Development and Alumni

Leadership team

Development and Alumni comprises three teams who are responsible for all aspects of fundraising and alumni engagement.

Chris Cox

Vice-Principal Philanthropy and Advancement

  • Development and Alumni

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Chris Cox has worked in UK university fundraising and alumni relations for 24 years, at University College London, Newcastle University and the University of Manchester. He was Chair and Vice-Chair of the Ross Group of UK Development Directors 2010-13 and will chair the European Conference for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Birmingham in 2017. He is a member of the Board of Governors at the Royal Northern College of Music. 

He holds a BA in History from University College London and an MA in International Political Economy from Newcastle University.

Frances Leggiero

PA to the Vice-Principal

  • Development and Alumni
  • Directorate

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Philanthropy & Donor Relations

Liz Reilly

Director of Philanthropy & Donor Relations

  • Development and Alumni
  • Philanthropy & Donor Relations

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The Philanthropy & Donor Relations team work with philanthropists, individual donors, corporate partners, and trusts and foundations to support University projects, students and research.

The Philanthropy & Donor Relations team also work with academic and other departments to advise on relationships with potential donors and help in facilitating discussions about funding opportunities.

Alumni Relations

Grant Spence

Director of Alumni Relations

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The Alumni Relations team provide opportunities for alumni and supporters to stay connected with the University and each other through events, reunions, clubs, networks and volunteering.

Development and Alumni Services

The Development and Alumni Services team do not currently have a Director in place. For queries regarding our programme, please contact the Development and Alumni office using the contact details below.

Development and Alumni

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Charles Stewart House
9-16 Chambers Street

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The Development and Alumni Services team support the work of the department by maintaining the alumni database and all IT infrastructure, financial management and donation processing alongside strategic data analysis and reporting. Development and Alumni Services also incorporates a research function providing intelligence to the department and the wider University.