Christ Church appoints a new Development Director

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Mark Coote as Development Director from 1st October 2017 to succeed Mr. Marek Kwiatkowski who has taken up an appointment at the University of Adelaide.

Mark Coote has served as CEO of the Wells Cathedral School Foundation in Somerset since 2010. He led the successful public fundraising phase of major capital development projects including a state-of-the art music facility and sports pavilion. He was also responsible for the launch of the school’s ten year Bursary Fundraising appeal.

Before Wells Mark spent more than five years as a national fundraising director for Cancer Research UK, Britain’s largest charity, where he led the Community Fundraising operation. At CRUK Mark forged major new networks with companies and individuals that resulted in fruitful fundraising partnerships. 

Mark’s background is in secondary education teaching both History and Politics.

The Dean of Christ Church, the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy said: “Mark’s accomplishments in development and fundraising will be an important asset for the House. He has a wide portfolio of achievements including in education, the charitable sector and a range of other innovative projects.  We warmly welcome Mark’s appointment, and look forward to him becoming part of the team here.”

Lord Charles Cecil, Chairman of the Christ Church Development Board, commented: "Mark Coote’s wide experience and successful track-record make an excellent fit for Christ Church's varied and significant development programme. I am greatly looking forward to working with Mark and to his collaboration with the Development Board."

For more information, please contact the Development Office on 01865 286325.