Meet the Planning Committee
Nathalie joined Queen’s University Belfast as Director of Development and Alumni Relations in July 2019. Prior to that she was the CEO of the Dublin City University Educational Trust; Director of External Affairs at the Cambridge Judge Business School; and Head of Alumni Relations at the University of Cambridge. Nathalie is the Co-Chair for this year’s CASE Europe annual conference and is the recipient of CASE’s Crystal Apple and Distinguished Service Award. //She’s a Trustee of the Bridge Group, a not-for-profit consultancy that uses research to promote social equality, and is a big fan of Park Run, regularly pushing her small child up large hills in a running buggy!
Tristan is currently the Deputy Director of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving at Durham University and is responsible for both the strategic and operational delivery of key integrated activities including events, communications, volunteering and annual giving to a global alumni community of over 200,000 alumni and supporters. With over 17 years extensive business experience of alumni and corporate relations, fundraising, business development, international recruitment, communications, marketing, sales and customer led service provision, Tristan has held senior management roles both in the UK and Australia and brings a global perspective from over a decade of international stakeholder engagement. Tristan is a passionate supporter of, and long standing volunteer to CASE and is focused on enhancing the Advancement profession through mentoring, the sharing of best practice and ideas and networking with colleagues across the world.
Kerrie joined Aston University in 2018, leading alumni and supporter engagement and development services. Aston exists to serve its beneficiaries – students, business, our region and society – and Kerrie works strategically across the University to develop alumni support for these, and to address international and employability priorities. Kerrie worked in recruitment at a senior level before seeing the light and entering the world of alumni relations in 2011. She joined the University of Birmingham as their first Volunteer Relationship Manager, becoming Deputy Head of Alumni Relations in 2014 and then Head of Engagement, leading an award-winning team producing innovative work across communications, events, student engagement and donor relations. Kerrie is passionate about collaboration and development communities. She is a member of the CASE Talent Management network, an Advisory Board member for TEDx Aston University and has been a speaker for IDPE and AUA as well as CASE.
Kurstin Finch Gnehm
Kurstin Finch Gnehm is a senior fundraiser with experience leading across major gifts, individual giving, legacies, and advancement services. She currently works as the deputy director of philanthropy at the Royal Academy of Music, the U.K.’s top conservatoire, where she looks after individual giving, stewardship, legacies and events. Previously, Kurstin served as regular giving manager for Imperial College London, where her team recently won a CASE Award and the 2016 London Marathon award for most money raised per charity runner. She has also worked in the fundraising team for two of the U.K.’s ancient universities, the University of Aberdeen and the University of St Andrews, where she served as part of the 600th anniversary campaign team. Kurstin started her fundraising career at Linfield University in the United States and holds degrees from Linfield, Oregon State University, and the University of Iowa, where she has also taught communication and gender studies classes. She has a seat on the Learning and Development Committee at the Institute of Fundraising and co-chairs the fundraising track of the CASE Europe Annual Conference. Areas of expertise include data-driven fundraising, regulatory change, and stakeholder management, and Kurstin regularly writes and speaks about fundraising for the IDPE and CASE Europe.
Jessica O’Mary joined the Stockholm School of Economics in 2014 and is currently the Head of Development and Alumni Relations, where she is oversees corporate, individual and foundation fundraising in addition to the alumni relations program. She has over 10 years of experience in fundraising in the nonprofit and higher education sector, both in the U.S. and Sweden. Jessica holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin, with a specialization in nonprofit and philanthropic studies. She is also an active volunteer with CASE (The Council for Advancement of Higher Education) and serves on the CASE Europe Annual Conference 2020 Planning Committee.
Claire Brown is the Acting Director Communications, Marketing and Student Recruitment at the University of Manchester, the UK’s largest single-site University. Claire began her marketing career in the FMCG sector but then moved into Higher Education, joining the University of Liverpool in 2000 where her career culminated in her appointment as Director of External Relations, Marketing and Communications. Claire is a Fellow of the CIM and a former trustee of CASE Europe.
Loraine is Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President International at Bangor University, the latest step in a career in higher education marketing and communications which spans nearly 20 years. With experience of the needs of both small specialist institutions, with five years as Director at Harper Adams University, and large post 92 universities, Birmingham City and Manchester Met, Lorraine has faced a broad range of challenges. Throughout her career she has remained focused on the indivisible link between student recruitment, widening participation, brand and reputation.