New head of development appointed by St Margaret’s

St Margaret’s School for Girls, Aberdeen’s only all-girl independent school, has appointed a new head of development.

Rachel Paterson-Davies, a former development officer at the University of Aberdeen, takes up post at the school.

Welcoming Rachel to St Margaret’s, head teacher Anna Tomlinson said: “Rachel will be an ambassador for St Margaret’s and we are looking forward to working with her as she leads and supports the school’s ambitious long-term development plans.

“A key element of her role will include the creation and implementation of a strategic plan to provide significant additional revenue via major gift fundraising for bursaries and capital projects. The expertise and knowledge she has gained throughout her career working in the higher education sector will be invaluable to St Margaret’s as we move forward.”

Rachel studied history before completing a postgraduate degree in European Farm Management, both at The University of Aberdeen.

Since leaving university, she has worked exclusively in higher education in Aberdeen. The first seven years of her career were spent at RGU, before she moved to the University of Aberdeen, where she spent a number of years working in the Registry department before moving to the Development Trust. Her primary role was to engage with corporate partners to secure scholarships and prizes.

Rachel said: “At St Margaret's, I hope to build on the existing development operations, and engage with key stakeholders to support the work of the school with a focus on bursaries and other fundraising priorities identified by the School Council and the Leadership Team.

"I am thrilled to be given this wonderful opportunity by St Margaret's School for Girls and look forward to working with Miss Tomlinson, the school staff and the St Margaret's community as a whole to provide support for the education of girls in the North-east of Scotland.”

Founded in 1846, St Margaret’s School for Girls is a prestigious and thriving school which provides a first-class education for more than 380 pupils aged 3-18.

Rachel Paterson-Davies

Rachel Paterson-Davies

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