Lily Harriss - Director of Development & Alumni Engagement

Lily Harriss has an impressive track record in fund raising and high performance team development.

The wealth of experience and history of accomplishments that Lily brings to the role include the establishment and leadership of the Development and Communications Team for Picture our Future: The Campaign for Dulwich Picture Gallery. During the campaign, which had a total goal of £20 million, Lily personally managed the completion of over £18.5 million in gifts and pledges.

Her other achievements at Dulwich Picture Gallery include the overseeing of multi-million pound gift agreements (including a pacesetting £13 million family contribution and a £6 million corporate bank strategy), leading strategic planning exercises, writing business cases, and aligning funding practices with strategic goals. Lily has also trained staff in a variety of fundraising and management practices with a focus on good business practice. 

Lily’s most recent roles have included Director of Development at English Heritage (Interim), Director of University Fundraising at King’s College London and King’s Health Partners, and Strategic Counsel for LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre).

Originally from Canada, Lily was previously Director of Development, Corporations and Foundations at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), accountable for more than $11 million in receipted gifts in one year. She managed the restructuring and building of her Development team is credited with establishing a corporate and foundation partnership programme with the various units across campus.  She also worked on two major campaigns at Queen’s University and was the author of a comprehensive End of Campaign Report. During her tenure, Queen’s endowment grew to become one of the largest post-secondary funds in Canada. 

In her early career, Lily worked as a fundraising and communications professional at various organizations including the Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival, the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, the Edmonton Symphony, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.  She began her career in volunteer management.

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