The Committee 2018/2019 2018-11-19T08:31:37+01:00

The MCR Committee standing orders can be accessed here

The MCR Constitution can be accessed here


The Kellogg MCR Committee (2018-2019)

Alex Copestake – President

Hi folks, I’m Alex the MCR President– it’s my job to coordinate the activities of the MCR Committee and to liaise with College on behalf of the student body. We’re always looking for more people to get involved in improving life for Kellogg students, so if you have ideas and/or energy please get in touch! I’m studying for a DPhil in Economics, and spend much of the rest of my time playing hockey with the university team, running, climbing mountains, listening to audiobooks on the future of humanity or monologuing about political philosophy. If you asked me for an interesting fact about myself, I’d probably say that I (was once) the Junior World Bog Snorkelling Triathlon Champion (seriously – google it, bog snorkelling actually exists and is hilarious).

Katherine Newell – Vice President

Hi guys I’m Katherine and I’m a third year DPhil student studying Medical Science. I’m originally from the Cotswolds in England but I have lived in various places across the UK. I have various hobbies including, running, preferably marathons up mountains, wingwalking (google it, it’s a thing!), and travelling, usually around the world as part of my DPhil. As your VP I work with Alex and the entire MCR to ensure everything runs (semi) smoothly! I can be contacted at Also 50% of Kimi. 

Simona Sulikova – Secretary

First year DPhil student in Environment, transport studies focus. Graduated from Kellogg with an MPhil, and as MCR Secretary organises and manages the MCR Committee meetings. Also directs queries and issues to the people responsible for them, and helps out where needed. Also, the other 50% of Kimi. 

Barney Williams – Treasurer

Hi I’m Barney, I’m responsible for managing the MCR budget. When I’m not looking at budget spreadsheets I can normally be found surfing/climbing/skiing or, when all other options are exhausted, doing my DPhil in vaccine development for malaria. 

JS Lemay  – Communications Officer

Hey guys I’m JS – a second year DPhil student from Québec doing research in pure math. I’m also better known as the guy who always wears shorts. I’m in charge of writing the weekly newsletters and managing the MCR facebook group. Hope to see you around college!

Giuseppe Spatafora – Academic Officer

Hi, my name is Giuseppe but you can call me Peppe! I come from Palermo, a city in Sicily (Southern Italy). I’m studying for an MPhil in International Relations. I’m the Academic Officer in Kellogg’s MCR Committee, and as such I supervise all academic-related matters on behalf the college’s student body. I’m also the main reference point for contacting the Library staff. Piacere di conoscervi! Nice to meet you all!

Marissa Nagler – Arts & Culture Officer

Hi guys! I’m Marissa, the Arts & Cultures Officer. I’m excited to bring everything artsy and cultural to Kellogg this year! I’m an MBA student, meaning I’m here for one jam-packed year, and I’m excited to make the most of it with you all. I come from California, where I worked at Universal Studios in Studio Production for 8 years managing film, television, commercials, indies, still shoots, and music videos. When I’m not studying business finance or organizational behavior, I can be found running, traveling, cooking, organizing events for the business school’s Women’s Leadership Alliance, getting into the Oxford/English culture, and attending as many social events as possible.

Gabrielle Kiliman- Green Officer

Hey guys, I’m Gabby the Green Officer! I’m an MSc student in Water Science, Policy and Management and I’m here to make Kellogg as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. If you ever want to talk about how to reduce your impact, or just want to go out and spend some time in nature, I’m your girl. I love poetry, plants, and going places.

Andy Thang Nguyen – IT Officer

Howdy! I’m Andy, a 2nd year student in the Software and System Security program. As your IT officer, I’m looking forward to serving our community with not only their IT issues, but also with lifelong learning opportunities. Also a firm believer that whiskey can solve most of the world’s problem.

Severin Rapp – Domestic Officer

Severin is a graduate student in Comparative Social Policy. Having completed an undergraduate degree in economics in Vienna, Austria, he worked as a researcher in applied economic policy before coming to Oxford. Reluctant to accept things as given, advocating interests of students both at school and university has always been paramount to him. Therefore, he worked in student representation at school, university and federal level in Austria. His activities in student representation culminated into his work as a domestic officer for the Kellogg College MCR.

Rivers Gambrell – Development Officer

I’m Rivers, and I’m stoked to serve as your MCR Development Officer this year. I’m finishing up a DPhil in History, mostly writing about American football and the presidency. As Development Officer my goal is to ensure that donations to Kellogg will be used in ways that are beneficial to both full and part-time students. When not writing or fulfilling my MCR duties, I enjoy drawing, finding cheap flights, dogs, skateboarding, roller coasters, and the problematically-named Washington Redskins.

Robert McCraith – Sports Officer

I’m a second year DPhil student in the AIMS (Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems) program. During my first year in Kellogg I rowed in our first boat for Torpids and took part in several external races. This year as sports officer I’m hoping to ensure Kellogg students are well connected to various casual and more serious sporting clubs around the university.

