Faculty and Guest Speakers
Adrian leads philanthropy and alumni activity in the Office of the Vice-Provost (Advancement), in support of UCL’s It’s All Academic Campaign to raise £600m and amass 250,000 volunteer hours.
With 17 years' experience in higher education Advancement, he joined UCL in 2011 having previously worked at Imperial College London, and Birkbeck, University of London. He helped close UCL’s first Campaign in 2011, and was integral in developing UCL’s current Campaign from inception, through to its launch in 2016 and now the approaching £600m milestone in 2020. Within the breadth of UCL’s Campaign, he has played a leading role on a number of principal gifts and significant initiatives, particularly in neuroscience and the innovative Dementia Retail partnership.
He’s been Chair of the CASE Europe Spring Institute in Educational Fundraising since 2019, and served previously for three years as a co-chair of the CASE Europe Annual Conference fundraising track, as well as CASE’s first Middle East Annual Conference in 2018. He was the recipient of the inaugural Iain More Award that recognises the outstanding achievements of a development professional and is a respected advancement professional who regularly speaks at seminars and events. He holds a BA in Politics and International Relations.
Robert A. Burdenski
Chicago resident Bob Burdenski is a twenty-year friend of CASE Europe and an internationally-recognized expert, author and consultant in annual and regular giving fundraising strategies. He has worked with more than 200 institutions around the world, and is the author of the best-selling CASE books Innovations in Annual Giving: Ten Departures That Worked, More Innovations in Annual Giving: Ten Global Departures That Worked, and the new CASE e-book, Online Innovations in Annual and Regular Giving: Ten Dozen Departures That Worked.
Burdenski is a ten-time faculty member of the annual CASE Europe Spring Institute in Educational Fundraising at Loughborough University. In this role, he has taught hundreds of CASE Europe fundraisers their introduction to regular giving. He has also presented multiple CASE Regular Giving Masterclasses in the UK over the years, and presented CASE's first-ever regular giving programs in Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland and Singapore. This past month, he served as chair of the CASE Institute for Senior Annual Giving Professionals.
Known for sharing many examples from many institutions in his talks, he is a 2008 recipient of the CASE Crystal Apple for his excellence in educating - and entertaining - his audiences.
Delia de Vreeze
Delia has over 15 years of experience in higher education including international marketing, communications, and student recruitment in various universities in The Netherlands. She taught event management and tutored problem-based learning. Delia has a bachelor's degree in international hospitality management and studied a master programme in management and policy sciences.
In 2011, she became head of the department alumni relations and funds at Wageningen University and Research and director of the Wageningen University Fund.
Wageningen University was the first university in the Netherlands to develop a major donor campaign which was successfully completed. Over the course of the campaign, we raised €15.5million. The next steps are to build on the success of the current major donor campaign and align our annual giving into a comprehensive campaign where alumni engagement will continue to be key in our strategy.
Kirsty MacDonald has over twenty-five years of fundraising experience in North America and the UK. Kirsty is currently Deputy Principal (Advancement) at the Royal Academy of Music in London. This new role was created to lead a campaign to celebrate the bicentenary of the Academy in 2022. Kirsty has worked in fundraising leadership roles at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Oxford. Her previous experience across higher education and the arts includes London Business School, English National Opera, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Glyndebourne. Kirsty has an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and in 2009 was awarded an MA Oxon.
Chris Murphy is Director of Development at the National Theatre where he leads a department of 32 (plus 5 in New York) which raises £14 million per year across individuals, corporates and trusts and foundations.
He returned to the NT after an eight year stint in higher education at Birkbeck, University of London, where he was Director of Development and Alumni. Motivated by Birkbeck’s unique position as an evening university with social mobility at its core, Chris and his department were responsible for growing Birkbeck’s philanthropic ambitions and helping develop a culture of philanthropy within the College.
After studying French and German at the University of Manchester, Chris began his career by spending three years at Richmond Associates where he recruited senior-level development staff to leading organisations in the higher education, arts and charity sectors.
Chris attended the Spring Institute in 2008 and since then has spoken frequently at CASE events including the annual conference and chairing the Major Gifts Asking Workshop.
Liz Reilly is director of Philanthropy and Donor Relations at the University of Edinburgh; she joined the team in January 2015. Reilly moved from Seattle, where she was director of Development for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, a health care provider serving patients in 30 clinics across three states. Reilly has also been a campaign director, a fundraising consultant, and a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching at a secondary school in Malawi.
