Valerie has held several fundraising leadership positions in London and Paris. Currently, she works as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a world leading institution for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. In this role, Valerie is responsible for delivery of the School’s philanthropic agenda, which embraces Development, philanthropic fundraising, and Alumni Relations. Prior to this, Valerie served as Associate Head of Major Gifts and Head of Partnership Funding at King’s College London, where she led the KHP major gifts fundraising team in securing major gifts from a variety of constituent groups and building effective relationships with key external and internal stakeholders.
Prior to King’s College, Valerie was Head of Fundraising and Membership at Horniman Museum and Gardens in London. Valerie has contributed her fundraising, relationship building, and communications expertise to a number of other fundraising efforts based in London, holding the positions of Director of Fundraising for Oval House; Senior Development Manager for the Geffrye Museum. Before moving to London, she held communications and development positions in Paris, serving notably as Development Manager at Musée du Louvre in Paris.
Along with professional work in the field, Valerie maintains a number of voluntary engagements including speaking engagements with CASE Europe and she is also a consulting Vice President for GG+A Europe. Valerie holds an MA in Communication Management from London Guildhall University, an MA in Communication and Human Resources from Sciences Po in Paris, an MA in Medieval History from University Paris X – Nanterre.
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.
Nena brings over fifteen years of international experience in the higher education sector. She has recently joined Hertie, where she is responsible for alumni engagement and the strategic growth of the School’s global alumni network in 110 countries. Prior to Hertie, Nena was in charge of alumni relations at the Central European University (CEU) in Vienna and Budapest. A number of successful initiatives were developed under her leadership, including Thesis Buddy Project, which won a CASE Circle of Excellence Award 2022 in volunteer engagement category. Prior to CEU, Nena had managed programmes at leading global organisations, including CASE in London, the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Open Society Foundation (OSF) in Budapest. A firm believer in collaboration and the power of sharing best practice, Nena is active CASE volunteer and has served as speaker, editorial board member, conference co-chair and task force member. A North Macedonia native, Nena has lived and worked internationally for nearly two decades, is fluent in number of languages and considers herself a citizen of the world.
David J. Haines is Head of Philanthropy, University Programmes at the University of Edinburgh. His fundraising remit spans major gifts for strategic priorities across the University, chief among which is widening participation.
David started his fundraising career at youth charity, Venture Trust, before moving into Educational Advancement at the University of Stirling. He joined Edinburgh in early 2019 from the Development office of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he developed and launched Monash’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign ‘Change it. For good.’, now well ahead of schedule to raise half a billion dollars from 50,000 donors. Please don’t ask him if he’s missing the weather.
Outside of work, he is mostly on a Scottish beach with his young family and not writing about himself in the third person.
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Remco Kouwenhoven is the Director of Alumni Relations and Philanthropy at the University of Groningen since 2019. Before that he was active in public office and in various commercial positions. At the University of Groningen he is both responsible for the alumni office and the office that supports the philanthropy foundation Ubbo Emmius Fund. The alumni office has to up its game because of renewed interest of the UG for alumni relations. The UEF is growing dramatically mostly due to a very large donation, which opens new challenges and opportunities.
Kenon is Deputy Director of Marketing at University of Nottingham. He has held digital and recruitment roles in the International Development Office and has a keen interest in all things digital and content marketing, and how digital tools impacts on organisational culture and behaviour.
As a music graduate, Kenon has previously worked in the Arts sector and was involved in a number of widening participation arts projects and outreach work to help diversify participation in the arts.
Born and raised in the Welsh Valleys, he is 1st generation Chinese and was involved in the Race Equality Charter assessment team at Swansea. Kenon was also the inaugural recipient of the CASE Europe Emerging Marketing and Communication Professional Award.
Lorraine is Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President International at Bangor 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.
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, brand, creative, digital and alumni, events and partnerships. She has over 25 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 deputy chair of Leeds Community Foundation and a member of the CASE Europe Council.
Catherine joined Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen as Head of Marketing in September 2021. She was previously Marketing and Communications Manager at UCL for six years, with specific responsibility for the arts, humanities and social sciences. Catherine joined UCL after ten years at the University of Warwick, where she was Senior Assistant Registrar for Student Recruitment. Whilst at Warwick she also held roles in admissions, widening participation and student induction, and was a warden in university residences. 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 reconnecting with former colleagues and meeting new ones at CEAC online this autumn.
Simon has 15 years of experience in the Higher Education sector. This includes student recruitment, marketing, and events roles on four different campuses in the UK: Nottingham, Birmingham, Warwick, and Coventry.
Simon spent 2 years working at Pickle Jar Communications, advising international schools, colleges, and universities on their content projects. He provided strategy, research, creative content, and training to help the education sector share its stories through digital communications.
Simon has spoken at a variety of conferences, including CASE, ContentEd, FindAUniversity, HELOA, HighEdWeb, SU Digital, and Utterly Content. He has been Chair of the Newcomers Track at CASE Europe Annual Conference since 2020 and sits on the Planning Committee for the wider conference.
As a published author, Simon is particularly interested in storytelling, and how content strategy can deliver stories with greater impact. He spends his free time reading, writing, running, and finding new ways to make his children laugh.