The committee was elected at the OUSoc Bristol and Bath Annual General Meeting on 17 November 2016. Each committee member will stand for 12 months, and will be able to stand for re-election at the 2017 AGM.


Gemma PouncyMs Gemma Pouncy

(Magdalen College)

A born and raised Somerset girl, I moved back to the South West after graduating in 2011. After training in Salisbury, I qualified as a Commercial Property Solicitor in Bristol, specialising in the Healthcare and Aerospace & Defence sectors. I relaunched OUSBB in late 2015, following the realisation that there must be plenty of alumni living locally, but the majority of events were held in London. I am excited to see continued growth and new events for the branch, and as a proud state school student I am keen to develop an active outreach programme.


Christophe FrickerDr Christophe Fricker

(St John's College)

Christophe Fricker (D.Phil, St John’s, 2003–2006) is a Managing Partner at Nimirum and the leader of a research group on poetry and personhood in modern Europe at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study. He teaches contemporary German history as well as translation at the University of Bristol. Christophe is the author, editor, or translator of roughly twenty books on a variety of political, social, and cultural subjects, including two volumes of poetry. More info:


Derek HawkinsMr Derek Hawkins

(St Edmund Hall)

I studied Engineering Science and Economics (1964 to 1967) before going on get an MBA from the University of Chicago. In addition to working in Commercial and Investment Banking, I have experience as Treasurer and Finance Director of a number of major companies. I am currently Treasurer of two local voluntary organisations as well as OUSocB&B.

Outreach Officer

Eric AlboneDr Eric Albone MBE

(Brasenose College)

I am very concerned to encourage able students who might not otherwise consider it to apply to Oxford and would welcome hearing from OUSoc members who share this concern. I gained an Open Scholarship to BNC from a state school, with no family university connections, solely because my chemistry teacher pointed me in that direction. Oxford opened up a whole new world. At Brasenose (1959-1966), I read chemistry and went on to a doctorate in the Dyson Perrins, and thence to some remarkable postdoctoral years in the US where I became involved with the early years of public engagement with science through Margaret Mead and others at AAAS and the Scientists Institute for Public Information. I also became intrigued by the emerging field of mammalian chemical communication which I pursed on my return to UK at Bristol University. Because the future of this work remained in the US, I moved mid-career into school teaching – the true cutting edge of science outreach – and taught at Clifton College for 17 years. I am cofounder and Director of Clifton Scientific Trust, a registered charity which is developing new effective ways of engaging young people with the world of science and engineering working internationally at post-16 level through our UK-Japan Young Scientists programme and in Bristol with primary schools through our Meet-a-Medic programme. I am also Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and Member of University of Bristol Court.

Web Officer

Alex ZhurakovskyiDr Alex Zhurakovskyi

(St Cross College)

I have been on the acting committee since the restart of OUS Bristol & Bath, created the current OUSBB website, and actively participated in social activities.  Between 2010–2014, I served as IT-Officer, Secretary and President of the OU Ukrainian Society. My aim is to create a website that would serve as a benchmark to other alumni societies.  Also, as a recent graduate (DPhil Organic Chemistry, St Cross, 2014), I want to help OUSBB be interesting and useful to the younger alumni generation.

General Committee Members

Bianca Ambrose-OjiDr Bianca Ambrose-Oji

(Wolfson College)

I studied forestry at Oxford which lead to a career that takes me all around the world. My consequent internationalist outlook on life fans he flames of my passions outside of work, which are connected with: encouraging access to quality education for people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds; fighting for environmental justice and community access to natural places and green spaces; beer... appreciating the multitude of styles and flavours brewed by artisans around the globe. I would love to share these passions with the committee and direct my energy towards supporting OUSOC B&B events and activities that can best make use of these interests.

Richard BarnfieldMr Richard Barnfield

(St Edmund Hall)

Previous Member of Senate City University, National Council for Academic Awards. Member / Chair various Companies in Financial, Health and Training / Enterprise Sector. Current active Reader Bodleian, Oxford Society and Vincents Member. Actively involved in Mentoring, Management Development and motivational speaking.

I was illiterate at 9, having not started School in England till age 7½; failed my 11plus and 13plus; entered the RAF with 6 "O" Levels; studied at Night School, and entered Oxford as a mature (ish) student. This is why I am keen to help non-traditional applicants. 


Nicolette BoaterMs Nicolette Boater

(Brasenose College)

I read P.P.E. and for an M.Phil. in Economics, leading to a varied career working on business strategy and public policy issues for organisations operating at the public/private interface. Wanting a more local professional, social and intellectual connection with the university that has been a major influence on the person I now am, and realising the unmet potential to do this in the South West, I joined this committee in Spring 2016. As one who has relatively recently relocated to this region, I’m particularly keen to bring together local employers with those alumni seeking to develop their career in this region. I'm also looking forward to working with other committee members to develop further current affairs or cultural events of interest to the society's membership.

Lizzie CunninghamMrs Lizzie Cunningham

(Somerville College)

I studied English at Somerville College between 1999-2002 and subsequently went on to train to be a teacher, as I wanted to enthuse the next generation with the love of learning that my degree and schooling imparted to me. I have taught English in the south west for the past 13 years and am currently Head of Academic Extension at The Royal High School in Bath. I am excited about the opportunities for outreach that OUSoc may generate and look forward to fostering links with its members across Bath and Bristol over the coming two years.

Claire HallMiss Claire Hall

(St Anne's College)

I read Jurisprudence at St Anne's College between 2005 and 2008. I started working in Bristol in 2012 when I qualified as a Solicitor. I have been involved in the committee since the re-establishment of OUS Bristol & Bath. I had the pleasure of organising our Freshers' Event in Bath in 2016 which introduced the local freshers to each other before they went up to Oxford. As a book lover, I was keen to find like minded alumni and so my main role in the committee at the moment is running the society's book club which meets in central Bristol.

George RowellMr George Rowell

(Magdalen College)

I have experience of serving on various committees over the years, including OU History Society. I have a particular interest in wine tasting and golf.

News and Events

AGM Menu Available

The dinner menu for the Annual General Meeting has been made available:

AGM Dinner Menu

More details.

AGM and Dinner – 2017

Date: 6PM, Thursday, 19 October 2017

Venue: Francis Hotel, Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HH (map)

Dress Code: Smart Casual

More details.

Book Club Meeting in Bristol

The next meeting of the OUSBB Book Club has been announced!

Date: Monday, 16 October 2017
Venue: Cental Bristol
Book: The Price of Inequality, Joseph Stiglitz

If you would like to join or find out more, please email

Freshers Event – 2017

Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Venue: Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath, BA2 6AA

The Oxford Alumni Society for Bristol and Bath would like to invite you to meet other freshers from the Bristol and Bath area before starting your course.

We've arranged the event because we know that it's fun to make friends before you start at Oxford.  The dress code is casual and there will be a cash bar.