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.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Trinity 1984, English

  • Chair of the Communications Working Group
  • Associate Editor and Management Editor of the Financial Times (FT)
  • He writes the FT's weekly column on management and helped to launch, and now leads, the FT's 'Business Book of the Year Award' and the FT 'Women at the Top' project
  • Former City Editor of the FT.  Wrote and edited the daily Lombard column on British business and finance
  • Former FT New York Bureau Chief and correspondent in Brussels and Milan
  • Author of Leadership in the Headlines: Insider Insights into How Leaders Lead (2016)

Dr Elizabeth 'Liz' Nelson OBE

  • Deputy Chair of the Communications Working Group
  • Founder and Chairman of Taylor Nelson Sofrès plc, one of the world’s leading market research companies
  • Previously non-executive director of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
  • Previously Chief Executive of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers

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. 

Dr Michael Brooks

King's 2003, Medicine

  • Medical doctor, specialising in emergency medicine (now part time).
  • Experienced software developer, with main interests in web-based applications, mobile applications and user-centric design. Languages: Python, PHP, Javascript, CSS & HTML5.
  • Chief executive officer of PatientSource, the Cambridge-based medical software startup, funded by Cambridge Angels and Cambridge Capital Group.
  • Media consultant for 97.2 Cam FM (voluntary role), advising on strategy and use of technology.
  • Previous station manager for Cambridge University Radio 2005-2008; oversaw the development of its online services, on-demand programmes, use of emerging social media platforms, and launched the station on FM.

David Clouter

Emmanuel, 1978, Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences

  • Chair and co-founder of the Cambridge Film and Media Academy (CAMFA)
  • Co-founder of Cambridge University Radio (later CAM-FM) in 1979
  • He has 15 years of experience at BBC Radio Four and subsequently co-founded (together with BBC radio personality Richard Hope-Weston, better known as Tommy Vance) one of the first internet radio stations, TotalRock
  • Principal consultant to a new media start-up, based in Cambridge, aiming to change the way in which personalised content is delivered online
  • Specialist in innovation and establishing/redesigning organisations
  • Runs his own successful property investment business
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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

    Don Hunter

    Gonville and Caius 1991

    • Deutsche Bank

    -   Managing Director and Head of Communications, COO, October 2013-present

    • RLM Finsbury

    -  Partner, RLM Finsbury, April 2006-October 2013.  Day-to-day responsibility for advising several FTSE 100 clients on their communications with the financial community

    -  Senior Executive, April 2004-April 2006

    -  Executive, July 2002-April 2004. Six-month secondment to Shell press office

    • Daily Mail June 2000-July 2002. Newsdesk and reporting roles
    • Sunday Times September 1999-May 2000. Reporter
    • National News Press Agency February-May 2000 Reporter
    • Hendon Times Group May 1996-February 2000 Chief Reporter

    Martin MacConnol

    Magdalene 1987, History

    • 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.
    Priscilla Mensah

    Priscilla Mensah

    Girton College 2012, Politics, Psychology and Sociology (PPS)

    • Cambridge University Students’ Union President, 2015-2016
    • Previously worked as Women’s Officer at Girton College and BME Women’s Representative for the CUSU Women’s Campaign

    Michael Nabarro

    Trinity Hall 2000, Computer Science

    • Managing Director and co-Founder of Spektrix Ltd, the leading provider of cloud-based ticketing and marketing software to the arts industry
    • Occasionally works as a theatrical lighting designer
    • Spent three years managing the ADC Theatre after graduation
    • As an undergraduate was President of the CU Amateur Dramatic Club
    • Sits on the Council of Management of the Royal Theatrical Support Trust