Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


I am an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Philanthropy, at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.


I am also an independent adviser in the areas of major gift fundraising and philanthropy with a particular focus on international giving and strategy. I have over 25 years’ experience leading fundraising and alumni relations teams in British universities (including LSE, King’s College London and Imperial College London) and as Managing Director, Europe in the international consultancy, Global Philanthropic.

I have conducted over 20 feasibility and positioning studies worldwide, based on in-depth qualitative interviewing. These included project-leading, interviewing for, and co-authoring one of the largest international philanthropic studies relating to the Millennium Development Goals, comprising over 130 interviews in 38 countries.

In 2010 I co-edited the book Across Frontiers: New International Perspectives on Educational Fundraising, published by CASE

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, with a doctorate in medieval history, I am strongly interested in the study of friendship networks and social capital and in the history and sociology of philanthropy.

Contact Information


School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Cornwallis North East
Kent, CT2 7NF

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Research Interests

My current research activities include:

  • a history of fundraising in UK universities 1980 - c.2010, based on recorded interviews with fundraising leaders
  • the reframing from a practitioner perspective of the interaction between fund-seekers and fund-givers
  • the professionalisation of asking and giving.
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I contribute to the MA module Fundraising and Philanthropy (SO839). back to top


Throughout my career I have been active in training and mentoring fellow professionals, have given numerous talks, masterclasses and presentations, served on the International Commission on Alumni Relations of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and been a Co-Chair for the Alumni Track in two CASE Europe conferences.

I run work workshops and masterclasses on international fundraising and philanthropy, as well as providing pro bono advice and training for grass-roots organisations.

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Telephone: +44(0)1227 823072 Fax: +44(0)1227 827005 or email us

SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Last Updated: 31/10/2016