Alumni team

Meet the alumni team who are developing the alumni programme and support the School’s alumni community. They can be jointly contacted at and on the Blavatnik School of Government Alumni Group on LinkedIn.

Jo Bason

Alumni Relations Manager
+44 (0) 1865 616 695

Jo Bason is the Alumni Relations Manager at the School. Jo joined the School in January 2017 and is responsible for developing the alumni programme and supporting the School’s alumni community. This includes the School’s events and reunion programme and social media. Jo also works with alumni to help with placements, mentoring, research advice, future student recruitment and potential new supporters. Prior to joining the School Jo was the Senior Donor Relations Manager at the University. She has previously worked at Christie’s and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and in Sydney. Jo is a graduate of Leicester University.

Cheryl Riley

Programmes Assistant (Professional Skills & Alumni)
+44 (0) 1865 614 372

Cheryl works as a Programmes Assistant and provides administrative assistance in support of the School’s teaching activities. Her main areas of work fall in professional skills and alumni, while also providing support on special projects. Her key role is ensuring students have a positive experience of applying to, studying in and remaining a life-long member of the School. Prior to joining the School, Cheryl worked as an object mount-maker at the Ashmolean Museum. She has a HND in 3-dimensional Design from Swindon College of Art and Design.