Who's who at the Royal Veterinary College Animal Care Trust

Nadja Hale - Head of Fundraising

Nadja is responsible for managing the college’s relationships with Major Donors (supporters who donate more than around £1,000 per year). As well as managing existing relationships Nadja is looking into ways of attracting new donors to the RVC and developing them into tomorrow’s Major Donors through a programme of communications, cultivation events and meetings.

Nadja previously worked in fundraising for the Anthony Nolan Trust and the British Heart Foundation. She lives in Welwyn Garden City with her family and her 2 cats, George and Bella.

+44 (0)1707 667024

Claire Mellis - Senior Development Officer

Claire enjoys her varied role working with our much valued supporters who give to our fundraising appeals, come along to our fundraising events or support us with their own fundraising efforts. Claire also works with our volunteers who support us with the gift of their time.

Claire joined the ACT from the Terrence Higgins Trust back in 2009. She lives with her husband Ian and daugher Bethan.

+44 (0)1707 667026

Jenny Collins - Trusts and Corporate Fundraising Officer

  Jenny is responsible for raising funds from trusts, foundations and organisations.  She also works with local companies that are able to offer support to the Animal Care Trust through employee fundraising and sponsorship.

Jenny lives in St Albans with her husband, two children and dog Cocoa, who is a very cheeky black Labrador Staffordshire cross.


+44 (0)1707 666045

Mark Collins - Fundraising and Alumni Administrator

Mark is responsible for providing administrative support to the Development Office Team and their activities acting as the initial point of contact for members of the public, staff, students and alumni ensuring that the office is run efficiently on a day-to-day basis. Mark is also responsible for banking donations and reconciling account statements and provides support to the team on the many events that the Animal Care Trust organises. 

Although Mark doesn’t have any pets currently he has in the past been the lucky owner of three wonderful dogs – Freeway, an Alsatian crossed with an Irish Wolfhound, Texas, a Golden Retriever and Magnum, a rough haired Jack Russell, all of which were much loved and led long and happy lives. Mark joined the College in March 2014 after previously working as a Business Development Coordinator at Oaklands College.

+44 (0)1707 666237

Alumni fundraising

The Royal Veterinary College welcomes support from alumni to help fund a number of educational projects around the College. Our alumni fundraising aims to have real impact on student life at the RVC.

Find out more about our alumni relations team.

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