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Alumni Xmas Drinks | Monday 2nd December | Sydney and Melbourne

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Dear Cranfield Alumnus,

A reminder about the pre-Xmas get-togethers for all Cranfield and Shrivenham Alumni to be held in Melbourne and Sydney on Monday evening.

Details of the events are below. We hope that you can join us to meet old friends and make some new ones amongst the alumni community. 

Note: If you did not receive the email from the Cranfield Alumni Office earlier this month regarding this event, you might wish to make contact via to get your details updated. 


Date: Monday 2nd December
Time: from 5 pm to 7 pm-ish.  (Happy Hour is on until 7pm.)
Where: The Establishment, 252 George St, Sydney. Map details:
Contact: David Scollon (
Additional info: Meet at the very back section of the ground floor bar. Handy to trains, buses and ferries.


Date: Monday 2nd December
Time: from 5 pm to 7 pm-ish.  (Happy Hour is on until 7 pm.)
Where: Carbine Bar, RACV City Club, 501 Bourke St, Melbourne. Map details:
Contact: Alexandra Chapman +61 411 519 445 (
Additional info: The Carbine Bar is downstairs from the Bourke St Club main entrance (the large revolving door). Mention that you are attending the Alumni function and the front door staff will direct you. I will sign-in all guests so text me if you are coming, last-minute late starters are fine.

We hope you can make one event or the other!


David Scollon and Alexandra Chapman

2018 Cranfield Australian Alumni Update | Alex Chapman Vice-President

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

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Dear All,

This is the first time that we have done an Alumni update since 2016…

There are reasons for that – which I will mention later. Ever since we started our Australian Alumni Scholarship in 2005, our desired outcomes have been simple: to find outstanding and talented Australians for our Scholarship and to create an Alumni community which is lively and meaningful.

Last year, 2017, we got the Eleventh Scholarship “landed” against all the odds. But on our second outcome, to grow a “vibrant” alumni community, there is still work to be done.   Behind the scenes, there is much solid progress and I feel optimistic that the next twelve months will see this payoff.

The Eleventh Scholarship 2017

We were delighted to award the Eleventh Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship to Susan Kennedy, an outstanding mechanical engineer whose day-to-day responsibilities included working in remote mining sites maintaining large-scale mining gear. Every year, we are always thrilled to find a great winner and 2017 was no exception. You can read more about Susan and the other two finalists Vedran Azman and Ganesh Mane here

2017 was the first time ever that our patron John McFarlane (MBA 1975) was not able to travel from the UK to attend the Award. John has been at every Award presentation for ten years and he was greatly missed.  So, we did something different and fitting, by calling on past Scholars to play a key part in the evening. Damini Arora, 2009 Scholar, presented the award to Susan.  Lily Rattray, 2015 Scholar was Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The dinner was held at the Park Hyatt, Melbourne and the last few alumni were still there around 2am-ish. It was a great evening!

The Twelfth Scholarship 2018

We have two (possibly three) excellent candidates for the Scholarship – more details will come about those shortly.

This year we are breaking with past traditions to hold the award event as a Cocktail Reception at Pier One on Sydney Harbour. This year, our Scholarship Award coincides with Sydney’s VIVID – a festival of light and music – so we will have this as the spectacular backdrop to our Alumni Scholarship celebrations.

It will be a fantastic night and you can see the programme and book by clicking the link here.

A separate email with booking details has been sent out. Please share this with all Cranfield and Shrivenham alumni you are in contact with, to make sure we don’t miss anyone.

The 2018 Scholarship Award will be held on Monday 4th June 2018 in Sydney at Pier One, Sydney Harbour.

Other news

Thus far, our tally of talented beneficiaries stands at twenty. You can see all of our beneficiaries on the Honour Roll here. We also have a huge announcement to make:

Through the efforts of Prof. David Corkindale, and with the support of Cranfield University, we have established a new Scholarship to be offered jointly with The Sir John Monash Foundation.

This scholarship will allow talented Australians access to all the other Schools and courses at Cranfield University and will support our MBA Scholarship activities to create even greater opportunities for talented Australians to benefit from the Cranfield Experience.

Finally, in the background, we are working with Cranfield University and the Alumni Office on ways to reduce the administrative workload for the Scholarship so that we can focus our time and efforts on building a lively the Alumni community here.

Alexandra Chapman  (MBA 1988) | Vice President
on behalf of the Board of the Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation.

