European Volunteer of the Year Award
The Durham University alumni team would like to honour and congratulate Steve Gregory (Theology, Grey, 1965-69) on winning the CASE European Volunteer of the Year Award 2014.
CASE is the industry body for educational fundraising, alumni relations and communications, and the award recognises the tireless contribution Steve has made to supporting alumni-student mentoring across the University’s colleges. It is richly deserved, and the University community of students, staff and alumni is deeply grateful for everything Steve has done and continues to do for Durham.
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Steve’s work has also been recognised by the University. In 2013, Steve received the Dunelmensis Award (pictured), which is given to acknowledge the personal, exemplary and sustained contributions of an alumnus or alumna in facilitating the progress of the University. Both awards honour the contribution Steve has made to creating and supporting the Business Angels programme.
Business Angels is a volunteer-run, career mentoring programme for students and alumni. Established first at Grey in 2005 with 30 mentors, the programme is now also run, among others, at Hatfield, Josephine Butler and, most recently, Hild Bede and Ustinov, with 450 mentors involved at Grey alone.
Following a successful career in retail, Steve recognised the need to provide career advice for students and graduates of Grey and so developed the Business Angels forum to help alumni connect and offer career advice and direction. In doing so, he has dedicated countless hours to providing support and encouragement to many final-year students and recent graduates as they worked through one of the most challenging periods in life – moving out of university and establishing themselves on a path to their chosen career.
Steve did not however restrict the programme only to Grey. He was proactive in helping and supporting other colleges to establish their own versions of the programme, and indeed instigated the sharing of Grey mentors with Josephine Butler College until it got to the point where it had developed its own mentor base.
At the same time, Steve played and continues to play an active part in supporting Grey and the University in other ways. As well as being a regular donor, he is Secretary of Grey College Association and his tireless enthusiasm, measured advice and administrative efforts help to support Durham’s network of over 14,000 alumni on the professional development website LinkedIn.