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Jo Ballantine

Jo Ballantine
Director of Development
The Royal Latin School

Jo began her fundraising career 20 years ago, working on a £27m capital campaign at Birmingham Children's Hospital before moving to work as a Regional Campaign Manager for the NSPCC's £250m Full Stop Campaign.

Since 2010, Jo has been Director of Development at The Royal Latin School in Buckingham, where she set up the Development Office and alumni relations programme and has led the creation of a ten year, four phase capital campaign to improve facilities in time for the 600th anniversary of the school in 2023. In 2015 Jo successfully delivered an innovative £5m Discovery Centre, followed by a £1m 6th form refurbishment in 2017 and is now mid-way through a £3m Sports Campus campaign. Phase four, a £5m+ Arts Centre, will follow.

Jo specialises in senior volunteer leadership, fundraising strategy and major gifts, and offers fundraising and development consultancy services to other schools and small charities via You can follow Jo on Twitter at @BallantineJo.

Maarten Vervaat
Director of Outreach and Advancement
The American University of Paris, France

With over 15 years' of experience in cultural and educational management, Vervaat has held positions in communications, alumni relations and development at World Press Photo, the University of Amsterdam and The Cyprus Institute. In 2011, he joined Utrecht University and is responsible for strengthening Utrecht's national and international alumni relations programme and developing its fundraising campaign.

Crystal Apple award winner for excellence in teaching