Planning Committee

Developed with the help of volunteers, CASE Europe's Annual Conference brings together experts from the advancement professions of marketing, communications, alumni relations, fundraising and philanthropy, along with strategy and leadership to select and develop the Conference programme for their peers.

The CASE Europe Annual Conference 2017 Planning Committee is:


Chris Cox
Vice-Principal Philanthropy and Advancement and Executive Director of Development and Alumni
University of Edinburgh , UK

Chris Cox joined the University of Edinburgh in February 2016. He has worked in development and alumni relations for 24 years, ten of which were in his previous role as Director of Development at The University of Manchester, following earlier roles at UCL and Newcastle University.

He has been active with CASE for several years, as a previous European representative on their US-based Commission on Alumni Relations, and as a faculty member at Institutes for Educational fund-raising in Europe and Africa. He is Chair the 2016 CASE Europe Annual Conference in Brussels.

He was Chair of the Ross Group of UK Higher Education Development Directors in 2011 and 2012 and was a member of the Education Task Force for the UK Government's Giving Summit in 2012. He holds a BA in History from UCL and an MA in International Political Economy from Newcastle University. He has been a Board member at the Royal Northern College of Music since 2013.

Directors' Forum Chair

Graeme Byrne
More Partnership

Graeme Byrne has been a Partner at More Partnership since June 2017. He joined from the University of East Anglia (UEA) where he established their first major gift programme. He also led the UEA's first institutional fundraising effort, The Difference Campaign, which successfully raised £50 million. The Campaign was recently extended and is on track to raise £100 million by 2020.

Graeme spent 8.5 years at UEA and has played a central role in creating a high-performing, sustainable development office. Prior to his appointment at UEA, Graeme worked in the charity sector as Head of Fundraising at The Papworth Trust, Fundraising Manager at Ormiston Children & Families Trust, and as a Programme Manager at The Prince's Trust.

Graeme is also the Founder of Lagotto Solutions, a company helping universities and schools across the globe to identify and understand their most prominent and successful alumni.

Newcomers' Fast Track Chairs

Fiona Blair

Fiona Blair
Director of Marketing, Communication and Engagement
University of Reading

Fiona has worked in Higher Education marketing and communications for more than for 15 years. She began her career at the University of Surrey where, following a year as President of the Students' Union, she spent eight years working in the Vice-Chancellor's Office, managing a diverse portfolio of strategic projects and stakeholder engagement activities. Fiona joined the University of Reading in January 2009 as a senior member of the External Affairs team responsible for the institution's corporate relations and events.

From August 2014 to August 2016 she was Deputy Head and subsequently Head of Engagement and External Relations, which included the management of UK student recruitment. During her time in the post she led the transformation of the University's prospective student experience. In August 2016, Fiona was recruited to the brand new role of Head of Marketing Operations at the University of Reading.

Nicole Fouchier
Former Director of Development & Alumni Relations
Tilburg University

Nicole Fouchier worked at Tilburg University as Director of Development & Alumni Relations for eight years. Prior to that Nicole was the Managing Director of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management. Before working at the university she held a number of managerial and lobbying positions within the healthcare sector, the latest of which was Head Legal & Advisory of the Dutch Association of Medical Specialists. She began her career as a lawyer.

Planning Committee


Heather Campbell
Director of Advancement Operations and Administration
Imperial College London

With more than a decade of experience in Higher Education fundraising, Heather has held various roles at Imperial. As Head of Regular Giving, she oversees a programme which uses direct marketing techniques to drive income across all channels including direct mail, telephone, email, web, mobile and social media. The team recently raised more than £1m in a financial year for a second consecutive year - a first in the programme's history.

In November 2017, Heather added campaigns to her role and is in the initial planning stages for a comprehensive fundraising campaign for the College.
In September 2018, Heather has taken on the maternity cover for the Director of Advancement Operations and Administration.
Heather was previously the Head of the Annual Fund at the LSE where she revamped the gift club structure, implemented Direct Debits and managed the allocation process. Heather first fundraised as a student caller for her own university's Annual Fund.

Nathalie Fontana
Director of Philanthropy
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland

Nathalie is a Swiss national and has been involved in fundraising for 15 years of which 10 years in the Higher Education sector in Switzerland and the UK. In 2013 she has joined the Development Office of the University of Oxford as ‘Head of Development for Student Support'. In 2015 she has been promoted to lead the ‘Principal Gifts' team which is active in Asia-Pacific, Europe, China Mainland, Latin & Central America and the Middle East. Before joining the University of Oxford she was ‘Director of Strategic Partnerships' and part of the leadership team at ETH Zurich Foundation, the fundraising organization of the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.

Nathalie has been in leadership roles for almost 20 years. From 1998-2002 she was a Managing Director of an interior design company and from 2002-2007 she was the Managing Director at the "Haus Konstruktiv' a mid-size art museum, both in Zurich, Switzerland.

