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Mr Lucian Hudson

Director of Advancement, Marketing and Communications in the Communications Office

(email at lucian.j.hudson@durham.ac.uk)

Professional overview

As Director of Advancement and Communications, I am responsible for leading on Durham University’s advancement activities, bringing together marketing, communications and development to support the enhancement of the University’s global reputation and influence. I am responsible for the Development and Alumni Relations Office and the Marketing and Communications Office.


Professional experience

I joined the University in 2020. I am an experienced board chair, strategic communications specialist and executive coach. Most recently I have led a successful transition at the University of Oxford, putting public affairs and communications on a more strategic footing. I am also lead author of the Policy Exchange report, Universities at The Crossroads, addressing governance, leadership and communication.

As Chair, Earthwatch Europe, I have been steering the organisation through the disruption caused by Covid-19, adapting business strategy through innovation, overseeing new investment and building corporate partnerships, harnessing science and citizen engagement. My wider professional portfolio includes counsel on crisis and recovery.

I have recently been welcomed back as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Tavistock Institute. As Chair, I am advisor to many senior leaders, helping them to manage challenges critical to achieving success. Since 2000, I have supported cabinet ministers, board chairs, vice-chancellors and chief executives.


Talk to me about...

Talk to me about...: Durham University’s advancement activities, bringing together marketing, communications and development to support the enhancement of the University’s global reputation and influence.


About me

I hold an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from St Catherine's College, Oxford.