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Bruno van Dyk, Director, Development and Alumni Relations Office
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 33 46239   Email:

Bruno is responsible for ensuring that Durham University provides a first-class service to alumni, friends and partners, in pursuit of Durham’s aim to become a World Top 50 University by 2020. He is of the opinion that Durham is already a great University which has produced global leaders across a wide range of professions and endeavours, and he is pleased to call himself a member of the Durham family. It is with the support and guidance of Durham alumni and partners, he believes, that Durham will continue to expand and grow, and he will strive to engage with as many of them as is possible, in the pursuit of Durham’s goals.

Rebecca Cornish - Personal Assistant to the Director
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6308   Email: r.a.cornish@durham.ac.uk

Rebecca provides administrative support and assistance to the Director of DARO. Rebecca has been with the University since 2009 and has worked in various departments in an administrative capacity. In her spare time she plays hockey for Sunderland Ladies and is a Special Constable for Northumbria Police. 

 Rebecca Cornish

Alumni Relations Team


David Williams, Alumni Relations Manager
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6319   Email: david.williams2@durham.ac.uk

David looks after the relationship between the University and it alumni in the UK and across the world. If you have any comments or suggestions about the way the University can improve its service to alumni, please do get in touch with him through the contact details above. David is an alumnus of University College and a former freelance journalist. He has written extensively for The Guardian on graduate employability and covered the FIFA World Cup for The Times. He is also the author of three books, including a history of the founding of Durham City.


Deborah Wood, Colleges Liaison Officer 
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6256   Email: deborah.wood@durham.ac.uk

Deborah’s role is to support alumni relations and development activity in the University’s sixteen colleges and in Experience Durham (which looks after sport, music and the arts, as wells as  staff and student volunteering). She has an extensive background in fundraising and project management, having previously worked at one of the UK’s leading cancer charities, and she has an MA (Hons) in American Studies from the University of Dundee.

Charlotte Kerr, Alumni Relations Officer  
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6304   Email: charlotte.kerr@durham.ac.uk

Charlotte looks after the alumni volunteer community, providing our volunteers with support and assisting them in the organisation of alumni events worldwide. If you are interested in becoming an alumni volunteer, Charlotte is the person to speak to. She has a background in conference and events organisation and joined the alumni office on a secondment from Event Durham, the University’s conference and events department, where she looked after internal events and external commercial business.


Carolyn Moralee, Alumni Relations Assistant  
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6305   Email: carolyn.moralee@durham.ac.uk

Carolyn is the first point of contact for Durham alumni so please do get in touch with her if you have any queries. She also works with volunteers who organise events worldwide on behalf of the alumni community and produces Newswire, the monthly email bulletin to which all alumni can subscribe. She has been with the Alumni Relations team for a decade so has a wealth of knowledge about many different areas of alumni activity.

Annual Giving Team

Linda Morrison, Annual Giving Manager 
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6317   Email: linda.morrison@durham.ac.uk

Linda is in charge of looking after everyone who gives regularly to Durham or who is intending to leave a legacy to the University in their will. If you have received a fundraising letter or a telephone call from one of our student fundraisers, it will have been organised by Linda’s department so please direct any queries you have to her or a member of her team.  Her background is in management training in Europe and the Far East, and she has gained a wide knowledge of the University in the Governance Support Office and as the Treasurer’s Support Officer.

Jeremy Pidgeon, Annual Giving Officer
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 33 46318   Email: j.l.d.pidgeon@durham.ac.uk

Jeremy works on the annual giving campaigns such as the Chancellor’s Appeal and also helps run the telephone campaign, a responsibility that sees him working closely with our student callers. A Durham anthropology graduate, Jeremy has been active in many areas of the life of the University. He  was Welfare Office in Collingwood College JCR and has represented the University at lacrosse.

Louise McLaren, Legacies Officer
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6313   Email: louise.mclaren@durham.ac.uk

Louise is the point of contact for alumni and other supporters who wish to make a gift to Durham in their will. Louise works with all areas of the University, including colleges, departments, sports and the arts, so please contact her regardless of which area of the University your gift will benefit. She is also pleased to hear from those who would like to inform the University that they have already included a gift in their will. Louise graduated in Hispanic Studies from Glasgow University and has a background in institutional, trust and major-donor fundraising and project management for international development and conservation charities.

