Alastair James has worked in philanthropy for over twenty-five years. He started his career at the University of Oxford’s Development Office in 1989 during the first major capital campaign of any UK university – Campaign for Oxford – and then worked as Head of Development at the Bodleian Library (1995-99) and as Development Director at Balliol College (2000-10), where he was a Fellow.
More recently, Alastair worked as a consultant in fundraising and alumni relations in the school and university sectors. His clients included Charterhouse School, St Paul’s School, the Hong Kong International School, and St John’s College, Oxford. As a Senior Consultant at Global Philanthropic, he led project teams providing strategic advice through feasibility studies, campaign plans, and Development Office reviews.
Alastair believes passionately in the importance of education and research – both to the individual and to society as a whole. He has helped to develop communities of supporters in the UK and internationally who have played an integral role in sustaining and advancing the work of these educational institutions over a long-term basis.
He is profoundly motivated by Imperial’s commitment to excellence in education and research. Since joining the College in May 2018, he works with philanthropists and other generous supporters to bring about transformative gifts for Imperial, helping to benefit not only the academic community but also the world at large.