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. Three working groups and a Steering Committee support the Advisory Board. The Communications Working Group specifically advises on alumni, supporter and donor communications. The Networks Working Group offers guidance on the network of volunteer-led Alumni Groups.  The Volunteers Working Group offers guidance to Development and Alumni Relations on developing an appropriate strategy for defining, managing, tracking and communicating to volunteers across Collegiate Cambridge. 

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. It's 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.”

Dame Barbara Stocking (Murray Edwards (New Hall) 1969), President of Murray Edwards College and Alumni Advisory Board Deputy Chair

"I wear two hats on the AAB.  First of all, as an alumna of New Hall (1969) and also as the College’s (now Murray Edwards) President, I am a representative of the Colleges’ Heads of House. Cambridge made an enormous difference to my life, setting me off with a sense that the world was “my oyster”. I am back to do my part to ensure that today’s outstanding young people also have high aspirations and want to make a difference in the world.  

"The interest and support of alumni is so important to the Colleges and wider University and of course the alumni networks and informal contacts can be important to each of us; personally wherever we are across the world. Through AAB I hope we can make the two-way flow between the alumni of the Collegiate University helpful to the University and rewarding for the alumni."

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
  • Founder and CEO of Piper Pritchard Associates, 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 $1million 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
Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Wolfson, Honorary Fellow

  • Installed as the 345th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge on 1 October 2010
  • Ex-Officio Chair, Alumni Advisory Board
  • Chief Executive of the UK's Medical Research Council (2007-2010)
  • Principal of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London between 2001 and 2007. He then became Deputy Rector, responsible for the overall academic and scientific direction of the institution. He led the development of inter-disciplinary research between engineering, physical sciences and biomedicine
  • Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Cambridge, 1988-1990
  • Founding Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1996 and a member of its Council from 1997 until 2002
  • Made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008
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Dame Barbara Stocking

New Hall 1969, Natural Sciences

  • Deputy Chair, Alumni Advisory Board 
  • President and Fellow of Murray Edwards College (July 2013)
  • Jan-July 2015 - Chair of the Independent Panel assessing WHO's response to the Ebola outbreak
  • Former Chief Executive of Oxfam (2001-2013). Led Oxfam's response to numerous humanitarian crises, including the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. She increased the charity's campaigning and development work
  • Regional Director of the NHS (1993-2001)
  • Former member of Cambridge Judge Business School Advisory Board
  • Non-Executive Director, Cabinet Office Board, UK Government
  • Received a Damehood in 2008 for services to humanitarian work
Margaret L Campbell

Margaret L Campbell

Newnham 1966, Modern and Medieval Languages

  • 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.
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Prof. Dominic Chan

Trinity 1988, Electrical and Information Sciences; PhD in Digital Signal Processing

  • Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
    - Associate Director, EMBA Program
    - Associate Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship, Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics
    - Project Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Executive Committee Member of the Friends of Cambridge University in Hong Kong, which runs the Prince Philip Scholarship, mentoring programmes and alumni events
  • Founder and Chief Consultant of Decisive Consulting Ltd
  • Co-founder and Partner of Dark Horse Investment Limited
  • Executive Committee Member, the Friends of British Council in Hong Kong
  • Author of "My Cambridge Days" and "Dream Journey for Two", both published in Chinese
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Jane Cotton

Girton 1976, Geography

  • Chair, Volunteers Working Group
  • Non-Executive board member, Canal and River Trust; World Wildlife Foundation UK and Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
  •  Deputy Chief Executive and HR Director of Oxfam; focussed on developing Oxfam’s staff and volunteers to be both passionate and professional (1999 - 2014)
  • HR Director of Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (1997 - 1999); Change Director Department of Transport (1996)
  • Director of Resources, Charity Commission (1993 -1996) 
  • Served in a range of HR, Transport and Environment policy roles in UK Government, between 1979 and 1992
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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
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    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.
    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)
    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

    • Currently leads the Advanced Analytics Centre of Excellence for Tata Motors (India Business)
    • Guest Faculty Member at MISB (SDA Bocconi's offshore campus) and Jigsaw Academy's Executive Programme in Business Analytics and Big Data
    • Former Treasurer at the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Bangalore (2006-2007) and on the Management Committee (2004-2007, 2009-2010)
    • Associated with Sahaara Charitable Society, an organisation working with prison inmates, juvenile homes and commercial sex workers
    Ian Mitchelson

    Ian Mitchelson CBE

    Downing, 1956, Geography

    • Some teaching but mainly educational management with local authorities and Ministry of Defence
    • Deputy County Education Officer for North Yorkshire County Council from 1985 until 1990
    • First Chief Executive of the Service Children's Schools (NW Europe), subsequently the Service Children's Education Worldwide, Defence Agency between 1991 and 1996
    • Founder Member and second Chair of the North Yorkshire Branch of the Cambridge Society
    • Regional Secretary (North East England) of the Cambridge Society between 2004 and 2008; liaison with North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Sheffield, York and Northumbria Societies
    • Member of the Executive Committee of the Cambridge Society in 2000
    • Cambridge Society, Executive Committee, 2000-commencement of run down  and evolution of Cambridge Society into University sponsored federation of local Cambridge Societies
    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
    david peace

    David Peace

    St Catharine's, 1966, Classics

    • Independent advisor providing performance coaching for executives, plus outplacement and career transition services for employers
    • Chairman, Cambridge Society of London; Former President and now Secretary of the St Catharine’s College Alumni Society
    • Former Chief Executive, Barristers' Chambers, Middle Temple, London
    • Former Director of Management Development, BAE Systems, and Head of Group Training & Development, Tarmac plc.
    • Former Principal, Royal Saudi Air Force College; trainer, oil concessions, Libyan Sahara; teacher, Blue Nile, Sudan
    • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts; Fellow, Royal Geographical Society; Member, British Psychological Society; Alumnus, City University (MBA); Alumnus, University of London (PGCE)
    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 Anne Thidemann

    Dr Anne Thidemann

    Emmanuel 1998, History of Art

    • Currently the Head of Major Gifts and Public Sector Funding at Tate
    • Have previously worked at Frieze, the Imperial War Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum
    • President of the Cambridge University Graduate Union (1999-2000)
    • Academic interests: the historical and contemporary art market, 19th and 20th century art and contemporary art
    • PhD in History of Art (Cambridge); on the emerging modern art market
    • BA in Comparative Literature (Copenhagen) and MPhil in Modern Languages (Cambridge)
    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
    kai-yuen wong board 2012

    Dr Kai-Yuen Wong

    Fitzwilliam 2002, Medicine

    • Chair, Networks Working Group
    • Specialist Registrar in Plastic Surgery, Oxford and Wessex Deanery
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Cambridge Overseas Society, and Royal Society for Public Health
    • Secretary and founding committee member of the global Anaesthesia, Surgery and Obstetric Collaboration
    • Regional Committee Head of the British Journal of Hospital Medicine
    • Founded the Cambridge University United Nations Association in 2006 and led the society to receive national recognition as “one of the most active branches” in the country. Involved students in the future of the UN, its Charter and its various agencies through organised campaigns, social events, academic trips, speaker meetings and written publications
    • Former Youth Campaigner and Young Envoy for the United Nations Children’s Fund.

    Membership by Year

    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 Kimonedes

    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