

Legacy Link are proud to have awarded the first Crispin Ellison bursary awards to Jessica Thompson from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and Leanne Beaton from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

The winners were announced at the ILM Conference on Friday in a presentation as part of the annual awards. We’d like to share with you a bit about our winners and their charities.

Jessica Thompson, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Jessica has been the Legacy Manager for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for the last seven years. She has a very varied role which includes legacy fundraising, stewardship and the administration of legacy gifts.

Jessica demonstrated a real commitment to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and how vital legacy gifts are to protect and conserve wildlife throughout the county.

Being the only member of staff with the responsibility for administering legacy gifts, gaining the CiCLA qualification will make a difference to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. And being part of a network of 49 Wildlife Trusts across the country, the learning can be shared with other legacy colleagues.

“I’m so grateful to Legacy Link for awarding me the first Crispin Ellison bursary. Taking the CiCLA will give me the knowledge and the confidence I need to navigate my way through an increasingly complicated caseload, whilst reassuring Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the friends and families of our generous legators that every gift we are left is being administered both correctly and in line with our values.”
Jessica Thompson, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Leanne Beaton, International Fund for Animal Welfare

Leanne has worked at IFAW for three years, beginning as administration support for the legacy team, before becoming a Legacy Support Officer and taking on her own caseload of pecuniary cases and residuary files. As an animal lover with a degree in Animal Welfare and Management, Leanne is working for a cause that is very close to her heart.

Leanne was keen to complete the CiCLA qualification as she felt that it would help her to advance her understanding of probate law and take her legacy administration knowledge to the next level, which in turn would help to maximise the legacies due to IFAW.

“I was thrilled to have been one of the two successful applicants for the Crispin Ellison Bursary Award, as the content on the ILM’s CiCLA qualification will really help give me a deeper and wider understanding of legacy administration, and how best to act when various situations arise.  It will also give me greater confidence to trust in my own knowledge and skills to hopefully further increase legacy income to IFAW, helping more animals long into the future.  I’m really looking forward to starting the course in the near future.”
Leanne Beaton, International Fund for Animal Welfare

Legacy Link are very proud to be supporting Jessica and Leanne through the next phase of their professional development. The Crispin Ellison bursary award will open for applications again in January 2018.

For more information visit www.legacy-link.co.uk/bursary