Development Director, Hughes Hall, Cambridge


Development Director, Hughes Hall, Cambridge

In the region of £85,000 per annum

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Hughes Hall seeks to appoint an experienced and inspirational individual to the role of Development Director, a figurehead for fundraising and alumni engagement across the College.

Hughes Hall is one of the largest constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge and is the oldest graduate college. We are a large, vibrant, friendly and ambitious international community dedicated to supporting one another in the pursuit of excellence, using academic learning to bring about real change and growth in the world. A distinctive aspect of college life at Hughes Hall is an egalitarian culture where interaction and engagement between the senior membership and students is open and encouraged, and everyone is allowed to walk on the grass!  With around 660 postgraduates and 180 mature undergraduates across a broad range of subjects, Hughes Hall provides an effective interface between the wider world and the academic excellence of Cambridge.

Hughes Hall has bold and ambitious goals, including a major capital expansion project which shall enable the College to grow substantially in size and impact. Our recently developed 2030 strategic vision is now in implementation, and the appointment of a new Development Director is critical to achieving our priorities.

The College sees this appointment as an exciting opportunity for an experienced, collaborative and proactive fundraiser and leader. The postholder will be a champion for the College and will bring a forward-thinking and energetic approach to developing high-value relationships to deliver philanthropic income. They will be a confident communicator with a strong sense of integrity, a proven track record in securing major gifts, outstanding organisational and management skills, and a passion for the mission of Hughes Hall.

The new Development Director will be in a position to have a significant strategic impact on the College’s fundraising and play a pivotal role in enabling Hughes Hall to affect a step change in our ability to attract philanthropic giving, engaging powerfully with our alumni and non-alumni stakeholders globally.

This is a mission-critical role which carries the unequivocal support of the new President, Sir Laurie Bristow, with whom you would work closely. It presents as a unique opportunity to join a Cambridge college at the cusp of a major transformation.


Hughes Hall have engaged the services of Minerva Search. We warmly encourage exploratory conversations, to set up a call please email Nicky Reames at

Please send a CV and Cover Letter, addressed to Sir Laurie Bristow, by email to

Please complete the Equality & Diversity form by clicking here:  Equality Diversity Form

The first interviews will take place on the 6th December with the final interviews on the 14th December.

Hughes Hall genuinely values diversity and is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity. The College welcomes expressions of interest and applications from candidates from all communities and a diversity of backgrounds. In particular, the following groups are currently under-represented in our community: women, those with a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background and those with disabilities.