The Governors are technically ‘the College’ and actually constitute its membership. They are the directors of the Company and the Trustees of the charity and have full responsibility for the governance of the College.
The Governing Body consists of up to 20 people, the majority of whom are elected from outside the College. The Governing Body:
a. is ultimately responsible for the Governance of the College.
b. approves major policy and strategic decisions (chiefly through the five-year plan or similar devices).
c. is responsible for ensuring the financial health and viability of the College.
d. is responsible for governing the relationship between College and University (via, esp. any memoranda between the two).
e. is the employer of College staff.
f. supports the work of the various Committees and College Officers by:
1. overseeing the appointment of senior staff.
2. receiving inspection reports and the minutes of the various Governing Body committees.
3. managing appeals, grievance, disciplinary and other key procedures (at the direction of the Vice-Chair).
4. overseeing the College’s livings (the parishes of which it is patron).
The Governing Body meets three or four times per year.
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable the Lord Archbishop of York
The Visitor shall be the final court of appeal for matters which are referred by the Governors and which lie wholly within the jurisdiction of the College not being subject to the oversight of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education or the Visitor of the University
The Very Revd Andrew Tremlett, MA, MPhil, PGCE, Dean of Durham
Dean of Durham
The Rector is titular and religious head of the College foundation.
Chair of Governors
Mark brings a great deal of governance experience and a long commitment to social justice and inclusion. He is currently a Programme Director of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Mark is also a musician and, as a priest, a writer in the field of ecumenism.
Mark knows St Chad’s well. He was a student here in the late seventies and has been actively engaged as an alumnus in recent years.
Dr Margaret Masson MA (Aberdeen), PhD (Dunelm)
I have been Principal of St Chad's College since March 2016; prior to that, I was Vice-Principal and Tutor for 11 years.
My academic discipline is English Literature, with special interests in D.H. Lawrence, Post-Colonial Literature, and Theology and Literature. I lectured in the USA - in Washington State and Michigan for a number of years before returning to Durham to serve as Senior Tutor of St John's College and to teach in the English department.
As Principal, I appreciate having a strong Governing Body who can help to set the college's strategy and offer wise counsel from a wide range of perspectives and professional backgrounds. St Chad's is a college in which every voice is valued and part of my role is to ensure that we build a community in which as many members as possible - and especially students - are engaged and valued.
In my life beyond St Chad's, I serve as a Bishops' Advisor for Training Institutions, was involved for many years in Traidcraft, the UK's leading fairtrade organisation, and help to organise a community/church Eco-Fest.
To unwind, I enjoy walking (ideally with my family), reading (of course), and Nordic Noir.
President of the Junior Common Room
I’m an engineering student from Huddersfield and I’m this years JCR president. As JCR President, my role is to represent and further the interests of undergraduates at Chad's, to make sure that life at this college is as good as it can possibly be. Within College, I oversee all JCR events and activities, and meet with college officers and the JCR Exec to ensure that everything runs smoothly. I also represent the JCR interests within the Governors.
I’m very passionate about widening participation and giving people who may have never seen a top-end university the chance to learn and explore the possibility - as St Chads did this for me. When I’m not doing JCR or academic things you’ll often find me playing sport. I’ve grown up playing rugby league and lately union but chads being chads I’ll play whatever is needed this week.
President of the Middle Common Room
London-born and locally raised, I’m the President of the Middle Common Room for 2022-23. I’m currently studying for an ESRC-funded MA in Research Methods (Education), and should be beginning my PhD in Education in the 2022-23 academic year, researching university student involvement in social and political activism and how this can be connected to theories of citizenship.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Durham University (2018-21), during which I was a member of Stephenson College, but made the jump to St Chad’s for postgraduate study as I’d come to love the College, its built environment, and its community as an occasional visitor!
As President of the MCR, I represent the interests of the College’s postgraduate students, both taught and research, to the Governing Body, the College Officers, and the College and University at large. I also lead the MCR’s Executive Committee, which provides enrichment, social, and welfare provision for the St Chad’s postgraduate community.
