Oxford University Alumni Board

The Oxford Alumni Board provides strategic advice and guidance to the University to further alumni engagement. Working with all parts of the collegiate University, the Board strengthens the global alumni community by clarifying resources and helping alumni to realise their potential as University citizens, contributing as advocates, ambassadors, local volunteers, mentors and donors.

The Board is comprised of 20 alumni volunteers and representatives of the University and meets termly. In addition, working groups carry forward specific projects that enhance alumni engagement and work collaboratively with Oxford’s global network of alumni groups. Board members share their skills and expertise to shape and drive initiatives forward and communicate the University’s priorities through their personal and professional circles.

If you’d like to contact the Board, please address your email to: alumniboard@alumni.ox.ac.uk.

Board Members

James DancerMr James Dancer (Chair), Keble College

James is a former diplomat, strategy consultant and corporate financier. He read PPE at Keble in the mid-1990s, where he was also a keen rower. Since Oxford, he has advised on strategic challenges with McKinsey & Co, the Foreign Office, UBS Warburg, as chief executive of a partnership of former ambassadors, and now with Hakluyt & Company. Having lived in London, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney and Belgrade, he and his family are now happily settled in Berkshire.

Self-nominated and appointed in 2016; first term up in 2020

Ms Judith Tew (Deputy Chair), Lady Margaret Hall

Judith graduated in Mathematics from LMH and has broad financial and commercial experience from a variety of leadership roles.

She qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PwC) in London and subsequently pursued a career in Finance with HSBC UK where she was Group Chief Accountant and subsequently Group Financial Controller. She spent over 15 years working in the insurance industry, working at AXA PPP healthcare where she was Risk and Compliance Director and subsequently Strategic Development and Change Director,  responsible for leading change programmes and corporate acquisition and disposal activity. In addition to her commercial roles at AXA, Judith was mentor to the graduate scheme.

Judith main interests are in music, theatre and education. She is a governor of a Kent grammar school, director of a Kent theatre and trustee of an Oxfordshire opera festival.

Self-nominated and appointed in 2018; first term up in 2021

Ms Maureen O'Neill (Treasurer), Director of Development, Faculty of Law

In 2004, Maureen became Oxford’s first departmental fundraiser as the Director of Development for the Law Faculty.  Prior to this, Maureen held a variety of positions including a lecturer in humanities at Franklin Institute of Boston, a legal researcher on a state-wide legal needs study for the State of Massachusetts, and Director of Development at both Earthwatch , an organisation that funds scientific field research throughout the world, and The Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Appointed in consultation with the Chair of Conference of Colleges; first term up in 2021

Ms Emma Ahmad-Neale, Lady Margaret Hall

Emma now works in the investments team at innovations charity Nesta. Emma has a background in the research and evaluation of social programmes, for example looking at children’s and youth services; the financial inclusion, employment and social integration of those hardest to reach. She began her career at university of east London and went on to work for a range of charities and public sector organisations. She studied PPE at Lady Margaret Hall from 94.

Self-nominated and appointed in 2018; first term up in 2021

Baroness Jay - Copyright House of LordsRt Hon Baroness Margaret Jay of Paddington (Mrs Margaret Adler), Somerville College

Margaret Jay’s career has combined experience at a senior level in Government public life, the media and business. She has also worked in the voluntary sector as founder director of The National Aids Trust and as a trustee and patron of several UK non government organisations and charities.

After graduating from Oxford in Politics, Philosophy and Economics she joined the BBC and began a twenty year career in broadcasting. She was primarily involved as a producer and journalist in news and current affairs, including as the first woman on screen correspondent for the flagship ‘Panorama’ programme. During this period she was a member of successive NHS health authorities in London and involved in local committees on health research and development.

In 1988 she was appointed as the first director of the National Aids Trust set up to monitor and develop care and information about this new threat to public health. Four years later she was appointed as a ‘working peer’ to the House of Lords by the Labour Party and held Opposition front bench posts during the 1990’s. At the same time she joined the Board of the London Broadcasting Company, and later of Carlton Television and Scottish Power. She was also on the Advisory Board of the Meteorological Office and chaired the Shopping Hours Reform Council which successfully lobbied to change the law on Sunday trading in 1994.

Following the Labour Party election victory in 1997 Margaret Jay was appointed to Tony Blair’s Government. She first became a Minister of State in the Department of Health, and the following year was appointed to the Cabinet as Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Privy Seal and Minister for Women. In 2001 she voluntarily stepped down from the Cabinet posts but remains active as a “back bench” Privy Councillor in the House of Lords.

