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    Fiona McWilliams, Director of Development & Alumnae Relations


    Fiona has recently left the Natural History Museum where she was Executive Director of Development since 2015. During this time she oversaw a step change in the capacity and ambition of the Development (fundraising and advocacy) function, building a new team and leading the fundraising and launch plans for significant projects. The £13m fundraising target for the new ‘Hintze Hall’ was exceeded, Dippy on Tour – sending the Museum’s much loved diplodocus around the four nations of the UK – was fully funded, and the Museum’s ambitious Urban Nature Project is set to exceed its £19.6m target. She was responsible for key Museum relationships including Sir David Attenborough and the Museum’s Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge.
    Fiona joined the NHM from SOAS University of London where she was Director of External Relations and Development, responsible for fundraising and alumni relations, marketing, communications and student recruitment. Her achievements there included signing the biggest single gift in SOAS’ history at £20m. Fiona began her fundraising career at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This followed a career in public relations and marketing in international television, including setting up and selling her own agency. Her television clients included HBO, National Geographic, Brook Lapping, Wark Clements, Tiger Aspect and Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson Productions).

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