Clever country or crisis? Implications for educational philanthropy in the era of government austerity.
Date: Friday 7 June, 2013
Venue: Kelvin Club in Melbourne Place
Alan Watkinson is currently Director of Advancement at the Melbourne Business School, having previously held similar roles at Trinity College, University of Melbourne and Scotch College. On 3 June this year, he will take up the role of Director of Alumni and Advancement for La Trobe University. In these roles he has specialised in developing major gift strategies, annual giving programs and capital campaigns. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge (UK) and Melbourne, from where he gained his doctorate, having emigrated from the UK to Australia in 1980.
Alan has been the previous President of ADAPE (now EducatePlus) and was elected their inaugural Chairman when the Association became a Company in 2010. He served on the National Council of ADAPE for 10 years. He is the recipient of both the Trevor Wigney Award and the Peter Crook Award for services to educational philanthropy. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Scotch College Foundation and the Trinity College Foundation.
He has a long association with the performing arts, especially in the area of classical music, and was for more than a decade on the board of the Victoria Schools Rugby Union as well as being the Victorian representative on the ASRFU Board. He is currently a Director of the St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre.