The World 100 Reputation Network is overseen by a committee of professionals from eligible leading universities. They are involved in growing the membership, promoting World 100 events and research, and share their experiences and insights at our networking at our industry events.

Find out more about our committee members below:

Andrea Farquhar

Andrea Farquhar (Chair)

Assistant Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs
McMaster University, Canada

Andrea leads a team at McMaster that is responsible for strategic reputational management, marketing and media relations, digital media communications, fundraising communications and the alumni magazine, government and community relations, and internal communications.  McMaster is a research-intensive institution with 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  The University is internationally respected for founding evidence-based medicine and creating problem-based learning, which has been adopted at universities around the world.

Andrea has been at McMaster for the past 20 years but her first career was in media.  After graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in English and history, she became a radio news reporter.  When she finished her eight-year radio career, she was reading the news on CFRB, Canada’s most listened to news station.

Tania Rhodes-Taylor

Tania Rhodes-Taylor

Vice Principal, External Relations
The University of Sydney

Tania Rhodes-Taylor joined The University of Sydney in February 2017 as Vice Principal, External Relations. Tania leads the work to improve coordination of the University’s external engagement activities and in developing ways of ensuring that staff and students can easily and effectively move between the University and its external partners.

Prior to joining The University of Sydney, Tania was Director of Marketing and Communications at Queen Mary University of London where she had overall responsibility for external relations and reputation development including international partnerships, marketing, communications and student recruitment.

Tania has previously worked in the corporate and government sectors and began her career with Unisys, including a period working in Asia, before moving to work for government agencies and, since 2007, within the higher education sector.

Ovidia Lim-Rajaram

Ovidia Lim-Rajaram

Chief Communications Officer
National University of Singapore

Ovidia oversees institutional communications at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her remit includes reputation management, strategic communications, branding and marketing communications, digital communications, special events and protocol, issues management as well as crisis communications for a diverse community comprising 17 schools and 27 university-level research institutes across three campuses. She is the press secretary to the university president, and university spokesperson. In her earlier life, Ovidia was a newspaper reporter, broadcast journalist, and a media studies lecturer. She graduated from NUS in political science and history, and holds an MA in International Communication from Macquarie University.

Siobhan Forbes

Siobhan Forbes

Executive Director Marketing and Communications
University of Melbourne, Australia

Siobhan Forbes joined the University of Melbourne in July 2017.

Siobhan has experience in the public and commercial sectors, most recently within financial services at National Australia Bank. She has also worked with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Employment, Education and Training, Telstra, Michelin, Transport Accident Commission, Australia Post and Transurban, among others. She has held non-executive positions with the Australasian Shared Services Association, the Breast Cancer Institute, and St Brigid’s. Siobhan is also co-founder of a company specialising in measurement and development of social intelligence.

Alan Ferns

Alan Ferns

Alan Ferns is a communications and marketing professional with a proven track record of building winning teams and translating strategies and goals into distinctive brands and campaigns which produce results.

He is an experienced leader and qualified executive coach who led communications during a successful higher education merger and built the brand that has transformed the global reputation of The University of Manchester.

He is now working as a reputation and communications consultant and leadership coach is a trustee with Citizens Advice and is also a community volunteer in Salford.