Candidates for the Convocation and Alumni Association Committee

This year, the University of Bristol is searching for new members to join the Convocation and Alumni Association Committee. Nominations have now closed and all applicants are listed below. Please do take the time to review all candidates and vote for your preferred candidates via our online voting system.

Committee Members hold a formal role within Convocation, working at large for and with the alumni community and the University. Please see our full job description for further details. 

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Mr Christopher Andrew Didcote (BSc 2008)

Didcote-web.jpgI have remained actively involved in the life of the University since graduating in 2008 having sat on both Convocation Committee and Court before allowing some time to focus on my career. I was responsible for bringing the Manor Hall Association out of abeyance in 2007 and acted as its Chairman until 2010 when I stepped down. In 2014 at the Association’s AGM I was made an honorary Vice-President for life in recognition of my continued efforts within the Hall. In my professional life I work as a web consultant and have acted as the technical lead on a large development project for one of the major political parties. Over the past seven years this project has helped over 650 local associations and MPs better connect with party members and the wider electorate. I feel my skill set in this regard would be ideally suited to the aims of Convocation.

Proposed by: Dr Martin Crossley Evans MBE (BA 1978, PhD 1990)
Seconded by: Mrs Lilian Brown (née Oakman) (BA 1951, CertEd 1952, Hon MA 2005)

Dr Stephanie Jane Harris (MSci 2011, PhD 2015)

Harris-web.jpgI started at Bristol in 2007, completing both a Master’s and PhD in Chemistry in 8 years as a student. I went on to become a sabbatical officer at the Students’ Union in 2015, sitting on the University’s Board of Trustees during the time of development of the new strategy. I am currently a Convocation representative on Court and work in Higher Education policy. I was heavily involved with Rowing whilst at Bristol and was Club Captain for 2 years. It was through this role that I first became aware of the Convocation and Alumni Association, when awarded one of it’s student awards in 2014. My time at Bristol was hugely transformative, providing unforgettable experiences and opportunities and allowing me to create an invaluable network of colleagues and friends. I would relish the opportunity, through a place on this committee, to extend the same opportunities to all students and graduates.

Proposed by: Mr Max Austin (BA 2015)
Seconded by: Mx Jamie Cross (BSc 2015)

Mrs Helen Margaret Hodge (née Dewar) (MSc 2004)

Hodge-web.jpgI began studying Geography in 2000, enjoying the course and university life so much that I extended my time at Bristol and completed an undergraduate Masters. From my first year in Wills Hall onwards, I was always active in student community groups; notably the University Speleological Society as Honorary Secretary and AIESEC, arranging work placements for international graduates. I also worked for the Alumni Department as a telephone fundraiser. Throughout, I engaged with a range of Bristol graduates and felt inspired by their achievements and successes. Bristol provided me with a platform to apply my passion for environmental sciences – first in consultancy roles in Sydney and London; now back living in Bristol, and Associate Director of a risk mapping consultancy in Bath. An engaged alumni community is a critical asset and I would be delighted to represent the alumni in supporting the university’s future development.

Proposed by: Mrs Linda Wilson (LLB 1982)
Seconded by: Miss Claire Powell (BA 2004)

Mr Ben Hudson (MSci 2012, MSc 2014)

Hudson-web.jpgSince beginning my postgraduate studies at Bristol in 2011, this University has become integral to my life. In 2014, I graduated with my second MSc, and am nearing completion of my PhD. From establishing initiatives such as the University’s award-winning Sanctuary Scholarships and Postgraduate Network, to being an active member of the Beacon House project team, I have been dedicated towards continually improving the quality of education and student experience. I have taught on units across three faculties, and developed and led a bespoke IFP Law unit. Between my degrees, I volunteered in Georgia, working with forced migrants, an experience from which spawned my research. I can contribute my managerial and business development skills towards the effective implementation of the University’s strategy, which I was involved in developing through membership of Senate. I am passionate about this illustrious institution and relish the opportunity to further contribute towards its ongoing development.

Proposed by: Professor Judith Squires (Pro Vice-Chancellor)
Seconded by: Professor Sally Heslop (Academic Director of Graduate Studies)

Mr Clive Richard Scowen (LLB 1980)

Scowen-web.jpgCalled to the Bar in 1981 I have been a writer or editor of law reports for most of my career. Since 2008 I have been the Editor of The Law Reports and The Weekly Law Reports. I have represented Convocation on Court since 1980. A member of CAAC since 2002 I currently lead on Governance; I offer myself for re-election at the urging of several colleagues. I am a licensed lay minister in the Church of England and serve on its General Synod, as well as being a trustee of several charities.

Proposed by: Mrs Linda Wilson (LLB 1982)
Seconded by: Mr Oliver Stobbs (BSc 2010)

Mr Andrew Jonathan Webley Smith (BA 1974)

Smith-J-web.jpgI read French with German and made lifelong friends in Badock where I was JCR Chairman of Facilities. I debated, learned ballroom dancing and began my passion for classical music. After graduating in 1974, I pursued a career in UK and international sales/marketing, eventually returning to university, this time Manchester, to undertake a PGCE. I then became a course director at Manchester Business School managing/delivering language training, leading to my own language services company and chairmanship of a national association of fifty private and university language centres. I also worked as a communications consultant advising exporters for UK Trade & Investment (DTI/FCO). I now volunteer for the University of the Third Age as executive committee member for communications, art group leader and charity trustee, and for the National Trust. I am a persuasive communicator and wish to use my skills and experience to benefit students, alumni and our University.

Proposed by: Mr George Alexander Mill (BA 1974)
Seconded by: Mr Gordon Richardson (BSc 1974)

Mr Stephen John Vause (BSc 1983)

Vause-web.jpgStarting in 1981, I spent my first year in Wills Hall. Whilst at Bristol I represented the University at Swimming and Water Polo as well as joining the Bristol University Officer Training Corps initially as a Cadet before being commissioned. After graduating in 1983, I gained management training in manufacturing roles before moving into HR in the financial services sector. Relocating back to Bristol in 1992, I managed the HR Consulting operations in the South West for a global Consultancy before setting up my own business in 2000, providing support to Change Management Projects. Although maintaining links with the University, I became actively involved in 2010 by becoming an elected convocation member. I have also worked closely with the Alumni Office after setting up the BUOTC Alumni Association. I am passionate about supporting current students through effective networking and would now like to extend this by joining the Alumni Committee.

Proposed by: Ms Sarah Gilbert (BA 1980, Diploma 2000, MSc 2002)
Seconded by: Mr Rab Cross (BA 1984)

Mrs Rebecca Louise Whincup (née Sharp) (BA 1998)

Whincup-web.jpgSince graduating in English, I have worked in PR and marketing for companies from start-ups to multi-nationals, with a focus on education for the last six years. An integral aspect, and one of the most enjoyable parts of my current position in an independent school, is communicating with, and connecting the various school communities. I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute my experience to the association. I would like to play a part in ensuring it remains a relevant and connected forum for alumni in the years to come. I hope my expertise in communications and communities can be of value in giving back to this institution which has given so much to me. The University of Bristol was a very special place and time where I forged lifelong friendships, as well as furnishing me with the stepping stones for a successful career and many very happy memories.

Proposed by: Mrs Victoria Stace (BA 1971)
Seconded by: Mrs Tamsin Dockree (née Williams) (BVSc 2001)