Conferences & Training
Speakers - Development for Academic Leaders


Lori Houlihan (CHAIR)
Vice Provost (Advancement)
University College London

Lori Houlihan was appointed as Vice-Provost (Development) at University College London in August 2016. Lori joined UCL in February 2011 to take up the post of Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations. She is leading the philanthropic Campaign for UCL and expanding the Alumni and Supporter relations activity. UCL has one of the largest fundraising Campaigns in Europe. Primarily the Office of the Vice-Provost (Development), OVPD, builds relationships with individuals, trusts, foundations and companies who can support our institutional priorities. Lori also provides support to the President and Provost in the delivery of the UCL 2034 strategy.

Previously Lori was Director of Development and External Affairs at the University of Aberdeen where she worked for 12 years and led its highly successful fundraising campaign which raised over £200m. She is an experienced advancement professional with over 17 years' experience in Higher Education marketing and fundraising. She joined Aberdeen in 1999 as Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions and in 2001 became the University's first ever Director of Marketing. Previously she worked in the Health Service where she had a senior role in health promotion. She is Trustee at Large of CASE and a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen.


Michael Arthur
President and Provost
University College London

Professor Michael Arthur is President and Provost of University College London. Prior to this he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, and formerly Professor of Medicine (1992), Head of the School of Medicine (1998-2001) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences in Southampton (2003-04). He is a hepatologist with research interests in liver cell biology developed initially at the University of California, San Francisco (1986-1988) and more recently as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York (2002). Professor Arthur became a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998.

Professor Arthur has a significant national and international profile. He was Chair of the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services (NHS) (2010-2013) and was a long standing member of the Council of the Medical Research Council until recently (2006 - Sept 2014). He has also been a US/UK Fulbright Commissioner and is a former Chair of both the Worldwide Universities Network and the Russell Group of Universities.

Professor Arthur took up his current post on 1 September 2013.

Susie Balch
Associate Dean, Advancement
London Business School

Susie Balch is the Associate Dean for Advancement at London Business School, where she has been for the last 10 years. She has overall responsibility for alumni relations and fundraising at the School. Susie led the School's first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign for £125 million which concluded in 2016 two years ahead of schedule and 25% ahead of goal. The Advancement team manages alumni and corporate relationships across the globe with the School's vast network of over 44,000 alumni, 100 Global Alumni Clubs, a Global Advisory Council and an International Alumni Council.

Susie's career spans over thirty years, running transformational campaigns for a variety of educational institutions. Before relocating to the UK with her family in 2005, she worked in the United States where she played an integral role in several major fundraising campaigns of £125+ million. The Institutions Susie has worked for include Harvard Law School, Hamilton College, Middlesex School, Buckingham Browne and Nichols School and the Chicago Waldorf School.

Susie received her BA in Political Science from Hamilton College and completed a certificate for the Accelerated Development Programme at LBS in 2010.

Outside of the office, Susie sits on the Advisory Council of the British Museum Friends.

Michelle Calvert
Director of Development
University of Leeds

Michelle Calvert is director of development at the University of Leeds, where she has responsibility for alumni relations and philanthropic fundraising. In December 2013, the university launched its ‘Making a World of Difference' campaign - its first since 1925 - with the aim of raising £60m by the end of 2015. Prior to joining Leeds in 2006, Michelle was director of development at the University of Aberdeen, working on its Sixth Century Campaign. She started her career in higher education advancement at Linacre College, Oxford, before becoming development director at Clare College, Cambridge where she ran her first £7.5 million campaign.

Andrew Harston
Director, Development and Alumni Relations
Durham University

Andy is currently serving as interim Director of Development at Durham University having joined Durham as a major gifts fundraiser within the university's Dept. of Theology in 2010. Andy joined the HE sector following 7 years in the banking industry, working primarily with retail investment clients for RBS and Lloyds Banking Group in the North East. He is the Treasurer of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums and a member of the RC Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle's investment committee.

Jayne Hauxwell
The Quiet Consultancy

As Founder and Director of The Quiet Consultancy, Jayne has a particular passion for cultivating effective partnerships between corporate organisations and charities.
Working across a number of areas as a strategic consultant, Jayne works closely with individuals on their philanthropic giving, with corporate organisations to establish, develop and grow corporate foundations as well as with charitable organisations to develop their strategy and donor relationships.
With over twenty years' experience in the sector, she works with a number of high profile individuals and brands, including Sir Malcolm Walker and the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation Board. Iceland were recently named Community Retailer of the Year at the prestigious 2018 Retail Week Awards for their ‘Dementia: let's beat it' campaign.
Jayne began her career establishing a manufacturing and retail business, winning a young entrepreneur award at the age of 21. After successfully selling the business she pursued her passion and moved into the charity sector.
Jayne is a Member of IoF and Fellow of the RSA

