Loughborough Alumni


Jack Needham

BSc Human Biology, 2015

Jack discusses how he will bring his experiences at Loughborough to the Alumni Advisory Board.

During my six years at Loughborough University I spent a significant amount of time volunteering and working at the Students’ Union, whilst also studying a BSc and MSc in the School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences. In addition to this, I was an active member of Hazlerigg-Rutland hall, creating the modern alumni and affiliates weekend in 2014, and being the host/organiser each year since then. I have been fortunate to gain a lot from my time at Loughborough, have met some incredible people, and now I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to give back and contribute to the institute as a member of the Alumni Advisory Board.

Since studying at Loughborough and through to the present day, I have taken full advantage of Loughborough’s rich alumni community. Be that learning about the life of a student at Loughborough in the 70s, 80s, and 90s by meeting with past Hazlerigg and Rutland Hall Chairs, or meeting with international alumni in Hong Kong or New Zealand and sharing our stories, exploring their cities, and received advice on life after Loughborough. I’ve benefited enormously from our common interest and gratitude for spending time at Loughborough University, and think every current student and alumni should be afforded the same opportunity.

I believe a key responsibility of the AAB and the Alumni Association is to help the current student groups create and improve their existing alumni offers. By doing this there will be a greater proportion of current students who are knowledgeable and aware of what it means to be an alumnus and the benefits that entails, all before actually leaving the institute. It is my belief that the halls of residence and Athletic Union clubs are key to achieving this, both being the two largest student groups outside of departments. However, it is imperative that the AAB have the right knowledge, understanding, and experience of these groups and their structures to accomplish this.

One of the main sections I volunteered with as a student was the Athletic Union and Student Sport. As member of the Athletic Union Executive for two years, I assisted several clubs to create and develop their alumni offers. This further enhances my knowledge and experience of these additional student group who I know are interested and motivated to support the cause to engage new alumni. This is in addition to my aforementioned experience of creating and developing my own hall’s modern alumni weekend.

As a young member of the Alumni Association with experience of engaging other alumni, I believe I am in a great position to be a board member and can relate to the younger graduates that the AAB should be aiming to engage.

Other broader areas of work that I believe the AAB should be focusing on, and that I believe I can contribute to, are:
1) A greater importance and emphasis placed on engaging younger alumni within the first five years of them graduating.
2) Collaboration with the Students’ Union and the main voluntary sections and groups to assist in registering finalist students for the Alumni Association.
3) Increasing the number of events and opportunities for alumni living local to Loughborough to visit the campus during term time and observe current student life.

Career history

Current Role: Capita plc - Group Finance - Treasury function
Consultant in Data and BI Reporting
November 2018 - Present

1) Lead the design of a brand new BI reporting suite utilising Microsoft Power BI and other apps
2) Build and manage reports for senior management to derive MI
3) Advise on data cleansing and management processes
4) Support multiple projects with accurate, automated, and sustainable reports - E.g Bank Account rationalisation, Restricted Cash analysis
5) Assist in custom analysis for significant strategic financial decisions - E.g c.£600 million Debt Facility negotiation

Current Pro-bono work:

1) Good Gym - Data Reporting
- Design and build reports utilising demographic, participation, and donations data

2) The International Platform on Sport and Development - Special Projects
- Research website re-design options and long term framework
- Design and build a research and evidence provision for the website
- Support the planning and conceptualisation of a new international network of sport organisations

In addition to my current roles, I have enjoyed several small employment opportunities often achieved due to my connection to Loughborough University.

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (University partner)
Consultant in Data, Research & Insight
December 2017 – November 2018

Loughborough Students’ Union
Athletic Union Sports Administrator
October 2017 – November 2017

Sport England (University partner)
CEO’s Office Intern
June 2017 – September 2017

Wimbledon Championships – The All England Lawn Tennis Club
Court Attendant & Court Captain
June - July 2014, 2015, 2016

This is in addition to some voluntary project roles with significant Sport Industry organisations:

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS)
Senior Leadership Team for BUCS Midlands Conference Cup Finals Day
December 2016 – February 2017

Youth Sport Trust (University Partner)
Platinum Youth Sport Award working group
October 2016 – June 2017

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