I was born and raised in rural South Oxfordshire and have spent the past five years as a fundraiser for the University of Oxford, firstly at Oriel College and secondly at Brasenose College. I joined the Dragon in 2020 in the newly created role of Senior Development Officer, to assist the Director of Development and External Relations with fundraising for Dragon Bursaries, and to establish a regular giving programme for the School.
I am delighted to be a member of the Dragon community, who have welcomed me warmly. I was drawn to the School for its values of philanthropy, enterprise and creativity; qualities we should all aspire to.
Outside of work, I enjoy singing in a choir, working my allotment and cooking (especially when it involves creating recipes that include the wonky vegetables I have managed to produce). I also love to travel and have a life goal to experience as many countries and cultures as possible, and to eat my way around the world. I am well on my way, having visited 19 countries so far. You will usually find me wearing headphones, either listening to my eclectic music playlists or engrossed in an audiobook or podcast.
After reading Politics at the University of Durham, I helped launch the first Development Programme at Millfield School, before moving to join the University of Oxford over 15 years ago. Having worked at both Magdalen and Brasenose College, it was at St Catherine’s College (Catz) where I found my true home at the University, where I was a Fellow and Director of Development for nearly a decade.
It was the strength of the Dragon community, unique amongst Prep-Schools, that really drew me to the School, finally joining in 2019. As Director of Development and External Relations, my role is to ensure that we continue to build relationships with our community to help ensure the School continues to thrive into the future. A series of events, communications and fundraising appeals underpins our efforts and I am always keen to hear from members of our community.
Away from my desk, when I am not consumed by family life with my husband and young twins, I like to cook and read. My favourite literary heroine is Jane Eyre, reading Kahil Gibran is my version of therapy and every January, I re-watch the West Wing TV series.