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Joan Concannon

Director of External Relations

I am Director of External Relations at the University of York and is responsible for a portfolio that spans key aspects of reputation and income generation across four teams: Marketing, Recruitment, Admissions, and Outreach; International Recrutiment, Mobility and Partnerships, Office of Philanthropy Partnerships and Alumni (OPPA) and Communications.

These teams have responsibility for driving student recruitment, outreach including widening participation, and admissions in UK/EU and international markets; philanthropy and alumni engagement including oversight of the recently launched institutional philanthropy campaign, York Unlimited, which aims to raise £120m to support a range of key university and city-facing projects, marketing and brand development, communications and media relations as well as public engagement, international and public relations and partnership development.

I am also the co-founding Director of the York Festival of Ideas, one of the largest free festivals of its kind in the UK which is dedicated to demonstrating the relevance and societal value of education, research and ideas to diverse audiences. I am a board member of Make It York, the city of York's destination marketing organisation and a member of the Company of Merchant Adventurers. Prior to joining the University of York in 2009, I was Director of External Relations at the University of Dundee for seven years and co-led the V&A at Dundee project during its first two years of development.

Register of interests (Sept 2017)


  • Make It York - Board member
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation - member of York Committee
  • Company of Merchant Adventurers, York - member
  • The Mount School, York - parent governor/member of School Committee
  • UCAS Media Marketing Advisory Committee - member

Nick Hex (husband)

  • York Health Economics Consortium - Associate Director


2015-16 expenses

Below are the travel and expenses for Joan Concannon covering the period September 2015 to July 2016.

Joan Concannon expenses Sep 15 - Jan 16 (PDF , 9kb)

Joan Concannon Feb-Apr 2016 (PDF , 104kb)

Joan Concannon Expenses May - July 2016 (PDF , 11kb)

Contact details

Personal assistant