Kate Foley

Kate brings over 15 years of senior level fundraising and development experience in prestigious Russell Group Universities including: Exeter, Aberdeen and the University of Oxford.

Kate joined the University of Exeter as Associate Director in 2014. Working closely with the Director of Global Advancement, Dr Shaun Curtis, Kate has been responsible for leading the team to deliver the Making the Exceptional Happen Campaign, from the private phase to the public launch and, most recently, achieving the milestone of surpassing 50% of the £60m target. While at Exeter, Kate also developed and implemented a new international fundraising and engagement strategy for the University, which has created a step change in levels of support from donors based overseas.

Prior to her role at Exeter, Kate was Director of Development at St Hugh’s College, Oxford over an eight year period until 2014. As part of the College’s 125th Anniversary Campaign, (and the University’s Oxford Thinking Campaign), she led a small team to successfully build the alumni relations and regular giving programmes and deliver some very ambitious fundraising targets.  The central goal of the Campaign was to raise the entire capital costs required to construct the, Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building. Kate was responsible for developing and implementing the fundraising strategy, which successfully reached the fundraising target (securing the full building costs of £22m), prior to the opening of the Centre by HRH the Duke of Cambridgein September 2014. 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.

Kate worked in a major gift capacity at the University of Aberdeen, prior to her time at Oxford, during Phase II of the ambitious £150 million Sixth Century Campaign.