The Legacy10 Award for Excellence was set up to recognise those who have contributed to legacy-giving in the UK through innovation and delivery, and was open to all legacy fundraisers working for a registered UK charity.

The judging panel, comprising senior experts in the fields of philanthropy, business and the media and chaired by Legacy10 founder and Chairman Roland Rudd, agreed that Elaine was a great example of the hardworking and passionate legacy-fundraisers throughout the UK.

Elaine was chosen from a shortlist of five candidates representing a range of both large and small charities.

Roland Rudd, founder and Chair of Legacy10 said: "Elaine is a very worthy winner of the first-ever Legacy10 Award for Excellence. She has made a remarkable contribution to Pallant House Gallery over the past 15 years, creating a legacy campaign from scratch which will help to ensure that her charity is sustainably funded for generations to come."

The award, specially created by the artist Mark Plenderleith, will be presented by Rt. Hon Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, at a private event in December.