Alistair joined the Aurora board in Summer 2018. Alistair studied oboe and baroque oboe at the Royal Northern with Robin Canter. He has had a varied career as performer, minor impresario, facilitator, charity chief executive and higher education fundraiser, working with the likes of Oxfam, Save the Children International, Refugee Resource, UCL, Imperial College and University College Cork. Joining Aurora brings him back to his heartland, in music. It’s also music at home as his partner, the Eighteenth Centurist, Susanne Aspden, is Chair of Faculty Board in Music at the University of Oxford, where they live.
Today Alistair is Director of Development working with Sir Anthony Seldon at the University of Buckingham, where he has established the first major drive for the university. In the first four years, he has been responsible for honing the vision, building the team and raising nearly £30 million, resulting in a string of new initiatives such as the first independent medical school in the UK, a new law faculty, a major partnership with Silverstone and a new home for economics and entrepreneurship.