Matt Ferguson is one of the UK’s leading big gift fundraisers. At King’s College London he was the Chief Development Officer, and secured £50 million in gifts from donors in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK and Europe, including the largest gift in King’s history of £20 million to create The Dickson Poon School of Law. In 2017, he secured a gift of £3 million to create the largest programme of sanctuary scholarships in the UK.
He has developed extensive networks across the Asia Pacific region, and designed King’s Principal Gifts strategy. He was part of the leadership team that closed the £610 million World Questions|King’s answers campaigned, chaired by the Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH, and recruited leaders from politics and business to join the campaign board.
Matt helped to design projects that include the world’s first law school to focus on transnational legal education; a new China Institute focussed on contemporary Chinese politics and economics; a centre for the joint study of politics, philosophy and law; and a new institute for global security that seeks restore the role of grand strategy as an instrument for managing geopolitical relations.
In January 2018 he was appointed as Director of Development of the University of Warwick, where he leads a team of 22. Matt is a trustee of the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Charity. He was appointed a Fellow of King’s College (FKC) in 2018 in recognition of his contribution to the College, and is a Fellow of the RSA. Matt regularly speaks at conferences of the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education, and the Institute of Fundraising.
Outside of fundraising, Matt has an academic interest in politics, political theory and contemporary history. He holds an MA in History and an MA in English. He is planning to undertake a part time PhD on a comparative history of de-radicalisation strategies from non-traditional conflicts across the 20th century. He is actively interested in global affairs, politics and security studies.