Conferences & Training
Speakers - CASE Education Fundraising UK Study Tour

Study Tour Facilitator


Colin McCallum
Consultant and CASE Europe Trustee

Colin McCallum has over twenty five years' experience in leading higher education and cultural development and marketing and is former executive director, University Advancement at the University of Salford. Other roles include President of Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation and currently Associate Consultant at Graham Pelton. Previously McCallum served as: Director, Marketing and Development, at the National Museums of Scotland; Director, External Affairs and Development at the University of Strathclyde (running a programme which won Gold in the UK Professional Fundraising Awards for the best educational campaign); Development Officer St Hilda's College, Oxford and Alumni Relations Officer at the University of Edinburgh. His career began in The Netherlands where he was Promotions Manager with Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

McCallum graduated in English and Business Studies with a BA and an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh. He is a member of the Board of Scottish Opera and he is a regular speaker at CASE events and conferences across Europe. He is a trustee of CASE Europe.

Host Speakers

Kirsten Buckley
Associate Director of Development – Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Oxford

Kirsten Buckley is the Associate Director of Development - Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Oxford. She is responsible for development across two of the four academic divisions at the University, and the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums.

Kirsten has over a decade of experience in major gift fundraising, including as Head of Development - Foundations and Corporations at the University of Oxford, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the University of Bath, and Major Donor Manager at international development NGO, Hope and Homes for Children. Prior to becoming a fundraiser, she worked in sales as Account Executive at the Guardian Media Group. Kirsten has a BA in Popular Music and Recording from the University of Salford, and an Executive MBA from the University of Bath.

Stuart Croft
Vice-Chancellor and President
University of Warwick

Stuart became the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Warwick in February 2016, moving from his previous role as the University's Provost and prior to this as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Arts and Social Sciences). Stuart has been part of Warwick's community since 2007, when he joined the Politics and International Studies department as Professor of International Security.

Working with colleagues, Stuart is responsible for ensuring the University of Warwick delivers excellent education and research within the region, nationally and internationally. Stuart's work is in the field of security studies for which he has previously held senior posts at the University of Birmingham, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the British International Studies Association.
His research has focused on constructivist and cultural accounts of security. This is reflected in a number of written works which include contributions to the International Relations, International Affairs and Government and Opposition journals. He have published Culture, Crisis and America's War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Securitizing Islam (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and was author, co-author or editor of a further dozen books.

For eight years, Stuart was Director of the ESRC's New Security Challenges Programme, which supported nearly 50 research projects based at a variety of UK universities and other institutions.

Stuart has supervised successful PhD students in Birmingham and Warwick, and has been an external examiner on PhDs in various universities around the UK. He has also worked as a mentor with postdoctoral fellows, funded by the ESRC, EU and British Academy. In 2006, Stuart was elected as an Academician in the Academy of Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


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.

Magdalena Douleva
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Nottingham Trent University

Magdalena is Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Nottingham Trent University - a Top 20 UK university, with a rich tradition, and an ambition to redefine what it means to be an elite institution in the 21st century.

A seasoned fundraiser and leader, over the last 15 years, Magdalena has provided direction and fundraising campaign management to organisations in Belgium, Egypt, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and USA, and has delivered fundraising campaigns with combined goals exceeding £80 million.

Prior to Nottingham Trent, Magdalena was Vice President with CCS Fundraising, a leading global fundraising management and consulting firm. Magdalena's clients included Christian Aid, University College Dublin, Rotterdam School of Management, American University in Cairo, Children's Medical and Research Foundation, Open University Business School, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Schlumberger Foundation, Tiri (now Integrity Action), Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).

While with CCS, Magdalena also played an active role in the firm's extensive internal training programme, including serving as the sector lead for Higher Education.

Professor Sir Gordan Duff
St. Hilda's College

Professor Sir Gordon Duff studied Medicine at Oxford and St Thomas's Hospital, London, where he also gained a PhD in Neuropharmacology. Following postgraduate medical training, he held junior faculty posts at Yale Medical School and the Howard Hughes Institute of Molecular Immunology. He joined Edinburgh Medical School in 1984, and in 1990 became Florey Professor of Molecular Medicine at Sheffield where he was also Faculty Research Dean and Director of the Division of Genomic Medicine. For two years, Sir Gordon was Chair of the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency before taking up his post as Principal of St Hilda's College in University of Oxford.

Sir Gordon was founding editor of the international research journal CYTOKINE, advisory editor to the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) journal, and is Past-President of the International Cytokine Society. He was Knighted for services to Public Health in 2007, and listed in the ‘Top 100' working scientists in the UK Science Council's list for 2014.

