Mr William Conner


William J. Conner has over 40 years’ experience in development and as a management consultant in philanthropy. His expertise is in institutional development, strategic planning for large fundraising campaigns, leadership giving, volunteer leadership recruitment and good governance practices. Since 2008 he has been a Fellow and officer of Wolfson College, University of Oxford where he was the Development Director before joining Hughes Hall as Director of Institutional Advancement in January 2019. He also maintains a thriving multi-national consulting practice, Conner and Associates, based in London and Boston.

Current and recent clients include the Global Leadership Foundation, the Oxford Philharmonic, Institut d’etudes avancees (Paris), Hellenic and Roman Library (School of Advanced Studies, University of London), Centre des Monuments Nationaux (Paris), the Global Young Academy (German Academy of Sciences, Halle), and the International Year of the Salmon.

Much of my life has been centred around a strong interest in classical music, with a particular interest in 17th and 18th century keyboard music. As an editor of The New Grove Dictionary of Music working with Stanley Sadie in the mid-1970s, I worked on bibliographical problems, instruments and instrument makers. I was a founder of the Boston Early Music Festival in the late 1970s and am currently a trustee of the Handel Hendrix House (London), Pushkin House (London), the London Song Festival, the Voltaire Foundation (Oxford) and the VCM Foundation (London). Earlier in my career, I was active as a church musician.