IDPE 2021 Annual Conference co-chairs and committee

The IDPE 2021 Annual Conference has been developed by members for members and would not be possible without the hard work and incredible commitment of the conference co-chairs and committee.

Conference co-chairs

Lesley Dowdall

Lesley Dowdall

Director of Development

Withington Girls’ School

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Laura Firth

Laura Firth

Head of Development

Bolton School

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With this year’s conference committee, we have worked to assemble a diverse programme of content, delivered by a range of fantastic speakers from the school, higher education and third sectors. Staged entirely virtually, the conference will include webinars and roundtables appropriate for professionals working at all levels and from both smaller shops and larger offices, as well as leadership lunches and breakfast clinics to challenge, support and nurture your professional development. 

The challenges our sector faces are unprecedented and ongoing, and the work of the development office will be crucial to schools’ long-term recovery from the impact of the pandemic. If we are to succeed, we will need to be more resilient, more flexible and more positive than ever before. The support, encouragement and advice of colleagues across the sector has surely never been more valuable to us all. We hope you and your team will join us at the IDPE 2021 Annual Conference, and share how you too are #EmbracingOpportunity this year.

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Conference committee

Matthew Dear

Matthew Dear

Director of Development

The Oundle Society

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Kate Gray

Kate Gray

Development Director

St Albans School

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Kirsty Hassan

Kirsty Hassan

Development Director

Windermere School

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Simon Lerwill

Simon Lerwill

Foundation Director

Marlborough College

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Alastair MacEwen

Alastair MacEwen

Director of Bradfield Society and Development Office

Bradfield College

Kathrin Ostermann

Kathrin Ostermann

Director of Development and Alumni Relations

City of London School

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IDPE 2022 Annual Conference committee

If you are interested in being a part of the IDPE 2022 Annual Conference committee, please contact the IDPE office.