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Ms Christine Fairchild

Roles and subjects

Emeritus Fellow



Ms Christine Fairchild was Director of Alumni Relations at Oxford University.

Academic and Professional Background

BA (Connecticut College, New London, CT USA)

I was appointed Oxford University’s Director of Alumni Relations in March 2011. The post was responsible for supporting links between alumni of the collegiate University and Oxford through a robust offering of events, benefits, services and communications vehicles. The University has over 350,000 known alumni, including more than 44,000 in 188 countries outside the UK. There is an extensive alumni network in the UK and abroad with more than 180 active alumni groups and associations. Key alumni events include the Meeting Minds Weekend in Oxford and regular large-scale alumni events in North America, Asia and Europe along with regular digital events.

Before arriving at Oxford, I had over 20 years of experience in alumni relations at the Harvard Business School (HBS). In the seven years before moving to the UK I headed up External Relations at HBS, overseeing the School’s alumni outreach and fundraising activities. Prior to joining HBS, I worked at the Harvard Art Museums where I spent ten years in membership, development, special events and public education activities.

I volunteer regularly for CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and am a member of the Offshore Cruising Club Executive Committee. I currently sit on the Malvern College Council and am a Trustee of the Malvernian Society. And in addition to my association with Jesus, I am a Senior Associate at Somerville College.