Conferences & Training
Faculty - Spring Institute in Educational Fundraising 2018



Mark Curtis
Director of Development
New College, University of Oxford

Mark Curtis is the Director of Development at New College, University of Oxford, where he manages a team of four responsible for all aspects of development and alumni relations. Prior to joining New College in 2011, Mark was the development director at Oriel College in Oxford for six years. His previous experience includes running the development programme at Christ's Hospital, a boarding school for 850 boys and girls whose families pay only what they can afford, and corporate fundraising at London Business School where he was associate director for corporate relations and led the school's corporate partnership programme. His first roles were in fundraising at Oxfam and the British Red Cross.


Robert A. Burdenski
Robert Burdenski Annual Giving

Chicago resident Bob Burdenski is a twenty-year friend of CASE Europe and an internationally-recognized expert, author and consultant in annual and regular giving fundraising strategies. He has worked with more than 200 institutions around the world, and is the author of the best-selling CASE books Innovations in Annual Giving: Ten Departures That Worked, More Innovations in Annual Giving: Ten Global Departures That Worked, and the new CASE e-book, Online Innovations in Annual and Regular Giving: Ten Dozen Departures That Worked.

Burdenski is a ten-time faculty member of the annual CASE Europe Spring Institute in Educational Fundraising at Loughborough University. In this role, he has taught hundreds of CASE Europe fundraisers their introduction to regular giving. He has also presented multiple CASE Regular Giving Masterclasses in the UK over the years, and presented CASE's first-ever regular giving programs in Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland and Singapore. This past month, he served as chair of the CASE Institute for Senior Annual Giving Professionals.

Known for sharing many examples from many institutions in his talks, he is a 2008 recipient of the CASE Crystal Apple for his excellence in educating - and entertaining - his audiences.

Sue Cunningham

Sue Cunningham
President and CEO
Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Sue Cunningham is president of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, which helps schools, colleges and universities worldwide strengthen their alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing operations. She was unanimously selected by the presidential selection committee and the CASE Board of Trustees in November 2014, and she assumed office on March 9, 2015.

As CASE president, Cunningham provides strategic and operational leadership for one of the largest associations of education-related institutions in the world. She joined CASE from the University of Melbourne, where she led a university advancement team of 90 professionals as vice-principal of advancement.


Sam Davies
Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
University of Brighton

Sam's first foray into fundraising came whilst a final year undergraduate at Warwick as a caller for their first-ever telephone campaign in 1997. Following graduation, she spent two years managing telephone campaigns at 22 institutions (universities and schools) as a consultant. She then returned to Warwick full-time to run their campaigns and later became responsible for all other annual giving activities (direct mail, legacies, e-fundraising and stewardship). Before she left Warwick, she also took on responsibility for development services and helped introduce a leadership giving circle for the university.

Since 2008, Sam has led philanthropy and alumni engagement at the University of Brighton, having arrived tasked with establishing a sustainable development operation from scratch and embedding a culture of philanthropy amongst the alumni community. Her recruitment coincided with the start of the government's matched funding initiative which provided an excellent springboard from which to push forwards the fundraising and alumni engagement agenda. The department has enjoyed significant success on a number of fronts since its establishment almost 9 years ago, including receiving a national award from CASE in June 2011 for fundraising progress and building an alumni community from 20,000 to now 150,000 globally.

Kirsty MacDonald
Deputy Principal (Advancement)
Royal Academy of Music

Kirsty MacDonald has over twenty-five years of fundraising experience in North America and the UK. Kirsty is currently Deputy Principal (Advancement) at the Royal Academy of Music in London. This new role was created to lead a campaign to celebrate the bicentenary of the Academy in 2022. Kirsty has worked in fundraising leadership roles at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Oxford. Her previous experience across higher education and the arts includes London Business School, English National Opera, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Glyndebourne. Kirsty has an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and in 2009 was awarded an MA Oxon.

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Jennie Moule
Founding Partner
Alveo Consulting

With over fifteen years' managing operations and driving transformation at University College London and the University of Exeter, Jennie earned herself the title of ‘fixer' from numerous university senior staff. She has now left UCL in order to launch a boutique consultancy firm with her friend and colleague Kate Lawton focusing on strategy, operations and culture in the development sector.

Jennie has been building her experience for the past ten years as Director of Development Strategy and Operations at UCL, where she managed development operations overseeing prospect research, database, gift administration, budgeting, HR and facilities. She also led strategy and planning, particularly for their £600m campaign launched in 2016.

A firm believer in sharing experience, driving improvement and giving practical support to those in the sector, Jennie has been an active CASE volunteer for many years including chairing the inaugural Development Services conferences, acting as Faculty on the Spring Institute in Educational Fundraising, speaking at the annual European conference on numerous occasions and sitting on the International Advisory Group for CASE's work in Africa including teaching and consulting in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. Her contribution was formally acknowledged in 2016 when Jennie was awarded the much-coveted CASE Crystal Apple.