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PS. Some of you may be aware that a few days after the Award Dinner in May 2016,  Jed Simms my husband was diagnosed with lymphoma and that he died after a very short illness. I mention this simply by way of explanation for why not much has happened with Alumni events recently. But I keep reminding myself of that Buddhist saying, “If you are facing the right way – all you have to do is keep walking”.

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Monday, June 19 2017, Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship dinner, Melbourne

Monday, May 8th, 2017


Please save the date – Monday 19 June 2017

to celebrate Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation’s eleventh annual award please join us at:

Park Hyatt, 1 Parliament Square, Melbourne on Monday 19 June 2017.

This year, it is Melbourne’s turn to host the annual scholarship dinner. We will share details of the AGM, speaker and programme of events in the next few days.

This year in order to reduce the ticket price (after feedback from alumni attending in prior years) we have altered the dinner arrangements to include a welcoming glass of bubbles, canapés and two course dinner. You may choose and pay for your own wine over dinner. This significantly reduces the cost of the evening for everyone and allows those who wish to choose the wine they prefer.

The award dinner will be a great event and we look forward to seeing you there.

An update on the Scholarship and Alumni matters

We are delighted to have three candidates in the pipeline for our eleventh Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship, 2017. We are in the final stages of interviews to select this year’s winner.

Our Tenth Scholarship winner in 2016 – Andrew Smith – was another in the ever lengthening line of outstanding and talented Australians, bringing to nineteen our tally of winners and finalists who have studied at Cranfield through the efforts of the Australian alumni.

Every year since 2005, when we started our journey to build the Australian Cranfield alumni community through our scholarship activities, we have made steady progress. Each year, the volunteers who have given their time to the Foundation have tackled different projects: from building relationships with key C-level executives who can direct talented Australians towards our Scholarship, to finding all the Australian-based alumni from all Cranfield schools to include in our community.

2016 was very different

In any voluntary organisation, the rubber hits the road only when people put the hours and slog into getting things done. Last year, due to all manner of personal and professional stresses, our nine man Board of hard-working volunteers was effectively reduced to two and a bit – who then had to carry the load for all. Somehow though, enabled by the excellent processes we set up all those years ago, with some dogged slog from the few, and with Alumni (including our Patron John McFarlane) pitching in to help, we managed to get the year done.

Unquestionably some things we normally do went by the wayside: our usual efforts with keeping in contact with you all, organising alumni get-togethers and events and promoting the Cranfield brand, to name a few. In the background, we have continued to link to all Cranfield Alumni on LinkedIn. This means that all Australian Alumni are no further than a second connection away from each other. We have also made progress to finding the long term solution to setting our Scholarship on a sustainable basis – both for administration and fundraising.

What keeps us focused

We aim to create a vibrant Australian Alumni community and to make our Scholarship the pre-eminent one for the development of leadership and management skills for talented Australians who are passionate about this country and want to contribute to its future.

I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks at the AGM and Award dinner.

Details and booking form to be available on 20 May. 

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Alexandra Chapman  (MBA 1988) | Vice President
on behalf of the Board of the Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation.


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Establishing The Cranfield Trust in Australia

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

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The Cranfield Trust is setting up in Australia and I would like to invite you to get involved.

About The Cranfield Trust

The Cranfield Trust was established in the UK in 1989, in response to a challenge issued by HRH The Princess Royal to the staff, students and alumni of Cranfield University to use their skills to benefit the voluntary sector. The Cranfield Trust is an independent registered charity, with the Princess as Patron. Over the last 25 years, the UK arm of the Trust has conducted more than 2,000 projects for charity clients – all free of charge. (You can read more about The Cranfield Trust on their website here).

In the UK, a network of over 700 pro bono consultants donate their time to charities to help them become more effective and sustainable. The Trust works in areas where it is often difficult or expensive to access support, and provides all services free to voluntary organisations. 80% of the volunteer consultants stay in touch with the charity they have supported for at least 12 months, providing ongoing advice.

Establishment of the Trust in Australia

In 2015, The Cranfield Trust (Australia) was established, with a Board which includes UK-based Amanda Tincknell (CEO The Cranfield Trust) and in Australia, Lindsay Jones, Kim Parish (MBA 1990), Russell King (MBA 2004), and myself. All of us are working on a pro bono basis to establish the Trust.

The Trust has successfully piloted its services in Australia working on several key strategic business projects. These projects have focused on the implications of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for Aftercare, a charity that focuses on mental health.

In February 2016, we held a meeting with our lawyers Clayton Utz and the Australian Charities & Not for Profits Commission, and we have confirmed that under current Australian tax rules, The Cranfield Trust Australia is not eligible for tax deductible (DGR) status for donations. This means that funding the trust through tax deductible gifts will be a challenge. Notwithstanding this, we are committed to getting The Cranfield Trust underway in Australia.

