Joanna Motion

Joanna Motion


+44 (0)7711 047 242

Education transforms lives. It’s our most effective means both of tackling the big issues facing society and of enabling individuals to lead fulfilling lives. My work focuses on helping the people who lead organisations with an educational purpose to harness the power of philanthropy. That’s mostly universities, colleges and schools, but also museums, arts bodies and learned societies.

These are global concerns and skills. It’s my privilege to aid creative people all over the world – from India (the country of my birth) to Singapore, Australia and South Africa – to adapt good practice to their own culture and context so as to achieve the impact sought by institutions and donors alike.

Some I've worked with recently

  • Ampleforth Abbey and College
  • Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Australian National University
  • CASE
  • King's College London
  • Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Melbourne Business School
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • UNIS Hanoi
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Helsinki
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • University of Wollongong
  • The Warburg Institute
  • York St John University

Years of fundraising experience: 40


  • Strategy and policy
  • Campaign readiness
  • Ethical fundraising practice
  • Building a culture of philanthropy
  • Cases for support
  • Developing leaders and academic engagement in philanthropy
  • Building effective advancement teams
  • Coaching, personal presentation and effectiveness
  • Facilitating, presenting and writing
  • Inter-cultural competence

Before More

  • MA in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford with a lot of student drama in parallel (I served as President of OUDS)
  • Oxfam’s Information Office
  • Schools Liaison and Communications at the University of Hull
  • Communications and launching alumni relations at the University of East Anglia
  • Alumni relations and then development at the University of Melbourne
  • Director of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications at the University of Kent
  • Executive Director of CASE Europe (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and eight years as CASE’s inaugural Vice President for International Operations, with responsibility for what economists call “rest of world” – everything outside the USA
  • Serving on bodies such as the Advisory Board for the UK Government’s Matched Funding Scheme for universities, the European Commission’s expert panel on philanthropy for research, the Treasury Gift Aid Forum and HEFCE’s Working Group on the fundraising profession in UK Higher Education
  • CASE crystal apple for excellence in teaching and the CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award
  • Honorary doctorates for services to higher education from the University of Kent and Loughborough University

Outside More

  • The ramble of agricultural buildings in Norfolk (for those who have watched the long adventure) has grown up from project to delightful home. Now it needs active living in. The spotlight has shifted to the courtyard. Can The Secret Garden become The Celebrated Garden...?