Her primary education is in Business, Commerce and Trade. She holds a Master in Arts Management as well as a diploma in Corporate Communications from the University of Applied Sciences in Zurich and a diploma in Fundraising from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Katarina Hagg
Vice-President External Affairs
Stockholm School of Economics

Katarina is the Vice President for External Relations at the Stockholm School of Economics, where the vision is to become a school not just for the business community, but for society as a whole. As such she oversees the school's overarching relationship-building activities including fundraising, alumni and corporate relations, marketing and communications as well as employer branding and career management. With a background in both academia and business, she emphasizes the continuous development of industry collaboration as a vehicle for improving and innovating higher education.

Katarina has previously held leadership positions at Arcada University Helsinki, real estate company Akademiska Hus, communications consultancy JKL/MS&L, and Nokia. She holds a master's degree in International Business Administration from Gothenburg University's School of Business, Economics and Law and has lived and worked in Germany, France, the UK, Finland and Sweden.

Cristhian Mestre
Associate Dean for International Development & Alumni School of Management Assistants
University of Navarra, Spain

Cristhian Mestre, associate dean for international development & alumni at the School of Management Assistants, University of Navarra, has been in the higher education field for nearly ten years. He first joined the Alumni Association as national chapters coordinator in 2004 just after graduating. Later he moved into the private international corporation sector and developed a background in marketing, sales, and sponsorship. He returned to his alma mater and is now in charge of the membership program, international chapters, marketing, and communications. Cristhian strives to build relationships and keep alumni, students, and faculty engaged, knowing their support makes an impact to their alma mater.

Alex Miles

Alex Miles
Deputy Director of Communications, Advocacy and Global Affairs
University of Nottingham

Alex Miles is the director of communications, advocacy and global affairs at The University of Nottingham. His remit includes international government relations across the University's campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, supporting the impact of the University's research amongst policy-makers, strategic reputation and relationship management, higher education policy and supporting the Vice-Chancellor and University Executive Board. Prior to this, Alex established the national political affairs and policy function at the University of Warwick, where he was responsible for developing relationships between the university and policy-makers in Westminster, Whitehall and the wider policy community, as well as public engagement and Festivals. Prior to this, Alex held roles in public affairs at Warwick; as the Policy and Parliamentary adviser for the mission-group, University Alliance; as the Business Development Manager for the University of Sheffield's Public Services Academy and in Economic Policy for Sheffield City Council. He has an master's degree in global politics and law from the University of Sheffield, where he was also an undergraduate.

Claire O’Sullivan

Claire O’Sullivan
Associate Director (Global Engagement)
University of Birmingham

Claire is responsible for the high quality delivery of engagement programmes at the University of Birmingham, which includes tailored programming for a variety of audiences (alumni, supporters, parents, staff, students and friends). The team are responsible for creating warm audiences who are inspired to give their time, philanthropic support and networks for the benefit of the University and students. Claire leads the international fundraising and engagement strategy, with an ambitious goal of creating a sustainable pipeline of income and engaged supporters in key international markets.

Claire has worked at the University of Birmingham since 2003 and has held a variety of roles in the team including Head of Alumni Relations from 2011, a portfolio which was expanded to Supporter Engagement in 2014. Claire was Acting Director of Development and Alumni Relations from August - December 2015, leading the team through the close and celebration phases of the University's £193.6million Circles of Influence campaign. Claire has been an active volunteer with CASE for several years and is co-Chair of the alumni relations track at the Europe Annual Conference (2017-18) and a member of the Alumni Relations Institute Faculty (2017-18).

Emily Robin
Director of Advancement
American School of Paris

A seasoned professional with over a decade of experience in higher education and schools, Emily Robin is the strategic and operational leader of an integrated advancement program at the American School of Paris, an international school of 800 students. In this role, Emily aligns staff and resources to build capacity for sustained success in recruiting and enrolling students, securing philanthropic support, engaging the School's constituents, and promoting the ASP brand. As chief development officer, she is also responsible for an €11M capital campaign concluding this year.

Emily began her career at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School, and most recently oversaw the Major Gifts program at Bryn Mawr College. She has also served on the board of the Ecole Française Internationale de Philadelphie. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Penn's Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, Emily also holds a Master's degree, with Distinction, from University College, London.

Follow Emily on Twitter: @emilyarobin

Joanne Shoveller
Vice-President, Advancement
University of Waterloo

Joining the University of Waterloo, Canada, in January 2017 to lead the pan-university advancement team, Joanne was associate dean, advancement and alumni relations, at INSEAD, France/Singapore from 2012-2016. Before INSEAD, she was vice-president of advancement at Canada's University of Guelph. In all three roles, Joanne has been responsible for managing all institutional advancement activities, including fundraising and alumni relations and initiating substantial change management and campaign preparation activities. She also has nearly two decades of experience at the University of Western Ontario, including 2 years based in Hong Kong, serving in capacities related to marketing, communications, alumni and corporate development and graduate programme management. She has been instrumental in shaping major campaigns and developing international fundraising and alumni relations initiatives. Joanne holds a bachelor's degree in English from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from Ivey Business School in Canada, and has served as a volunteer CASE presenter, organizer and advisor on four continents.

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