Networks and Volunteers Working Group

Networks and Volunteers Working Group

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The Alumni Networks and Volunteers Working Group reports to the Alumni Advisory Board and offers guidance to the Alumni Relations team specifically on the network of Alumni Groups around the world.

Areas the Group is currently providing support on are:

  • Advising the Alumni Engagement team on providing appropriate support and services to the worldwide network of volunteer-led Alumni Groups. 
  • Supporting the Alumni Engagement team in its aim to recruit recent alumni to the Alumni Group network. 
  • Assisting with the planning of the Alumni Groups Global Leadership Conferences
  • Helping to identify, cultivate and, where appropriate, establish Alumni Groups. 
  • Consolidating the good working relations between the Colleges and the University.

The Networks and Volunteers Working Group members are also there to provide extra support to all Alumni Groups. Whether you are having difficulty with arranging events or have an idea but don't quite know how to execute it, the members are there for all Groups to contact. 

The Working Group meets twice a year, but also works on projects in between meetings such as the resources pages for Alumni Groups.

ralph smith

Ralph Smith

Corpus Christi 1982, Chemical Engineering MEng, Natural Sciences and Chemical Engineering

  • Alumni Group Contact for the Cambridge University Association of Madrid Club
  • International Counsel with commercial law firm Gόmez-Acebo & Pombo - specialises in intellectual property, media, privacy and new technologies
  • Legal Adviser for the British Embassy in Madrid
  • Admitted to the Law Society of England and Wales in 1993 and to the Madrid Bar in 1999
  • Member of the Board of Governors of independent UK curriculum school, King's College, Madrid
  • Vice-President of UKAN Spain; the British Council's UK Alumni Network for all UK-university graduates in Spain
Dr Victoria Kimonides

Dr Victoria Kimonides

Newnham 1993, PhD in Neuroscience

  • Account Technology Strategy Director for Enterprise Partner Group at Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe. Previously Customer and Partner Experience Director position for the same Region
  • Former Advisor to the Board at Hellascom International, Member of OTE (Hellenic Telecoms Organisation, Deutsche Telekom Group) where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the company's value-added services strategy across the organisation
  • Elected Member of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises General Council
  • Former Postdoctoral Fellow at Rockefeller University, New York, and had affiliations as a Research Fellow with Universities in Greece before making a career shift to business
  • Holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology from King's College London and is an Associate of King's College London
Dr Joanna Bauldreay

Dr Joanna Bauldreay

Newnham 1976, Natural Sciences – Chemistry

  • Alumni Group Contact for the Manchester Association of Cambridge University Women (MACUW); former Chair and Treasurer of same and also member of Cambridge Society of West Cheshire and North Wales.
  • Former team sport player, awarded cricket Half Blue and member of college and other hockey teams.
  • MSc in Electrochemical Science, University of Southampton; PhD in Physical Chemistry, University of Cambridge; Post-doctoral research scientist, Electrochemistry, William Marsh Rice University, Houston, Texas.
  • R&D Scientist in Royal Dutch Shell group since 1986; currently Aviation Fuels Development Manager within Shell Projects & Technology. 
  • Chair of the Emerging Fuels Group, Coordinating Research Council Aviation Fuels Committee and member of UK Sustainable Aviation Fuel Special Interest Group (SAF-SIG).
  • Member of several Institutes including Energy and Advanced Motorists.
  • Enjoy photography, fly-drive holidays and choral singing, especially with Chester Music Society Choir in Chester Cathedral.
Brian Beeston

Dr Brian Beeston

Selwyn 1958, Natural Sciences – Physical Metallurgy

  • President – Cambridge University Alumni Society – San Diego
  • MSc in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania
  • Founder Captain on The Philadelphia Rugby Club in 1962 – still in operation
  • PhD in Materials Science from the University of Birmingham
  • Career in Technical Marketing in the scientific instrument and the semiconductor manufacturing equipment fields.
  • Marketing Manager, AEI Scientific Apparatus Ltd. UK and NY
  • Director of Marketing, Implant Division, Applied Materials, UK and Santa Clara
  • Married, Widowed, Two Children, One Grandchild, Remarried
  • Retired since 2004 and living in sunny San Diego, CA
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Ellen Harris

Magdalene 2016, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

Antoine Huard

Antoine Huard

Queens 2010, MPhil in Technology Policy, Judge Business School

  • Co-Founder and Alumni Group Contact for the Cambridge Alumni Energy Society
  • Graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) with an MSc in Engineering
  • Head of Business Development at Generale du Solaire, a french company developing, building and operating solar power plants worldwide
  • Former M&A analyst at Goldman Sachs (London) and former strategy consultant at Bain (Paris)
  • Member of the Oxford & Cambridge Club
  • Paris marathon finisher in 3h55'
Blair Lapres

Blair Lapres

Darwin 2009, Development Studies

  • Immediately upon graduating moved to Washington DC to commence work on Food and Nutrition Security Policy in the South Asia Region of the World Bank.
  • Now works on the Bank's Trade and Competitiveness Practice in the Private Sector Development and Agribusiness linkages.
  • Played for University Lacrosse team and was awarded a Half-Blue
  • Served as an officer of the 2010 Darwin May Ball Committee
  • President of the Cambridge Society of Washington DC, overseeing the organization of the Society Board and its social outreach. 
  • Served for two years as the Cantab DC Boat Club Captain, leading the club to a victory over Oxford in the 2013 Potomac Challenge Cup.
Edward Ma

Edward Ma

Jesus 2000, Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) MEng

  • Executive Director of Asia Petrochemical Supplies (APS), a private company for hydroprocessing technology licensing and distribution of specialty chemicals in China.
  • Member of the Executive Committee of The Friends of Cambridge University in Hong Kong and Chair of the Means Test Sub-Committee for the Prince Philip Scholarship.
  • Vice President (2018-2019) of The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong.
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Outward Bound Trust of Hong Kong.
  • Member of the Board of the Peace and Development Foundation, an official partner of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China.
  • Independent Director of the Board of Wuhan College, a private, non-profit university in China founded by Dr Charles Chen, one of the core founders of Tencent, founder of Tencent Charity Foundation and the Yidan Prize.
Graham Spooner

Graham Spooner

St John’s 1971, Economics

  • Deputy Chairman, Rotala Plc, an Aim quoted group which operates bus and coach services in England
  • Principal, Mentor UK which works with entrepreneurs and emerging businesses to become investor ready, including flotation on Aim and exit
  • Associate, Amberley Advisory, a firm of corporate finance advisers authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Chairman , The Johnian Society whose 11,000 members are alumni of St John’s College, University of Cambridge
  • Trustee, The Honorary Treasurers Forum, a registered charity that provides best practice to charity treasurers
  • Trustee, The Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust which operates the only Grade 1 listed pier as a social enterprise
Trevor Webb

Trevor Webb

Wolfson 1990, Land Economy

  • MEPC Studentship.
  • Chairman of Cambridge Society – Birmingham Group.
  • Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer.
  • Founding Director of Blackswan Property, specialist in the development of private rented sector home.
  • Over a 27 year career, managed the development of around 181,000 square metres of new build space and the refurbishment of over 67,000 square metres of accommodation.
  • Keen badminton player and delight in fine art painting and photography.
  • Married with two children.
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Ben Willams

Clare 2015, Engineering

  • Fourth year student
  • 2016 Student Travel Award winner
  • Enjoys rowing for Clare and participating in expeditions with Cambridge University Hillwalking Club