Johnian Society Day 2019


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The flagship event of the Johnian Society takes place this year on Saturday 28 September. The day brings alumni together in College to celebrate Johnian friendship.


3.30pm   Tea, Central Hall, Old Divinity School

4pm        Annual Johnian Society Lecture, Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School

7.15pm   Drinks Reception, Senior Combination Room

7.45pm   AGM, Hall

8pm        Dinner, Hall

The 2019 Johnian Society Lecture: careers in media and arts industries

Following the success of last year’s panel discussion on entrepreneurship, the Society will host a conversation about the media and arts industries. The speakers, representing a variety of careers within these industries, will discuss what makes the worlds of media and the arts such dynamic and rewarding places in which to work. They’ll each share some of their own career experiences and address what opportunities there are in these industries for Johnians today. There will, as usual, be a chance for the audience to ask questions of the panel following their discussion.

Kevin Bakhurst 

Kevin Bakhurst (1985, Chair) is the current President of the Johnian Society and Content Group Director at Ofcom. Kevin has enjoyed a long media career, which began in 1989 when he joined the BBC as a researcher. At the BBC he held a number of key editorial positions, rising to Editor of the Ten O'Clock News and Deputy Head for the BBC Newsroom. Prior to his current role, Kevin worked at RTÉ, the public service broadcaster in the Republic of Ireland, as Deputy Director General.

Justina Kehinde

Justina Kehinde (2011) is a multi-disciplinary storyteller. An award winning poet and jazz singer, she has performed for the Prime Minister of Iceland and worked with BBC Radio 4. In 2019 she joined the Royal Court Theatre’s Writers Group after the success of her debut play UMUADA, which explored mental health, migration and motherhood in the urban Africa diaspora. Justina directed the first all-black, all-female production on a Cambridge stage. She was also an original cast member of the new musical Around the World In 80s Days. Photo credit: Sir Cam for the Black Cantabs exhibition.

Peter Leng

In a career spanning thirty years at BBC News, Peter Leng (1983) has worked across its flagship national TV and radio news programmes and produced news stories from more than sixty countries as Senior Foreign Affairs Producer and Deputy/Bureau Chief based in Singapore, Brussels and Delhi. Peter is now BBC Newsgathering’s World Assignments Editor, deploying and managing the journalism of BBC news teams across the world while producing the work of BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson.

Danae Mercer

Danae Mercer (2009) is a freelance health and travel journalist based in Dubai. In addition to having worked as Editor-in-Chief of both Women's Health Middle East and Men's Health Middle East, Danae's work has appeared in the Guardian, Travel + Leisure, the Sunday Times, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, The National, and more. Danae creates content around female empowerment, traveling and wellness on her social media platforms ( Danae graduated from St John's in 2011 as part of the Davies-Jackson program. 


General information

Dinner, accommodation and payment

The dinner costs £71 per person.

Accommodation is available in College for those attending the Johnian Society Day dinner on Friday and Saturday night at £44 per person per night, which includes breakfast.

In a change to the process from previous years, payment should be made online, rather than by cheque. Once you have booked for the dinner, you will be sent a separate link to book accommodation. 

If you are not attending the dinner, but wish to stay in College over the Alumni Festival Weekend, please contact the Development Office.

Parking will be available in the Playing Fields car park for the duration of the event.

Dress code

The dress code for the day is casual. The dinner will be black tie and equivalent.


You are welcome to bring up to two guests to this event.

If you have any queries, please contact the Development Office on 01223 338700 or

The Johnian Society's event terms and conditions can be found here

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