Meet the team
Our team is passionate, driven, diverse and energetic.
On this page, you can find out a little more about some of our team members including their roles, what their working day involves and what they most enjoy about working at Warwick.
What we do
We've an outstanding track record of engaging Warwick's global alumni community.
Ed Rawlings, Leadership Fundraising Executive
About me: Throughout my life, I’ve enjoyed the positivity that comes from meeting new people and finding out what motivates them. Having worked in the motor industry most of life I decided to take a leap into a different sector. In joining the University, I wanted to be part of a culture committed to making a difference and use all the skills I have developed in my previous role in a new and positive way. Outside of work, I’m kept busy being a taxi driver to my two children and I love of all sports, particularly Golf, NFL (Chicago Bears) and Football (Aston Villa).
My role: I encourage global support of our many projects from Warwick alumni and friends of the university. My role is to find a match between their interests and a specific programme.
My working day involves: Exploring the culture, history, and objectives of Warwick, helping to develop the huge number of projects and programmes that the University has to offer, encouraging and establishing where philanthropic support is required. This involves collaborating with colleagues, academics, students, and university staff on topics which differ from day to day and sharing this information with potential donors.
The project I’ve most enjoyed working on: I’m particularly motivated by projects that really make a difference to people’s lives and continue to give young people opportunities to succeed in education where otherwise there would have been barriers.
Fun fact: I can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 2 minutes! Not quite a world record but I’m proud of it!
Sabath Shazia, Donor Relations Officer - Development
About me: A foodie and a traveller, I love meeting and networking with new people around the globe and staying connected. I’m always up for a challenge and trying out fun activities too. I love socialising, and enjoy yoga, meditation, and some me time!
My role: Delivering a comprehensive strategy to thank and engage donors of all levels, I also lead on our Scholar Ambassador initiative here at Warwick. Scholar Ambassadors are a group of brilliant students supported by philanthropy who help with events, campus tours and attending prospect meetings. Scholar reports are another key area within my role; I collate these through our scholars and put them together for donors.
My working day involves: Arranging events, editing videos, putting reports together and liaising with academics on different projects and comms.
The project I’ve most enjoyed working on: Filming our scholars on their graduation days! Their student journeys at Warwick show the great impact of their scholarship programmes.
Fun fact: I was invited to attend Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Garden Party through the voluntary work I do with charities. I have also travelled to 30+ countries and still counting.
Rebecca Kilcullen, Alumni Engagement Manager - Development
About me: I love all things content and engagement and enjoy telling stories that truly engage an audience.
My role: I manage our programme of alumni engagement, encompassing all the many ways in which former students can stay connected to Warwick for life.
My working day involves: Anything from planning how our many amazing alumni can help to support students, to finding out about our incredible research to make sure we can spread the word.
The project I’ve most enjoyed working on: I’d like all of our 253,000 alumni around the world to stay engaged with the University, wherever they go and whatever they do. And for our students to start thinking of themselves as ‘future alumni’ from the moment they receive their offer from Warwick.
What I most enjoy about working at Warwick: The appetite to really drive change for global good.
Fun fact: The collective noun for a group of orangutans is a buffoonery.
Laura Fairbanks, Principal Gifts Officer
About me: Positive and enthusiastic mum of two, reader of detective novels, watcher of American TV shows, and listener of 90s pop and classic rock music.
My role: I’m responsible for developing cross-institutional relationships that facilitate significant philanthropic donations.
My working day involves: Speaking to academics, thinking creatively about how to best engage new people with the amazing opportunities Warwick has to offer, collaborating on projects with colleagues.
The project I’ve most enjoyed working on: Helping to establish the Institute for Global Pandemic Planning in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
What I most enjoy about working at Warwick: The incredible people I get to meet.
Fun fact: My favourite random fact is that in Switzerland, it’s illegal to own one guinea pig.
Andrea Crowley, Deputy Director of Development (Alumni and Supporter Engagement)
About me: I’m friendly and hardworking, I always do my best to achieve a positive outcome and support the team to achieve ambitious goals.
My role: I lead the Alumni, Events, Prospect Research, Data Management, Finance and Gift Admin teams. We’re also responsible for Development Operations and ensuring departmental compliance with the Fundraising Regulator, Information Security and Financial Regulations. I work closely with institutional stakeholders to ensure we are joined up with our academic and professional services colleagues.
My working day involves: Lots of meetings and paperwork, with time for thinking if I’m lucky! Reviewing priority projects – CRM, alumni events, policy development – giving direction and support to the team to ensure progress and helping to unpick challenges. Negotiating with funders and stakeholders where needed. Hearing about our amazing academics, alumni and donors and developing strategies to bring them together.
What I most enjoy about working at Warwick: Working with brilliant people across academic and professional departments, being exposed to a wide variety of projects, being part of an expanding Development and Alumni Engagement function, helping to create a culture of philanthropy.
The project I’ve most enjoyed working on: Developing and implementing the strategy for Development and Alumni Engagement with Matt Ferguson, Director of Development and Natalie Lloyd, Deputy Director of Development (Philanthropy).
Fun fact: I’m a fan of musicals and have been known to break into song mid-meeting if there’s a line that sets me off!