The Changemaker Team

Meet the talented and passionate team behind Homerton Changemakers

Led by Dr Alison Wood (Academic Director), Changemakers is supported by Dr Soraya Jones (Senior Programme Lead), a Steering Group, and a Student Ambassadors Group.

We also draw on a network of innovators, academics, philanthropists, professionals, and entrepreneurs to offer the programme, building a courage-motivated community of people within the College and beyond.
 

Dr Alison Wood

Alison Wood

 

Alison is Academic Director of Homerton Changemakers, and Fellow Homerton College. of Homerton’s pioneering programme on whole-person education, combining two decades of experience building cross-sector and cross-disciplinary initiatives (from healthy ageing to nineteenth-century studies to research leadership) with a research career in the history of intellectual institutions and universities. She recently led a British Academy Network on ‘Critical University Studies’ and is now working with colleagues - in the US, Germany, Italy, South Africa, and India - on the relationship between the future of higher education and sustainability; on scenario planning for the future university; and the future educated self.

Alison holds a BA and MA (Res) in English from the University of Adelaide, and a PhD from King’s College London. She’s worked in 7 different disciplines, including medicine; spent 10 years as a musician and music teacher; and has long-standing interests in psychotherapy, high-performance, leadership, meaningful work, and institutional reform.

 

Dr Soraya Jones

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Soraya Jones is the Senior Programme Lead for the ambitious and innovative Homerton Changemakers Programme. After many years as part of the senior leadership team of Tribal Technology (part of Tribal Group Plc), Soraya became the first CEO of Cambridge Wireless (CW) from 2007 to 2015, where she was successful in growing the business from a one-person company to a membership cluster of over 425 companies and 20 industry-focused Special Interest Groups Forums, making it one of the premier tech clusters in the UK. She stepped down in 2015 to pursue other ventures including becoming an entrepreneur-in-residence at St. John’s Innovation Centre and setting up her own consultancy business. She is also on the board of UEA Innovation Advisory board and is also the INNOVATEUK Ambassador for Women in Innovation. Born in Malaysia, Soraya holds BSc and MSc degrees from Indiana University, USA, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (Education). She is driven by her passion to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, especially amongst the next generation.
 

Steering Group

The Steering Group meets once each term, offering oversight and advice to the Changemakers Team.

Student Ambassadors Group

Each year Homerton students can apply to become a Changemakers Ambassador. The Student Ambassadors Group meets once each term with the Academic Director and Senior Programme Lead, advising on all aspects of the Changemakers Programme. Ambassadors also have the chance to join Steering Group meetings and develop experience in governance; access bespoke leadership training and opportunities for volunteering; and gain support for their own initiatives and events if they wish. 

Current Student Ambassadors 
 

The Network: Lecturers, Mentors and Champions

Changemakers benefits from an outstanding group of people - from business, politics, not-for-profits, the arts, medicine, sport, law, tech, academia and NGOS - who generously contribute hands-on to programme events, mentor students, and champion Changemaker work (and lively connections) in many sectors. 

More info coming soon. 

 

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