Sir Andrew Likierman
Professor of Management Practice in Accounting
London Business School

Andrew Likierman was Dean of the London Business School from 2009 to 2017 and has now returned to the faculty to teach and research. He has been a faculty member for more than 40 years, but spent 2 spells of a total of 15 years working for the Government in the Cabinet Office and the Treasury. His other posts have included Chairmanship of the National Audit Office, the market research firm MORI, The Economist Bookshop Group and AIC, a California battery maker. He has been a Director of the Bank of England, Barclays Bank, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. He is currently a Director of Times Newspapers and the insurance company Beazley and his current research is into the use of judgement in management.

Sir Harvey McGrath
Campaign for the University and Colleges of Cambridge

Sir Harvey is Chairman of Big Society Capital, Chairman of Governors of Birkbeck College, University of London, and Chairman of Funding London.
He is the former Chairman of Prudential PLC, Man Group PLC, and the London Development Agency, and former Deputy Chair of the Mayor of London's Enterprise Panel.

Paul Ramsbottom
Chief Executive
Wolfson Foundation

Paul attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford where he gained a First in Modern History. Since 1998 he has worked in a variety of positions at the Wolfson Foundation and in January 2007 was appointed as Chief Executive. He also acts as Chief Executive for the Wolfson Family Charitable Trust. Paul is a CCB Fellow of the University of Oxford and takes a wider interest in issues relating to endowed charities and philanthropy in the UK.

Outside of the Foundation, he has an interest in international development and helped found the Savannah Education Trust (a charity which he currently chairs). He is a member of Court of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and sits on the Advisory Council (Africa) of the World Monuments Fund.

Miles Stevenson

Miles Stevenson
Director of Advancement
The University of Sheffield

Miles Stevenson established the Development and Alumni Relations Office at the University of Sheffield in 2002. The office is responsible for raising philanthropic funds for the University, for its alumni relations programme and includes the Events Team which organises 23 UK graduation ceremonies, a programme of public lectures and special events (such as H.M. The Queen's visit in 2010). Miles is one of the University's Public Orators for honorary graduates.

The University's centenary in 2005 provided, through a year-long programme of celebrations, the perfect opportunity to reconnect with alumni and promote philanthropy. Over the last fifteen years the office has grown to a staff of 40. It has established a successful annual fund and legacy programme, and received six- and seven-figure cash gifts. Over 20,000 donations have been received and the team has helped to raise over £40 million in gifts. It also organises the University alumni relations programme for over 170,000 alumni based in more than 120 countries. The office produces "Your University" magazine, sends electronic bulletins to alumni and holds reunions and alumni events throughout the year.

Prior to Sheffield, Miles spent nine years at the University of Bristol's Development Office. Miles was educated at the University of Durham where he took a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's Degree in Medieval History specialising on the Crusades. He has spoken at fundraising conferences in Cyprus, Eire, Germany, Ghana, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and South Africa. He chaired the CASE Europe Spring Institute for four years.

Professor Stephen J. Toope OC, LL.D.
Vice Chancellor
University of Cambridge

Professor Stephen J. Toope OC, LL.D. was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1st October 2017. He was previously Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and President and Vice-Chancellor, the University of British Columbia. A former President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and Dean of Law, McGill University, Professor Toope also served as Law Clerk to the Rt. Hon. Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada. He served as Chair of the Board of Universities Canada, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and as Director of the Public Policy Forum, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Toope publishes in leading international journals on international dispute resolution, international environmental law, human rights, the use of force, and international legal theory, and has lectured at leading universities around the globe. His current book project with Professor Jutta Brunnée explores mechanisms and processes fostering stability and change in international law.
Toope also served as Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, and as Fact-Finder for the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Government Officials in relation to Maher Arar.

Alison Traub
Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations
University of Cambridge

Alison Traub is the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Cambridge. She joined Cambridge in 2013 from the University of Virginia, where she led its $3 billion campaign as Campaign Director and Associate Vice-President for Development. Prior to this, Alison was Director of Development for the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where she oversaw an increase in giving from $1million to $11million annually, and managed a $25 million six-year campaign that was completed two years ahead of schedule.

Aaron Westfall
Director of Development
University of Cambridge

Aaron Westfall has 20 years of development experience, with over a decade spent at the University of Michigan in roles including the Senior Director for Campaign Initiatives, Campaign Strategy, in the Office of University Development and Chief of Research Business Development at Michigan's Life Sciences Institute. He began his development career at the University of Florida College of Medicine and Northwestern University. He joined Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Cambridge in 2016 as the Director of Development.

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