Dr. Robert Easton
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs)
University of Oxford

Dr Robert Easton (BSc ARCS DPhil FCGI) is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) which includes the Public Affairs Department, Development and Alumni Relations, and the International Strategy Office. Robert is also a Partner and Senior Advisor at The Carlyle Group, the global alternative asset management company. He is a veteran of Carlyle and performed multiple roles as an investment professional, including running the buyout team in the UK, serving as co-head of Carlyle Europe Technology Partners, and leading Carlyle's Ireland focused fund. Across his 18 years at the firm, he has served on multiple portfolio company boards in many different sectors and geographies.
Robert is a past Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association, a founding Director of the Walker Guidelines Monitoring Group for private equity disclosure, past member of the Advisory Board of the Business School at Imperial College London and of the new Imperial campus development in White City. He has multiple philanthropic interests, including being a Trustee of the Young Vic Theatre and the British Heart Foundation, and is a serial investor in technology driven, small and start-up businesses. Robert has a DPhil in Chemistry from Oxford University (New College) and a BSc in Chemistry from Imperial College London.

Matt Ferguson

Matt Ferguson
Director of Development
University of Warwick

Matt is Director of Development at the University of Warwick. Prior to Warwick, he was at King's College London for 10 years, most recently as Chief Development Officer.

Matt has a track record as one of the UK's most successful principal gifts fundraisers, with particular experience in Asia: during his time at KCL, he individually raised £45 million, including the £20 million gift from Hong Kong-based philanthropist Dickson Poon to create the eponymous School of Law at King's; £7 million to create the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy, and Law; and £6 million to create the Lau China Institute. He led the development of the University's Principal Gift Strategy and provided strategic advice to the World questions|King's answers campaign board, chaired by the Rt. Hon Sir John Major. He began his career working for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and as a Development Office for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada.

He has been a Trustee of the Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity since 2016, is a Fellow of King's College London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

Steve Hopgood
Pro-Director (International)
SOAS, University of London

Dr Stephen Hopgood is Professor of International Relations and co-Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice (CCRJ) at SOAS. He is also the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. His main area of interest is the international politics of human rights, including the sociology of human rights advocacy. From 2009-2012, he held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship which culminated in the book, The Endtimes of Human Rights (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013). This follows on from his ethnography of Amnesty International, Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006), which won the American Political Science Association Best Book in Human Rights Award in 2007. He has a D Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. His recent publications include 'The Last Rites for Humanitarian Intervention: Darfur, Sri Lanka and R2P,' in the journal Global Responsibility to Protect, vol. 6 (2014) and for a recent blog post see Open democracy website.

Christine Jeffery
Director of Development Services
University of Oxford

Christine is an experienced development services professional with over 25 years' experience at the University of Oxford. As Director of Development Services, she is responsible for all the non-system teams, including Prospect Research, Communications, Donor Relations and HR/Finance. Christine joined the Development Office as a Prospect Researcher during the first Campaign for Oxford, which closed in 1994. During her time at Oxford, she has helped the office grow to its current size with over 100 staff across both frontline fundraising and support functions. Christine is a Director of the Board of the University's China Office in Hong Kong, and previously held a similar role for its North American Office. She is a member of the CASE Europe talent management working group, and has presented on this and other topics at CASE Europe events. Outside work, Christine is a Trustee of several local and community organisations.

Tom Jirat

Tom Jirat
Interim Head of Development Services
University of Manchester

Tom Jirat heads the Operations team within the University of Manchester's Development Services function. His portfolio consists of data and information management; systems, including the alumni and supporter database, website and portal; reporting, visualisation and analytics; training and user support; and gift processing. Jirat's career began in alumni relations and regular giving at the University of Salford before a move into Salford's newly created Advancement Services team, which he progressed to lead across all of its functions.

Simon Lerwill
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
University of Birmingham

Simon studied Geography and Planning at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2002. Upon completion of his degree, Simon worked for a telephone fundraising consultant before returning to the University in 2004 to manage the telephone and direct mail campaigns. Simon was then appointed to the role of Major Gift Manager, a post he held for four years, in which time he successfully raised over £1 million for a variety of philanthropic projects at the University.

In 2009 Simon left the University to set up a new development function at King Edward's School in Birmingham which expanded, in 2014, to include King Edward VI High School for Girls. Over seven years Simon built one of the most successful school Development Offices in the country, raising £18 million and winning several awards.

In January 2016 Simon returned to the University to lead the Development and Alumni Relations Office.

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.

