Who We Are
The UK Fulbright Alumni Network is a community for those who participated in programmes offered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, as well as those in the UK who received Fulbright awards from other commissions. The network is run by the US-UK Commission and has a full-time member of staff, the Alumni and Development Manager, dedicated to overseeing all alumni outreach activities.
The Alumni Advisory Council
We also have an Alumni Advisory Council which serves as the liaison between the alumni community and the Fulbright Board of Commissioners, ensuring alumni views and interests are represented in Commission activities.
Proactive engagement is essential from Council members, including serving as a local contact for alumni in their region, helping to plan events, and being an ambassador for the Fulbright programme. Apart from involvement in Council discussions by telephone on a quarterly basis and attending one annual in-person meeting, the level of time commitment can be tailored to what individual Council members can reasonably commit to.
If you are interested in learning more about how to join the Council, please get in touch.
2015-2016 Alumni Advisory Council
Below are the names and bios for the current members of the UK Fulbright Alumni Advisory Council.
Gary Fair (Chair)
Gary Fair is a qualified accountant and Senior Civil Servant in the Northern Ireland (NI) Civil Service. He is currently Director of Governance and Accountability in the Department of Education, with high-level responsibility for governance and accountability matters across the education sector in NI. Previous to this he was Director of Water Shareholding Interests in the Department for Regional Development, with oversight of all financial and governance matters relating to NI’s one government-owned water company. In 2006 he was awarded a Fulbright Northern Ireland Public Sector Scholarship, which allowed him to study the relationship between the long-term funding of healthcare and healthier lifestyles at UC Berkeley. He first got involved on the Committee of the British Fulbright Scholars Association in 2011 and is now Chair of the UK Fulbright Alumni Advisory Council.
Anna Beer (Vice-Chair)
Anna Beer was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar (2009-10), based at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. A writer and a lecturer, with a background in adult education and outreach, Anna is currently a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, where she is closely involved with the Creative Writing MSt. Her research and publications are cross-disciplinary, exploring the fields of literature, history, and, most recently, music. Anna is committed to public scholarship, and she makes regular media appearances. Her most recent book is Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music (Oneworld Publications, 2016), a celebration and exploration of the achievements of female composers through the centuries.
Lauren Allison is the Executive Director of Sulby Media- an international strategic content and project management consultancy company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lauren was a 2012-13 UK Fulbright Postgraduate Award recipient, studying for a professional Master of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California’s (USC). Stemming from her experience as a Washington Ireland Program recipient in 2008 and her time as a Fulbrighter in California, Lauren has a passion for the UK-USA ‘Special Relationship’. She is part of US Ambassador Barzun’s Young Leaders UK Program, is a Fulbright 1:1 Mentor with the Sutton Trust, and speaks at Fulbright and other UK-USA events. Prior to Sulby Media, Lauren worked on the foundation and implementation of the first ever public responsibility department at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Lauren has held research and writing positions at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and in the Northern Ireland Assembly for Chris Lyttle MLA and Anna Lo MLA. For her research, Lauren received an International Peace Scholarship from the Philanthropic Education Organization Scholarship Fund and the British Universities North America Club Education Scholarship Trust Award. She holds a Master of Arts (Honours) in International Relations from The University of St Andrews in conjunction with L’Institut des Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and is a former student of the Centre for Comparative Conflict Studies at Singidunum University, Belgrade.
Chief Inspector Andrew B Brown has served in Police Scotland for over 28 years and is currently the Head of Leadership Development Delivery for Police Scotland. A Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, he is also an editorial board member of the Criminal Psychology & Criminal Investigations International Journal. Trained as a Licensed Negotiator, he has taught hostage/crisis negotiators since 2002 and has participated in a number of the highest UK Government level counter terrorism exercises in key roles and was deployed to the recent Algerian Hostage Crisis. As the 2011/12 Scottish Fulbright Police Research Fellow he conducted doctoral research and lectured in maritime terrorism & negotiation as a visiting Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York and at Texas State University.
Anne-Marie Evans is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at York St John University, and was part of Fulbright’s Summer Institute at New York University in 2010. She continues to be involved with outreach and widening participation initiatives, and has worked for the Villiers Park Educational Trust for many years.
Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson was the Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar in 2013-2014. She conducted research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and enjoyed collaborating with academic colleagues, community groups and policy makers in Honolulu and across the State. An advisor to the Scottish Government on language education policy, she investigated the revitalisation of Hawaiian and used the findings of this research to make recommendations to stabilise the learning and teaching of Gaelic in Scotland. Since returning from her Fulbright Visiting Professorship, she has joined the University of Oxford's Faculty of Classics where she continues to lead research into language education policy and practice. She is proud to be a Fulbrighter and has attended a number of Fulbright events since her return including: speaking at the annual lecture in 2014, being a panellist at the orientation Q&A event in July 2014 and being a Fulbright 1:1 mentor with the Sutton Trust.
After graduating with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University in 2006, Olivia embarked on a career in all things digital. She joined The Guardian in 2008, helping to launch the newspaper’s first mobile website and iPhone application. In 2011 she was granted a Fulbright award to study her MBA at Boston University, where she was a Dean’s Scholar and member of Beta Gamma Sigma. Living in The States for 3 years, Olivia worked as Digital Product Manager for NBC Universal in Seattle and The Boston Globe back in Massachusetts. Since returning to London last year Olivia has been working at PA Consulting as a management consultant, specialising in digital strategy for a wide range of public and private sector clients. She has also, for the first time in her life, found herself being thankful for British weather.
Geert Van der Elst
Geert is a Belgian Fulbrighter, based in London. As part of his involvement with the British Fulbright Scholars Association, Geert served as the Committee Treasurer for four years until 2013. Geert is Managing Director at Gelst, where he helps clients grow revenues across Europe and North America by focusing on the consultative sale. Typical clients include professional services firms, technology firms, venture capital firms and their portfolio companies. Geert holds an MBA (Columbia University (Fulbright)) and a Masters in engineering (Ghent University).
Howard Young was a Fulbright Scholar in 1983/84 at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. He worked as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff until his retirement in 2009. He was also the Postgraduate Medical Vice Dean for Wales in Cardiff University Medical and became Emeritus Professor in 2009. He now serves the Health Department of the Welsh Government as a non-executive member of the National Delivery Group, is a Medical member of HM Courts and Tribunal Service, and continues to be part of a Faculty each year on a course at the Harvard Macy Institute in Boston. He was part of the anti-doping team at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and will be part of the anti-doping team at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He has lived in Wales sine 1975 and continues to reside in Cardiff.