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

Baroness Valerie Amos

Valerie joined as Director of SOAS University of London in September 2015. From 2010, she served as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN. She served in a number of roles in the public sector including in local government and as Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Valerie was an adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership, change, management and strategy issues between 1994 and 1998. She was appointed a Labour Life Peer in 1997 and became a member of the Government in 1998. She was a Foreign Office Minister, Secretary of State for International Development, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. She also served as UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN. In June 2016, she was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.


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.

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).

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.

Tricia King

Tricia King
Vice President - Global Engagement

Tricia is Vice President Global Engagement at CASE – a not-for-profit that believes in advancing education to transform lives and society across the globe. She operates between CASE offices in Washington, London, Singapore and Mexico City and works with higher education leadership across 5 continents.  As a result she is rapidly developing a world view on higher education. 

Tricia has worked for 4 very different UK universities over 2 decades, most recently on the leadership team in the University of London where she was Pro-Vice-Master for Strategic Engagement at Birkbeck.  Her job focused on connecting an extended, diverse, passionate and committed Birkbeck community into the support of the institution and its remarkable students and staff.  This included leading on communications with students at every stage of their student journey and taking an integrated approach to government relations, alumni relations, fundraising, media, business engagement, student recruitment and all types of stakeholder communications.

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
Deputy Director of Development
University College of London

Having joined UCL in 2009 Angharad is Deputy 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.

Ian Rowley

Ian Rowley
Director of Engagement
University of Warwick

Rowley has worked at the University of Warwick for the past decade. He was appointed Director of Communications in 2000 to oversee all internal and external communications and to manage the University's reputation. He has overseen Development and Alumni Relations since 2009, launching a £50 million campaign this summer. He also oversees implementation of the University's corporate strategy "Vision 2015".

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.