Debra Price joined RSAcademics in January 2016 following 26 years at Benenden School as Development Director and later as Deputy Head. Debra was appointed in 1990 to establish and lead the development function at Benenden and is believed to be the first School Development Director in the UK. She led Benenden’s Development Office for over 20 years before being appointed as the school’s Deputy Head.
As Development Director, she established one of the most successful school fundraising operations in the UK. She created models and structures to support an ambitious program of philanthropy and sustainable giving; these included developing a substantial major gifts program, crafting five highly successful capital campaigns, establishing legacy and bursary giving, and creating a range of volunteer support networks both in the UK and around the world. Hallmarks of her work are the development of innovative communications and cultivation programmes in support of every aspect of the giving process. She has a unique insight into how to create fundraising functions that enable philanthropic giving to become accepted, and supported, by the whole school community.
Debra has twice chaired the CASE Europe Annual Schools Conference and addressed professional association conferences both in the UK, and Asia, on a wide range of fundraising topics.
As Deputy Head of Benenden, Debra was responsible for many aspects of the school’s operation and in particular, worked with the board of Governors to ensure that it was fully compliant in respect of the ‘quality of governance’ requirements. Debra is also a former Governor herself and currently is a board member of four Harrow International Schools in China, Bangkok and Hong Kong.