Aberystwyth University appoints two new senior Directors

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY has announced the appointment of two new senior Directors.  Alwena Hughes Moakes, who is currently the University’s Policy and Executive Officer, has been appointed to the role of Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs, and Louise Jagger has been appointed as Director of Development and Alumni Relations.

Newly appointed Directors Alwena Hughes Moakes and Louise Jagger

Professor April McMahon, Vice-Chancellor at Aberystwyth University, welcomed the two appointments with kind words, and praised their respective achievements, saying:

“I am delighted we have appointed two individuals who have a proven track record of success in their different fields.  They will bring great expertise and enthusiasm to support our ambitious Strategic Plan and develop the vital work of engaging with students past and present together with the local community and our stakeholders nationally and internationally.”

Having previously studied as an Environmental Science graduate at Aberystwyth University, Alwena Hughes Moakes holds an MA in Management of Change and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations. She has been commended for her work, winning awards for her PR and communications professionalism.

Moakes, who is also a former President of the Aber Students’ Union and UMCA, joined the University in 2009 from an Aberystwyth based PR agency. She has previously worked in the Local Government, National Public Health Service, and the private sector.

Speaking fondly of Aberystwyth, Alwena said that Aberystwyth University “is a fantastic institution, which I, like many other alumni, staff and students, hold very dear.” Alwena takes up her new post on  the 24th of February.

Louise Jagger, an alumna of Bath University with a BA in European Studies, yields over 25 years experience in fundraising within the UK, having led major capital appeals, fundraising campaigns and regular giving programmes for a range of charities, including Scope, NCH and NSPCC.

Jagger was also awarded an MSc Econ in International Politics in 2013 from Aberystwyth University, having specialised in Welsh Politics and Society and the challenges for the voluntary sector in post-devolution Wales. Her career has spanned a range of sectors including heritage organisations, museums and education.

Now an Aberystwyth resident and Welsh language speaker, Louise has supported a Ceredigion based homelessness charity Cymdeithas Gofal The Care Society, through her MSc research and a capacity building programme in order to establish a volunteer programme.

Pleased with her appointment Jagger said: “As an alumna, I will bring further passion, perspective and authenticity to the role to complement my professional experience and feel very privileged to be working with fellow alumni and friends from around the world in this critical and exciting next chapter of the University’s development’.” She will be taking on her new role on the 3rd of March.