Since 2001 she has extended her business interests as a non executive director of British Telecom and The Independent News and Media Company. She served as the senior independent director of INM – retired 2012. She has also acted as a political consultant, and as chair of the independent research organisation The Overseas Development Institute.

In 2007 she served as co chair of the Iraq Commission set up by the Foreign Policy Centre and Channel 4 Television to review the UK’s policy in Iraq.

In 2008 she served as a member of the Cross Party Commission on links between Local Government and the National Health Service.

In 2011 – 2014, she chaired the Select Committee on the Constitution, House of Lords. In 2014, she joined the Extradition Committee, House of Lords. In 2015, she joined the Communications Committee, House of Lords.

Her primary interests remain health, communications, international affairs and overseas development.

Self-nominated and appointed in 2016; first term up in 2020

Jonathan BlackMr Jonathan Black, Director of Careers Service

Jonathan has been director of the University of Oxford Careers Service since 2008. Prior to this he held a number of senior commercial roles at Booz & Co, Harcourt Brace, and Times Mirror and was co-founder of an internet start-up successfully sold to Elsevier.

Jonathan is a Professorial Fellow and Tutor for Welfare at New College, is Chair of Oxford Hub, and writes the regular ‘Dear Jonathan’ careers column in the Financial Times.

Co-opted in 2012

Dr Lennart Brand, St John’s College

Lennart is Managing Director of the Leadership Excellence Institute of Zeppelin University, Lake Constance. Before his current position, he held a variety of managerial responsibilities in academia, focusing on technology transfer, entrepreneurship, development, and international strategy. Lennart started his career in the industry before taking up his D.Phil. in Modern Languages at Oxford (St. John’s) in 2004. He lives in Überlingen, Germany, with his wife and daughter.

Self-nominated and appointed in 2018; first term up in 2021

Mr Christian Brodie, Magdalen College

Following an executive career in corporate finance law and banking, Christian Brodie took on a number of Chair roles in Higher Education, including the University of Sussex, the Council of UCAS and the Student Loans Company. He is now Chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership which is involved in regional development and Chair (Elect) of the Wates Foundation, his family’s charitable foundation, which has donated to charitable causes mainly in London and the South.

Nick BrownDr Nick Brown, Linacre College

Nick Brown is Principal of Linacre College where he was also a doctoral student from 1986-90. He is a plant ecologist with over twenty years’ experience in research, teaching and consultancy. His research has focussed on the impacts of major disturbance events on forests and the factors influencing their recovery. He has worked on logging impacts in Borneo and the Amazon and helped develop forest restoration and conservation strategies in the UK and the Caribbean. He is a Chairman trustee of the Tertiary Education Trust for Africa, a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner and a Trustee of the Sylva Foundation, a UK Charity set up to foster sustainable forest management. Nick chairs Oxford University’s Buildings and Estates Committee responsible for the construction, management and maintenance of university buildings and land.

Nominated by Council in 2016 and second term up in 2020

Mr Luís Gomes, St Anne’s College

Luís’ career in marketing spans London and Sydney and includes roles at Facebook, Essence (WPP), and Universal Music. In London he works with clients including Google, advising on their global marketing and paid media strategies. In Sydney, he oversaw recording artists’ marketing campaigns and led partnerships between Universal Music, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney Opera House, and leading Australian media outlets. Luís brings expertise in brand marketing, digital advertising, and consultancy to the board’s mission.

Prof Angus Hawkins, Director of Public and International Programmes, Dept. for Continuing Education

Angus Hawkins is Professor of Modern British History, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of Keble College. His publications and research are on political and constitutional aspects of British politics in the 19th and 20th century. As Director of Public and International Programmes, in the Oxford Department for Continuing Education, he oversees alumni programmes held at Oxford for Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago, Duke University and other overseas institutions.

Appointed in consultation with the Chair of Conference of Colleges; first term up in 2021

Miss Laura Hill, St Catherine’s College

Laura read History of Art at St Catherine's before establishing a career in External Affairs and Alumni Relations. She has worked in the private and higher education sectors, creating strategies and delivering campaigns to engage alumni across the globe. She currently works at the University of Liverpool Management School, facilitating mentoring support and professional development, in addition to developing networks in China.

She is a governor at Holly Lodge Girls College in Liverpool, and a volunteer at the Heritage Lottery Fund, advising on the development of youth projects for Curious Minds and English Heritage.

