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
Director of Development
University of East Anglia

Graeme is the Director of Development at UEA where their £50m fundraising effort, The Difference Campaign, is moving its final months. He has been at UEA for seven years before which he worked for a number of charities including The Papworth Trust and The Prince's Trust.

Graeme has also been an Associate Partner at More Partnership for 4 years. He is also a Founder of Lagotto Solutions, which creates intelligent software to help its clients unearth their best prospects and generate leads.

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
Head of Regular Giving
Imperial College London

Heather Campbell re-joined Imperial College London in January 2013 as head of regular giving. Heather is responsible for developing and implementing the overall regular giving strategy and oversees the College's direct mail, telephone, email, social media and web fundraising appeals. The current priority for the programme is to double the size of the Regular Giving team and the number of appeals, in addition to expanding the programme to new constituencies and growing donor numbers.

Heather started her development career in the UK in 2005 at Imperial working in both alumni relations and regular giving. In 2010, she became 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, External Relations and Public Affairs
University of Nottingham

Alex Miles is the Deputy 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
Head of Supporter Engagement
University of Birmingham

Claire's role is to embed alumni relations across the University, identifying opportunities for alumni to support key institutional priorities and to work with colleagues to realise the latent potential of the alumni network. Claire leads a team of 25 staff who manage a programme of events, communications and volunteer opportunities to engage the University's contactable alumni body of over 180,000. In addition to working with the core alumni audience, the team are also responsible for connecting current students with the alumni network, engaging new audiences with the University and for appropriately thanking the University's donor community for their generous support. Claire has worked at the University of Birmingham since 2003 and has held a variety of roles in the Development and Alumni Relations team. Claire was appointed to the post of Head of Alumni Relations in 2011, a portfolio which was expanded to Supporter Engagement in 2014. Claire was the Acting Director of Development and Alumni Relations from August to December 2015.

Emily Robin
Director of Development
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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