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University of Cambridge

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    The Development Team at Murray Edwards College is responsible for all aspects of alumnae relations and giving. We love hearing from our alumnae, so please don't hesitate to give us a call.

    The Development Office Team

    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).

    Claire Cosgrave, Deputy Development Director

    Telephone: 01223 769317

    Claire joined the College in December 2017 supporting Fiona and the Development Team in delivering the College’s fundraising programme. Having grown up in Cambridge, she studied Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design before embarking on a career in fundraising at Handel & Hendrix in London and then moving to the London Sinfonietta. Claire enjoys a special connection with the College through a painting by her late mother being part of the Women's Art Collection.

    Linda Hanssler, Relationship Manager

    Telephone: 01223 763172

    Linda joined the Development Office in June 2018, with extensive relationship management experience from previously running the academic events at The Rockefeller University and promoting education in diplomatic representations, for both the Quebec Government as well as the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in New York. Linda has also previously worked in international education and the teaching of languages in Brazil and France. Linda is thrilled at having joined the College and is honoured to be part of such a vibrant community. She looks forward to working with alumnae and friends of the College to help them give their "‘Time, Talent and Treasure’ to support our key priorities.”

    Gemma Hayden, Development Officer (Research and Stewardship)

    Telephone: 01223 763162

    Gemma joined the College in 2008, and has held various posts in the Development Office and Events Team. Prior to this she worked for Barclays Bank, holding senior positions in their local Customer Services and Customer Relations Teams. Since joining the Development Office in 2011 Gemma has helped to arrange our events, including our 60th anniversary celebrations, and has been responsible for the maintenance of our alumnae database. In 2015, Gemma started a new role in the team implementing a stewardship programme for the College, ensuring all our donors are thanked and acknowledged, while making sure the donations are being distributed as agreed. Gemma is also responsible for identifying new potential donors to our fundraising campaign.

    Jane Mumford, Development Officer (Alumnae Relations)

    Telephone: 01223 762234

    Jane joined the Development Team in March 2019. Before this, she worked for the Judge Business School and the Engineering Department at Cambridge University. Jane works with alumnae and supports them to give their 'Time and Talent', for example in the College's mentoring scheme. She also works closely with the Events Officer and provides support to the Director of Development.

    Paulina Johnson, Development Officer (Data)

    Telephone: 01223 762251

    Paulina joined the Development Office in November 2016.  She is responsible for the maintenance of our alumnae database by providing database support to the team, including data and database management.  An experienced database person with hands-on experience overseeing the design, development and maintenance of various database systems, Paulina previously worked for various charities including ActionAid International, CBM UK and Samaritan’s Purse UK/BGEA UK.

    Contact us

    If you have any questions on alumnae events, publications, or on giving to the College, please don't hesitate to contact us: