The committee was elected at the OUSoc Bristol and Bath Annual General Meeting on 18 October 2018. Each committee member will stand for 12 months, and will be able to stand for re-election at the 2019 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. 

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.


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

Virginia KnightDr Virginia Knight

(Merton College)

I read Classics at Oxford before doing a PhD in Greek Literature at Cambridge. I later held posts supporting academic computer use at the universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Bath and (for 15 years) Bristol. I have a particular interest in digital humanities, and am currently looking for work in research data management or producing content for the Web. I'm also active on the local choral scene. My aim is to continue the excellent work of my predecessor Alex Zhurakovskyi and maintain a website that will be a benchmark for other alumni societies.

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.

Ian ClampMr Iain Clamp

(St Peter's College)

I read mathematics at Oxford, graduating in 1995. After a year travelling, I joined Chase Manhattan (later merged with JPM Morgan) and traded equity index options in London. A bit like gambling for a bank. Then I moved to an internal hedge fund at Japanese Bank UFJI, and was later Head of Index Trading at Dresdner Bank and Citibank. I married Kate (a musician and actress) in 2002 and have three kids. I gave up city life in 2011, after being inspired by Grand Designs, and now invest in property development projects in Bath and Bristol. I'm into running, cycling, dancing and computer games, and am a Bath Rugby supporter..

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 and 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

Wine Tasting 2018

Date: Thursday, 15 November 2018

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Venue: Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Narrow Quay House, Bristol BS1 4QA

We are pleased to invite members and guests to a Wine Tasting on the theme of "Hidden Corners of Spain and Portugal".

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Book Club: December 2018

Date and time: Thu, 6 Dec  2018

Venue: Central Bristol

Book: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, Evan Osnos

Annual Dinner and AGM

Date: Thursday, 18 October 2018

Time: 6PM for 6:30PM start

Venue: The Square Club, Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1HB (map)

Price: £30 per person

The University of Oxford alumni, current students and their guests are invited to attend the 2018 AGM/Dinner. Berkeley Square is a short (uphill!) walk from the Bristol city centre and buses from Temple Meads Station go nearby.

Papers for the AGM have been sent out to members by email. The AGM is envisaged to take about 30 minutes at the start of the evening.

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Book Club: September

Date and time: Thu, 20 Sep 2018

Venue: Central Bristol

BookHow did we get into this mess?: Politics, Equality and Nature by George Monbiot

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