The committee was elected at the OUSoc Bristol and Bath Annual General Meeting on 19 October 2017. Each committee member will stand for 12 months, and will be able to stand for re-election at the 2018 AGM.


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. 


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News and Events

An Other's Look

Bath-based Oxford alumnus, James Ellis, is seeking Patrons for his second novel, An Other’s Look.

Further details.

Summer Garden Party 2018

Date: 7 July 2018
Time: 15:00 – 18:00
Venue: Bath
Price: £10

Join us for Pimm's and sunshine at the Oxford University Society Summer Garden Party – enjoy a chat with old friends, and meet other alumnae/i living in and around Bristol and Bath.

Details and booking.

July Book Club Meeting

The next book club meeting will take place in July 2018:

Date and time: Mon, 2 July 2018
Venue: Central Bristol
Book: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

If you're interested in joining please email

Historic Pubs of Bath Walk

Date: Saturday, 12 May 2018
Time: 14:00 – 18:00
Meet outside Bath Spa railway station
Free (Registration Required)

More info and registration

Make the most of a spring afternoon walking around Bath and discovering more about historic pubs, beer and brewing in this amazing city!