Committee

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.

Chairs

Richard BarnfieldMr Richard Barnfield

(St Edmund Hall)

chair@oxford-bristolbath.org

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.

Secretary

Christophe FrickerDr Christophe Fricker

(St John's College)

secretary@oxford-bristolbath.org

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: www.aufenthalte.info.

Treasurer

Derek HawkinsMr Derek Hawkins

(St Edmund Hall)

treasurer@oxford-bristolbath.org

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)

website@oxford-bristolbath.org

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)

bianca.ambrose@oxford-bristolbath.org

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.

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

Boat Race Viewing 2019

Date and time: Sun, 7 April 2019 from 1 p.m.

Venue: The Bath Brew House, 14 James Street West, Bath BA1 2BX

Free (food and drink available for purchase)

Alumni, current students at Oxford, their families and friends are invited to watch the 165th Men's and the 74th Women's Boat Races.

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Chocolate Tasting

Date and time: Tuesday 5 March, 7-9 pm
We had great fun tantalising our taste buds with delicious chocolate at our recent tasting event in Bath. Members commented that it was a real eye-opener y to focus on a product and also to sense how quality makes itself felt on your taste buds!

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An Introduction to Translation

Date and time: 20 February 2019, 5.30-7.30 pm

Venue: VWV, Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

How do you start translating a text from one language to another? What are the main tools at a translator’s disposal? Is the source text more important than the reader of your translation? Christophe Fricker offered a hands-on workshop on these questions for both beginners and language connoisseurs.

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Book Club: March 2019

Date and time: Thursday, 14 March 2019

Venue: Central Bristol

Book: The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy, Anthony Gottlieb