New Hall Society Committee
If you are interested in becoming more involved with the New Hall Society, why not join the Committee? The Committee meets in College four times a year to discuss ideas for events and publications, and also has input into the fundraising activities organised by the Development Office.
The Committee consist of 4 officers (namely the Chairman, the Honorary Secretary, the Honorary Treasurer and the Administrator) and not more than 12 members representing all New Hall Society members. Appointment is for 3 years and Committee members shall retire annually by rotation. Retiring members shall be eligible for re-election. The Committee has the right to co-opt for a year at a time.
Committee Members 2012-2013
- Chair: Mrs Joy Richardson (née James, 1967) Joy read History and has since followed a career in primary teaching, teacher training and educational consultancy, and also as a writer of books for children. She returned to Cambridge in 1994 when her husband Nigel (Trinity Hall 1967) became Head of the Perse School. This led her to reconnect with the College, and to take an interest in how the New Hall Society could best support the College and the alumnae network. She has two sons who, at St John's and Pembroke, have kept her in touch with university life from the student perspective. She is beginning to dip her toe into retirement, but continues to travel widely in working with schools at home and abroad. She is also the 1967 Year Rep.
- Hon. Secretary: Kate Love (Director of Development)
- Hon. Treasurer: Ms Paola Morris (Bursar)
- Administrator: Rosie Ince (Development Officer)
- Ms Misbah Arif (1999) Misbah read Part II Genetics but sorely missed the Neuroscience element of Part Ib Physiology, so went on to UCL to read an MSc in Natural Sciences, followed by a MPhil in the same subject as she sought to become a mad professor. However, in between she spent a life-changing 6 months as a VSO volunteer in Accrington and Sri Lanka. The plan changed and after two years of Teach First, which she thought would be a career-change bridge to the charity sector, she found her true calling as a teacher. After five years in the classroom, she is currently working as a Professional Development Leader at the Science Learning Centre in the Institute of Education. She is particularly passionate about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) education and will happily talk about topics related to education to anyone for almost anything length of time (you have been warned). Her love of education is not one-sided and she is often out and about finding things to learn as well as to teach. In her spare time she is a yogi, runner and avid book reader and is always up for trying new things or attempting not quite sane challenges, at least once.
- Mrs Claudia Bray (née Freeman, 1993) Claudia read German and French at New Hall and was involved with the New Hall Music Society. She went on to King's College London to do her PGCE and has been teaching languages at secondary school level ever since. Initially she stayed on in London, however once the opportunity to return to Cambridge came up, she jumped at the chance. No longer at the mercy of London transport, she enjoys cycling everywhere. Now she is Head of Modern Foreign Languages at the Stephen Perse Foundation. Married to an outdoor expedition leader, much time is spent travelling and trekking. Recent travels have been closer to home since the arrivals of Leo and Sebastian. However, there is a continued interest and involvement with musical activities.
- Dr Abbe Brown (née Lockhart, 1989) Abbe read Law at New Hall from 1989-1992. Abbe worked as a solicitor, specialising in Commercial, Intellectual Property and Competition litigation in London, Australia and Edinburgh. She then made the big jump back to academia and gained a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, investigating the relationship between intellectual property, competition and human rights. Abbe married Robbie (Pembroke, 1989) in 1993, and has 2 sons, Hamish (born 2002) and Ross (born 2004), and now lives in Aberdeen. In 2012, Abbe was appointed Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Aberdeen. Abbe has very happy memories of her time at New Hall, has been sustained by the friendships she made there, and welcomes the chance to give something back.
- Dr Camilla Cheung (née Bhakri, 2001) Camilla studied Medicine at New Hall, matriculating in 2001. Since qualifying in 2006 she has been based in the Cambridge area, currently living near Ely. She has now completed her GP training and is enjoying being free of the interminable exams! Camilla had a great time at New Hall, making many lifelong friends as well as being superbly educated. She joined the committee in an effort to try to stay in touch with the college and hopefully to be able to give something back.
- Mrs Jane Evans (née Rice, 1965) Jane read Arch & Anth (Part II Social Anthropology). She embarked on a PhD in Management Studies, which she abandoned in favour of going to Papua New Guinea with her husband. Not tempted by the anthropological opportunities, she worked in arts administration. Three years later the family moved to the Philippines, where Jane studied painting at the Chinese Artists Guild and the Philippine Chinese Art Center. Returning to Cambridge in the late 1970s, Jane became a painter and teacher of painting. She has exhibited widely in one-woman and group shows and runs classes and workshops in Britain and abroad. Her books and articles have played a major role in popularising Chinese painting techniques in Europe and the USA. Jane is married to Martin Evans (St John's, 1963) and has two adult children and two grandchildren. Jane is the Year Rep for 1965.