Laura has previously sat on the South and East Museums Federation Committee, acted as Regional Secretary for the Thames Valley Region of the Institute for Development Professionals in Education, and presented at the Chartered Association of Business Schools Professional Managers’ Annual Conference.

She lives in Manchester with her partner, also a Catz alumnus.

Self-nominated and appointed in 2018; first term up in 2021

Mr Marco Janezic, St Edmund Hall

Marco Janezic is Founding Partner of BlueRibbon Partners, a company builder focusing on the (digital) life sciences.  He is a multiple entrepreneur, investor and advisor with a track record in tech, digital media and impact investing. Prior to this he worked in investment banking and management consulting.  He holds an M.A. in Physics and Philosophy of the University of Oxford. In his spare time he enjoys life music, reading and running the family vineyard. 

Mr James Khan, Kellogg College

James lives and breathes technology. He is a highly experienced business technologist and leader with twenty-four years of achievements spanning all aspects of enterprise IT strategy, digital and technology transformation, enterprise & solution architecture, software engineering & delivery, global teams management, and information & cyber security. His recent roles include Global Architecture Lead - UBS Investment Bank Research, Head of Credit Architecture - AIB Banking Group, and Head of Software Development & Information Security - Sustainware (start-up). James read Software & Systems Security at Kellogg (2014). He is Oxford10 President and Oxford Entrepreneurs Network - Executive Committee member. James lives in London with his wife, baby daughter, and a cat named Chloe.

Co-opted in 2019

Chris LoweMr Chris Lowe, Brasenose College

After PPE and a Cert Ed, I joined the BBC for a career as a news reporter and presenter. After retirement, I became a magistrate, a school governor, and a board member of Middlesex County Cricket Club. I have kept in close touch with BNC and organised several reunions. I am enormously proud of being an Oxford graduate and of being able to share that pride and passion with alumni more widely.  

Nominated by the Board in 2013 and second term up in 2021

Mr Kwabena Osei-Boateng, Mansfield College

Kwabena is the Managing Director of IC Securities Holdings Limited, an Africa-focused investment banking and securities dealing firm. He has several years’ experience in investment banking and management consulting across several geographic markets. Across Africa, Kwabena has advised several companies in various countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Congo and South Africa. Prior to re-joining IC Securities Kwabena worked as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company. Before that, Kwabena worked for JP Morgan and then for LongAcre Partners (now a part of Jefferies & Company). Kwabena is also the Chairman of IC Asset Managers (Ghana) Limited, one of Ghana’s largest pension fund managers. He holds an MEng (Hons) degree in Engineering, Economics, and Management from the University of Oxford, where he received a scholarship for academic excellence, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he received first-year honours. Kwabena is also a Fellow of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship Programme.

Self-nominated and appointed in 2018; first term up in 2021

CPluchinoMs Corinne Pluchino, Christ Church

Corinne read PPE at Christ Church before beginning her career in communications, campaigning and income generation and more recently corporate strategy and organisational change. She has worked in the commercial and charitable sectors and is currently Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). Corinne has a lifelong love of the natural world and has an MSc in Environment, Politics and Society from UCL. She is a Trustee of CPRE, the countryside charity, and a former Chief Executive of Campaign for National Parks.

Self-nominated and appointed in 2016; first term up in 2020

Amanda PullingerMs Amanda Pullinger, Brasenose College

Amanda is the CEO of 100WF, an organization of 17,000 members in 26 locations that is focused on empowering women in the finance industry and inspiring the next generation. She leads a staff team and oversees 500 volunteer practitioners globally. Amanda serves on the following: HALO Trust (USA) Board; American Friends of The National Portrait Gallery (London) Foundation Board; Director, Oxford University Alumni Board; President; Brasenose Society; Vice Chair, WNF; Chair and Non-Executive Director of the Board, FlyPlymouth.

Self-nominated and appointed in 2016; first term up in 2020

Ms Chantal Sathi, Wycliffe Hall

Chantal is an innovator and pioneer in the fields of international development and sport. She is currently constructing The Sports Restorative Justice Charter for the Commonwealth Games Federation in London. This charter provides solutions for future policy-making processes towards peaceful and sustainable development for the 72 member countries of the Commonwealth. Chantal is from Toronto and her hobbies include teaching classical piano; being a personal trainer; and flying glider planes in the French Alps.