Ruth O'Hanlon
Head of Development
SOAS University Of London

Ruth was surprised by the joy of bequest fundraising at The University of Queensland for almost eight years before moving to the United Kingdom to lead the advancement effort at SOAS University of London. She is constantly inspired by people's capacity to invest in the lives of others and their vision to leave the world a better place. Ruth loves figuring out thorny problems and redesigning org charts, almost as much as she adores musical theatre, stand-up comedy, and a hand-woven carpet at a good price.

Julia Race
Director for External Engagement and Public Affairs
SOAS, University of London

In September 2018 Julia took up the newly created post of Director for External Engagement and Public Affairs at SOAS University of London. SOAS is the only university in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

Julia's background is in education and culture, having held leadership positions in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Past roles range from directing the UK's oldest cultural institute abroad, Board Secretary in the headquarters of a major global organisation to national and regional branch directorships overseas. Julia has worked with intergovernmental organisations including the European Union and with national governments in Europe, Africa and the Arab world, and for higher education associations, charities and cultural organisations in the UK. She has managed teams of four to 200 staff across multiple sites and budgets in the millions.

Ian Rowley

Ian Rowley
Director of Engagement Group
University of Warwick

Ian Rowley is the head of the University of Warwick's Engagement Group, the professional services function charged with providing professional oversight of Warwick's reputation and brand. Its remit is to increase understanding and support from the University's key constituents including philanthropic entities of all types, alumni and friends, and members of the University community. The core disciplines of the Group are Development Marketing and Communications, Stakeholder Engagement and Business Relations.

Ian has held senior advancement positions in higher education since joining The University of Warwick almost two decades ago. Previously, Ian was Director of Public Relations for the Royal Shakespeare Company where he promoted the world famous theatre company's first residency in New York and was part of the team which developed the case for support for the RSC's transformational redevelopment of its base in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Ian is the current chair of the Ross Group, a professional network group of development directors of UK universities. He was the founding chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations' Education Sector Group and a Trustee on the Board of CASE Europe from 2011 to 2016.

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Eric Thomas
Former Vice-Chancellor
University of Bristol

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol until his retirement in August 2015, Sir Eric Thomas graduated in medicine from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1976 and obtained his MD by thesis in research into endometriosis in 1987. He trained as an obstetrician and gynaecologist and worked at the universities of Sheffield and Newcastle before being appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Southampton in 1991. He was Head of its School of Medicine before becoming Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Biological Sciences in 1998, and then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol in 2001.

In 2013 Sir Eric was appointed the Government's UK International Education Champion and co-chairs the new International Education Council alongside the Universities and Science Minister. In this capacity he advises on international education strategy and works with government and industry to support the UK education sector.

Among his many public roles Sir Eric has served as President of Universities UK (2011-2013); Trustee and then Chair of CASE Europe (2007-2014), member of the CASE Board, North America (2010-2014) and Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network (2003-2007). He is a Trustee of IntoUniversity and of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2013 for services to higher education, Sir Eric has been a champion of part-time HE. He chaired Universities UK's 2013 review of part-time higher education provision, The power of part-time, which highlighted the 40% downturn in part-time education that followed the major funding changes in the UK higher education sector in 2012.

Chris Smith
Director of External Relations
University of Westminster

Chris is Director of External Relations at the University of Westminster; the birthplace of British Cinema and the UK's first polytechnic with its doors opening in 1838.

Chris began his career within Advancement in 2010 at Coventry University, before joining the University of Westminster as Director of Development and Alumni Relations in 2016. Chris now leads the University's External Relations directorate, overseeing the institution's alumni engagement and development programmes; alongside the delivery of its Short Courses' provision and Corporate Partnerships' strategy. Chris also currently directs the organisation's Commercialisation portfolio and growth of the University's enterprise income.

Chris has previously worked within student recruitment and strategic planning as well as working within the Home Office's Immigration and Nationality Directorate. Chris is also a former Students' Union President and has previously worked for the Saga Group plc.

Bronwyn Travers
Development Director and Fellow
St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford

Bronwyn was appointed to the post of Development Director at St Hilda's College in July 2007 after five years working in development at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where she was Head of Development and Alumni Relations. Prior to taking up her post in Scotland, Bronwyn held management positions within the tertiary education sector in Melbourne, Australia for more than 15 years, including a senior post within a leading financial services professional body. She worked with companies to design their professional development programmes and managed project teams to develop national learning resources. Bronwyn's role at St Hilda's is to work with the Principal and Governing Body to implement the College's development strategy and, with the Development and Alumnae Relations team, to build mutually beneficial relationships with a wide constituency of potential supporters of the College.