Harkness Fellows Association

History

The Harkness Fellows Association and Transatlantic Trust is the alumni association of the Harkness Fellowships, an international programme offering study fellowships in the USA. A number of former holders of Harkness Fellowships decided to ensure that alumni could stay connected and accordingly set up an association, the Harkness Fellows Association.

The HFA was registered as a charity with an educational remit for alumni on 13 September 2001. The Charity was also established as a private company limited by guarantee. In 2002 the HFA fundraised and secured money to produce a video to illustrate the breadth of the Fellowships and their impact on the lives and distinguished careers of a number of eminent Fellows.

The Association has no full-time staff. Its activities are carried out on a voluntary basis by Committee members and part-time administrative assistance is bought in from an educational organisation, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

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Aims and Activities

The aims of the Association are to keep alive the spirit of the programme for alumni and other interested parties and to encourage transatlantic contacts and relationships. To this end we run a programme of talks given by high profile speakers on a wide range of topical issues, including of course those related to Anglo-American issues, interspersed with events such as seminars and debates and visits to places of historic or cultural interest. The most recent addition to the portfolio of activities is an annual Returners’ event, supported by the Health Foundation, to introduce those returning from their Fellowships to the Harkness Alumni family. The HFA has recently introduced a bi-annual newsletter to help alumni keep in touch with each other.

Membership of the Harkness Fellows Association is open to all interested in transatlantic relationships. The core of our members are former Harkness and Commonwealth Fund Fellows who at some stage in their careers enjoyed the benefit of living, studying and travelling in the United States of America.

If you wish to join the Harkness Fellows Association, please contact the Association office at harkness@acu.ac.uk.

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The Committee

Timothy Hornsby

Chair, Trustee & Director
Timothy Hornsby is currently the Chair of the Harkness Fellows Association, and Chair of the International Tree Foundation. He is a Trustee of the British Architectural Trust Board, a Trustee of Field Lane charity, a Board Member of the Audience Agency and a Board member of King’s College Hospital Charity. In his previous career he occupied the Chief Executive posts at the National Lottery Charities Board (now the Big Lottery Fund), the Royal Borough of Kingston, and the Nature Conservancy Council, after a career in academic life and subsequently in the higher Civil Service.

Lesley Brown

Trustee & Director
Lesley Brown specialised in international corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy. She has advised companies in Europe and the USA ranging from multinationals to start ups, across a broad range of business sectors. Recently retired, she was Managing Director of her own corporate finance boutique in London. She has previously worked with leading investment banks Lazard Brothers and Robert Fleming (now part of J P Morgan) as well as with the Boston Consulting Group. She holds degrees from Stanford University, California (MBA), Cambridge University (PhD Chemistry) and Edinburgh University (BSc (Hons) Chemistry).

Colin Blakemore

Trustee & Director
Formerly Waynflete Chair of Physiology in Oxford, where he also directed the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council, in 2012 Colin moved to a personal Professorship in the School of Advanced Study, University of London. In 2014 he was knighted for service to scientific research, policy and outreach. He was the youngest person to give the BBC Reith Lectures. He has given the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, he has made nearly 1,000 broadcasts (including a 13-part series for BBC television), and he writes for national and international media.

Malcolm Dean

Trustee & Director
Malcolm Dean is a former Guardian journalist. He joined in 1969 and was a reporter, social affairs leader-writer and assistant editor. In 1979 he launched its Society section and edited it for most of its first 21 years. In 2006, he retired and took up a fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford. He has served on more than a dozen national social policy working parties, chaired a Joseph Rowntree Foundation commission on older people, and been a trustee of six charities. More recently he authored Democracy under Attack (Policy Press).

Judy Digney

Trustee & Director
Following a career in arts management, Judy Digney worked as a fundraising consultant to a wide range of charities, arts and educational organisations including the Tate, Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Academy of Arts. After working at the Victoria & Albert Museum, she led the Development Departments at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Whitechapel and Barbican Art Gallery. She is a Trustee of The Finzi Trust and Music as Therapy International. Judy has recently published a children’s book.

Judy Hargadon

Trustee & Director
After a long career in health care management, with posts including CEO of a Trust and a Health Authority, Judy was the Chief Executive of the School Food Trust, set up to transform school food after Jamie Oliver’s TV expose in 2005. Judy led the change from the Trust’s then NDPB status to an independent charity, the Children’s Food Trust. She is a member of Council for the University of Exeter, a non executive director for Restorative Solutions CIC and volunteers with charities that support struggling families.

Peter Jenkins

Trustee & Director
Peter Jenkins joined the Diplomatic Service (DS) on his return from a two-year Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School for Arts and Sciences, where he studied history and literature. During a 33-year diplomatic career he served in Vienna (twice), Washington, Paris, Brasilia and Geneva. He specialised in global nuclear and trade policy issues. Since leaving the DS he has formed a corporate problem-solving and diplomatic training partnership with former colleagues, and he writes and talks on his areas of specialisation. He lives in Bath with his Hong Kong wife, Angelina.

Maddy Phipps-Taylor

Trustee & Director
Maddy returned from her Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice in 2015 and is now the Director of Strategy at Allocate Software – the world’s leading healthcare workforce management software provider. Prior to her fellowship she was Senior Policy Advisor to PM David Cameron at No 10 Downing Street. She had, at that point, experience as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and a Civil Servant following an education in Engineering at Oxford.

Roy Williams

Trustee & Director
Roy Williams held a Harkness Fellowship in 1963–64 at the Universities of Chicago and Berkeley. His career has seen him serve as a civil servant, mainly in the Department for Trade and Industry. He has worked as Principal Private Secretary to successive Secretaries of State and has been responsible at different times for trade and industrial policy. Since retiring as Deputy Secretary Director General, Roy has chaired a major charity and been involved in several quangos and various EU initiatives.

Aoife Dudley

Administrator

Aoife Dudley is the Administrator and main point of contact for any matter relating to the Harkness Fellows Association including membership and events. Aoife graduated from the University of Oxford in 2015 with a BA in Geography. Before joining the ACU she worked at the University’s Department of Politics and International Relations as part of the Courses Team.

She can be contacted at harkness@acu.ac.uk.

Aoife also works as Programme Administrator to the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, administrating Scholarships to postgraduate students from the United States to the UK.