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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
Former Director of Outreach and Advancement
The American University of Paris, France

With more than 15 years' of experience in cultural and educational management, Vervaat has held positions in communications, alumni relations and development at World Press Photo, the universities of Amsterdam Utrecht and The Cyprus Institute. In 2015, he joined The American University of Paris as Director of Outreach & Advancement to strengthening AUP's international alumni relations programme and developing their first 26 million Euro capital campaign.


Nina Cohen Bohn

Nina Cohen Bohn has 17 years' experience in higher education fundraising, following a 15 year career in advertising sales and marketing in television, custom magazine publishing and professional sports teams. She began her career in fundraising in 2001, at MIT's Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, MA, which led to a move overseas in 2005 with her young family to lead the major gifts team at the London Business School. In 2013, LBS launched their first ever comprehensive campaign to raise £100m, and Nina became their Deputy Director of Advancement leading the principal gifts fundraising in London and Asia Pacific, managing the twenty person global campaign committee and prioritizing the collaboration of school-wide initiatives which involve and enhance Advancement's priorities. By September 2015 the team had achieved 90% of their goal, and closed the campaign in Spring 2016 with £125 million raised for a new building, research and scholarships. Nina's extraordinary success with principal gifts as well as her institution wide approach to donor engagement were key to this success.
Throughout 2016-2018 Nina has led strategic fundraising programs and organizational structural changes at two major organizations; The Royal College of Art, and the City Literary Institute. She has also consulted on best practises for fundraising teams including training of front line and board members for a variety of cultural and educational organizations, and has lectured on the MA in Philanthropic Studies for the University of Kent.

Jane Clubley

Jane Clubley
Development Director
Dame Allan's Schools

Experienced in stakeholder management, operational change, and communications and fundraising, with over 25 years' experience in the third sector and education Jane has worked at both international and national levels, based in London and the North East.
Jane worked at Newcastle University for seven years as Director of Development and Alumni Relations following her role as Director of Fundraising and Communications for Crimestoppers Trust in London.
Experienced as an independent consultant and fundraising trainer, Jane works as part time Development Director with Dame Allan's Schools in support of their development and alumni relations activities.
Jane graduated in 2013 with an Executive MBA (Public Administration) from Warwick University, Business School.

Kurstin Finch Gnehm
Regular Giving Officer
University of Aberdeen

Kurstin Finch Gnehm is the Head of Individual Giving and Patrons' Programmes at the Royal Academy of Music. Previously, she served as Regular Giving Manager for Imperial College London, where her team recently won a CASE Award and the 2016 London Marathon award for most money raised per charity runner. She has also worked in Regular Giving at the University of Aberdeen and the University of St Andrews. Kurstin started her fundraising career at Linfield College in the United States and holds degrees from Linfield, Oregon State University and the University of Iowa, where she has also taught communication and gender studies classes. She serves on the Learning & Development Committee at the Institute of Fundraising, and writes a blog about Americans living in the UK, called From Salem to St Andrews.

David Hudon
The Royal Latin School

David Hudson was brought up in Birmingham and attended Handsworth Grammar School

He read History at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge before completing his PGCE at the University of Oxford. During this time he was awarded a Blue in football for both universities.
David has taught in state schools since 1987 in Bristol, Thame, Didcot and Bicester.
As Head of History he co-authored "The Early Tudors", a text book for A-level study. He also spent two years teaching in Paris before being appointed Headteacher at The Royal Latin School in January 2010.

Since joining The Royal Latin School, David has introduced significant curriculum changes, guided the school to its current Academy status and used the freedom thereof to develop a significant fundraising campaign to improve learning facilities for the school and community (the 600 Campaign). This has resulted in a new 12 lab science "Discovery Centre" and a refurbished 6th Form Centre.

Natalie Lloyd

Natalie Lloyd
Head of Development
University of Birmingham

Natalie is a relationship manager and successful fundraising professional with over 12 years experience of working in Higher Education. Natalie has been at Keele University since April 2017 where her first year mission has succeeded to re-launch the supporter engagement journey, and has begun to embed a strategy for advancement at Keele. To get there, Natalie has deconstructed the programme to introduce the building blocks that are integral to a successful advancement programme. Natalie has created the framework for an impactful programme that will synergise lifelong student engagement, purposeful alumni relations, and successful supporter engagement to deliver the full value of advancement for Keele - both time and money from its relationships. Prior to Keele, Natalie was at the University of Birmingham for over a decade where she contributed to a successful investment case to double the fundraising staff, and recruited, led and motivated an amazing fundraising team. Supported by fantastic donors and a highly engaged Academic body, the team raised £194 million to enable Birmingham to embark on a £500 million capital development programme. Moreover the financial value, under Natalie's leadership, donor numbers increased and the reach of participating constituencies was broader. Natalie's well-honed technical skills with the intuition and credibility of an experienced and well-rounded leader in University fundraising, successfully integrated alumni relations, regular giving (annual fund), trust and foundations, a sector-leading legacy programme and major gift fundraising to offer a seamless supporter journey and the same high quality supporter experience regardless of giving level or gift type (money, value, and time) and enabled Birmingham to reach beyond traditional alumni audiences both in the UK and beyond, to include: Alumni, Staff, Students, Parents, International alumni and key influencers, and the local community. It all started with the telethon, a small team, and a shoestring! Natalie knows how to make the most of the investment you have, to deliver the impact, the buy in from Senior Leadership, and to project growth to demand more!

Randall Peterson

Randall S. Peterson
Professor of Organisational Behaviour
London Business School

Randall S. Peterson is professor of organisational behaviour at London Business School. He is currently working with faculty across the School on the establishment of a Leadership Institute and is a vice president of the school's campaign committee. He is former deputy dean of the school, chair of the organisational behaviour subject area, and of the London Business School Ph.D. committee. He teaches executive and MBA classes on leading teams and organisations, high performance teams, leadership assessment and interpersonal skill development. He has been invited to teach and consult in these areas across the world for companies such as Alcan, AREVA, Barclays, Braxton, Chevron/Texaco, Deutsche Bank, Emirates Bank, E.ON, IBM, Lufthansa, Nestlé, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and Roche. He is also faculty director of the High Performance People Skills programme and the leadership week of the Accelerated Development Programme, flagship Executive Education programmes at London Business School. He has also taught the HPPS programme at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India.

Randall's current research activities include studies investigating leadership transitions in organisations, how CEO personality affects top management team interaction and firm performance, as well as the effects of member personality on group interaction and performance, and the effects of conflict in groups—including a recent study of the crucial role trust plays in getting the benefits of task conflict without also increasing the damage of relationship conflict in top management teams in the hotel industry. Randall has also edited a book entitled Leading and Managing People in Dynamic Organizations. His research has been published in the leading journals in the field including Research in Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Randall holds a doctorate in social and organisational psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to London Business School, he was on the faculty of Northwestern University and Cornell University's S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.

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