The Alumni Advisory Board

The Alumni Advisory Board

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    Alumni Advisory Board

What is the Alumni Advisory Board?

The Board represents the views of Cambridge alumni and advises the University's Alumni and Supporter Relations team on how to best engage with the global alumni network of Cambridge.

Established in 2009, the Alumni Advisory Board is chaired by John Pritchard (Robinson 1983).

Two working groups and a Steering Committee support the Advisory Board. The Communications Working Group specifically advises on alumni, supporter and donor communications. The Networks and Volunteers Working Group offers guidance on how the University supports Alumni Groups and volunteers.

Contact a member of the Board

To contact a member of the Alumni Advisory Board, please email aab@alumni.cam.ac.uk.

 

Introducing the Alumni Advisory Board

John Pritchard (Robinson 1983), Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board and Steering Committee

"It is an immense honour to be elected to Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board of Cambridge, especially so at this important period in the evolution of the university."

“In common with other alumni I have met, Cambridge has undoubtedly been a major influence on my life and my debt to the University and College is a happy one. Many share this view, but it is crucial to maintain the connection and communication between the university and its former students."

"The AAB primarily represents the views, thoughts and aspirations of the 230,000 alumni of Cambridge, located in all parts of the globe, as well as the promotion of the interests of the University and the 31 colleges. Its evolution as a conduit between the vast Cambridge alumni diaspora and the heart of the University is of great importance and I hope to assist this communication over my years of service on the Board.”

Board members

John Pritchard

John Pritchard

Robinson 1983, Law

  • Chair, Alumni Advisory Board & Steering Committee
  • Founder/CEO, Helix Management Services, a company that specialises in management consultancy and recruitment for law firms, investment firms and investment banks
  • Trained at Allen & Overy and at Salomon Brothers, both in New York and London
  • Founded and sold Long Reach International, a business established to supply structured finance and risk management to the sports market, whose clients included the Athens Olympic Games and the Ryder Cup
  • Former rower who competed in two Olympic Games as well as several World and European Championships. He also participated in three University Boat Races for Cambridge
  • Director and board member of the Hawks Club Ltd and former Director and Advisory Board Member of the British Olympic Association.
  • Raised over $2.5million for Right to Play by rowing the Mississippi River
  • Chairman and Trustee, Right to Play, an international charity which uses the transformative power of sport and play to build essential skills in children. Operates in 25 countries with a million children in programmes
Margaret L Campbell

Margaret L Campbell

Newnham 1966, Modern and Medieval Languages

  • Deputy Chair, Alumni Advisory Board
  • Senior Advisor, Global Banking and Markets-HSBC Bank plc
  • Member HSBC's European Senior Advisory Council
  • Associate Fellow, Newnham College
  • Chair-US Committee for Newnham Alumnae
  • Formerly, banker with JP Morgan in London and New York (1971-2013) responsible for business with corporate clients, financial institutions and, latterly, central banks, sovereign wealth funds and multilateral institutions
  • MBA-Manchester Business School, 1971
  • Fluent in French, German and Spanish
  • Living in New York. Married with 2 children.
Professor Nicky Padfield

Professor Nicky Padfield

Darwin 1976, Criminology

  • Deputy Chair, Alumni Advisory Board (Collegiate)
  • Chair, Nominations Committee
  • Master of Fitzwilliam College since 2013
  • Professor in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty, where she has worked for more than 25 years
  • Honorary Fellor of St Anne's College, Oxford and Darwin College, Cambridge
  • Leading European expert on sentencing law, including the law and practice of release from (and recall to) prison
  • Former editor of the Archbold Review for almost 20 years
  • Recorder in the Crown Court (2002-2014), and Bencher of the Middle Temple
Professor Stephen J Toope

Professor Stephen J Toope

Trinity 1983, PhD in Law

  • ​On 2 October 2017 Professor Stephen Toope became the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University
  • Director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs (2015-2017), and before that President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia (2006-2014)
  • Among the distinctions he has received are the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (2012), the United Way of Canada President’s Award of Distinction (2014), various honorary degrees and the John Read Medal of the Canadian Council of International Law (2015).  In 2015 he was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada – one of Canada’s highest honours
  • Professor Toope’s academic interests are in international law, human rights, international legal theory and international development
  • Consultant to Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Canadian International Development Agency and a number of United Nations’ agencies. Between 2004 and 2007, Chair and Rapporteur of the UN’s Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances
  • Past Director of the Public Policy Forum, of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and of the Royal Conservatory of Music – from which he received an Honorary Fellowship
Tony Banton

