Research Advisory Board
Our volunteer Research Advisory Board members represent the UK higher education fundraising industry and are guiding the study’s research questions, communications and recommendations. They are charged with challenging assumptions, keeping an open mind to results and bringing the perspective of practitioners to the project.
particular expertise in focus group moderation, survey design and qualitative analysis.
Holly began her education fundraising career in donor relations at The University of Auckland and later led the University of Nottingham development team’s strategic planning and project management function. She is now the Director of Development at St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland.
Holly regularly presents at sector conferences on topics including how to create a relationship fundraising culture, how to improve donor retention and how to design a meaningful alumni research study.
Sophie started her PhD in October 2018 and is researching consumer vulnerability in the context of LGBT identity at Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow. She is a graduate of Abertay University, and has also graduated with an MSc from the University of Strathclyde.
Stephanie’s a regular on the CASE scene, known for her practical and engaging sessions and is generous in sharing her experience, though not before 10 a.m. and at least two coffees. Stephanie is a proud alumna of Loyola University Chicago and the University of Aberdeen.
Rachel is Head of Philanthropy at Loughborough University, leading the award-winning team responsible for all fundraising, thanking and follow-up. She has a background in major gift fundraising with individuals and has previously enjoyed roles at King’s College London, University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University. She is passionate about shared learning and supporting others across the sector, so volunteers with CASE Europe and sits on the Fundraising Committee at her alma mater, Regent’s Park College in Oxford. She has been published in the Journal of Education Advancement & Marketing and her team recently picked up Gold in the Best Alumni, Development or Fundraising initiative at the HEIST awards for their dementia research appeal. Outside of fundraising she spends her time as a community volunteer in her village, jogging and walking her Labrador puppy (favourite place being the Peak District!).
Lee has particular expertise in Raiser’s Edge, Alteryx and Tableau software and is the architect behind our trademark interactive ‘survey explorers’ that bring client survey results to life. But don’t let his technical expertise fool you! Lee regularly engages with industry issues, trends and debates, contributing to research and think-pieces on fundraising ethics, strategy, regulation and innovation.
Kurstin Finch Gnehm is the Head of Individual Giving and Legacies at the Royal Academy of Music. Previously, she served as Regular Giving Manager for Imperial College London, where her team 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 College, Oregon State University and the University of Iowa, where she taught gender studies classes. She serves on the Learning & Development Committee at the Institute of Fundraising and is co-chairing the 2018 CASE Regular Giving Conference and the fundraising track at the CASE Annual Conference in August.
After a year as Alumni Relations Officer at the Edinburgh Academy, Eve joined Heriot-Watt University to manage their Regular Giving programme. In this role she has been given the opportunity to develop and introduce new concepts across a range of platforms.
Legacy Officer at King’s College London. He has over five years’ experience in frontline higher education fundraising. He earned his stripes as a fundraiser while working as a student caller at Warwick University. Being a student is a time of great self-discovery, and he quickly fell in love with making a difference.
While it was as a student caller that Andreas learnt how important donations are, it’s as a legacy officer that he came to value donor relationships, stewardship and experience.
Alex’s approach is to build and develop effective teams, with the right skills and support to deliver digital solutions to improve business and make data-driven decisions to drive fundraising and engagement.
Alex is a trustee of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, developing his experience of charity governance and helping them to rethink their fundraising strategy. He was co-chair of the inaugural CASE Development Services in 2013 and continued as Chair until 2015 and regularly presents for CASE in Europe and Africa.
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