Bill Franklin – Part-time Student Representative

I’m Bill, I’m the part-time student representative. My role is to ensure that part-time students are engaged with college whether they’re living in Oxford or elsewhere. If you’re studying part time, please do contact me via email for any academic or social issues that you’re having and I’ll help you get those resolved. Likewise, contact me if you think of anything that would make your time at Kellogg more enjoyable, and I’ll make sure the MCR hears about it.

Oliver Ingram – PGCE Representative

Hello! I’m Ollie, the PGCE representative for Kellogg College! I am doing a PGCE in science this year and loving it! One of the best things about this year is being a part of Kellogg College and meeting great people from all walks of life. As a PGCE student, I’m aware how overwhelming the demands of the course can be at times for us teachers. Getting involved with the social events at Kellogg and around Oxford can seem out of our reach at times, so I’m all ears on any suggestions you have and encouraging more events which we can get stuck in with! You can probably find me at dinner or behind the college bar! Big up the PGCE people!

Martha Pretorius – International Student Representative

Hello Kellogg! I am Martha – you international students representative. I am a medical doctor in an emergency department and on board a cruise ship. I am a part time student in MSc for Nanotechnology in Medicine and Healthcare (2nd year). I wish to make everyone feel at home in Kellogg no matter how far their home is from Oxford. I would like to encourage the participation and integration of part time and international students (even if you are only here for s short while). Hopefully we can institute a more directed wellcome week and more events that will integrate all members of the college. Let me know if you have any suggestions or concerns.

Andreas Kirsch – Welfare & Equality Officer

Hello, I’m Andreas. I’m your Welfare & Equality officer, so please come to me with all questions and matters regarding your well-being and state of mind. Originally, from Germany and Romania, I’m in my first year studying for a DPhil in computer science (machine learning and such). When I’m not around at Kellogg, you might find me jogging along the canal or riding my bike through town.

Mar Crego Walters – Charities and Campaign Officer

Hi! I’m Mar (the one in blue), this year’s Charity Officer at Kellogg and an Archaeological Science MSc. My main aim is to get the College and its students involved in work around the community. As you may have noticed, Oxford has a serious homeless problem and a lot of people from disadvantaged backgrounds that are trying to meet ends. If you have some spare time and would like to help someone in need, let me know and I will point you in the right direction 😉

Dominik Schwarz – Social Secretary

Hey, I’m Dominik, social sec and this year’s MCR bar manager. Back in Dschermany I studied biotech/bioinformatics and I do similar stuff in my DPhil here as well. Happy to discuss research and politics during a match of table football or at one of these nice wine & cheese exchanges. Feel free to suggest any cool stuff that we could do as an MCR; always glad to get inspiration and to support ideas.

Dominique Fortes – Social Secretary

Dominique Fortes is currently a first-year MPhil student pursuing a degree in Modern Chinese Studies. Originally from New Jersey, in 2017, she completed her undergraduate degree at Seton Hall University, majoring in Accounting, with a minor in Asian Area Studies. After graduation, she moved to Taiwan for 11 months on a Fulbright grant, during which she taught English at the elementary and middle school levels, worked on improving her Mandarin Chinese, and learned how to unicycle. Her academic interest in international business. Ever hungry, you can usually find her with a jar of snacks by her side. She loves fashion, travelling, photography, food, dancing, and learning new languages. Currently, in addition to Mandarin Chinese, she is also independently studying Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, and American Sign Language.

Amelia Harvey – Social Secretary

Hello! My name is Amelia and I am a first year MSc student in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition who enjoys karaoke, petting dogs, and making friends with strangers. I’m originally from the Seattle-area, but spent the last three years in Paris for my undergrad. This year, I’m hoping to organize new and original events alongside our other four social secs. You can find me behind the bar at events, playing my ukulele in random spots, or sitting in a corner at Kellogg drinking coffee. Don’t hesitate to say hi and share any ideas you have, or just have a chat!

Kevin Treder – Social Secretary

Hi Guys! I’m Kevin and doing my DPhil in Materials Science (Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscopy) here in Oxford.  As part of the Social Secretary Team, my job is to ensure that our college has a vivid and exciting social life and community. While I’m not being lost somewhere between equations and image reconstruction, you can either find me on the river rowing, or in the Buzz Gym. If anyone of you has a good idea for improvement, needs to raise constructive criticism or has any other queries, you are always welcome to contact me via: Looking forward for a great year with you!

Chamil Thanthrimudalige  – Social Secretary

Hi all, my name is Chamil and I am originally from sunny Sri Lanka. I am a part time student in the Software and Systems Security program in my second year now. Work in London in FinTech, and live between London and Oxford. It’s our job as social secretaries to help you socialize and help you make those connections that you will cherish for life. My plan while I am part of the MCR is to organize more events that more people can take part in. Also would like teach some photography classes starting from 2019. In my spare time I row, read, binge watch Netflix, travel and attend music festivals. Did Cochella, Tomorrowland and Glastonbury in the same year 😉