Alex Bell - Leadership Gifts Officer 
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6245   Email: a.a.bell@durham.ac.uk 

Alex joined DARO as Leadership Gifts Officer in February 2014. He is responsible for engaging with our alumni up and down the country, helping to solicit gifts between £1,000 and £10,000. Alex holds a degree in Film Studies from the University of Sussex and is an avid cinema-goer. Previously, Alex has worked in London for legal publisher Chambers & Partners and in his spare time he enjoys keeping fit, seeing his friends and following his favourite sports. 

 Alex Bell
Lynne Reynolds, Annual Giving Assistant 
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6298   Email: lynne.reynolds@durham.ac.uk

Lynne works to provide administrative support to the Annual Giving Team, in particular, working alongside Jeremy and Linda to ensure the smooth running of the telephone campaign and making sure that alumni queries received through the campaign are appropriately dealt with. Lynne previously worked at Durham Business School before joining the Development Office eight years ago.  Away from the office she is raising two children whilst also studying, part-time, for a degree in English Literature.


Major Gifts Team

Andy Harston, Head of Major Gifts
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 3946   Email: andrew.harston@durham.ac.uk

Andy is the new Head of Major Gifts. He was previously the lead development executive on the University’s Centre for Catholic Studies and Ushaw College projects. Andy holds a BA Marketing, a full Certificate in Financial Planning (CFP) from the Chartered Insurance Institute and has continuing postgraduate experience in Creative Writing. His career began in banking and investments with RBS and Lloyds Banking Groups before joining the University in 2010. He is a proud husband and loving father of two daughters.

Anne Allen, Development Executive - Durham University Business School
Direct telephone: +44 (0) 191 334 4483   Email: anne.allen2@durham.ac.uk

Anne is Major Gifts Officer for Durham University Business School working with donors to secure gifts in excess of £10,000 towards scholarships, endowments for chairs and naming rights for new teaching spaces and facilities. Originally a professional archaeologist with a PhD from Durham, Anne previously led capital projects and fundraising in Barnard Castle. In her spare time she is a member of the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team.


Tim Guinan, Development Executive – Centre for Catholic Studies, Department of Theology and Religion
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 3946   Email: tim.guinan@durham.ac.uk

Tim joined DARO in February 2012 and is now responsible for fundraising for the Centre for Catholic Studies, the premier centre for Catholic research and training in the country. Tim is a Durham graduate (English and History, 2003) with an MA from Newcastle and a background in fundraising, international development and project management.

Geoff Watson, Development Executive - Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6307   Email: geoff.watson@durham.ac.uk

Geoff is responsible for overseeing development in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Geoff has a charity and corporate-research background, and relocated to the North East in 2009 having previously spent five years as Fundraising Events Manager at Help the Hospices.

Dr Claire Molloy, Development Executive - Faculty of Social Sciences
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6091   Email: claire.molloy@durham.ac.uk

Claire works with alumni, other individuals and organisations that have a desire to help the University to deliver the very best range of opportunities it can to both its student and research communities.  She works closely with existing donors ensuring that their gift to the University is used in a way that meets the donors wishes while delivering the very greatest impact that it can. She also helps those who might be considering making a new or repeat gift to the University, matching their philanthropic interests with an opportunity at Durham which would welcome their support.  Claire works with donors, supporters and alumni of all departments and research institutes in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health, as well as all colleges.  If you would like to find out more about making a gift to Durham please contact Claire for an informal chat or meeting. Away from work Claire thrives on exploring abroad as often as she can, with a particular enthusiasm for festivals and cultural events which are typical of their country.


Lynn Shipley, Development Executive - Institute of Advanced Study
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6244 Email: lynn.shipley@durham.ac.uk    

Lynn is the point of contact for organisations and individuals who wish to support the University’s unique Institute of Advanced Study.  She has a BA and AKC from King’s College London and a professional background firmly rooted in charity fundraising, marketing and development. Previously, Lynn has worked with organisations including Houston Ballet, Robert Gordon University and the Society of Chemical Industry.   With over 20 years’ experience in the sector in the UK and USA, she hopes to help the Institute secure support for its pioneering advances in international, interdisciplinary collaboration and, importantly, to establish an endowment fund ensuring its long-term sustainability.


