The Oriel Alumni Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Oriel Alumni Advisory Committee (OAAC) is to represent the interests of all alumni and help foster relations between the College and its former students, former staff and friends.

The purpose of the Oriel Alumni Advisory Committee (OAAC) is to represent the interests of all alumni and help foster relations between the College and its former students, former staff and friends.

Geoff AustinChair: Mr Geoffrey Austin (1983) is a Managing Director at Moelis & Company, the leading independent investment bank, where he specialises in advising clients in the media and communications sector. He has over 25 years of investment banking experience and was previously Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Media and Communications Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank and, prior to that, at Hambros Bank. He holds an M.A. from Oriel College, Oxford, and attended the Corporate Finance Programme at London Business School.
Geoffrey is Chair of the Oriel Alumni Advisory Committee. He was previously President of the Oriel Society and, from 2006 until 2011, when it combined with Oriel College, Chairman of the Oriel College Development Trust.  He is a Trustee of the Eden Trust, which is responsible for the Eden Project at Bodelva, Cornwall, and a Member of the Childline Board of the NSPCC.

Hugh Bryant

Secretary: Mr Hugh Bryant (1969)





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Treasurer: Viscount Clive Mackintosh (1977)




Dr Michael Kenworthy-Browne (1957) qualified in December 1964 after which he spent five years working in Oxford hospitals, mainly as cardiac physician trainee at registrar level. He then went into General Practice in Oxford: City and University. He was a trainer and Course Organiser for Oxfordshire until 1983. Michael remained busy in General Practice until he retired from the NHS and then worked privately at The Acland Hospital with admitting rights. This was succeeded by The Nuffield Manor Hospital. He finally retired in 2011 aged 75, having spent his whole career in Oxford. Michael looked after seven colleges, two private halls, Oxfam and Blackwells. He remains a member of Common Room at Oriel College and has been on the College Wine Committee as a taster for many years. Michael enjoys travelling, the Opera and playing bridge.

John Cook

Mr John Cook (1965) is a retired Stockbroker. John captained the college rugby team . He also sat on the committee of the university Conservative Association. For 37 years he was secretary of a community rugby club . He was also a trustee of Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. He has been Chair of the college Investment Advisory Committee and is Adam de Brome Fellow.


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Mr John Slade (1976)




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Mr Vincent Warner (1984)




Laura Hawksworth

Laura Hawksworth (1986) graduated in 1990 with a degree in Classics. Laura’s career began in strategy consultancy (for McKinsey), followed by studying for an MBA from INSEAD. She then had senior management roles in national public sector agencies, focusing on improving services for vulnerable people.
More recently Laura has been a director of a social innovation think tank, advised companies on their social responsibility and right now in an interim role with the Careers and Enterprise Company, which aims to inspire and prepare young people for the world of work.

Claire Toogood

Miss Claire Toogood (1991) read Jurisprudence and is now a barrister and part-time judge. She was the first woman to cox the men’s first boat and is now a member of the Tortoise Committee and the Campaign Board, as well as the Alumni Committee.



Sarah Kiefer

Mrs Sarah Kiefer (2003) is Director of Enterprise Marketing at Spotify, the world’s most popular audio streaming service. Sarah and her team are responsible for promoting Spotify’s advertising business globally and deepening Spotify’s engagement with the world’s biggest brands and advertisers. Her role spans content marketing, paid and organic media, sales materials, client events, and more. With a career at the intersection of storytelling, media and technology, Sarah previously held leadership roles at Ooyala, the online video technology provider, Discovery, and Viacom. She’s passionate about where culture is heading and the growing opportunities for anyone to discover personalized experiences that move them and create meaning in their lives. Sarah received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Modern Languages from Oxford University. She lives in Hanover, Germany with her husband and two young sons.

Markian Mysko von SchultzeMr Markian Mysko von Schultze (2012)