Exeter School welcomes new Director of Development and Alumni Relations

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Exeter School welcomes new Director of Development and Alumni Relations

A new role

Exeter School is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachael Magee as the new Director of Development and Alumni Relations with effect from 1 October 2018.

A passionate and enthusiastic fundraising professional, Rachael has great experience of both alumni relations and fundraising including major gifts, regular giving and legacy programmes.

Rachael joins Exeter School from Graham-Pelton, a fundraising consultancy firm that works within the charity and education sector and has worked with the school on a number of projects in recent years.

She studied English Literature and Film studies at Exeter University before joining the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust as Communications & Corporate Affairs Officer in 2008. In 2011, Rachael joined the staff of Exeter University as an Alumni Officer focused on supporting and establishing alumni networks and managing volunteer groups including an alumnae group and young alumni network.

Promoted to Development Manager in 2013, she worked with alumni, trusts and corporates to support the University with significant donations to various projects and causes. She joined fundraising consultancy firm Graham-Pelton in the summer of 2016. Her clients have included the Royal United Services Institute, the University of Cambridge, Southmead Hospital Charity (NHS), Fulham Reach Boat Club, the University of Kent and IDPE. She held an interim role as the Director of Development at the Royal United Services Institute, establishing their first fundraising office, ensuring right processes and ethical procedures were in place, and developed the strategy for their first multimillion-pound campaign.

Rachael said: “I am delighted and excited to be joining such a great team at Exeter School and playing my part in supporting the long-term success of the school. Building on all the wonderful work of my predecessor, John Davidson, I really look forward to meeting with the alumni, learning more about their own experiences of the school and exploring how they can help the school going forward.”

Bursar Miles MacEacharn said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Rachael. I am sure she will be a key part of the next stage in the development of the school and we wish her every success in her new role.”