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In this episode, Russell speaks to Simon Lerwill, director of development at Marlborough College in the UK and trustee of IDPE, the Institute of Development Professionals in Education.

Simon was educated at Sherborne School and upon leaving was a student caller for one of their first telephone fundraising campaigns. He continued working in educational fundraising after graduating from Birmingham University, eventually becoming Development Director at both King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham. There, he set up the alumni and development departments and led one of the most successful school bursary fundraising campaigns in the UK. This campaign ignited his passion for bursaries and the power of social mobility to transform lives. 

Simon addresses how the founding principles of philanthropy of many of the UK’s best and oldest schools shapes them today. And how relevant those founding principles are now for the identity and purpose of those schools.

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