The Development and Alumnae Office

The Development and Alumnae Office is the first point of contact for Senior Members. We are always glad to welcome visiting Senior Members and answer general queries. Please call +44 (0)1865 276 828 or email us to get in touch.

Bronwyn Travers, Fellow & Development Director, 01865 286624

Bronwyn was appointed to the post of Development Director at St Hilda's College in July 2007 after five years working in development at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where she was Head of Development and Alumni Relations. Prior to taking up her post in Scotland, Bronwyn held management positions within the tertiary education sector in Melbourne, Australia for more than 15 years, including a senior post within a leading financial services professional body. She worked with companies to design their professional development programmes and managed project teams to develop national learning resources. Bronwyn's role at St Hilda's is to work with the Principal and Governing Body to implement the College's development strategy and, with the Development and Alumnae Relations team, to build mutually beneficial relationships with a wide constituency of potential supporters of the College.

Fran Woodcock, Alumnae Relations & Communications Manager, 01865 610330 (part time - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)

Fran's first experience of St Hilda's College was as an undergraduate; she came up in 2004 to read Classics. After graduation she took a postgraduate qualification in Psychology at Oxford Brookes University, before moving to Wadham College to work in their Development team, with varied responsibilities including copy writing, events management and reunion fundraising. In 2015 Fran returned to St Hilda's to take on the alumnae communications strategy, managing our termly e-newsletters, social media, the Annual Review, and The Chronicle.

Audrone Jurkenaite-Epih, Campaign Executive, 01865 276892

Audrone joined the St Hilda’s Development and Alumnae Office team in 2008. She supports the Development Director, senior staff and members of the campaign boards (UK and US) involved in fundraising for the St Hilda’s College 125th Anniversary Campaign. She also manages our alumnae database. Audrone graduated with an MA in Musicology from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Prior to St Hilda’s, she worked as a researcher at the Institute of Musicology in Vilnius, Lithuania; as Scientific Editor for the Lithuanian Music Encyclopaedia Group; and as a legal secretary for the Valiunas Ellex.

Triona Adams, Alumnae Events Manager, 01865 276867

Triona Adams (English, 1996) has taken up the post of Alumnae Events Manager, designing and supervising the alumnae events programme with particular emphasis on shaping the 125th Anniversary Celebrations in 2018.  With a background in arts management and production, writing and performing, Triona is currently Chair of the College Media Network, Programme Director of the St Hilda’s College Writers’ Day at the Times Oxford Literary Festival and Chair of the Mystery And Crime Conference Committee.

Demelza Abbott-Scott, Development Officer, 01865 276868

Demelza studied English at St Hilda’s. After graduating in 2015, she spent a year as a Visitor Services Assistant at the Ashmolean, before moving into the role of Evening Events Assistant. Demelza also worked in Guest Services at Oxford Castle before joining the Development Team at St Hilda's, initially as the Development Assistant in 2017. She is now the Development Officer and coordinates the College’s regular giving programme and the 1893 Regular Giving Society as well as the Hilda’s10 programme. Demelza also supports the JdP Music Circles, the Parents’ Programme and special appeals as part of the 125th Anniversary Campaign fundraising. 

Evelien van der Werf, Development Administrator, 01865 276828 (part time - Tuesday to Friday)

After having worked in the College Development Office in 2013-14, Evelien lived abroad for some years before returning to St Hilda's and taking on the role of Development Administrator. Her tasks include providing general administrative support, maintenance of the alumnae database and assisting with the alumnae events programme. Evelien holds a master’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Amsterdam and has previously worked in Policy and Campaigns for several different charities supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable families in the UK and the Netherlands.

Development Team, St Hilda's College