Tony Banton

Trinity 1975, Law

  • Chartered Accountant with KPMG from 1978 – 2017, in Paris from 1982.
  • Partner in charge of KPMG International’s Quality and Compliance Program 2006 – 2010.
  • President of France’s Cricket Association 2009 – 2013.
  • Treasurer of the British Community Committee of France.
  • Has held the positions of Treasurer, President and currently Hon. Secretary of the Cambridge Society of Paris.
  • Also a founder member and Treasurer of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of the Netherlands 2006 – 2009.
Sally Dore

Sally Dore

Queens’ 1982, Economics

  • Committee Member of the Friends of Cambridge University Library, focusing on developing volunteering.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Friends of the British Museum.
  • Formerly member of the South-West Advisory Board of the National Trust. Volunteer at the National Trust’s property Dyrham Park for over 20 years, with a particular focus on developing public engagement.
  • MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies at its European campus, the Bologna Center; previously a trustee of the UK Charitable Trust for the SAIS Bologna Center, and about to re-join the board.
  • Experienced governor at both maintained and independent schools (currently one of each); commissioned by the local authority to write a handbook for Chairs of Governing Bodies.
  • Co-founder (2008) and organiser of a biennial conference on the 20th Century history of children’s literature.
  • Occasional writer on social history, particularly the history of girls’ education.
  • Holds workshops for local sixth forms on Shakespeare, the early printing history of his plays and how we know what he actually wrote.
stephen england-hall

Stephen England-Hall

Queens' 2006, MBA

  • Chief Executive Officer of Loyalty New Zealand since 2013.
  • Founding member of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum (https://www.nzdatafutures.org.nz/) since 2014. NZDFF works with government and private sector leaders on ways New Zealand can harness the power of a data-rich future to create economic value and social benefit.
  • Former member of the University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Board on Communication, 2011-14
  • Former Chief Marketing Officer of Syncapse, 2011-2013, an early-stage social media technology and data company.
  • Former Chief Executive Officer of Razorfish UK, 2009-11, a world leading interactive agency.
  • Lived, studied and worked in the UK, Canada and US from 2004-2013. Currently lives in New Zealand with his wife and their 2 young children.
Gabriel Fong

Gabriel Fong

Fitzwilliam 1989, Economics

  • Has over 25 years of extensive investing experience in Asia, including driving management teams and businesses to scale.
  • Chairman & Managing Partner of Fenix Global Investors, a real estate private equity fund for US and other international real estate investment opportunities since late 2013. The Firm focuses on residential, senior housing as well as other niche segments.
  • An active angel investor in the Internet and Technology sector.  He was one of the first angel investors and until Jan 2015, the Executive Chairman of GoGoVan, a leading Asian logistics startup.
  • Co-founded Jaarvis Accelerator, an Accelerator that includes operations in Hong Kong and India.
  • Between 2006 – 2013, built and headed the Asia Private Investments Group of Och-Ziff Capital, one of the largest global hedge fund with approximately US$34 billion AUM. 
  • Currently serves on the East Asia Advisory Group for John Hopkin University’s Center for Talented Youth.
  • Sits on the Finance Committee of Hong Kong International School, a leading international school based in Hong Kong.
  • Coordinates the Hong Kong alumni events for Fitzwilliam College.
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
    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)
    David Hughes

    David Hughes

    St Catharine’s 1978, Natural Sciences

      • Non-executive chairman Cardel Group Ltd, private equity owned UK-based international business serving the security card industry.
      • Non-executive director Norican Global A/S, a Danish metallurgical engineering multi-national.
      • Formerly President Foseco International, a global materials technology business (2011 – 14).
      • International career in senior executive roles having lived in the USA, S E Asia (10 years), India (7) and China (8).
      • Committee member of Cambridge Society of London and St. Catharine’s College Society.
      • Prince’s Trust Business Mentor supporting young people to develop their careers.
      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
      Susan Mani

