Meet CLS's new Director of Development and Alumni Relations


29 October 2018
City of London School has appointed Kathrin Ostermann as Director of Development and Alumni Relations. She joins the School from King’s College London, where she was Director of Supporter Development for more than seven years.

This is her first role in a school, having worked in alumni relations and fundraising for fifteen years. She explains why she decided to move into the schools’ sector: “I’ve been lucky enough to have worked at some great London institutions including King’s College London, Tate, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Evelina London. I’ve always been motivated by working with great people, in vibrant and dynamic environments and making a difference to people’s lives.

 “When the opportunity came up at City of London School I was intrigued and excited at the chance to bring my skills to a new sector, to be amongst young people and learning, and to help play my part to make a top-notch education as accessible as possible to as many people as possible.” 

As Director of Development and Alumni Relations at CLS, she is responsible for helping alumni stay connected with each other and with the School. “I want to make sure alumni want to stay in touch and can see how being an engaged Old Citizen can continue to be an enriching, enjoyable and positive experience,” she says.

“Teachers and current pupils really appreciate hearing from alumni and seeing them back at the School, especially when it comes to careers, and so the more I can help to facilitate that the better. I am also hoping our alumni will consider supporting the School philanthropically, to help grow our bursary programme and ensure that more boys can enjoy a CLS education, regardless of their financial circumstances.”

Citing the similarities between schools and universities when it comes to alumni relations, Kathrin said: “The emotional attachment we have to the school and university we studied at is very similar. Alumni want to hear how the institution they love is doing now and be proud of its ongoing achievements. They also want to know how their fellow alumni are getting on, and hopefully stay connected with each other for career, sport and social reasons. Education is at the heart of what schools and universities do – so the motivations for supporting them are very similar too – to give back as a thank you for their own education and to give the same opportunities to those that follow.”

The aim of Kathrin’s Development and Alumni Relations Team is to create an engaging and dynamic programme of events and networking opportunities for all alumni. “Working with the JCC is key to that, as the JCC and the whole alumni community know the School best and know first-hand what it’s like to be a pupil here and an Old Citizen in the 21st Century.

“Everyone I’ve met within the JCC seems very committed and ambitious for the School and that’s a heartening thing to see. I was pleased to attend the Alumni Reception at the Old School in late September, which was a fantastic opportunity to meet lots of alumni from across the decades and hear their stories.”

Kathrin’s immediate priorities include meeting as many alumni as she can, to really get a sense of the School and what it is like to attend as a pupil and what it means to be an Old Citizen in the world.

She says if anyone would like to meet or speak to her, please get in touch at Kathrin Ostermann.