Gavin Maggs joined the University as the Deputy Director of Development & Alumni Relations (DDAR) in 2008, becoming the Director in 2011.

He led the University’s 50th Anniversary Look Further campaign, which raised nearly £70m for scholarships, buildings, cutting-edge research and improving the student experience. Well over 1,500 students have had some or all of their costs paid for by someone they had never met thanks to the work of DDAR, and the generosity of donors.

In his spare time, Gavin has volunteered as a youth rugby coach for Oldfield RFC, whose under 14s have this year made it to the semi-finals of both the Somerset and Bristol Junior Combination Cups.

Reflecting on his years in post, he said: “I’ve been here a pretty long time, so there are quite a few things that make me proud; obviously, the impact we have had on beneficiaries’ lives, that’s what we’re here for. I would also highlight the change over the years to a relationship with our friends and alumni which is more about partnership than a merely transactional one; the privilege I have had of getting to know alumni around the world who hold their alma mater in such high regard; and my fantastic and cantankerous team mates on the football pitch (long live the mighty OCS!).

“But there are two things that really stand out: the fabulous colleagues in DDAR with whom I have worked over the years, who have always been prepared to go the extra mile; and the now annual traditional rounders festival, which is my gift to you all!”

Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President, said: “The University owes Gavin so much as a result of the many contributions that he has made to the University of Bath within Development and Alumni Relations. I wish him every success in the future.”

Professor Jeremy Bradshaw, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International & Doctoral), said: "I'd like to pay tribute to the energy and expertise Gavin has brought to this role, and for all that he has done to build relationships with our alumni community around the world. Our alumni, donors and supporters are an incredibly special and important part of this University and our challenge will be to build on the excellent work Gavin has led in recent years."