An information session on Monday 9th May

We would like to invite you to get involved. To find out more about what we aim to achieve and how you can help, please come to our information session at The Langham Hotel Sydney, immediately prior to the Scholarship Award dinner.

If you can’t make the session, please contact me by replying to this email.

I look forward to meeting with you.

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John Hosie

MBA 1999  |  Director, The Cranfield Trust (Australia)


Register below if you would like to attend

The Cranfield Trust (Australia) information session

Date: Monday 9th May (preceding the Scholarship Award dinner)

Time: 5pm – 5.45pm

Venue: The Langham Hotel, 89 Kent Street, Sydney.



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Invitation to Sydney Alumni Get-together | Thursday, 31 March 5.00pm

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Dear All,

On Thursday 31 March, David Scollon (MBA 2013 and our Sixth Scholar, 2012) will be hosting an informal get-together for Sydney Cranfield Alumni.

David will bring you up to date on the news from Dean Maury Peiperl’s flying visit last week, the progress at Cranfield, our brand building efforts and this year’s Scholarship.

Date & time: From 5pm, Thursday 31 March 2016
Location: THE BAR | SIR STAMFORD PLAZA at Circular Quay 93 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.
Turn right from the foyer to find the bar entrance.–bar/the-bar.

Alumni from all schools are welcome. We are also inviting prospective applicants and those who have registered interest in the Scholarship to attend so that they can meet alumni and hear about the “Cranfield experience”.

Hope you can make it on Thursday.

RSVP with the form below.

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regards Alex

Alex Chapman (MBA 1988) | Vice-President
on behalf of the Board of the Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation.

PS: Please save the date in your diary for the Scholarship Award Dinner – Monday 9th May. More details to come next week. It’s going to be big and a lot of fun.

PPS: Apologies in advance for the short notice.

PPPS: There will be a very small contribution towards the bar tab (but after that runs out, you will need to contribute a small sum to fund the drinks kitty!)


Reflections on a decade of effort for our Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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How our Cranfield Scholarship started…

Our journey started in November 2005, when we received an email from Cranfield School of Management, offering a Scholarship place for the MBA programme aimed at increasing the number of Australians on the MBA.

That email triggered a thought process – perhaps we could use such a scholarship to address issues facing our Australian Cranfield alumni, namely:

  • Diversity in age, interests and experience and limited alumni numbers spread around the continent made it challenging to create a vibrant and meaningful alumni community;
  • Almost no community activities, apart from events organised by School of Management alumni in Melbourne and the occasional drinks with visiting faculty in Sydney;
  • Non-existent recognition of Cranfield and the value and quality of its education in Australia;
  • A large body of alumni – almost 1000 in Australia as we subsequently discovered – who shared and benefited greatly from their “Cranfield experience” but who had little reason or opportunity to come together;
  • Little engagement between alumni and the University once their studies were completed and limited contact information apart from the Cranfield Management Alumni database.

When the opportunity came, it meant that:

  • A scholarship could provide a catalyst to build an Australian alumni community with a unifying purpose;
  • We could use the scholarship to attract talented Australians to Cranfield;
  • We could grow the reputation of the Australian Cranfield alumni and to mutual benefit, awareness of Cranfield University and the School of Management as well.

This would create a virtuous cycle.

“We alumni are the beginning and end of a virtuous cycle in which

excellence and diversity in the student body leads to increased richness and quality of learning;

which in turn feeds the success of the graduates and Cranfield University as an academic institution;

and then delivers a stronger and more vibrant alumni community to act as role models to attract more outstanding students.”

A piece of cake really…

Except, for a group of volunteers, the workload was (and still is) enormous. A small group of alumni came together to tackle it, just like a WAC. We went back to basics in terms of how we built the end-to-end processes to find talented candidates, select the winner and the many things required to support our endeavours.

From our Inaugural Scholarship awarded in 2007 we have:blues_brothers

  • Created our scholarship for “leadership and management development for talented Australians who are passionate about Australia and want to contribute to its future” and awarded nine Scholarships;
  • Started to grow a purposeful and welcoming community for alumni of all Schools;
  • Built a pipeline to find talented Australians and show them how the Cranfield experience can accelerate their professional and personal development;
  • Established relationships with organisations who could spread the word about our scholarship to their talented employees;
  • Held numerous alumni events and nine gala award dinners;
  • Sent eighteen talented Aussies to Cranfield and with several more likely this year;
  • Defined our ethos as “pay it forward” to encourage beneficiaries to actively support the Foundation and ensure it will strengthen and grow into the future;
  • Influenced Cranfield University to appreciate the value of the alumni community and then supported its efforts to rebuild engagement with the international alumni community;
  • Located alumni based in Australia by referral and through LinkedIn;
  • Increased awareness of the Cranfield brand and reputation in Australia.

