The Alumni Association
The Alumni Association represents members of the University of Bristol.
The Alumni Association comprises a diverse community of 160,000 people.
The purpose of the Alumni Association is to build an engaged and supportive alumni community by promoting dynamic, diverse and mutually supportive relationships between alumni, the University, and prospective and current students.
Core statutory power of the Alumni Association
The Alumni Association has the power to ‘comment upon the development and policy of the University, through the Alumni Association Representatives on Court and the annual Alumni Forum, and otherwise contribute to building an engaged and supportive alumni community’.
Alumni Association Committee
The Alumni Association Committee plays a key role in delivering the Alumni Association’s mission to build an engaged and supportive alumni community by working in partnership with alumni, the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) and the wider University.
Committee members provide expert advice, strategic insight and specialist contributions, and act as advocates of the alumni community and for the University. The Chair of the Alumni Association is an elected position who also acts as Chair of the Alumni Association Committee.
Alumni Association Committee responsibilities
- Raise awareness and visibility of alumni networks and the University by advocating for and championing the alumni community.
- Help support and develop the University’s Alumni Engagement Strategy through the provision of strategic and specialist advice.
- Contribute to the design, content and delivery of the annual Alumni Forum and Alumni Association Student Awards or similar, support events and engagement activity through participation as prominent hosts, champions and ambassadors.
- Direct and approve the use of Alumni Association funds on an annual basis in accordance with the purpose of the Alumni Association.
Alumni Association Committee (Alumni Members)
Jonathan Phillips (BSc 1994), Chair
I obtained BSc in Geology 1994. I am the Co-Founder of Lithos Partners, a UK-based digital consultancy, specialising in digital communications, digital workplace and digital employee experience initiatives. We are globally recognised leader in digital, advising the world’s most recognised brands including Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Shell. I am a Communications Advisor to the UK Government, a regular keynote speaker, experienced Non-Executive Director. I was formerly Chair of the Rainbow Centre for Children and the University of Bristol Students’ Union; and a member of the University of Bristol Court and the Royal Institution.
Max Austin (BA 2015)
I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015 with a BA in History, and a previous Sabbatical Officer at Bristol Students’ Union. I have seen first-hand the transformative role Alumni play in the lives of Bristol students and the wider University. The Alumni Association Committee is at the heart of maximising this impact, here to ensure that every graduate has access to a meaningful, relevant and accessible network for life. This new, ambitious mission requires us all to work together in exciting new ways and to be part of its inception and delivery is, for me, an immense privilege.
Lee Doyle (BSc 1993)
I obtained BSc in Economics and Politics in 1993 before converting to Law and qualified as a lawyer in 1998 and I am now a Partner at Ashurst LLP. I applied to be on the committee as a proud Bristol Alumni bringing the experience gained from a senior member of a Global law firm to support the committee on what is an increasingly global academic and business world. I think all people benefit from a strong supportive network and the Bristol Alumni network has great potential in its ability to support each other and those new to the University.
Adrian Gostick (BSc 1989)
I graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Geology in 1989. After University I pursued a career in finance and financial technology that provided the opportunity to live in work in many countries across Europe and Asia. I have joined the Alumni Association Committee with a particular interest in helping connect the University of Bristol alumni, students and potential students across the UK and Asia, in order to raise the profile of the University in Asia, and to link students with opportunities in the region. I currently live and work in Hong Kong, but take every opportunity available to visit Bristol, where one of my sons is currently studying.
Hillary Gyebi-Ababio (BSc, 2019)
I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2019 with a BSc in Social Policy and was the Undergraduate Education Officer at Bristol Students' Union (2019-20). I am currently the Vice President (Higher Education) at the National Union of Students, where I am part of a team representing 7 million students across the UK working on campaigns such as decolonisation, creating a new vision for education and wider campaigns to improve the lives of students. As part of the Alumni Committee, it has been and remains a priority for me to connect students with alumni, especially those from minoritised backgrounds. The vision and purpose of this committee is inspiring to me as it plays a big part in ensuring that the University of Bristol is a place that welcomes, supports, and enables all that pass through it to thrive. I am particularly keen to see the Alumni Committee play a key part in the University's work on race and confronting the systemic injustices that impact current students and Alumni at the University.
