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

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

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. 
Evie Aspinall

Evie Aspinall

Pembroke 2015, Human, Social and Political Sciences

  • President of Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU)
  • Top priorities as President of CUSU centre around welfare, financial support and addressing college inequality
  • Enjoys dance in her spare time
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
Julietta Dexter

Julietta Dexter

Jesus 1988, Modern and Medieval Languages

  • Founder & CEO of The Communications Store, one of the UK’s leading strategic brand development and communications partners to some of the world’s best brands.
  • At the age of 26 Julietta set up the company with £600 and over the past 22 years, together with her business partners, she has steadily expanded the company both in terms of staff and client portfolio.
  • Regular fundraiser for the Great Ormand Street Hospital, joining the board of Theatres for Theatres which raised £5m and thereafter helped John Frieda in founding HAIRraising to raise further funds for the building of an additional operating theatre at GOSH.
  • Board Member of CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women).
  • Nominated by Luxury Daily as one of the Luxury Women to Watch in 2017
  • Featured in the PR Week Powerbook.
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