- Dr Tessa Kilvington-Shaw (née Kilvington, 1970) Tessa read Natural Sciences (Part II Materials Science) and stayed on in Cambridge to do research for a PhD in Metallurgy. She decided after two years that it wasn't for her and went as a VSO to teach Maths and Physics in Nigeria. From there she resumed academic research and completed a multidisciplinary study for a PhD at Edinburgh University on Hydro-electric Power Development in Brazil. A career as a technical journalist and PR executive followed. These days she is very busy as an adult and youth magistrate in Cambridge, on numerous committees and also presenting to schools. She has recently joined a hospital manager panel undertaking reviews of patients detained under the mental health act. The birth of two children curtailed her more adventurous travel but she can claim to have hitch-hiked across the Sahara Desert and travelled up the Amazon River on a local boat sleeping in a hammock! Her current hobbies include singing, gardening, tennis and amateur dramatics.
- Dr Irenka Lennon (née Suto, 1996) "I was a NatSci at New Hall, reading Part II Psychology in my final year. As a student I enjoyed playing the violin in College concerts and had a go at hockey from time to time. I've yet to uproot myself from Cambridge, and since doing a PhD and Post-doc research in the psychiatry department, I've become a researcher in the field of educational assessment."
- Dr Evaleila Pesaran (Fellow) Dr Pesaran is a Fellow in Politics at Murray Edwards and has joined the New Hall Society Committee to represent the Fellowship.
- Dr Rosemary Temple (1971) Rosemary read Medical Sciences for her first two years followed by a Part 2 in History of Art for her third year. She completed her medical studies at University College Hospital in London (which allowed the opportunity to attend art lectures at University College between lectures on anatomy and pathology). She completed her higher medical training while working in Oxford and several London teaching hospitals, including Guys, Hammersmith, and the Royal London hospitals. Following a period of research back in Cambridge in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, where she developed insulin assays, she was appointed as consultant endocrinologist at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in 1989. She was later appointed as a senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia, where she is now very involved in teaching medical students. Her research work has been on diabetes in pregnancy and this has led to her recent appointment as clinical lead for the National Diabetes in Pregnancy Network. Her four children, James, Alice, Jonathan and Edward, are all now grown up and Alice has followed her in to a medical career, the boys having all opted for arts subjects. She continues to live in Cambridge which allows her to continue playing lots of music, on both clarinet and cello.
- Miss Philippa Walters (2006) Philippa did a Masters in Engineering, specialising in civil and structural, with modules in sustainability. She was also a keen rower and captained the New Hall Boat Club, as well as rowing with the University development squad. She did a number of internships while at College with various engineering firms, a cabinet maker, and Barclays Investment Bank. In 2010, she started on the graduate scheme at Barclays, working in Prime Services, and was recently promoted to Assistant Vice President. In her free time she teaches maths and drums, and enjoys cycling and making furniture.
- Dr Janet Moore (Emeritus Fellow) "Janet is an anomaly, and not only in using direct speech. Firstly I could not come to New Hall as a student because in 1944 it did not exist so I went to Newnham; secondly, after my PhD I spent 12 years "doing nothing" i.e. enjoying our three children and the pleasure of living in Dorset, where my husband Norman worked in the Nature Conservancy. Most anomalous of all, when his job took us back to Cambridge, I then, once the children were a bit older, got back to work in the Zoology Department - it was easier then and I was lucky, my research supervisor, Dr Pantin, was very kind. Work had to be different: one can be cook and bottle-washer to young children or to developing hydroids, but not both. My work stopped at 3pm when I collected the children from three schools and drove home to Swavesey. Then I was lucky: the Department wanted someone to work on nemertine worms and that fitted; also I found that I loved supervising. At New Hall, Yvette Spencer Booth sadly died. She had been the College Director of Studies for Biological Sciences; Rosemary Murray invited me to take her place and I lived happily ever after."
- Dr Elizabeth Waldram (née Collins, 1955) Elizabeth has been co-opted to represent alumnae from the very earliest years of New Hall.