Meet the Faculty
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.
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.
Mehrnoosh Rayner is Head of Alumni Relations at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) - an intergovernmental institute located across six sites in Europe, and supported by more than 25 countries including the UK. She has developed and grown EMBL Alumni Relations from a project to a programme that plays a central, strategic role in the delivery of EMBL’s mission to support life sciences in Europe and beyond. She has also helped newer life science institutes establish their own Alumni Relations programmes - an area she is eager to grow through collaborations.
Mehrnoosh has worked in higher education for over 25 years, managing stakeholder relations, conferences, events, publications and data.
Prior to joining EMBL, Mehrnoosh worked at the University of Edinburgh, where she graduated with an MA Honours degree and was later awarded a PhD.
Anita’s 19 year career in advancement began at the University of Aberdeen as a student caller. Upon graduating, Anita joined the Development team at Aberdeen during their £150 million Capital Campaign, with responsibility for the regular giving programme. In 2010 Anita left her role as Head of Annual Giving and joined the University of Salford as Alumni Relations and Regular Giving Manager, where she was responsible for implementing the alumni relations strategy and also moving the telephone campaign in-house. In January 2014 Anita joined the University of Liverpool as Head of Alumni and Supporter Relations, before being promoted in 2019 to her current role of Associate Director of Alumni Engagement & Regular Giving leading the alumni engagement and regular giving strategy for the University's 222,000 global alumni community.
Ross Munnelly was appointed the first Director of Alumni Relations at Dublin City University (DCU) in July 2017.
Over a 12 year period, Ross has worked in a number of roles at the university including Student Recruitment, the Careers Service and Head of Sports Development. He now manages the domestic and international engagement programme for over 84,000 Alumni worldwide.
He is a three time graduate of DCU, some of his qualifications include an MSc in Education and Training (e-Learning) and Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling.
Under his leadership, the Alumni Office won the prestigious IITD National Training Award for Excellence in Coaching and Mentorship for the DCU Structured Mentorship Programme.
Ross is currently in the second and final year of study on the Executive MBA programme at DCU.