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Durham University

Staff Volunteering and Outreach

Meet the Team


The Staff Volunteering & Outreach team is drawn from a wide range of areas of expertise both from within the University and from the Voluntary and Community Sector.


Dr Andrew Cattermole - Head of Staff Volunteering & Outreach

Andrew has worked at the University since 2003 and is currently Head of Staff Volunteering & Outreach. Andrew has a previous background in logistics management in the private sector, prior to returning to higher education as a mature student to gain a BSc (Hons) in Countryside Management and a PhD in Rural Development, both from Newcastle University. Prior to joining Durham University Andrew worked in a range of regeneration roles and as an independent consultant.


Stacy Porter - Volunteer & Engagement Officer

Stacy has worked within the University since 2009, completing her Apprenticeship with Team Durham. She is an active volunteer, outside of work, and is passionate about improving the local community.


Katie Thurlbeck - Staff Volunteering Facilitator

Katie joined the University in 2013 as a Trainee Secretary. Completing the apprenticeship in 2014, she continued working as a Secretary for 5 years before joining Experience Durham as the Staff Volunteering Facilitator in October 2018. Her main responsibilities involve co-ordinating and facilitating volunteer placements and team challenges, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with new and existing community partners.