Gordon Hudson

Charity and Voluntary Sector leader. Passionate about making the world a better place.

About

I am an experienced senior manager in the private and voluntary sectors.

I am one of the few people to have run a truly profitable mass market web hosting and domain name registration business. It never incurred any debts and always ran on positive cash flow.

As a professional fundraiser I worked across the full range of fundraising roles. From emptying static collecting boxes and organising flag days to soliciting big gifts from wealthy individuals & foundations, working on major appeals and managing staff fundraising teams.

My fundraising career started in 1988 with my appointment as a community fundraiser with the RNIB. After studies at Edinburgh University I returned to work on large fundraising appeals, including the launch of Fairbridge in Scotland and the re-branding of the RSSPC as Children 1st.

From this I went on to other roles including Fundraising and Marketing director of a large conservation charity and Fundraising Manager of an HIV & AIDS charity.

Having found a need for good quality, but reasonably priced, web hosting in my work I founded Hostroute.com Ltd in August 2000 with an initial investment of £200. The company’s brands grew to become one of the most recognised web hosting companies in the UK at that time with separate brands operating in the USA and Canada.

In 2007 the company was sold to Ultraspeed UK Ltd (now part of the Six Degrees Group) and I was appointed as group Marketing Director, as well as being a controlling shareholder and board member. Hostroute continued to trade as part of Ultraspeed, while I took a wider role in the combined company.

In September 2009 I left Ultraspeed to return to the voluntary sector. I worked for the Eric Liddell Centre for 14 months where I combined work in fundraising, marketing, social media and web development. This resulted in  a considerable improvement in their financial performance.

Ultraspeed was sold to the Six Degrees Group in 2012 and the Hostroute part of the business was separated off and sold to Paragon Internet Group. Both are still trading.

In December 2010 I combined my voluntary sector experience and my private sector management skills with my appointment as manager of Eco-Congregation Scotland.  This was initially a one year appointment funded by the Scottish Government. Over the next seven years I quadrupled our income, built a staff team, recruited 12% of all Scotland’s churches to take practical action on climate change congregations and established Eco-Congregation Scotland as one of the leading environmental organisations in Scotland. I was also active in campaigning for action on environmental issues through lobbying, influencing and major campaigns like the campaign to introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles in Scotland.

I have now left to pursue new career opportunities.

CV

My full CV can be found here.

Businesses I have held positions with

Hostroute.com Ltd (Managing Director)
Ultraspeed UK Ltd (Marketing Director)

Voluntary sector organisations I have held positions with

Eco-Congregation Scotland (Manager – current appointment)
Waverley Care Trust (Fundraising Manager)
Scottish Conservation Projects Trust – now BTCV (Fundraising and Marketing Director)
Vetaid (Fundraising and Marketing Manager)
Fairbridge in Scotland (Fundraising Research Assistant then Regional Development Manager)
The Moredun Foundation (Fundraising and Marketing Manager)
RNIB (Regional Fundraiser)
Eric Liddell Centre (Fundraiser)

My qualifications

LTh Degree from Edinburgh University (Theology).
HND in Communication studies (Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising).
Common Purpose graduate.

Professional memberships

I am a full member of the Institute of Fundraising (MinstF).
I am a member of ACOSVO (Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations).