I was educated at local state schools as a child and then at Selwyn College, Cambridge, as an undergraduate and the University of Bristol as a postgraduate. I joined Queen’s in 2006 and worked in the Old Members’ Office for eight years, initially as Old Members’ Officer and then as Director of Development. I was appointed Bursar in 2014.
The role of the Bursar is specified in the Statutes as being ‘responsible for the administration of the property and pecuniary affairs of the College under the authority of the Provost’. Nowadays this roughly corresponds to the role of Chief Financial Officer, and the most important requirement of my post is to oversee the management of the College’s finances, including our endowment investments. However, the role of the Bursar also now includes a certain amount of responsibility for all of the non-academic operations of the College.