Miles Stevenson has spent nearly 30 years working in Higher Education philanthropy. He started his career in 1993 at the University of Bristol’s Development Office organising its first ever telephone fundraising campaign and specialising in alumni relations, major gifts and legacy fundraising.
In 2002, he established the Development and Alumni Relations Office at the University of Sheffield. Over a period of 18 years, he grew the team from 6 to 45 staff, building the alumni relations programme and raising philanthropic funds across the entire organisation. Over £24 million was raised in his last three years. He was also responsible for the Events Team organising graduation ceremonies, public lectures and special events (such as H.M. The Queen’s visit in 2010). Miles was one of the University’s Public Orators for honorary graduates.
Miles was educated at the University of Durham where he took a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Medieval History specialising on the Crusades. He has spoken at fundraising conferences in Australia, Cyprus, Eire, Germany, Ghana, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and South Africa. He chaired the CASE Europe Spring Institute for four years and was made a CASE Laureate in 2019.
Miles now undertakes consultancy work, focusing on philanthropy and alumni relations for the school and Higher Education sectors.