Your Alumni Association Committee

The Alumni Association Committee will play a key role in delivering the Alumni Association’s mission to build an engaged and supportive alumni community by working in partnership with alumni, alumni networks, the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) and the wider University. 

Committee Responsibilities

Engaging in partnership with DARO to:

  • 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.

Members of the new Alumni Association Committee


Jonathan Phillips (BSc 1994) 
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.

Committee members

Max Austin (BA 2015)
I have recently 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.

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.

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.

The Committee will be meeting for the first time in September 2019, to discuss the next steps for the ongoing recruitment process to ensure a balanced and diverse membership. Full details on the membership can be found here.

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