The Alumni Council supports the School in developing and implementing the alumni engagement strategy, helping to strengthen the alumni community as well as the School's overall competitive position. Alumni Council members solicit and proactively represent the views and interests of alumni, acting as a bridge between alumni and the School. The Council aims to grow alumni engagement, building a lifelong sense of pride and belonging.
I am honoured to be Chair of the Alumni Council and an ex-officio member of the School’s Governing Body. The Alumni Council looks at what matters to alumni and what matters to the School and finds the congruence between the two things. We are a bridge. We represent alumni views and we advise the Dean and the School’s leadership on matters that impact alumni.
Each year the Council works on a series of projects to support alumni and the School. Typically these projects fall into four broad categories – alumni clubs, alumni services and resources, fundraising and brand, marketing and communications. Over the past year, working with club leaders, we have helped develop new guidance and support for alumni clubs. We have also worked with the School to gather alumni feedback and evolve our new alumni platform for networking and clubs – LBS Hub. And we have been consulting with the School on the longer term digital landscape for alumni and opportunities for lifelong learning.
In each of our quarterly Alumni Council meetings we have a standing agenda item to discuss current issues or areas of concern to alumni. We want to hear what’s on your mind and how we can help - so get in touch - email@example.com.
Hugh Wood SLN2006
Chair, Alumni Council
The Alumni Council comprises 25 alumni, who are appointed by the Council's Governance and Nominations Committee (GNC). There are 3 further seats filled by representatives from the School, including the Dean, plus a student representative. Through virtue of his/her role on the Alumni Council, the Chair of the Council sits on the School's Governing Body.
Alumni Council terms of office are for three years with a limit of two consecutive terms, when a break in service is required before any potential re-appointment. Council in-person meetings are held once per year in London (usually for 2 days in September) and a further three times per year via zoom (usually for 90 minutes in duration). Members are expected to serve as ambassadors in their region and attend local events throughout the year, along with supporting the Advancement team with advice and support as needed and taking part in any Alumni Council working groups or projects. All Alumni Council members are donors to the School each year and are encouraged to consider joining the School’s Regent’s Circle (gifts of £1000+ per year or £500+ per year for new alumni).
Each year positions on the Alumni Council will become vacant as members complete their terms of office and the GNC is always keen to hear from alumni interested in joining the Council. Typically members have a strong history of volunteering for the School and are committed to supporting mutually beneficial relationships between the School and alumni. Since we believe it is important that the Council broadly represents the breadth of the alumni community, each year the GNC analyses the demographic balance of the Alumni Council and produces demographic criteria for forthcoming nominations. In 2022, we will be seeking 11 alumni to join the Council.