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Caroline Usher

Senior Advisor

Caroline has over 20 years’ experience in international fundraising and advancement leadership in higher education and the not-for-profit sector. She has developed strategies for organisations with a wide variety of funding needs before, during and after public campaigns. As both a permanent and interim manager she led outstanding teams with responsibility for fundraising strategy and performance, campaigns, ethics, organisational design and research funding.

Caroline has been on the senior leadership team at Chatham House for over 4 years; her role includes revenue and capital income generation for a research institute which receives no grant in aid.  As Director of Development and later Director of External Relations at King’s College London her responsibilities included the creation of an award-winning integrated advancement function, overseas charitable entities as well as the development of innovative major gifts fundraising which would reach beyond the College community and incorporate engagement with the alumni of over 10 merged institutions. Campaign feasibility and strategy at King’s included the delivery of the College’s first successful comprehensive campaign preparing the ground for the £500m campaign.  At the British Museum she was responsible for governance and data management reviews as well as re-launching legacy fundraising and ensuring the continued growth of philanthropic income.

In addition to her in-house roles Caroline has undertaken advisory work for QMUL and the American University in Cairo.  She served on the advisory board of an Academy Trust.  As a coach and mentor, she has worked with private and institutional clients to navigate change.