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Karen Hart

Karen Hart
Deputy Director of Development: Alumni Engagement
The Open University

Karen has spent her entire career building relationships and, fundamentally, encouraging people to invest in the future, whether in a commercial or philanthropic environment. She joined The Open University over ten years ago following an epiphany (and a career in corporate pension consulting). Initially, she built the University's legacy activity, from reactive administration to a proactive programme which includes direct mail, events, face to face and telethon. She went on to head the alumni fundraising team (covering annual fund, legacies and a mid-value programme) and now leads the University's alumni engagement activity, covering both alumni fundraising and alumni relations.

Angharad Milenkovic
Director of Development
University College of London

Having joined UCL in 2009 Angharad is Director of Development, leading a team of nearly 30 major and principal gift fundraisers. She has significant experience of advancement in both higher education and the charity sector, having formerly worked for the NSPCC during the Full Stop Campaign prior to joining UCL. In addition Angharad was a senior account manager at Goodwork, one of the first social enterprise PR and Communications agencies in the UK.

Joanna Ellams

Joanna Ellams
Associate Director, Individual Giving
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Jo has worked across almost all aspects of fundraising for some 15 years, for causes ranging from higher education to sight loss via domestic violence, international development and health. Her greatest focus had been on major giving and special events, until arriving at Kew five years ago to a foundering legacy programme. Jo juggled a demanding portfolio while transforming the legacy function into one of the highest-returning income streams, professionalising the operation, reaching new audiences and introducing more comprehensive stewardship.

Claire Gylphe
Acting Associate Director, Philanthropy

Claire returned to Tate in March 2018 to take on the role of Philanthropy, Strategic Projects with a mandate to fundraise for activation initiatives across the four galleries, as well as non-budget relieving major projects. As of June 2018, Claire took on the role of Acting Associate Director, Philanthropy, overseeing the running of the Major Gifts team in the Development department at Tate and working closely with the Directors to secure future funding for the gallery.

Prior to this, Claire was Head of Philanthropy at Natural History Museum where she set up and established the philanthropy fundraising function. She spent the previous 8 years as the first Head of Collection, Development at Tate creating a new strategy to secure funds towards building the Collection and a global international network of friends, launching 6 regional focused committees, as well as supporting the Tate Modern Capital Campaign. Before working in the UK, she began her career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where she developed and maintained relationships by managing a portfolio of potential major donors; lead their Chairman's Council and contributed toward the Greek and Roman Capital Campaign. From Paris, Claire graduated from l'Ecole du Louvre and the l'Ecole du Patrimoine, majoring in Chinese art and cultural law. Claire also attended La Sorbone to continue her study of Asian art, she also studied Chinese at l'Ecole des Langues Orientales. Claire is a member of a number of charities including Kew Botanical Garden and Whizz-Kidz.

Kat Hageman
Senior Donor Relations Manager
University College London

Kat Hageman leads the Donor Relations team at UCL, having joined in 2017 to set up this function from scratch. Her team is responsible for fostering the relationships between the University and its donors through bespoke communications (including cases for support and proposals) and activities that acknowledge, recognise and report on gifts to UCL. In the midst of UCL's largest ever philanthropic campaign, the team's focus has been on scaling up, future-proofing as we look ahead to the next campaign, and devising truly bespoke donor experiences and stewardship where they haven't existed before. Prior to joining UCL, Kat worked as a fundraiser in a number of arts and cultural institutions across London, as well as on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park East Bank development, of which UCL East will be part.

Sianne Haldane
Head of Planned Giving Philanthropy
Cancer Research UK

Sianne Haldane is Head of Planned Giving Philanthropy at Cancer Research UK. She works with CRUK's major donors (and their advisers) who wish to plan their long term giving to CRUK. She has recently worked to integrate Planned Giving in to CRUK's philanthropy team.

Sianne has worked in Legacies at CRUK across the breadth of Legacies through the journey from marketing, product development, fundraising and administration. She personally secured their biggest ever individual legacy pledge which is $20 million USD and cultivated and stewards a supporter who gives significant gifts annually alongside strategic volunteering and having pledged a legacy of approximately £12 million to CRUK.

She trained and qualified as an attorney in South Africa, and is dual qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales. She moved to Europe working in a Private Client practice. It was here that she was first exposed to philanthropy advising clients, before moving to the charity sector.

When not fundraising, Sianne loves instagramming her very fluffy cats and 18 month old daughter playing together and she also teaches yoga. A surprise attendee to her yoga classes for a short while was a scantily clad Russell Brand.

Fiona Kirk
Managing Director and Senior Consultant
Marts and Lundy UK

Fiona is currently managing director and senior consultant of Marts and Lundy UK. Prior to this she was director of development and alumni relations at the London School of Economics where she inherited an established department of over 30 staff, which grew to 44 at the time of leaving. Prior to LSE, Fiona held the same position at Imperial College where, with the help of a team of 20 staff, she established Annual Fund activity for the first time, set up and managed a development advisory board and launched the college’s first major fundraising campaign. Her fundraising career includes five years heading up the function at the Science Museum, where she dealt primarily with corporate sponsors, followed by two years as development director at English Heritage. She is a law graduate and chartered accountant and her early career was in accountancy.

Patrick Walker
Development Associate
Winchester College

Patrick graduated from St. Andrew's University before a brief spell with Imperial Chemical Industries. He then moved to the investment management industry with Morgan Grenfell and then both Deutsche and Aberdeen Asset Management. This included secondments to New York, Tokyo and Frankfurt. He now spends two days a week in a new role at Winchester College focusing on the servicing and development of legacy-giving to the school. He also sits on two Trustee Boards where he chairs the Finance and Investment Committees.