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.
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).
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.
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.
Professor Sir Gordon Duff
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ruth is a fundraising professional with over 20 years' experience in the not-for-profit and international development sector. She spent over five years living in China and Central Asia, and speaks Mandarin and smatterings of Uighur and Russian. Ruth has led philanthropy and external engagement teams at universities in Australia and the UK, and currently heads up the Advancement function at SOAS University of London. She was the bequest and legacy manager at one of the Australian Group of Eight universities for almost eight years.
An experienced fundraiser and leader, with a proven track record in designing and delivering significant fundraising campaigns, sensitively managing external and internal relationships at the highest level, coordinating campaign committees, conducting feasibility and planning studies, creating leadership and major gift strategies, conducting principal and major gift requests, developing vision and case statements, writing proposals, and directing all aspects of the development operation – major gifts, regular and planned giving, prospect and database management, donor stewardship, alumni and corporate relations, communications.
In the last 12 years, Magdalena has advised and worked closely with non-profit executives and boards, and provided campaign management to organisations in Belgium, Egypt, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and USA.
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; compliance; and gift processing. Tom'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.
Claire is responsible for the high quality delivery of engagement programmes at the University of Birmingham, which includes tailored programming for a variety of audiences (alumni, supporters, parents, staff, students and friends). The team are responsible for creating warm audiences who are inspired to give their time, philanthropic support and networks for the benefit of the University and students. Claire leads the international fundraising and engagement strategy, with an ambitious goal of creating a sustainable pipeline of income and engaged supporters in key international markets.
Claire has worked at the University of Birmingham since 2003 and has held a variety of roles in the team including Head of Alumni Relations from 2011, a portfolio which was expanded to Supporter Engagement in 2014. Claire was Acting Director of Development and Alumni Relations from August – December 2015, leading the team through the close and celebration phases of the University’s £193.6million Circles of Influence campaign. Claire has been an active volunteer with CASE for several years and is co-Chair of the alumni relations track at the Europe Annual Conference (2017-18) and a member of the Alumni Relations Institute Faculty (2017-18).