Conferences & Training
Alumni Relations Institute 2019 - Speakers

Co- Chairs

Christine Fairchild
Director of Alumni Relations
University of Oxford

Christine Fairchild was appointed Oxford University's Director of Alumni Relations in March 2011. At Oxford, the Office of Alumni Relations supports links between alumni of the collegiate University and Oxford through a dynamic offering of events, resources and engagement vehicles. The University has more than 250,000 known alumni, including over 44,000 in 188 countries outside the UK.

Prior to coming to Oxford, Ms Fairchild worked in various capacities at the Harvard Business School; namely, Director of Alumni Relations and, most recently, Executive Director of External Relations where she oversaw development, alumni relations, and alumni communications. Before arriving at HBS, she worked at the Harvard Art Museums for ten years in the areas of membership, development, special events and public education. She was educated at Connecticut College in the US where she graduated with a BA in Asian Studies. She has volunteered for Hospice of Cambridge, Mount Auburn Hospital, Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic, Learning by Design, Concord Academy and Connecticut College and currently serves on the boards of Oxford Limited and Malvern College. She is a Hugh Price Fellow at Jesus College and a Senior Associate of Somerville College.

Phil Steel

Phil Steel
Head of Alumni Engagement
University of Leeds

Phil Steel has held Senior Alumni and Fundraising roles at the University of Leeds since 2007. Following roles in Marketing and Communications, Phil joined the University as its first Head of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, where he co-ordinated an expansion in the alumni engagement, communications and events programme, developed the University's first Alumni Strategy, and oversaw the development of the Alumni Annual Fund, creating a new Footsteps Fund brand, increasing annual income and donor numbers, and implementing a fundraising propensity-indicator system. Since 2015 Phil has been Head of Alumni Engagement, where his current priorities are: leading the development and implementation of a Supporter Volunteering Programme, implementing a new Alumni Communications Strategy, and refreshing an Alumni Relations Programme to a contact base that now numbers 240,000 alumni in more than 160 countries worldwide.


Aba Quartey
Alumni Relations Manager
Chevening Secretariat (Association of Commonwealth Universities)

Aba Quartey joined the Chevening Secretariat in June 2014. She leads a small team in London which covers the global aspects of the Chevening alumni programme, and which simultaneously supports local activities carried out in over 150 countries
Chevening is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)'s flagship international awards programme. The Association of Commonwealth Universities, through the Chevening Secretariat, has administered the programme on behalf of the FCO since 2012. Chevening awardees are selected for their capacity to be future leaders and influencers.
Aba's role has been to create a centralised alumni offering for Chevening, while supporting the local alumni engagement activities of colleagues overseas through new processes and systems.
Prior to Chevening, Aba worked at international development charity VSO in the Alumni and Resettlement team as the main contact for VSO's alumni, developing a career in the voluntary sector after a first career in private practice law.

Molly Southwood

Molly Southwood
Deputy Director & Head of Alumni Engagement, Development & Alumni Relations
University of Bath

Molly Southwood has over ten years' experience in the sector. Since 2009 she has headed the engagement team at the University of Bath, with a remit which currently includes communications, events, volunteering, regular giving and development services. In 2015 she oversaw the successful re-launch of the ‘Bath Connection' e-networking platform and also leads on the University's Gold Scholarship Alumni Mentor Programme. Her team delivers around 90 events each year and manages a network of around 2,000 volunteers, in the UK and around the world.

Molly received a BA from Skidmore College in the USA and an MA from the University of Warwick. She is a member of the British Council's Alumni Advisory Group. Twitter: @mollysouthwood


Amy Webb
Head of Alumni Relations
King’s College London

Amy Webb is currently Head of Alumni Relations for King's College London. She leads a team of 12 to engage the alumni community to make a positive and lasting impact on King's strategic goals and its vision to make the world a better place.

Amy has over ten years of experience in the sector, having previously worked in major gift and campaign events. She became Head of Alumni Relations in 2015, after developing the alumni volunteering and mentoring programmes and then expanding King's international alumni engagement strategy.

King's Alumni Relations Team design and manage a comprehensive programme of volunteering opportunities, mentoring programmes, global events and benefits for an alumni community of 250,000 based in over 180 countries.

Prior to joining King's, Amy worked in community volunteering and outreach for The Masters School in New York and remains passionate about the incredible impact alumni can have on an institution and in the wider world.

David Williams
Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
University College Cork

David Williams heads up alumni relations and annual giving for University College Cork. A former broadsheet journalist with expertise in stakeholder engagement, communications, fundraising campaigns, graduate employability, the global postgraduate and business education markets, and articulating and disseminating research.

Guest Speakers

Yashraj Jain
Research Manager
CASE Europe

Passionate about all things research, Yash has a creative right-brain brimming with ideas combined with a rare analytical left-brain full of numbers. Currently he is Research Manager at CASE Europe where he successfully managed to bring the Ross-CASE Survey in-house and is responsible for delivering CASE Europe's research and benchmarking products, resources and services to the educational advancement community. Past work includes research projects for University of Westminster, Westminster Business Consultants, DMA UK, ETOA and the V&A.

Pete Jenkins

Pete Jenkins is an international speaker, adviser and trainer in Gamification. Pete took the number one spot on the "Gamification Gurus Power 100" in February 2016.
Pete founded his company GAMIFICATION+ LTD in 2000. He has since advised and trained companies of all sizes, both in the UK and internationally, on the use of Gamification. Gamification+ won the Board of Trade Award from the Department of International Trade in January 2019.
Pete is Chair of GamFed (the International Gamification Confederation). At GamFed he helps spread the use of gamification best practices to benefit as many people and businesses as possible.
Pete is in his 10th year as Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Brighton. He lectures on gamification and entrepreneurship at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
Pete is Chair and Organiser of Gamification Europe, an annual conference for Gamification practitioners. The next conference is in November 2019 in Berlin.
Pete is also Practice Director, Gamification at Intelestream Inc. in Chicago, USA. A strategic advisory company in the CRM space. Intelestream Inc. is a Chicago based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) product development and consulting firm and recently launched Splash a gamified onboarding and goal setting app for SugarCRM.
Over the past 18 years Pete has built and sold two businesses. One was in security software and the more recent one was a telecoms and internet connectivity business. He is also an Ambassador for Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce.
Gamification+ have been awarded the Board of Trade Award 2018.