Ken Bradshaw, Trusts and Foundation Officer (Maternity Cover)
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6085   Email: ken.bradshaw@durham.ac.uk

Ken has joined the major gifts team to develop and expand DARO’s programme of fundraising from trusts and foundations.  His professional background is in landscape-scale initiatives for the Limestone Landscape Partnership, as a Funding Officer in two local council roles giving advice on funding to community groups and council projects and a long stint developing a community garden charity in the heart of inner-city Newcastle.  He has also worked in international development as a VSO in Guyana and travelled extensively in Europe and Africa by tandem.  In his spare time he runs, cycles, gardens, plays in a ceilidh band and enjoys family life with two teenage children and partner. 


Lesley Murray, PA/Administrative Assistant to the Major Gifts team
Direct telephone: +44 (0) 191 334 6081   Email: lesley.murray@durham.ac.uk

Lesley is the point of contact for the Major Gifts team. She provides administrative support to the team and directly assists Andy Harston, the Head of Major Gifts. Lesley is a sales and events management professional and a transplant from California.


Operations Team

Linda Forwood, Operations Manager
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6311   Email: linda.forwood@durham.ac.uk

Linda has overall responsibility for all the technical, organisational and administrative services that underpin fundraising and alumni relations. Her background is in finance and administration. A passed finalist with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, she is also a graduate of Durham University Business School, where she gained an MA in Enterprise Management. Employed in education for almost 20 years, Linda moved to the Development Office from one of the University's academic departments.

Elaine Young, Stewardship Officer
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6299   Email: elaine.young@durham.ac.uk 

Elaine looks after all the University’s donors. She is responsible for ensuring that all gifts are spent according to their expressed wishes, for developing and implementing personalised stewardship plans for major donors and for ensuring all donations, whatever level, are recognised appropriately. Elaine worked as PA to the Director of Development for three years and has extensive experience of the University across a number of departments.

Elaine Young
Stuart Thompson, Senior Data Officer
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 4551   Email: stuart.thompson@durham.ac.uk

Stuart joined Durham University in July 2013 from Durham County Council. He has responsibility for Raiser’s Edge, the University's alumni database, and for dunelm.org.uk, the alumni website. Along with responsibility for the operations team assistants, he provides reports to the rest of the Development and Alumni Relations Office, trains colleagues on the use of the database and makes sure data is recorded accurately and securely. During his spare time, he plays football in the Northern League and enjoys a round of golf (normally when the sun is shining).


Terry Ottaway, Operations Assistant
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6310   Email: terence.ottaway@durham.ac.uk

Terry is responsible for gift processing, on-line registrations, donations, data updates and weekly gift reports. Terry’s background is in finance, having worked for the treasurer’s departments at Durham and Newcastle Councils.

Faye Smith, Operations Assistant
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6297   Email: f.l.smith@durham.ac.uk

Faye is responsible for gift processing, on-line registrations, donations, data updates and weekly gift reports.  Faye has previously worked in the financial sector for Barclays bank before joining the University within Estates and Buildings and at Josephine Butler College.  In her spare time she coaches gymnastics at Athena Sports Academy.

Luke Tinkler, Prospect Research Officer
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6307   Email: luke.tinkler@durham.ac.uk 

Luke works alongside Karen as a Prospect Research Officer and provides research support for all development services across the University. He is responsible for identifying and presenting information on key individual and institutional prospects as well as ensuring that the information we have on such prospects is as up to date as possible. Luke has a BSc in Criminology and Sociology and has a background working within the Police Service. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, cooking vegan food, reading, playing football, boxing (represented Durham University in 2014) and volunteering at local animal sanctuaries. He has previously lived in Cameroon where he worked at a sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees. 

 Luke Tinkler
Karen Batey, Research Officer
Direct telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6296   Email: karen.batey@durham.ac.uk

Karen works with the Senior Research Officer in providing research support for all development services across the University. She is responsible for identifying and presenting information on key individual and institutional prospects as well as ensuring that the information we have on such prospects is as up to date as possible.  Karen has worked for the University for over 30 years and been a member of the alumni office since its creation in 1989. She therefore combines detailed database knowledge with a great experience of the University and its work.