Where to now?

Over the past ten years, we have met many of the alumni through the events that we have held. One thing has become clear – we may be small in number, but we certainly “punch above our weight.” Indeed, Cranfield alumni in Australia hold positions of influence across a diverse range of industries and organisations.

Simply put, Cranfield alumni make a difference.

So, the next phase of our evolution will most likely centre on:

  • Supporting efforts to launch the Cranfield Trust, which can provide a vehicle for alumni to contribute their time and skills to valuable and worthwhile causes (more about this to come);
  • Expanding our scholarship activities with Cranfield’s support to other Schools & programmes of the University;
  • Increasing the number of indigenous Australians in our pipeline;
  • Continuing to strengthen our community with the support of Cranfield University;
  • Continuing to grow the reputation of Cranfield alumni in Australia.

Meanwhile Cranfield University continues on its own journey of transformation, strengthening the institution and the Schools academically, building brand reputation and engaging with the alumni community.

All of these activities will take (perhaps) another few years.

There is a Buddhist saying “When you are facing the right way, all you have to do is walk.” It’s our view that the University, the Schools and the alumni are now all facing the right way. And, all we have to do is continue on our journey.

So, the question for all of you is…

How would you like to contribute and shape the future of the Cranfield alumni in Australia?

We would greatly welcome your thoughts & feedback by return email or by posting to the LinkedIn discussion here.


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Alexandra Chapman

Cranfield Alumni International President for Australia

PS A reminder to book for the Brisbane and Melbourne Alumni events | Tuesday 22 March & Wednesday 23 March

Click here to RSVP (there is no charge for the events)


2016 Scholarship Selection process

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Cranfield VC, Board & 2015 Finalists

Dear All,

It’s that time of year again, when I write to you because we are about to start the selection process to award the Tenth Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship.

I have just updated the Key Dates for the scholarship – which you can check here.

You can also review the end to end process on the Welcome Information page.

If you have been on our “Registered Interest” list for a while and I have NOT yet contacted you this year please either call me or email me:

  1. Indicating whether you:
    • A: Are interested in applying this year 2016;
    • B: Are interested in applying for a particular future year (in which case please advise);
    • C: Are interested but your timing is uncertain;
    • D: Would like to be removed from the Registered Interest list but are happy to become a supporter (all we ask is that you share the annual email announcing “Scholarship Applications Open”);
    • E: Would like to be removed completely (note you can always reregister if you wish).
  2. If you are planning to apply this year (A), could you please indicate whether you have done (or are about to do) the GMAT – or – if you would like to sit the CAT (you can book to take the CAT here).

There are additional scholarships on offer this year (details here) and I would love to see a wonderful bunch of talented Aussies (that’s you folks) be awarded them.

“Meet the Alumni Receptions”

We are holding alumni receptions in two weeks time to coincide with the visit of the Dean of Cranfield School of Management, Prof Maury Peiperl to Australia. The details of the events are below. You will have the opportunity to meet with alumni and learn about the “Cranfield experience”.

We aim to schedule a “Meet the Alumni” event in Sydney on a date tbc – most likely 31 March.

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Alex Chapman  (MBA 1988) | Vice-President
on behalf of the Board of the Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation.

Register below if you would like to attend

Brisbane: Alumni Reception with Professor Maury Peiperl hosted by QUT

Date: Tuesday 22nd March

Time: 1700 – 1900

Venue: Executive Education Centre, Level 4, B Block, QUT Gardens Point, 2 George Street, Brisbane.

A campus map with parking instructions can be found here. 

Melbourne: Alumni Reception with Professor Maury Peiperl hosted by Cranfield University

Date: Wednesday 23rd March

Time: 1600 – 1930

Venue: The Winston Room, The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne.


Reminder to RSVP | Prof Maury Peiperl visiting Brisbane & Melbourne 22-23 March

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Dear all,

Maury PeiperlProfessor Maury Peiperl, Dean of the Cranfield School of Management is making a flying visit to Australia in the next two weeks and we are delighted to invite you to alumni events to meet him:

  • BRISBANE       |   Tuesday 22 March 5pm onwards, and also
  • MELBOURNE |   Wednesday 23 March 4pm onwards.

