Sam Hawkins

Sam Hawkins

Business Support Lead

Sam joined the always possible team in 2020 and is a specialist in Funding and Development, Business Growth, Business intelligence and research.


For over fourteen years, Sam has led projects that span the creative industries, skills and social and economic development. Co-founding an award-winning arts festival business in London in 2008, Sam developed a focus on event production, business development and fundraising.

As a fundraiser and business development specialist, Sam has directly worked on successful bids of over £12m for his own projects or independently for clients in arts, film, heritage and business growth. He has extensive experience of EU, Government, Lottery and trusts and foundation funds.

Sam has worked in skills and education. Developing and running work-based learning programmes in the digital and creative sectors across East and West Sussex. He has also been a regional lead for a national sector skills council.


Sam has an MA in Philosophy from Glasgow University.

Awards and titles

Sam was a co-recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Award in 2009.

always possible client work

Researching, developing and testing communications campaigns for The Careers and Enterprise Company; setting strategic direction using a Theory of Change model for UKRIO; managing business mentoring and growth grant programmes at scale for East Sussex County Council.

Favourite biscuit or sweet treat?

“Cardamon Bun (cardi-b!)”