Since I joined in June 2014, I have been getting to know the college, staff and students, as well as the beautiful city of Oxford. Prior to the move west in September 2013, although Scottish, I had been living in London for 15 years, so coming to Oxford has taken a bit of adjustment. I did, however, spend 10 years living in Edinburgh, so I’m not completely unfamiliar with beautiful buildings, raucous students and pavements in summer teeming with tourists!
I began my career in London working in in recruitment dealing mainly with investment banks, legal firms and management consultancies, but after a frantic and exciting five years, I decided to change direction and took a role fundraising for the disability charity, Scope. I have now spent 11 years in fundraising, raising income for a variety of causes including cancer research, refugee children, and mental health support for young adults. The last role prior to my move to Oxford was as a fundraising manager for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), managing a team of 5 fundraisers. I am really enjoying applying my fundraising knowledge in the role at Regent’s and am keen to build on the groundwork done by my predecessor Tim Pottle to develop our fundraising strategy.
Going forward my main goal is to increase our endowment significantly to allow us to safeguard the future of Regent’s for the coming decades.
Tel.: +44 (0)1865 288141
Regent’s Park is a vibrant community at the heart of Oxford City and University, and it is a privilege to be part of the team helping to move the College into the next phase of its life. I came to Regent’s in 2008, not as a member of staff but as an undergraduate, to complete my studies in Theology begun at Greyfriars Hall. It did not take long for me to realise that I had stumbled upon something special; Regent’s is a community combining academic excellence with a dedication to pastoral care which enables its students to flourish.
The current phase of my association with Regent’s began in 2012, when I returned to Oxford to begin a DPhil after two years elsewhere. As a postgraduate student, and especially as President of the Middle Common Room (2013-16), I experienced first-hand the College’s high standards in research and its desire to be at the cutting edge of work in the Arts and Humanities. I am delighted to be continuing my academic association with Regent’s in 2016/17 as College Lecturer in Medieval Studies, alongside my work in Development (for more information, visit my academic profile).
I joined the Development team in September 2015 to assist the Director of Development and Alumni Relations across the full range of our activities, from fundraising and events, to the production of College publications (including our alumni magazine, ‘Regent’s Now’). Over the next few months, I will be working especially hard to secure support from charitable trusts and foundations for the College’s most exciting projects, starting with the transformation of the Chapel into a centre for worship and the arts. Information about the Chapel Development Project will soon be available on the Chaplaincy website and donations can be made via Oxford University’s fundraising site.
As a former student of Greyfriars Hall, I am also leading efforts to reconnect the Greyfriars alumni community and to secure a permanent legacy for Greyfriars at Regent’s, which became the Oxford home of its students and alumni when the Hall closed in 2008. More information about our Greyfriars Legacy Project can be found on this website, and Greyfriars alumni are encouraged to join the Facebook group and to update their contact information by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is particularly exciting to be part of the Development team as we plan a series of celebrations in 2017 to mark the College’s diamond jubilee: sixty years as a Permanent Private Hall of Oxford University. Regent’s Park, which was founded in London in 1810, moved to Oxford in 1927 under the visionary leadership of H. Wheeler Robinson and received its own licence to matriculate students in 1957, after some years’ association with St Catherine’s. In 2017, Regent’s Park will both celebrate sixty years as a PPH and look forward, during a ten-year campaign, to the centenary of its arrival in 2027. A brochure advertising the 2017 celebrations will be posted on this website and circulated to friends and alumni before Christmas 2016.
Alumni and friends of Regent’s Park are welcome to contact me:
Tel.: +44 (0)1865 288119 (Mondays and Tuesdays)