      Susan Mani

      Girton, 2000, Economics

      • Lead Analytics Delivery for Analytic Edge a boutique marketing analytics and strategy firm based in Bangalore.
      • Currently the Secretary of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Bangalore.
      • Guest faculty member on Guest Faculty Member at MISB (SDA Bocconi's offshore campus) and Jigsaw Academy's Executive Programme in Business Analytics and Big Data as well as the Integrated Program in Data Science and Machine Learning conducted by Jigsaw Academy and University of Chicago.
      • Formerly led the Advanced Analytics Centre of Excellence at Tata Motors.
      • Former Treasurer at the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Bangalore (2006 to 2007) and on the Management Committee (2004 to 2007, 2009 to 2010).
      Janet Myers

      Janet Myers

      Gonville and Caius, 1989, Modern and Medieval Languages

      • Consultant Trainer, National Governors’ Association, an independent charity that aims to improve the educational standards and well-being of children and young people through supporting and promoting outstanding governance in all state-funded schools, including academies and free schools
      • Chair, Cheshire West and Cheshire Association of Governing Bodies, a voluntary, independent organisation established to support the work of school governors in Cheshire West and Chester
      • Chair of Governors, Cherry Grove Primary School, a maintained school in Chester
      • Secretary, Cambridge Society of West Cheshire and North Wales
      • Former First Vice President, MBNA Europe, with managerial and leadership experience in customer service, marketing, project management, training and change management
      Ian Roberts

      Ian Roberts

      St John's 1975, Natural Sciences

      • Independent IT consultant with experience of process control software before switching to financial software
      • Has lived and worked in Edinburgh for 20 years
      • Member of the Cambridge Society of Edinburgh, and responsible for organising their Freshers' Events
      • Represents Scotland in International Masters hockey tournaments
      • Member of Scottish charities Lord's Taverners and Changing the Chemistry
      Yoshi Shiba

      Dr Yoshiro Shiba

      Darwin 2008, PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience

      • Global Innovation Assistant, the Global Innovation Office, SHIONOGI Ltd., a research-driven international pharmaceutical company with roots in Japan. He leads and supports various Open Innovation projects, developing alliances and collaborations with external partners including academics, biotech firms and pharmaceutical companies. Productive inter-sector partnerships accelerate science and technology innovations.
      • Former Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge. He led research projects investigating neural mechanisms underlying the regulation of negative emotions such as fear and anxiety.
      • Former Business Development Director, Innovation Forum, a global grassroots organisation that seeks to build bridges between industry, academia and government, with an aim of accelerating the speed of technology adoption for commercial application.
      • Former Chair of the Organising Committee, Postdoc Masterclass, University of Cambridge. A series of lecture/discussion forums where researchers from different scientific disciplines exchange ideas and form collaborative projects. During his chairmanship, the forum developed from a departmental event to a university-wide enterprise involving multiple departments and institutions.
      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
      Karena Vleck

      Karena Vleck

      St John’s 1986, Law

      • Director, Varsity Match Company Limited. A joint venture between the Oxford and Cambridge Rugby Clubs charged with revitalising the varsity match.
      • Trustee, the Middlesex Sports Foundation.
      • Legal and Governance Director at the Rugby Football Union (2005-2016).
      • Partner and Head of the Sports Group at the London Solicitors, Farrer and Co (1990-2004).
      • Hot 100 Lawyer and on the General Counsel Power List.
      • Helped establish women’s rugby at Cambridge and played in the first and second rugby varsity matches in 1988 and 1989.
        Professor Geoffrey Ward

        Professor Geoffrey Ward

        Clare 1972, English

        • Principal of Homerton College, Cambridge.
        • Former Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool.
        • Former Chair and Head of Department at the University of Dundee.
        • Was made a Deputy Principal at Dundee, leaving four years later to serve as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and then Vice Principal at Royal Holloway, University of London, before coming to Homerton as Principal in 2013.
        • First book Statutes of Liberty: The New York School of Poets (1993: new edition, 2001) was succeeded by other books and articles including The Writing of America: Literature and Cultural Identity from the Puritans to the Present (Polity, 2002).
        • Has written and presented occasional broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 on American writers.
        • A Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Honorary Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford
        • Author of several collections of poetry, and most recently a novel, You’re Not Dead, first in a series called The Midnight Books.

