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Rupa Kotecha-Smith
Marketing and Communications Manager
CASE Europe
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Pam Russell
director of communications


For Immediate Release
2 September 2010

CASE Europe Announces Recipients of 2010 Awards

GLASGOW - CASE Europe today announced the recipients of its 2010 Distinguished Service and Leadership Awards and its inaugural Iain More Award during ceremonies at the CASE Europe Annual Conference.

The CASE Europe Distinguished Service and Leadership Awards recognise individuals for extraordinary service, outstanding achievements and leadership in advancement and education. The Iain More Award, named for one of Europe's pioneer fundraisers, acknowledges the outstanding achievements of an emerging development professional.

"CASE Europe is delighted to honour these three outstanding individuals for their contributions to the advancement profession," says Kate Hunter, executive director for CASE Europe. "They are role models for people working in educational marketing, communications, fundraising and alumni relations."

The winners of the awards are:

Distinguished Service Award recipient-Peter Slee, deputy vice-chancellor, University of Huddersfield. A former trustee and chair of the CASE Europe board, Slee is widely recognised for his creative leadership in strategic marketing for higher education. He has held strategic posts at Northumbria, Durham and Aston universities in addition to his current position at the University of Huddersfield. Slee has pioneered a range of initiatives for marketing and communications professionals, including the creation of the CASE Strategic Marketing Institute and the Universities Marketing Forum. As an exemplary teacher and communicator, he has inspired many with his enthusiasm, knowledge and innovative thinking in educational marketing.

Leadership Award recipient-Brett Wigdortz, chief executive of Teach First. As founder of Teach First, Wigdortz has been the driving force behind its ambitious mission to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational leaders and teachers in all fields. With his personal dedication and commitment to the concept and practice of advancement and his strong visionary leadership, Wigdortz has created a high level of support for the charity across a vast range of internal and external stakeholders.

Iain More Award recipient-Adrian Punaks, head of development and alumni, Birkbeck, University of London. Punaks' career has progressed significantly since he joined Birkbeck in 2007. Under his leadership, the development team outperformed its peers in 2009 and 2010 by achieving £5 million in pledged income, gaining a 17:1 return on investment for fundraising and generating 7 percent of the college's financial turnover through philanthropic income. With his strong leadership skills and development expertise, Punaks is a highly respected advancement professional and role model for young British fundraisers.

Recipients of the CASE awards are chosen from a wide pool of nominees. Winners are selected by an awards subcommittee, which is formed by a cross-section of advancement professionals from across Europe. The CASE Europe Board of Trustees approves the winner of each award.

For further information, please contact CASE Europe Marketing and Communications Manager Rupa Kotecha-Smith on 020 7448 9955.


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Notes for Editors

CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award honours individuals whose professional accomplishments have made a significant and lasting impact on the field of institutional advancement and whose careers have earned the respect and admiration of their professional colleagues.

Award winners must have served the profession over an extended period of time and been honoured for their service and performance. Previous winners include Dr. Mary Blair, former Director of Development at the London School of Economics.

CASE Europe Leadership Award recognises CASE member institution heads, presidents, vice-chancellors and leaders throughout Europe for their outstanding efforts in promoting and supporting education through actively supporting 'advancement'. The award honours leaders who create a vision and inspire others with their ambition, establish a positive image for their institution while leading it to higher levels of success; increase their institution's stature in the community and encourage innovation and risk-taking among employees.

CASE Europe Iain More Award recognises outstanding achievements of an emerging development professional.

The award honours development professionals of any discipline (e.g. annual giving, major gifts, corporate fundraising, trusts and foundations) who have worked in education or the arts in any European country or less than five years but at least two years in one institution or organisation.

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