Chris Murphy
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Chris Murphy is director of development and alumni relations at Birkbeck, University of London, where has been responsible for growing Birkbeck's philanthropic ambitions and developing a culture of philanthropy within the College since 2012. Motivated by Birkbeck's unique position as an evening university with social mobility at its core, Chris moved to the higher education sector from the National Theatre, where he was a major gifts fundraiser and head of memberships. Before joining the NT, Chris spent three years at Richmond Associates where he recruited senior-level development staff to leading organisations in the higher education, arts and charity sectors.

Chris attended the Spring Institute in 2008 and since then has spoken frequently at CASE events including the annual conference and chairing the Major Gifts Asking Workshop. He currently chairs the Development Directors' Forum.

Adrian Punaks

Adrian Punaks
Executive Director of Development
University College London

As Director of Development, Adrian oversees all the external-facing, relationship-building activity and teams within the Office of the Vice Provost Advancement, in support of the Campaign for UCL and the 2034 strategy, including fundraising, supporter communications and alumni relations.

With 15 years' experience in Higher Education Advancement, he joined UCL in 2011 having previously worked at Imperial College London, and Birkbeck, University of London. In 2010 he received the inaugural CASE Iain More Award that recognises the outstanding achievements of a development professional and he is a respected advancement professional and role model in the sector.

Alongside Chairing the Spring Institute, he served for three years as the co-chair of the fundraising track at the CASE Europe Annual Conference, and speaks frequently at seminars and events.

Adrian has helped develop the Campaign for UCL from its inception, its momentum building phase, and through the public launch and beyond. He has had a particular focus on UCL Neuroscience and much of the partnership fundraising activity with UCL's NHS hospitals, as well as UCL's international activity.

Lorna Somers

Lorna Somers
Vice President, McMaster Foundation and Director of Development
McMaster University

Lorna Somers has been working in university advancement at McMaster University since 1988. During that time, she has been involved in the establishment and growth of the annual fund, gift planning and major and principal giving. She has been campaign director for two university-wide comprehensive campaigns, (Changing Tomorrow Today 2001 and The Campaign for McMaster 2010), in addition to directing a series of targeted campaigns for Athletics, the Museum of Art, two campaigns for scholarships and bursaries, the Student Centre and for the Centre for Learning and Discovery. Somers currently focuses her attention on working closely with senior academic leaders and volunteers to secure principal level gifts: most notable among them, the largest cash gift to a Canadian university.

Somers complements the depth of her experience at McMaster with the breadth of a commitment to teaching and training that takes her around the globe. She works throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North America with academics and board members as well as colleagues in advancement - both in higher education and the charitable sector. Volunteer work has included national chair of Canadian Association of Gift Planners, trustee and chair of the International Committee for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In recognition for her contribution to teaching and for service and leadership within the profession, Somers was awarded the Frank Ashmore Award by CASE in 2011 and the 1997 "Friend of CAGP" award. She was the second Canadian to receive the CASE Crystal Apple for Excellence in Teaching in 2005, eclipsed only by her Science Fair project winning the American Phytopathological Award in 1976.

Guest speakers

Eileen Kinghan
Grants Services Manager
Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Eileen manages the Foundation's grant-giving and related management systems and processes, including applications, contracts with successful applicants, and reporting on grants portfolio.

Prior to this, she has worked for academic and heritage charitable organisations, with experience early on as a curator and then in marketing, fundraising and communications roles.

Joanna Motion

Joanna Motion
More Partnership

Joanna started her career with Oxfam, and worked for 20 years for universities in the UK and Australia. During a decade with CASE, as inaugural vice president for international operations she oversaw dynamic growth in advancement activity across Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America. The University of Kent and Loughborough University have awarded Joanna Honorary Doctorates in recognition of her championing of change encouraging philanthropy and service on many government-led advisory groups and forums. Joanna joined the international fundraising consultancy, More Partnership, in 2011. Her writings include "When Development Drives Distinctiveness" in the CASE book, The Challenge of Being Distinctive. Her More clients cross the globe from the University of Helsinki to the University of Wollongong and from the University of Oxford to the University of Witwatersrand. She has a lead role in CASE's current review of Curriculum and Content.

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.

Paul Tyack
Associate Director and Head of Institutional Philanthropy
Office for Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni University of York

Paul has worked in fundraising and development for 18 years. In his current position as Associate Director and Head of Institutional Philanthropy at the University of York, he leads the university's philanthropic engagement with companies, trusts and foundations, raising substantial funding for large scale and highly ambitious capital, research and student focussed projects. Before working at York, Paul was Head of Development for the Anne Frank Trust UK and Development Manager at Shoreditch Trust, Family Rights Group and Barnardo's.

Crystal Apple award winner for excellence in teaching