Lorna Somers is recognized internationally as the foremost teacher/trainer in the field of institutional advancement in higher education and is herself an experienced and accomplished practitioner in her 30th year of practice at McMaster University in Canada.
Somers has been working in University Advancement at McMaster University since 1988. During that time, she has been involved in the establishment and growth of the Annual Fund, Gift Planning, Major and Principal Giving, and the Recognition & Stewardship programs. She has been Campaign Director for two university-wide comprehensive campaigns, (Changing Tomorrow Today 2001 and The Campaign for McMaster 2010), in addition to directing a series of targeted campaigns for Athletics, the Museum of Art, 2 campaigns for Scholarships & Bursaries, the McMaster University Student Centre and for the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Centre for Learning & Discovery. Somers currently focuses her attention on working closely with senior academic leaders and volunteers to secure principal level gifts, (most notable among them, the largest cash gift to a Canadian university), and to leading McMaster’s new Brighter World Research Initiative.
Along with co-author Dr. Frank Minton, Somers wrote the definitive volume entitled Planned Giving for Canadians and regularly speaks at conferences and on campuses throughout the world with a particular focus on Australia, Africa and Europe.
Jennie is Founding Partner at fundraising operations consultancy, Alveo Consulting. She built her experience as Director of Development Strategy and Operations at University College London for over 10 years, where she managed fundraising operations overseeing prospect research, database, gift administration, budgeting, HR and facilities. She also led strategy and planning, particularly for their £600m campaign launched in September 2016.
A firm believer in sharing experience, driving improvement and giving practical support to those in the sector, Jennie is a sought-after speaker, trainer, mentor and coach. She was Interim Executive Director of CASE Europe from March to July 2017. In that assignment, she fulfilled a lead role in advocacy and thought leadership around GDPR and other fundraising regulation issues, meeting regularly with the ICO, DCMS and the Fundraising Regulator. Jennie was chair of the inaugural CASE Development Services conference in 2008 and remains a member of the planning committee 11 years later.
Joanna's 40-year career in advancement includes eight years at the University of Melbourne where she launched the Alumni Association and then the Development Office. During a decade with CASE, as the inaugural Vice President International, she oversaw dynamic growth in advancement activity around the world, including the creation of CASE Asia-Pacific. The University of Kent and Loughborough University have awarded Joanna honorary doctorates in recognition of her championing of change encouraging philanthropy. Joanna joined the international fundraising consultancy, More Partnership, in 2011. Her More clients in the Asia-Pacific region include ANU, the Universities of Melbourne, Newcastle and Wollongong, Arts Centre Melbourne, UNIS Hanoi, and UWCSEA in Singapore.
Professor Elizabeth Stokoe
Elizabeth graduated from University of Central Lancashire (Preston Poly) in 1993 with a traditional psychology degree. She then completed three years PhD research at Nene College (Leicester University) with Dr Eunice Fisher. Her PhD was a conversation analysis of university tutorial interaction, where she examined topics like gender and language, and student identity. Elizabeth developed these and other interests whilst working at the Institute of Behavioural Sciences (University of Derby, 1997-2000) and University College Worcester (2000-2002).
Elizabeth joined the previous Department of Social Sciences, now Communication and Media subject area, in October 2002, teaching on the BSc Social Psychology programme. She was promoted to Reader (2007) and Chair (2009). She was Associate Dean (Research) between 2013-18. She is currently Professor II at University of Southeast Norway (2017-2021) and was an Industry Fellow at Typeform (2018-19). She is currently Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (REF).
Miles Stevenson established the Development and Alumni Relations Office at the University of Sheffield, U.K., in 2002. The office is responsible for raising philanthropic funds for the University, for its alumni relations programme and includes the Events Team which organises graduation ceremonies, public lectures and special events (such as H.M. The Queen’s visit in 2010). Miles is one of the University’s Public Orators for honorary graduates.
Over the last sixteen years the office has grown to a staff of 40. It has established a successful annual fund and legacy programme, and received six- and seven-figure cash gifts. Over 20,000 donations have been received and the team has helped to raise over £50 million in gifts. It also organises the University alumni relations programme for over 170,000 alumni based in more than 120 countries.
Prior to Sheffield, Miles spent nine years at the University of Bristol’s Development Office. Miles was educated at the University of Durham where he took a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Medieval History specialising on the Crusades. He has spoken at fundraising conferences in Australia, Cyprus, Eire, Germany, Ghana, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and South Africa. He chaired the CASE Europe Spring Institute for four years.