Volunteer Role: London Alumni Group Organiser
Amy co-organises the London alumni group together with Vasia Papou and Ioannis Vaganof. Prior to joining the London group she revived and ran the San Francisco Alumni Group for several years. She is also a member of the Lancaster Court, an advisory body to the University.
Introducing our Volunteer
After graduating in 2001, Amy enjoyed a successful career in fundraising and alumni relations, working her way up to a management role. She then focussed on the IT aspect of fundraising, becoming a software services consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. After several years of consulting a health setback forced Amy to make a career switch and she found a new calling in retail sales. In 2014, she founded her own company specialising in shoes for dancers of Argentine Tango and made-to-measure shoes for brides. Amy lives in Surrey with her husband Arvind and rescue cat Illy, both transplanted from the US and enjoying life in England.
As Amy did a year abroad she lived on campus in her first and last years and recalls many memories of hanging out with fellow residents in Slaidburn who were a very international crowd. She also says “I loved the film club (surround sound and only a quid a film!) and hiking club, although admittedly the latter involved more sitting around in pubs moaning about the weather than actual hiking. I have so many fond memories of Lancaster; it was a happy place to be.”
Why Volunteer and what are the benefits?
Amy says that volunteering is tremendously rewarding. “I always enjoy meeting Lancaster alumni and looking for opportunities to connect people together, particularly recent grads newly arrived in the area. The comment I hear more than any other is how positive Lancaster alumni are. It’s a privilege to experience that positivity on a regular basis at our alumni events.”