UCL Campaign


New Director of Strategy and Operations announced for OVPD

16 December 2016

The Office of the Vice-Provost (Development) has appointed Cathy Brown as its new Director of Strategy and Operations.

Cathy joins OVPD from UCL’s Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Social and Historical Sciences where she is currently Joint Faculty Manager, responsible for a variety of strategic projects, training and development. She has also worked as Faculty Manager of Laws at UCL, as well as holding senior roles at King’s College London and VSO. 

In her new role she will be a key member of the OVPD leadership team, helping to successfully deliver UCL’s new philanthropy and engagement campaign that will raise £600m for the university’s biggest long-term ambitions. 

She will lead work to identify and develop strategic fundraising partnerships with partners including Moorfields Eye Charity and the Foundation for Future London.  She will also support all parts of UCL in their fundraising work with guidance and advice, particular on gift acceptance and due diligence.

Lori Houlihan, Vice-Provost (Development), says:

“Following a global search and consideration of a number of impressive candidates Cathy was the unanimous choice of the selection panel. The panel were impressed with her leadership skills and experience of operating at the highest level in complex environments. She has extensive expertise in creating adaptive organisations to support ambitious functions and supporting and nurturing talent.

“Cathy is highly respected across the UCL community and her deep knowledge of UCL and the HE sector more widely will be one of the many strengths she brings.”

Cathy adds:

“I am delighted to be joining OVPD at such an exciting time for the Campaign and I very much look forward to working with my new colleagues. There’s a huge amount to learn, and I’m keen to get to grips with it all, and hope to be able to contribute to the continued success of the Campaign and UCL.”

Cathy will formally take up the role in March 2017.