Bath appoints new Director of Development & Alumni Relations

The University has appointed Gavin Maggs as its new Director of Development & Alumni Relations.

Gavin, who is currently the Deputy Director and Head of Major Gifts, will take over the role at the end of October.

He will replace Siôn Lutley who is leaving after five years at Bath to become the Director of Development at the University of Melbourne.

A graduate of the University of Oxford, Gavin has been involved in educational fundraising for over 10 years.  After positions at Lincoln College, Oxford, and the University of Warwick's Medical School, he joined Bath in 2008. Since then the team has raised over £10m, including the University's first £1m gift, and trebled the number of major donors.

Gavin said: "We all thank Siôn for his leadership and enthusiasm which have helped to establish an excellent Development & Alumni Relations team.  There is a real fondness and pride among Bath graduates for their alma mater, rightly so, and I look forward to continuing to engage with them to enhance the 80,000 strong alumni network around the world.

“As our 50th Anniversary approaches I know that they, and our many other friends, will through their gifts make a real difference to our students, our research goals, and the future of the University as a whole.  I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

Siôn added: “I'd like to thank the many staff, students, graduates and donors whose fantastic support over the past five years has helped to transform the University of Bath's fundraising and alumni relations activity.

“As demonstrated by the THE Award of Outstanding Fundraising Team of the Year 2011, Bath is now seen as one of the leading universities in this area and I'm very proud of what has been achieved during my time here.

“I am sure that Gavin and the team will build on this and do a great job in the future. As a Bath graduate, I look forward to hearing news of continued success."

Speaking of Gavin’s appointment Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Siôn has done a tremendous job for the University and we all wish him well with his new job. 

“He is handing over to Gavin at a time of great opportunities for working with alumni and for fundraising, and I am confident that Gavin will be able to help us all to capitalise on those opportunities.”

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