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Alumni Advisory Group

Find out more about our Alumni Advisory Group.

Established in 2019, Raleigh’s Alumni Advisory Group brings Raleigh alumni into the centre of developing a community of former volunteers who have shared life changing personal experiences and made positive impact around the world. Working in partnership with Raleigh staff, the group develop opportunities, networks, connections and experiences that support both alumni interests and active engagement with Raleigh and its mission to create lasting change through youth.

The Co-Chairs

Jaskirat Mann

After completing her Masters in August 2017, Jaskirat Mann spent three months in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania, as a Raleigh International ICS volunteer. Her time in Tanzania left her with a great sense of energy and motivation to keep working hard, to make a difference and be better. This is a feeling she shared with all the volunteers in her cycle and other alumni from a range of backgrounds. Wanting to help maintain these shared experiences and feelings, and keep the alumni connected, Jazz has volunteered to establish and co-chair the Alumni Advisory Board and looks forward to seeing the development of a vibrant, international network. Passionate about contributing to the building of a better future, she has gone on to do research work for charities.

Jeremy Fish

Jeremy Fish was a venturer on Operation Raleigh to Indonesia and a volunteer manager to Guyana in the late 1980s.  Since then he has had a career in industry that has taken him all around the world including North America, Russia and the Middle East where he lived and worked.  Jeremy believes that his experience with Raleigh as a young man helped shape him into the person he is today.  For the last 7 years Jeremy has been on the Raleigh Board as a trustee, the last 4 years as Vice Chair.  Having recently retired off the Board Jeremy has volunteered to help set-up and run the Raleigh Alumni Advisory Group to help as many alumni as possible reconnect with Raleigh and its objectives.

The Members

Sue Stockdale

Sue Stockdale is an inspirational speaker and executive coach working for over 20 years with leaders in business, elite sport and non-profit organisations worldwide. In 1996, she became the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole and has completed many other expeditions to polar environments including Greenland and Antarctica. Sue has been involved in two Raleigh International expeditions; in 1988 as a participant to Northern Kenya, and in 1996 as Deputy Expedition Leader in Southern Chile. Sue has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and MSc in Quality Management and is author of The Growth Story, Kickstart your Motivation and Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs and co-author of Risk, Motivating People, The Personality Workbook, and Cope with Change at Work.

Kate Flanagan

Kate volunteered with Raleigh ICS in Tanzania in 2017 after graduating from Warwick University with a degree in History. Raleigh had a huge impact on her life, inspiring her to travel more and volunteer for other causes she is passionate about. She is excited to work with the Raleigh Alumni Advisory Group to motivate and engage the Raleigh UK Community and is driven to continue being part of campaigns and movements that help people and try to change the world for the better.

Matt Stanton

Matt participated as a venturer back in 1992 to Guyana. He is a marketing professional with over 15 years experience across both FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) & Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology areas in international management and marketing roles. Matt has a strong entrepreneurial background having been involved in two successful business start-ups within the past 7 years in the area of ‘International Healthcare Communications’ providing professional services and consultancy experience to the global Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Industry.

Matt has an International MBA (marketing speciality) from NIMBAS Graduate School of Management, Utrecht, Netherlands.

“Working across large corporate organisations along with being involved with start-up businesses has given me a broad range of skills from strategic planning through to financial management and recruitment of key personnel.
I believe myself to be an effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills, who enjoys a challenge, is an accomplished negotiator with an extensive network in healthcare, academia & Government.”

Lorraine Patch

Lorraine went to Nepal with Raleigh October- December 2017, working on a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene as part of the ICS scheme. She has a postgraduate degree in international development and currently works for PHASE Worldwide, a small charity working to improve access to healthcare, livelihoods and education in Nepal. She is also Trustee for a food poverty charity in Bristol and an emergency response volunteer with the Red Cross.

She is looking forward to working with the Alumni Advisory Group to work on new ways to engage alumni, fundraise for Raleigh’s work, and to find more ways for people and alumni outside of London to engage with Raleigh.

