Meet the Planning Committee
Alex Favier (Miles)
Alex Favier is the director of global and political affairs at The University of Nottingham. His remit includes international government relations across the University's campuses in the UK, China, and Malaysia, supporting the impact of the University's research amongst policy-makers, strategic reputation and relationship management, higher education policy and supporting the vice-chancellor and university executive board.
Alex sits on the advisory board for UUKI HE Forum and represents Universities on the Midlands Engine Trade and Investment Board.
Alex is the CASE Europe’s Annual Conference Chair (2018-20).
Prior to this, Alex established the national political affairs and policy function at the University of Warwick, where he was responsible for developing relationships between the university and policy-makers in Westminster, Whitehall, and the wider policy community, as well as public engagement and festivals. Alex held roles in public affairs at Warwick; as the policy and parliamentary adviser for the mission-group, University Alliance; as the business development manager for the University of Sheffield's Public Services Academy and in economic policy for Sheffield City Council. He has a master's degree in global politics and law from the University of Sheffield, where he was also an undergraduate.
Nathalie Trott (nee Walker)
Nathalie joined Queen’s University Belfast as Director of Development and Alumni Relations in July 2019. Prior to that she was the CEO of the Dublin City University Educational Trust; Director of External Affairs at the Cambridge Judge Business School; and Head of Alumni Relations at the University of Cambridge. Nathalie is the Co-Chair for this year’s CASE Europe annual conference and is the recipient of CASE’s Crystal Apple and Distinguished Service Award. //She’s a Trustee of the Bridge Group, a not-for-profit consultancy that uses research to promote social equality, and is a big fan of Park Run, regularly pushing her small child up large hills in a running buggy!
Tristan is currently the Deputy Director of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving at Durham University and is responsible for both the strategic and operational delivery of key integrated activities including events, communications, volunteering and annual giving to a global alumni community of over 200,000 alumni and supporters. With over 17 years extensive business experience of alumni and corporate relations, fundraising, business development, international recruitment, communications, marketing, sales and customer led service provision, Tristan has held senior management roles both in the UK and Australia and brings a global perspective from over a decade of international stakeholder engagement. Tristan is a passionate supporter of, and long standing volunteer to CASE and is focused on enhancing the Advancement profession through mentoring, the sharing of best practice and ideas and networking with colleagues across the world.
Kerrie joined Aston University in 2018, leading alumni and supporter engagement and development services. Aston exists to serve its beneficiaries – students, business, our region and society – and Kerrie works strategically across the University to develop alumni support for these, and to address international and employability priorities. Kerrie worked in recruitment at a senior level before seeing the light and entering the world of alumni relations in 2011. She joined the University of Birmingham as their first Volunteer Relationship Manager, becoming Deputy Head of Alumni Relations in 2014 and then Head of Engagement, leading an award-winning team producing innovative work across communications, events, student engagement and donor relations. Kerrie is passionate about collaboration and development communities. She is a member of the CASE Talent Management network, an Advisory Board member for TEDx Aston University and has been a speaker for IDPE and AUA as well as CASE. Her CEAC highlight: Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’ being (accidentally) played as she left the stage in Brussels at CEAC 2016.
Barbro Kolbjørnsrud joined BI Norwegian Business School in 2001 and has extensive experience within higher education in the area of executive education. BI appointed Barbro as head of alumni relations in 2006.
The BI Alumni network has successfully grown into a national and global network of sustainable communities with strong volunteer support. Barbro's professional interests are long term strategic planning, establishing sustainable national and international communities, enhancing alumni engagement, and cultivating external relations. Barbro holds a bachelor's degree in marketing, strategy, and internationalization and an executive master's degree in management, both from BI.
Kurstin Finch Gnehm
Kurstin Finch Gnehm is the Acting Director of Philanthropy at the Royal Academy of Music. Previously, she served as regular giving manager for Imperial College London, where her team recently won a CASE Award and the 2016 London Marathon award for most money raised per charity runner. She has also worked in Regular Giving at the University of Aberdeen and the University of St Andrews. Kurstin started her fundraising career at Linfield College in the United States and holds degrees from Linfield, Oregon State University and the University of Iowa, where she has also taught communication and gender studies classes. She serves on the Learning and Development Committee at the Institute of Fundraising and writes a blog about Americans living in the UK, called From Salem to St Andrews.
Jessica O’Mary joined the Stockholm School of Economics in 2014 and is currently the Head of Development and Alumni Relations, where she is oversees corporate, individual and foundation fundraising in addition to the alumni relations program. She has over 10 years of experience in fundraising in the nonprofit and higher education sector, both in the U.S. and Sweden. Jessica holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin, with a specialization in nonprofit and philanthropic studies. She is also an active volunteer with CASE (The Council for Advancement of Higher Education) and serves on the CASE Europe Annual Conference 2020 Planning Committee.