Mrs Paula Skokowski, St Edmund Hall

Paula Skokowski has spent her career at the very forefront of technology, building companies from zero to late-stage growth in Robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), Voice Recognition, Mobile, and most recently Information Security. She has held executive leadership roles at a series of venture-backed companies, and currently is Chief Marketing Officer for Yubico.

Paula grew up in England, attending Chatham Grammar School for Girls, and was one of the first two women engineers to study at St Edmund Hall. After graduation she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to begin her career and went on to study at UC Berkeley, receiving an MS in Engineering, specializing in Robotics.

Paula is an active member of the Oxford entrepreneurial community in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is co-founder and fund manager of the Oxford Angel Fund, that invests in companies founded by Oxford entrepreneurs, providing seed funding and mentoring to assist entrepreneurs in growing their businesses.

Self-nominated and appointed in 2018; first term up in 2021

Alumni Board Standing Orders

Alumni Board Standing Orders

Purpose: The Society’s purpose is as set out in University Regulations:

“The Oxford University Society (“the Society”) shall be an organisation within the University under Council for bringing together alumni of the University and encouraging and co-ordinating their support for the collegiate University, other than that concerned with fundraising. It serves as the focus for alumni relations and activities on behalf of the University.”

These orders were updated, 16 January 2018.

1.  The Oxford University Alumni Board. The composition and purpose of the Board are set out in University Regulations. The Chancellor may attend any of its meetings.

2.  Appointments to the Board. In accordance with Regulations, in addition to its powers to co-opt one member, the Board may appoint fourteen members in two categories:

a.  up to nine members of the alumni community, appointed by the Board;

b.  no fewer than five self-nominated members of the alumni community. The procedure for such appointments shall be as follows:

i.  Nominations shall be invited through the monthly electronic newsletter, the Alumni Website, via alumni groups, and through any other means deemed appropriate by the Board.

ii.  Self-nominations must be seconded by someone other than the candidate. They must be submitted on an official nomination form to be downloaded from the alumni website or obtained by writing to the Director of Alumni Relations. Nominated candidates shall submit a supporting statement of no more than 200 words.

iii.  The Board’s Nominations Committee shall review all nominations and make recommendations to the Board based on the nominees’ skills and levels of involvement. The Board shall then appoint the most appropriate nominees, taking account of their levels of involvement with the alumni community and the needs of the Board.

3.  Sub-Committees. The Chair may constitute sub-committees to assist in the management of Board business. Decisions by such sub committees shall be subject to ratification by the full Board.

4.  Events and Services. Events and services organised for alumni shall normally be arranged and provided by the University Alumni Office, with guidance and, where appropriate, financial support from the Board. Where possible, these shall include an annual reunion for alumni at Oxford and/or other major centres.

5.  The Alumni Group Network. The University Alumni Office authorises and supports a network of alumni groups world-wide, providing a local focus for alumni activities. These shall be deemed local representatives of the alumni community and the Board shall advise on support and encouragement for their volunteer committees.

6.  Board Business.  

a.  The Board shall usually meet in January, May and September each year. The Chair may convene other meetings as required. The agenda for meetings shall be set by the Chair in consultation with the Director of Alumni Relations, the Treasurer and the Vice-Chair, having invited suggestions from other Board members.

b.  The Director of Alumni Relations will nominate a member of the Alumni Office to act as secretary to the Board and to maintain records of Board appointments.

7.  Alumni Relations Strategy. In exercising its responsibility under University Regulations to “advise the University on matters pertaining to alumni relations”, the Board shall annually invite the Director of Alumni Relations to make a presentation on alumni relations strategy and planned activities, normally at the May Board meeting. The Board shall offer comment or advice as appropriate and may on occasion report its views to the Vice-Chancellor, through the Pro-Vice- Chancellor (Development and External Affairs).

8. Membership of the Alumni Community and Alumni status. The Board shall advise the Committee for Development and Alumni Relations on the categories of individuals who shall be treated as members of the Alumni Community, or as having Alumni versus Associate status. These categories are listed in the schedule to these Standing Orders.

9.  Financial Governance. The Board shall meet annually, normally at its January meeting, to approve accounts for the previous year and agree a budget for the use of the funds at its disposal in the forthcoming year. 

Honorary Vice-Presidents

Sultan Ghalib al-Qu'aiti
The Rt Hon Lord Butler of Brockwell
Dr Gun Nidhi Dalmia
Sir John Kerr
Sir Colin Lucas
Baroness O’Neill of Bengrave