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Joanna Motion, Partner

Education transforms lives. It’s our most effective means both of tackling the big issues facing society and of enabling people to lead fulfilling lives. My work focuses on helping universities, colleges and schools – and the people who lead them – to harness the power of philanthropy through thoughtful fundraising and alumni relations, communications and marketing.

These are global concerns and skills. It’s my privilege to aid creative people all over the world from India (the country of my birth) to Finland, Australia to South Africa, to adapt good practice to their own culture and context so as to achieve the impact sought by institutions and donors alike.

Areas of expertise

Strategy; ethical policies and practice; building a culture of philanthropy; benchmarking; developing leaders; building effective advancement teams; coaching, personal presentation and effectiveness; giving people confidence; facilitating, presenting and writing; inter-cultural competence.

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Academy of Medial Sciences; Aiglon College; Aston University; Birkbeck, University of London; British Council Hong Kong; CASE Asia-Pacific; CASE Europe; Courtauld Institute of Art; De Montfort University; Edinburgh Napier University; HEFCE; Institute of Cancer Research; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); Middle Temple; Middlesex University; The Open University; Plymouth University; Queen’s University Belfast; RMIT University; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Royal Holloway, University of London; Royal Shakespeare Company; The Royal Society; Science Museum Group; Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; Singapore Management University; SOAS, University of London; Stellenbosch University; St John’s College, Oxford; Trinity College Dublin; UBS Optimus Foundation; University College London; University of Cambridge; The University of Edinburgh; University of Leicester; University of London; University of Oxford; Universiteit Utrecht; UWC South East Asia.

Before More

MA in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford with a lot of student drama in parallel – I was President of Oxford University Dramatic Society; Oxfam’s Information Office; Schools Liaison and Communications at the University of Hull; Communications and launching alumni relations at the University of East Anglia; Alumni relations and then development at the University of Melbourne; Director of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications at the University of Kent; Executive Director of CASE Europe (Council for Advancement and Support of Education); and eight years as CASE’s inaugural Vice President for International Operations, with responsibility for what economists call “rest of world” – everything outside the US.

In my CASE decade I’ve overseen exponential growth in institutional advancement within Europe, the launch of CASE Asia-Pacific and then CASE América Latina and a series of programmes in Africa in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the MacArthur Foundation. Much of the increase in professionalism I’ve facilitated focuses on practitioners with upgraded skills and confidence (for example, through the creation of the CASE Spring Institute in Educational Fundraising and the Graduate Trainees in Fundraising scheme). I also work strategically with institutional leaders (for example, through guiding an annual study tour of Canadian development offices for Vice-Chancellors from the UK, Hong Kong and Australia). And I’m an effective advocate for change affecting philanthropy (for example, through the UK Government’s Matched Funding Scheme encouraging giving to universities).

I also served on the European Commission’s expert panel on philanthropy for research, on the Treasury Gift Aid Forum and on the Advisory Board for the UK Government’s Matched Funding Scheme for universities. I hold the CASE crystal apple award for excellence in teaching, and honorary doctorates from the University of Kent and Loughborough University for services to higher education.

Outside More

Writing a book for CASE (working title: Ten Good Reasons Why This Won’t Work Here!). With my family I’ve embarked on a Grand Designs-type project converting a ramble of agricultural buildings in Norfolk into a courtyard house (working title: The Secret Garden. Not so secret now, obviously…).

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+44 (0)7711 047 242