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Kate Foley

Over a 15 year period, Kate has successfully developed and implemented ambitious global fundraising campaigns, while building and leading teams, at the Russell Group universities of Exeter and Oxford, as well as the University of Aberdeen.    

In addition to her role as Associate Director at the Philanthropy Company, Kate works within the University of Exeter’s Global Advancement directorate, where she leads and manages relationships with some of the University of Exeter’s greatest UK and Asia based supporters.  Prior to her current role, Kate held the position of Associate Director, over a four year period, during which time she was responsible for leading the University’s Philanthropy Team to deliver the Making the Exceptional Happen Campaign, from the private phase, through the public launch in 2017 and to achieving the milestone of surpassing 50% of the £60m target.  

For eight years prior to joining the University, Kate was Director of Development and appointed Fellow at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, and was responsible for all aspects of Development and Alumni Relations.  Kate led the team that tripled participation in the regular giving programme and succeeded in raising the total £22m required, as part of the Oxford Thinking Campaign, to construct the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre building, prior to its opening in 2014, by HRH the Duke of Cambridge. A particular achievement was working closely with the then Principal of the College, Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, to secure a transformative gift of £10million from Hong Kong based philanthropist, Sir Dickson Poon in 2011 – the largest gift the College has ever received and a relationship which Kate managed from first meeting, until the opening of the building in 2014.