Communications Working Group

Communications Working Group

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The Alumni and Development Communications Working Group reports to the Alumni Advisory Board and offers guidance to the Development and Alumni Relations office specifically on alumni and development communications.

Martin MacConnol

Martin MacConnol

Magdalene 1987, History

  • Chair of the Communications Working Group
  • CEO of content marketing agency Wardour, 1996 to present
  • Non-exec chair of the Association of Publishing Agencies, 2008–2010
  • Non-exec director of the Professional Publishers Association, 2008-2010
  • Financial Times journalist, 1994-1996
  • Daily Express journalist, 1993-1994
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts
  • At Wardour, Martin oversees content marketing strategies and publications for organisations as diverse as the RSA, the British Heart Foundation, Ernst & Young and British Airways.
Peter Ashcroft

Peter Ashcroft

Pembroke 2001, English

  • Peter heads up marketing and fundraising strategy at Save the Children
  • Previously, he has been a fundraiser and a consultant at a boutique consultancy specialising in not for profits
Lisa Burke

Lisa Burke

Murray Edwards 1995, Natural Sciences

  • Co-founder of MediaLabLuxembourg, currently working with RTL (national broadcaster of Luxembourg) to create RTL Today, their English output, starting with online and mobile app news, moving onto TV
  • Reporter for Digital Luxembourg
  • Author and Science Consultant for childrens’ science books with Dorling Kindersley, 2005 – present; ‘Simply Science’ due out in 2018
  • Sky News, presenter, 2000 – 2010
  • Documentaries, radio, voice-overs: RTE (Ireland), Sky One, Channel 4, etc.; 2000 – present
  • Lived in Abu Dhabi 2010-2012 and wrote for The National’s weekend magazine
  • Occasional actress
Katie Derham

Katie Derham

Magdalene 1988, Economics

  • BBC Music presenter, on Radio 3 and the BBC Proms since 2010
  • Media Editor and News Anchor for ITV News 1998-2010
  • Regular presenter over the years on Five Live, Radio 4 and Classic FM
  • Co-owner of media advice and production company Peanut and Crumb
  • Occasional and nervous participant in music reality shows; Maestro 2008, First Love 2010
Philip Hanson

Philip Hanson

Pembroke 1976, Modern and Medieval Languages

  • Non-Executive Director of data at Jaywing, a data science and marketing agency
  • Non-Executive Director at the Bettys & Taylors Group
  • Non-Executive Director at Goelet Wine Estates in France and Australia
  • Volunteer Enterprise Mentor with the charity Centrepoint
  • Former Marketing and e-commerce Director at Travelex (2010-2015), and at HBOS (2005-2009)
  • Previously held international roles in marketing with Rowntree, United Distillers and PepsiCo, and in strategy consulting with The Boston Consulting Group
Jonathan May

Jonathan May

King's 2002, Computer Science

  • Founder of Hubbub Fundraising (2011 - current) - providing digital fundraising services for higher education in the UK
  • Associate Partner and Digital Fundraising Lead at More Partnership (2016 - current), the higher education fundraising consultancy
  • Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow (2016), studying the use of Digital and Social Media in Alumni Relations in the US and Canada
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Associate Member of the Institute of Fundraising
  • In his spare time, Jonathan is a passionate baker and co-founder of London Keto Brownies (2018 - current), as well as representing the UK at table football (2006 - current)
  • Jonathan is an online fundraising and engagement expert, combining a technical and software development background with 10 years of experience with digital fundraising
Uyen Vo

Uyen Vo

King's 2002, Economics

  • Founder of Fierce Consulting, provider of bespoke training workshops for corporate clients
  • Nearly 20 years of project leadership experience in a broad range of sectors including financial services and international consulting
  • Previously a corporate treasury professional at Lloyds Banking Group, dedicated to market risk optimisation, capital regulation, and debt capital markets
  • Uyen brings a unique combination of structure and control, facilitation skills, and empathic leadership