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Brief Encounter - Sam Howarth

Sam Howarth, Development and Alumni OfficeSam Howarth works in the Development & Alumni Relations Office and is responsible for the co-ordination of all Annual Giving activities. These activities seek to 'friend raise' and fundraise at the same time by educating Warwick's graduates and friends about the need for philanthropic support.

Sam has also been a part of the University's Residential System for over six years and is currently the Warden of Claycroft Residences. At the start of the next academic year, she will take over as Warden of Rootes Residences with Whitefields – with responsibility for around 1200 new first year undergraduates!


Favourite phrase:
"Take it easy tigers!" (à la David Botterill!)

Least favourite phrase:
"This is how we’ve always done it..."

Life before Warwick"
Was there life before Warwick?? Just kidding, honest! After graduating (from Warwick, ahem…), I worked as a fundraising consultant for 2 years advising 23 different educational institutions about the best way to raise money from their alumni.

Smartest career move
Coming back to Warwick to help kick-start fundraising activities in 1999.

Lifelong ambition
To get paid for singing!

People are always surprised to learn this about me, but...
I’m a singer in a local covers band – Re:Offenders (

What has life's experience taught you so far?
Treat others with respect and understanding and you can usually guarantee a similar response.

Major achievement to date?
Giving up smoking (entirely cold turkey!) on 1 July 2005.

Any hidden talents?
Writing cheesy but wonderfully entertaining poems!!

Your all-time favourite record or piece of music?
Teenage Kicks – the Undertones

If you could change one thing in the University overnight, what would it be?
More music/entertainment in University House Atrium at lunchtimes.

Which person inspires you most, and why?
My fiancé, Mark – he has shown me there's so much more to life, the world and everything than I ever knew before.