Loraine is Director of Marketing and Communications at Keele University, the latest step in a career in higher education marketing and communications which spans nearly 20 years. With experience of the needs of both small specialist institutions, with five years as Director at Harper Adams University, and large post 92 universities, Birmingham City and Manchester Met, Lorraine has faced a broad range of challenges. Throughout her career she has remained focused on the indivisible link between student recruitment, widening participation, brand and reputation.
Lindsey is a TES Award-winning fundraiser with over ten years' experience of working in development and alumni engagement across the higher education and schools sector.
Lindsey is currently building a new Development Office at Bradford Grammar School, which was recently voted 2018 Northern Independent School of the Year by the Sunday Times and counts David Hockney, Alastair Campbell, and Adrian Moorhouse MBE amongst its alumni. She has strategic oversight of fundraising, alumni and corporate relations, and marketing and communications activity and is in the preliminary stages of planning a major fundraising campaign for the school.
Prior to moving up north, Lindsey was Development Director at the Independent Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham (KES and KEHS) for almost three years. During this time, she raised over £4.8 million for Assisted Places and capital projects across two distinct campaigns at very different stages of evolution, developing a dynamic alumni engagement programme at the girls’ school and broadening corporate engagement with KEHS as part of the Delyvere Campaign, At KES, she led the Development Office through the close and celebration phases of the school’s £10million AP100 Campaign.
Lindsey began her fundraising career as a major gifts officer at the University of Oxford, where for seven years she led on fundraising for access projects and bursary provision, securing over £5 million in new donations as part of the ground-breaking Oxford Thinking Campaign. A graduate of the University of Oxford and the first in her family to go to university, she is passionate about using philanthropy to advance educational opportunities – education proving so transformational in her own life.
Beth Crutcher serves as Director of Advancement at The American School in London. She began at ASL July 2016 after having spent the past 18 years on the US east coast working in leadership positions with Princeton University, Princeton HealthCare System and Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. Past positions also include running a community arts agency and fundraising for the Henry Ford Estate, University of Michigan. From overseeing the development of new non-profits to raising record breaking gifts helping fund a new hospital, Beth credits continued education as the key to a productive career. She obtained her Master’s Degree from University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Dynamics as a mid-career professional and new mother, writing her thesis on the use of positive organizational psychology in fundraising. Beth has spoken at many professional conferences on themes of affinity giving, stewardship and campaign strategies.
As Marketing and Communications Manager at UCL, Catherine leads an integrated team which supports the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences. She is the founding director of UCL’s annual Festival of Culture, and a former chair of Astrea, UCL’s network for women in professional services. Catherine joined UCL in 2015 after ten years at the University of Warwick, where she was Senior Assistant Registrar for Student Recruitment. She previously held roles at Warwick in admissions, widening participation and student induction, and was also a warden in university residences, supporting undergraduate and postgraduate students during their time living on campus. Catherine began her career in higher education as an editor at UCAS, following her Masters in English at the University of Sheffield, where she was also an undergraduate. She has been involved with CASE as a speaker and session chair at the past two CEAC conferences, and is looking forward to delivering our insightful and enjoyable programme for newcomers to the sector in Manchester this year.
Marnie joined the University of Brighton in September 2019 as their Director of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement. She has over 20 years’ experience as a fundraiser working across the cultural, heritage and higher education sectors. She has worked for the Roundhouse (Camden), King’s College London, Bath Spa University, The Holburne Museum (Bath) and The Photographers’ Gallery (London). She has particular experience in the establishment of new fundraising and alumni teams, strategic development, building the donor base, and capital campaigns. She volunteered with CASE Europe on the annual Ross-CASE Survey of Charitable Giving to Universities in 2016 and 2017, and has presented at the CASE Europe Conference. She is the Co-Chair of the Board of Trustee for Attitude is Everything, a charity which improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.
Dee Reid joined Leeds Beckett University as Director of External Relations in September 2017 where she leads internal and external communication, public affairs, alumni, events and partnerships, brand and creative and university marketing services. She has over 20 years’ experience in strategic communications, working in senior roles in local government, education, the NHS and the private sector. Before joining Leeds Beckett, she was Head of Communications and Marketing at Leeds City Council, leading communications for the UK’s third largest city and prior to that, Head of Communications for Education Leeds, providing support for the city’s 265 schools. Dee is a trustee and chair of East Street Arts, an award winning national and international arts charity, supporting artists through their development programme and by providing space as the largest studio holder outside of London.