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The Development Office: (back row, L-R) Sarah Jones, Claire Spence-Parsons, Beth Pedder; (front row, L-R) Peter O'Connor, Chelsea Chisholm, Duncan Barker

Alumni: The Development Office

The Alumni and Development Office exists to help Merton maintain and develop good relations with Old Members – helping you to stay in touch with College and with each other by organising events and producing publications. We also fundraise for the College, encouraging Alumni to support Merton so that it can continue to be at the forefront of education for centuries to come. Opening hours are 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00, Monday to Friday.

The Development Team


Duncan Barker
Fellow and Director of Development
Duncan heads the Development Department and is in charge of Merton’s development and fundraising strategy, as well as being responsible for Major Gifts.

Chelsea Chisholm
Alumni Relations Officer
01865 286 298
Chelsea looks after Alumni Relations, with a particular focus on the full range of alumni events both in the UK and overseas, and Alumni benefits and queries.

Deputy Director of Development - position vacant
01865 286 314
The Deputy Director of Development is responsible for Major Gifts and assisting with the College's development strategy.

Development Officer - position vacant
01865 286 312
The Development Officer is responsible for gifts under £10,000, manages the 1264 Society and is responsible for the Annual Telephone Campaign.

Claire Spence-Parsons
Communications Officer
01865 616 737
Claire is responsible for alumni content on the College website and Alumni Publications, which include Postmaster and the Merton Record, the annual Donor Report, and the Newsletter. She also looks after the Year Representatives.

Database Information and Research Officer - position vacant
01865 286 525
The Database Information and Research Officer maintains our database and records of Old Members, and oversees the College’s use of DARS (the Collegiate Development and Alumni Relations System of the University of Oxford).

Bethany Pedder
Development Coordinator
01865 276 316
Bethany is Duncan’s PA, and provides general support to the Development Office. She also coordinates some of the College's events, particularly those which take place overseas.

Timothy Foot
Development Assistant
01865 276 319
Tim assists other members of the Development Office with their work. If you are not sure whom you need to contact, he will be able to help. 


Merton College
Telephone: 01865 276316
Fax: 01865 286507

The Development Office, March 2017: back row (L-R) Sarah Jones (has since left Merton), Claire Spence-Parsons, Elina Cotterill (has since left Merton), Beth Pedder; front row (L-R) Peter O'Connor (has since left Merton), Chelsea Chisholm, Duncan Barker.