Sophie Collins

Sophie joined Raleigh International for an expedition to Tanzania in 2014 where she was inspired by the Raleigh Way and making a real difference to the people she met. Sophie works as a Channel Manager for a tech startup, which is all about building and managing relationships. She is thrilled to be involved with the Alumni Advisory Group and looking forward to contributing to Raleigh’s global network engagement.

Rachel Preece

The Operation Raleigh expedition 89C to Zimbabwe launched Rachel into a period of ‘African overlanding’ before studying geology at University College Wales, Aberystwyth and University College London. An industrial internship in the US turned Rachels attentions to petroleum geology, and she subsequently joined Chevron in London. Rachel spent most of her professional career overseas – resident in California and Texas – with technical projects through South America, Europe, Southern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Rachel returned to the UK in 2011 to Aberdeen based energy roles where she gained director and management experience. She currently oversees cross functional technical teams and is responsible for technology adoption and deployment. Throughout her professional career she has enjoyed working with, and helping develop, new career employees realise their technical ambition.

She currently lives in Aberdeenshire with her family. She is a volunteer Scout Leader and rural first responder. She is delighted to re-engage with Raleigh and help develop the Advisory Group toward achieving its goals.

Lauren McCormack

Lauren has been involved with Raleigh since 2015 as an ICS volunteer in Tanzania. She has since worked in Nepal as an ICS Team Leader and as a WASH Deputy Operations Manager for 2 cycles. Outside of this Lauren has experience in campaigning, volunteer management, youth engagement, event and project management as an elected student officer trustee while at University. Between ICS placements she has worked with a youth inclusion charity as a Programme Manager delivering the NCS programme and in her spare time enjoys hiking and wild-camping in the mountains. She is passionate about the environment, volunteering and youth led change and hopes to use her experiences and share ideas to contribute to the Raleigh Alumni Advisory Group.

Ally Thompson

Ally is a former Senior BBC Producer who now coordinates the Northern Ireland Film & Television School and lectures in Documentary Production and Script Writing. In her spare time she freelances as a journalist and travel writer, having co-authored a dozen guidebooks for Rough Guide, Footprint and Dorling Kindersley.
Ally’s first Raleigh Expedition was as a venturer in Belize on 98B. Three years later she returned for a second expedition to Mongolia on 01E where she was a PM on the Trekking phase, covering 900km in total across the Gobi Desert. Her first published travel feature recounted her post-expedition adventures in Beijing and believes that her Mongolian trekking tales secured her that first job at the BBC!

Jacob Wood

Jacob volunteered in summer 2018 on a 10-week expedition in Nepal, and credits his experience for his energy and determination to pursue every opportunity for change and engagement. Currently a Human Geography BSe undergraduate at Cardiff University, Jacob is planning a career in Journalism and Documentary Film making. As part of the Raleigh Alumni Advisory Group Jacob looks forward to increasing the engagement of Raleigh Alumni, inspiring prospective volunteers, and engaging in the workings of Raleigh International.

Oscar Lozada

Oscar joined Raleigh for the ICS programme in Nepal in 2018, where he worked on fostering sustainable livelihoods and a youth-led children’s club within his community. His time in Nepal solidified his ambitions to work in international development, so went on to join the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN in Rome, working on development projects in Vietnam. He now works for CO2balance, a developer of carbon offset projects in Africa, and manages these projects in Rwanda and Malawi. Oscar is conscious of the wealth of experience and passion that exists amongst the Raleigh alumni and is eager to help build a community that can connect, support and promote this prolific drive for change.

George West

George volunteered with Raleigh in 2018 on Expedition in Costa Rica through the bursary fund. He is currently studying Music Composition at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and credits the focus of his work on sustainability to his time spent volunteering. George’s work aims to hijack the concert hall scenario to raise awareness of the sustainable development goals and the global issues our society faces. Through his work to with the Raleigh Alumni Advisory Group he is keen to ensure more people are able to volunteer with Raleigh, regardless of their background. He is driven to reconnect and engage the Raleigh UK Community and mobilise it’s network to drive to an alumni led movement that strives to tackle issues like inequality and the climate crisis.