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alumni advisory board
pembroke college alumni board
the board consists of up to 16 members; including the chair who is appointed by the committee, 2 internal members from the college and up to 12 members of the alumni community and up to one co-opted member. terms are typically three years with an option to renew for another three. co-opted members serve for one year with the option to renew.
board meetings take place four times a year.
if you’d like to contact the board, please email andrew mitchell, alumni engagement officer.
steve atkinson (1973) ppe (chairman of the alumni advisory board)
following graduation, i worked in local government for 39 years, starting as a trainee in preston and ending with 12 years as the chief executive at hinckley and bosworth, which i led to an ‘excellent’ rating by the audit commission. for six months in 2015, i combined that role with that of interim director for the district councils’ network, representing all 201 district councils in england.
now (semi) retired, i am the independent chair of the derby and derbyshire safeguarding children partnership and of two health joint ventures in leicestershire. i have independent roles on the ethics committees of coventry city and birmingham city councils and undertake management consultancy from my own company.
i am married to jennifer and have two grown-up sons and five grandchildren.
vivienne artz (1987) philosophy and theology
What do you do with a degree in Philosophy & Theology? Today, I am the Chief Privacy Officer at Refinitiv and President of Women in Banking & Finance, and those studies and dialogues so many years ago are more relevant today than ever, as my role involves considering the impacts of artificial intelligence, ethics and data, culture, diversity & inclusion, governance and a whole host of “big questions”. I started that journey after Pembroke by taking up the mantle of the law, and joined a number of Pembroke colleagues on the law conversion course and qualification, and then to private practice in the City. I then moved to Citibank for 17 years, as an in-house lawyer, and broadening my role to include privacy advocacy, championing gender equality and the ethics of innovation. Being “grounded” with Covid-19 has given me the opportunity to spend more time with my family, pets, in the garden and to take up more regular running again. I am delighted to be a member of the alumni advisory board and to have the opportunity to help support Pembroke’s journey as a college and community.
jane chesters (1987) modern languages
pursued a career in human resources. initially working in food manufacturing, her career in hr then progressed in professional services in property and consulting ( accenture). in 2002, she left the safety of a big firm to set up her own boutique hr consultancy. orion partners has flourished over the last 17 years, delivering for a broad spectrum of clients in both the public and private sector. she also works as an executive coach and lectures at henley business school on hr management. she is married with two young daughters and lives in south oxfordshire.
ga lok chung (2001) engineering science
currently a management consultant at kpmg, advising clients on customer experience transformation and technology. at the weekend he is a volunteer counsellor with childline.
kenny dada (2013) french
kenny currently works in advertising at amv bbdo and has previously worked for wpp, wunderman thompson and hec paris. from her role as a school governor, as well as work with teach first and schools plus over the years, kenny is passionate about equal access to education and is interested in increasing alumni involvement in pembroke's access initiatives. she is the youngest board member in the watford palace theatre's 112-year history and she is a frequent theatre-goer and cinephile.
tristan de souza (2003) economics and management
upon leaving pembroke, tristan embarked on a career in real estate private equity and went on to gain an mba from harvard business school. he now runs the european arm of ark capital advisors. tristan lives in london with his wife and two children and is in regular contact with many pembroke alum.
oliver holbourn (1996) jurisprudence
studied jurisprudence at pembroke (96-99) before starting a career in finance. he spent fourteen years with merrill lynch and the next five working in and then running uk financial investments; a company owned and set up by her majesty’s treasury in response to the financial crisis before joining natwest group where he currently sits on the executive committee as head of strategy and ventures. he is married to charlotte and they have three children called oscar, rosie and leo.
carol hopper (1982) jurisprudence