An update from the Alumni Board 

The establishment of the Alumni Board in 2014 (and the suspension of Convocation) was one of the most far-reaching changes in Alumni Relations since the University was founded in 1905. Conscious of the global success of the University and growing number of alumni worldwide, the Alumni Board is an advisory body that works alongside the Department for Alumni Relations and Events (DARE) office to help develop alumni engagement. We aim to be a representative body, reflecting the diversity of Sheffield alumni in terms of age, gender, academic discipline, ethnicity and geography.

Over the past two years the Board has met six times. Among the major items that we have considered so far are:

We hope that the Alumni Board can help you continue to make the most of your University. If, like me, you have fond memories of your time at Sheffield and would like to get in touch with any suggestions or recollections, please email me at

Richard Mayson
Chair of the Alumni Board

Introducing our most recent members

As we come towards the end of the first term of the Alumni Board a number of members have moved on from the group, and we have sought to find replacements to maintain the diversity of the Board. Below we introduce a few of the most recent members to join. You can see a full list of Board Members on the Alumni Board web page.

Guilherme Guimarães

Guilherme Guimarães
MSc Sport and Recreation Management 2008

Guilherme is an experienced Brazilian sports marketer who focuses his work and research on sponsorship, activation and digital. He finished a Masters in Sport Management at the University of Sheffield in 2008, under the Chevening scholarship programme. A major aspect of his studies looked at the impact of social media in sports.

He has worked on major sports projects, such as the Rio 2016 bid and Olympic Games, Athina Onassis International Horse Show, World Surf League and the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Most recently, he led Twitter initiatives for the World Cup and sports in Brazil, and is now running his own consultancy in which he has Coca-Cola and Facebook as clients for the 2016 Olympic Games, as well as the Brazilian Volleyball Governing Body for their digital platforms.

Sally Jones

Sally Jones
MEng Civil and Structural Engineering with Study Abroad 2014, Current PhD student

Sally completed her undergraduate degree at the University Sheffield and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is now reading for a PhD in Civil Engineering, focusing on hydrodynamics in drinking water distribution systems. She has presented at two international conferences and plans to pursue a career in academia. Sally’s interests include travelling, being active and baking.

Martin McKervey

Martin McKervey
LLB Law 1984

Martin is a partner in the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Group at the international law firm Nabarro LLP. His experience includes litigation, arbitration, adjudication and ADR processes. Martin's sector expertise includes the construction and engineering of power generation plants, commercial and residential developments, regeneration, infrastructure and manufacturing plants.

Martin is an accredited and practising mediator with ADR Group and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is recognised as a leading individual in the legal directories. Legal 500 describe him as "exemplary, pragmatic, available and supportive".

Martin is a Private Sector Board Member of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and sits on the Transport for the North Partnership Board.

For more information about the Board, including Minutes from their meetings, please visit the Alumni Board web pages.

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