This will give you the opportunity to meet Prof. Peiperl, hear his vision for the School of Management and get the latest news from Cranfield University.

You can catchup with fellow Cranfield alumni from all the Schools and also meet some of the talented applicants who are interested in our Scholarship.

We will give you an update on our Cranfield Alumni Scholarship (now in its Tenth Year) which goes from strength to strength, the launch of the Cranfield Trust and the other activities that we are planning to grow recognition of Cranfield and the Cranfield Alumni in Australia.

I do hope you can join us in either Brisbane or Melbourne.



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Alexandra Chapman

Alex Chapman (MBA 1988) | Vice-President
on behalf of the Board of the Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation.

PS: Please all alumni –  SAVE THE DATE – Monday May 9th for the Tenth Scholarship Award Dinner in Sydney. It’s going to be big and a lot of fun.



Register below if you would like to attend

Brisbane: Alumni Reception with Professor Maury Peiperl hosted by QUT

Date: Tuesday 22nd March

Time: 1700 – 1900

Venue: Executive Education Centre, Level 4, B Block, QUT Gardens Point, 2 George Street, Brisbane.

A campus map with parking instructions can be found here. 


Melbourne: Alumni Reception with Professor Maury Peiperl hosted by Cranfield University

Date: Wednesday 23rd March

Time: 1600 – 1930

Venue: The Winston Room, The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000



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2016 Alumni Update (my last as President)

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Cranfield VC, Board & 2015 Finalists

Dear All,

2015 was a year of projects and progress for the Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation (CAASF).

Scholarship and Alumni update

The Award dinner for the Ninth Scholarship was held at The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne on 11 May 2015 and was attended as always by John McFarlane our Patron. This year we also were fortunate to host Cranfield University’s Vice Chancellor, Sir Peter Gregson, and faculty members Simon Pollard, Elise Cartmell, Graham Braithwaite, and Debi Ashenden.

Organising events in Melbourne and Sydney and liaising with media to gain coverage of the faculty visit were hugely demanding undertakings as this year we were also especially busy with the scholarship selection. We upgraded our candidate interview process and had more candidates to interview than ever before at the final stages.

The President’s Lunches in February 2015 were hosted in Melbourne & Sydney and continued our process of relationship building, with a focus on CSIRO, indigenous organisations and Engineers Australia, with the aim of making sure that our pipeline of talent continues to grow.

The result was that we sent 3 students to Cranfield; a wonderful winner in Lily Rattray and finalists Claire Dyason and Paul Lamprecht who were offered part Scholarships.

Other progress

  • The visit from Sir Peter Gregson and faculty underlined the importance of the Australian alumni to Cranfield and the model that we have created here. We note that even our chosen word ‘community’ to describe ourselves has crept into the University’s lexicon;
  • Development of Cranfield’s new brand communications is almost complete – we have seen the drafts and feel that you will be very pleased with the results;
  • The School of Management’s rankings continue to improve;
  • We continue the process of connecting with Australian Alumni to include them in our community.

It would be fair to say that projects consumed the bulk of the Board’s energy and attention has been somewhat less on the day-to-day tasks of alumni events and communications. This is something we intend to focus on this year.

And lastly …

We are seeking a new President for the Foundation. After many years in Australia with RBS, and more than 3 years as President of CAASF, for family reasons I have recently returned to the UK. This creates an opportunity for a Cranfield alumnus to take on the role of President and to work with the established board. We are also seeking alumni for Board member roles.

Whilst the Board presently comprises mainly School of Management alumni (who were instrumental in setting up the scholarship), the new President could be someone from any part of Cranfield. The main requirement is someone who has the time, enthusiasm and energy to devote to the role. In particular, now that we have established the pipeline of talented candidates, the Board focus will be on financial and operational sustainability.

If you wish to indicate your interest, or to suggest someone who you believe fills the bill, please make contact with us via the contact form here.

Finally, I have greatly enjoyed my time as President and am proud of what our Alumni Scholarship has achieved. We are well on the way to making ours the pre-eminent scholarship for the development of leadership and management skills for talented Australians who are passionate about Australia and want to contribute to its future.

I hope to see you all in May at the Award dinner when I handover the baton to the new President.

Stephen Williams (MBA1993)

Stephen Williams  (MBA 1993) | President
on behalf of the Board of the Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation.





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Victorian Cranfield & Shrivenham Alumni get-together

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

on date TBC at the Deakin UniversityL 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD. We look forward to seeing you there.