4 June 2014
Read about recent activites of the Alumni and Development Advisory Board from Chair Helen Gordon.
Many of you will be aware that Henley Business School established a new Alumni and Development Advisory Board in the autumn last year and it is a privilege to be Chair of that Board on your behalf. The Board was formed with the objective that it should help inform and shape the School’s future alumni relations and fundraising activities. As we come to the end of the academic year 2014, it is now a good time to share with you an update on the developments and activities of the Board since last October. So far there have been two of the three annual meetings, of which the inaugural one took place in London and the second at the Whiteknights campus in Reading. The third meeting is planned to take place in London in early June.
As well as establishing the remit and membership of the board during this first year, discussions in these early meetings have so far focused on topics including:
- The Alumni Communications programme
- The Alumni Events programme
- Special Interest Groups
- International Alumni Associations and Groups
- Fundraising activities by the School
- Advisory Board Member support for alumni and development activities
- Advisory Board Member help to enhance international alumni activity and promote effective international alumni engagement
- Representation of the diverse alumni community in the membership of the Advisory Board
It is particularly this last point that we have identified as one of our priorities during this first year. Given Henley’s diverse programme portfolio, we are very keen to ensure good representation on the Board from all parts of the Henley community, so that board members can act as both representatives of and advocates for their specific programme areas. There is still work to do in this area, but I am happy to report that we now have a good spread of board members covering the diverse MBA programmes, as well as the portfolios of the Real Estate and Planning and the Finance programmes. We are concentrating on filling the gaps of representation for both undergraduate and post graduate programmes in Accounting, Business and Management and also for alumni from the DBA and Executive Education programmes, hoping to have even wider representation from across the various programme groups and generations of alumni by the June meeting.
As Chair of the Alumni and Development Advisory Board I am committed that this group of alumni representatives should work really effectively with the Business School and be a platform for alumni feedback to Henley on its alumni relations and fundraising activities, as well as a mechanism for Henley to share its plans with us all. I found it most helpful to meet more members of the alumni at the recent Henley Alumni Conference. This was not just a great opportunity to catch up on Henley’s faculty research in areas including leadership, finance, strategy and other topics, and for delegates and myself to have high quality discussion to generate ideas to bring back to the work place, but it was also a valuable opportunity to hear from them about their alumni experience and their needs. So do keep in touch with your thoughts on what activities would be most beneficial for you. In turn we hope that the alumni community can grow and develop, with alumni continuing to place real value on their connection with the Business School and each other.
Chair, Henley Alumni and Development Advisory Board