        Membership by Year

        2016

        • Leszek Borysiewicz
        • Barbara Stocking
        • Adrian Dixon
        • Andrew Hill
        • Anne Thidemann
        • David Peace
        • Dominic Chan
        • Jane Cotton
        • Ian Mitchelson
        • John Pritchard
        • Kai Yuen Wong
        • Katie Derham
        • Ralph Smith
        • Richard Dearlove
        • Victoria Kimonides
        • Stephen England-Hall

        2015

        • Leszek Borysiewicz
        • Barbara Stocking
        • Adrian Dixon
        • Alan Mak
        • Andrew Hill
        • Anne Thidemann
        • David Peace
        • Dominic Chan
        • Jane Cotton
        • Ian Mitchelson
        • John Pritchard
        • Kai Yuen Wong
        • Katie Derham
        • Ralph Smith
        • Richard Dearlove
        • Victoria Kimonides
        • Stephen England-Hall

        2014

        • Leszek Borysiewicz
        • Barbara Stocking
        • Adrian Dixon
        • Alan Mak
        • Andrew Hill
        • Anne Thidemann
        • David Peace
        • Dominic Chan
        • Heinz Fuchs
        • Henri Winand
        • Ian Mitchelson
        • Jill Hockey
        • John Pritchard
        • Kai Yuen Wong
        • Katie Derham
        • Laurence Smy
        • Patrick Karney
        • Paul Judge
        • Penny Smith
        • Ralph Smith
        • Richard Dearlove
        • Victoria Kimonides

        2013

        • Leszek Borysiewicz
        • Alan Mak
        • Andrew Hill
        • Anne Thidemann
        • David Clouter 
        • David Peace
        • Dominic Chan
        • Emma Fletcher
        • Heinz Fuchs
        • Henri Winand
        • Ian Mitchelson
        • Jill Hockey
        • John Pritchard
        • John Simpson
        • Kai Yuen Wong
        • Katie Dereham
        • Laurence Smy
        • Patrick Karney
        • Paul Judge
        • Penny Smith
        • Ralph Smith
        • Richard Dearlove
        • Sarah Squire

        2012

        • Leszek Borysiewicz
        • Alan Mak
        • Anne Thidemann
        • David Clouter
        • David Peace
        • Emma Fletcher
        • Heinz Fuchs
        • Henri Winand
        • Ian Mitchelson
        • Jason Wall
        • Jill Hockey
        • John Pritchard
        • John Simpson
        • Kai Yuen Wong
        • Katharine Marshall
        • Laurence Smy
        • Mike Gregson
        • Patrick Karney
        • Paul Judge
        • Penny Smith
        • Sarah Squire
        • Stuart Laing

        2011

        • Leszek Borysiewicz
        • Alan Mak
        • David Clouter
        • Dina Medland
        • Edward Knowles
        • Emma Fletcher
        • Heinz Fuchs
        • Henri Winand
        • Jason Wall
        • Jill Hockey
        • John Pritchard
        • John Simpson
        • Jonathan Swaine
        • Katharine Marshall
        • Laurence Smy
        • Mike Gregson 
        • Paul Judge 
        • Penny Smith
        • Sarah Squire
        • Simon Singh
        • Stuart Laing

        2010

        • Alison Richard
        • Alan Mak
        • Dina Medland
        • Ed Stourton
        • Edward Knowles
        • Emma Fletcher
        • Heinz Fuchs
        • Henri Winand
        • Jason Wall
        • Jill Hockey
        • Jonathan Swaine
        • Katharine Marshall
        • Laurence Smy
        • Patricia Hodgson
        • Paul Judge
        • Penny Smith
        • Sandy Ross-Macdonald
        • Simon Singh
        • Stuart Laing
        • Sumant Dhamija

        2009

        • Alison Richard
        • Cameron Wilson
        • Dina Medland
        • Ed Stourton
        • Edward Knowles
        • Emma Fletcher
        • Heinz Fuchs
        • Jason Wall
        • Jill Hockey
        • Jonathan Swaine
        • Laurence Smy
        • Patricia Hodgson
        • Paul Judge
        • Penny Smith
        • Peter Richards
        • Sandy Ross-Macdonald
        • Simon Singh
        • Stuart Laing
        • Sumant Dhamija