Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Telephone:020 7815 6042
Professional service:Development and Alumni Relations Office
Michael Simmons leads the University's Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO).
He joined LSBU in 2005 to establish the Development Office. The Development and Alumni Relations Office is responsible for the University's fundraising programmes as well as for the LSBU Alumni Association, including our Honorary Graduates.
LSBU raises funds from our alumni and other individuals as well as from trusts, statutory sources and the corporate sector. LSBU now has one of the leading fundraising operations amongst Post-92 universities. Philanthropic gifts have supported a wide range of programmes including the Health Skills Suites in K2, the Borough Road Gallery, the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings, Student Advisors, Enterprise programmes and Post-graduate scholarships.
Mike arrived at LSBU from St Paul's Cathedral where he was in charge of fundraising for the £40m restoration and cleaning. Prior that he was Managing Director of e-Space, a small sales and marketing agency for online retailers. Before e-Space, Mike worked as Head of Commercial Development for the Royal Shakespeare Company leading a team responsible for sponsorship and for developing commercial opportunities including filming and online education programmes. Previously he was Head of Marketing at Ticketmaster UK and was responsible for marketing, commercial sales, membership programmes and public relations.
Mike holds an Undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Liverpool and a Postgraduate diploma in Arts Administration from the University of Surrey. He is also a trustee of the UK's opera training company for young people, British Youth Opera.