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Lorraine has always had an interest in philanthropy; she started as a teenager raising cash for the RNIB and subsequently worked for Teen Cancer in Newcastle, the Butterwick Children’s Hospice, and Northeast Children’s Cancer. The money she raised went to the Newcastle RVI Cancer Centre, but they redirected it to Durham University researchers; as a result she realised that education was the key to transformative change. Later she became Durham University’s first Alumni Relations Officer while taking an MBA at their Business School. In Durham, she pioneered the concept of Student Ambassadors; she then worked as a Major Gifts fundraiser at Durham and Kent Universities.
Arriving in Cambridge in 2005, she was part of the successful 800th Campaign, which raised over £1 billion for the University and its Colleges. Her most recent post in the University’s Development Office (CUDAR) was as Senior Associate Director, Principal Gifts.
During the course of her work there, Lorraine developed some expertise in corporate fundraising and was responsible for establishing relationships with Laing O’Rourke, LEGO, Dyson, Qualcomm and others; she was also instrumental in securing the funds for three new buildings in Cambridge – the James Dyson Building, the Battcock Centre for Experimental Astrophysics, and the Maxwell Building. Lorraine recently set up a charity in the name of her late son Andrew, to promote the rehabilitation, through sport, of people with acquired disabilities.