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For Immediate Release
Feb. 12, 2015

CASE Appoints New Executive Director of CASE Europe

LONDON—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the appointment of John Middleton as executive director of CASE Europe, effective 5 May 2015. As executive director, Middleton will provide leadership for a staff of 17 based in London with responsibility for programmes and services to members throughout Europe.

A not-for-profit membership association, CASE Europe provides 400 schools, colleges and universities with professional development, research, standards and information resources related to alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing. CASE Europe is the largest organisation of its type in Europe and part of one of the largest associations of educational institutions in the world. Middleton succeeds Kate Hunter, who steps down later this month after six years as executive director to become a partner within the global higher education practice of Perrett Laver, an executive search firm.

Middleton is currently managing director of School-Home Support, which provides support for vulnerable children and their families to overcome barriers to learning. At SHS, Middleton developed and executed a business plan that secured more than £1m, created new partnerships and expanded core activities. Previously, he served as head of economic development at London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, where he raised more than £4m for the Birkbeck and University of East London building (University Square Stratford). In addition, Middleton served as vice principal and director of resources at Newham Sixth Form College and director of finance at Ridge Danyers College.

He has extensive experience in the management of non-profit organisations, including educational institutions. He has close links to the higher education sector and is a fellow at Birkbeck, University of London.

Middleton earlier served as the joint chief executive at The Legacy List, the Mayoral charity for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and later became principal advisor to the London Legacy Development Corporation. In that role, he initiated many significant projects, including establishing a network of universities with interests close to the park so they could more easily work collaboratively in the scoping and delivery of large-scale projects in east London.

Professor Sir David Greenaway, chair of CASE Europe Board of Trustees and vice chancellor of the University of Nottingham, served as chair of the search that was undertaken by a committee of the CASE Europe board. He noted that Middleton was the unanimous choice of the search committee.

"I am delighted John Middleton will be joining CASE Europe as its new executive director," he said. "He has an outstanding track record across a range of organisations and is an exceptional leader, and is a skilled strategist who has led many organisations to their next level of development. He has significant experience of growing income streams and creating sustainable organisations."

"The search committee particularly admired his ability to build relationships, influence and communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals and organisations, including government," Greenaway added. "He demonstrated a deep commitment to the values of CASE and a life-long passion for education. I am sure all our CASE volunteers, partners and staff will join me in welcoming him to this wonderful organisation. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow trustees who provided outstanding support on the search committee."

CASE President John Lippincott noted that the selection of Middleton was the culmination of an ambitious international search that produced a strong pool of candidates.

"Everyone who was involved in the search was deeply impressed by John's leadership skills and management acumen," Lippincott said. "He has led planning efforts and development activities to help a variety of organisations ensure their long-term success in fulfilling their distinct missions. His entrepreneurial spirit combined with a profound dedication to the organisations he serves makes John an ideal leader to build on the enormous progress CASE Europe has made during its first two decades of operation."

Sue Cunningham, incoming president of CASE, said she is delighted with the selection and looks forward to working with Middleton after she assumes office 9 March.

"John demonstrates a strong commitment and a compelling strategic approach to building and supporting the advancement profession in the educational sector across Europe. I look forward to working with him together with the CASE Europe Board who have led this search and delivered this thoroughly successful appointment," she said.

Middleton said, "I am deeply honoured to have been selected to be the executive director of CASE Europe. I have long admired this wonderful organisation, both for the extraordinary quality of its services and also for the values it promotes across the education sector in Europe. Many years ago, education gave me a second chance. It was a transformative experience and has inspired me throughout my career to support as many individuals as I could to succeed in their chosen path. I look forward to working with all the CASE volunteers, members and staff across Europe as we continue to develop and share our skills, and also to work with the governments, companies and organisations that make such a valued contribution to our programme of work."

The search committee for the executive director was led by Professor Sir David Greenaway, chair of the CASE Europe Board of Trustees and vice-chancellor, University of Nottingham, and fellow trustees who represent the higher education and schools sector in the UK and across the rest of Europe and have between them a diverse range of expertise. The search committee included: Lori Houlihan, executive director of development and alumni relations, University College London and deputy chair, CASE Europe Board of Trustees; Elizabeth Cairncross, head, Wells Cathedral School; Liesl Elder, director of development, University of Oxford; Michael Lavery, assistant chief executive and director of external relations, Teesside University; Xavier Michel, CASE Europe Trustee and Ian Rowley, director of development, communication and external affairs, The University of Warwick.

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