Natasha Guerra (BSc Physics 2009)
Graduating from Bristol University with a physics degree in 2009, created the foundation of the work ethic and passion for collaboration that I now channel into my business. I’m the CEO and Founder of Runway East, a flexible office space provider for startups, and Chair of the ICE List, a global community of the most exciting entrepreneurs. Runway East houses over 200 companies including the likes of ClassPass, Settled and YellowDog and our startups have raised over £580million in funding to date. My core interests lie in nurturing high-growth startups and building collaborative tech communities, one of those communities being in Bristol where we have two Runway East sites. I feel honoured to be part of the Alumni Association committee in this great city of an exceptional talent pool and a thriving tech landscape.
Suwei Jiang (MBA 1997)
I studied MBA in International Business in 1996-97 and benefited hugely from the deep expertise of the faculty and diverse nature of the student body. I am now a partner at PwC leading our China Business Group based in London. I am an advisory board member for the Confucius Institute for Business at LSE, and an ambassador for the Women in Finance network in China launched by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Lastly, I also mentor at the 30% club, a cross-company senior female leadership development platform. I am very excited to join the Alumni Association Committee and look forward to leveraging my years of experience and expertise with the China market to support the University relationship in this market and its engagement with the Chinese Alumni.
Izzy Obeng (Bsc Politics 2014)
I graduated in 2014 with a BSc in Politics. As founding director of Foundervine, I lead a training consultancy that provides founders with access to training, mentoring and funding opportunities. Since 2018, 2,000 young people have been skilled by Foundervine programmes, $230,000+ raised with 62% female participation. I am an experienced public speaker and have helped people grow at global brands such as Just Eat, Facebook, PwC, Google, AirBnB and more. I sit as a Non-Executive Director for Capital Enterprise, a body that has raised £814.7m for UK startups and I was formerly a trustee for Parkrun. I have been featured in the BBC, The Telegraph, The Times, TEDx and in 2019 was named by Tech Nation as one of the 50 most influential black voices in UK tech. I lived in Bristol for several years after graduating and I’m proud to be part of the Alumni Committee to support alumni to stay connected, support each other and give back.
Matt Stringer (BA 1989)
I graduated with a BA in History in 1989. After graduating I have spent 30 years working in Retail and Retail Consulting before moving recently to become a national charity CEO. Having contributed to the University of Bristol for many years as a Pioneer and through support for UBRFC, it was a natural step to volunteer to join the Alumni Council. Being a member of the Alumni Association committee will be a real privilege and honour to serve.
Membership of the Alumni Association Committee
The Alumni Association Committee comprises up to a maximum of fourteen members:
- The Chair of the Alumni Association Committee, who will also act as Chair of the Alumni Association (ex officio)
- If the Alumni Association Trustee is not the Chair then he or she will be a member (ex officio)
- A senior member of University staff
- One member elected by the members of the Alumni Association
- At least one member of the Alumni Association who was an international student and is now internationally based
- At least one member of the Alumni Association who is based in the Bristol region
- At least one member of the Alumni Association who graduated within the previous five years (at the time of appointment)
- Director of Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) (ex officio)
- Deputy Director of the Development and Alumni Relations Office, with responsibility for Alumni Relations within DARO (ex officio)
- A Sabbatical Officer of Bristol Students’ Union as determined on an annual basis in liaison with the Students’ Union
- Further members of the Alumni Association up to a total membership of fourteen
Due consideration will be given to diversity in the process of appointing members to the Committee. Roles (5 to 7 and 11) are nominated Committee members, with their appointments informed primarily by the needs of the Alumni Association in its interface with the University’s alumni engagement strategy, and the possession of skills and experience necessary to further the wider objectives and priorities of the Association. Roles (3, 8 and 9 above) are ex officio and the terms of office is not applied to these positions.
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