President of the Senior Common Room, and Fellow
Colin is an alumnus of the College, and graduated in 2009 with a degree in Psychology. He worked in a variety of roles in the University for nine years, across widening participation, student recruitment and strategic planning. He has been a member of the Senior Common Room since 2010, and was a College Tutor between 2011 and 2019.
Currently, Colin works for a small, regional social mobility charity, is Chair of Governors for a school in Sunderland, and is a City Councillor in Newcastle. In his spare time (!), he enjoys running and cleaning up after his two cats. Colin is honoured to represent the views of Senior Common Room members at Governors' meetings.
Governors - Nominations of the Northern Dioceses
Vice-Chair & Treasurer, Bishop of Durham's Nominee
I have been a Tutor at St Chad's College since 2004, was made a Fellow in 2008 and became a member of Governing Body in 2015. On the Governing Body, I formally represent the diocese of Durham, and so have a particular role in promoting Chad's Christian identity. I am also Vice Chair and Treasurer, bringing my experience from the business and charity sectors, and I am particularly interested in supporting Chad's commitment to social justice which has been a key theme in my career over the last twenty years.
I studied Modern History at Oxford in 1980 - 83, before joining Barclays Bank. After nine years in various roles there, I became General Secretary (i.e. chief executive) of SPCK - the oldest Anglican mission agency (founded in 1698) which then ran a publishing business, a chain of bookshops and an international grants programme to support theological education and publishing around the world. In 2001, I moved to the North East to become Chief Executive of Traidcraft - the UK's leading fair trade organisation and social enterprise, responsible both for its trading operations and also for its international development and policy lobbying activities, and so was one of the main leaders in the UK Fair Trade movement as it really took off in the mainstream during the period from 2005 - 2012.
In 2013, I left Traidcraft to develop a "portfolio" of non-executive positions in the business and charitable sectors. These roles currently include being: a Non-Executive Director of the Co-op Group (the supermarkets, funerals and insurance provider); a trustee of CBF (which owns a majority stake in the leading charity and church investment manager CCLA, and is one of the three National Investing Bodies of the Church of England); Chair of the Council at Durham Cathedral (where I am also a Lay Canon); a director of Shared Interest (a co-operative lending society which makes loans to fair trade producers); Vice-Chair of the County Durham Community Foundation (which makes small grants - totalling over £3 million per annum - to community groups in this region); and a trustee of Bible Society (a long-established charity which promotes Bible translation and distribution around the world, and encourages engagement with the Bible in the UK).
I am married to Sarah, a GP who is also a college Tutor. We live in the Neville's Cross area of Durham, and have three daughters and one grandson. Our eldest daughter, Jo, was a student at Chad’s graduating in 2019.
Prof Robert Hannaford
The Bishop of Carlisle's Nominee
Robert is Emeritus Professor of Theology in the University of Cumbria, having retired from the post of Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Arts and Business in 2015. He was then appointed as Priest in Charge of the Anglican Parish of St John the Evangelist, Workington in the Carlisle Diocese. At the same time he became Chair of the Board of Directors of Cumbria Christian Learning, established by the Carlisle Diocese with its ecumenical partners to provide education and training for lay and ordained ministry in the North West. In 2019 he was appointed Director of Ministerial Formation for the Diocese in 2019. He retired from this post in 2021 and in the same year was received into the communion of the Catholic Church with his wife Catherine. Robert was very glad to accept the nomination as governor by the Bishop of Carlisle as a sign of his continuing regard for the Anglican Church and the cause of Christian Unity.
Robert brings to the role of governor a long career in University teaching, research and senior leadership. He has served as Chair or member of many University-level committees and on numerous education-related governing bodies. His academic research and teaching has focussed on Christian doctrine, Systematic Theology and Philosophical Theology.
Bishop of Newcastle's Nominee
John is an alumnus of the College (1985-88). He spent his legal career at Dickinson Dees LLP and latterly Bond Dickinson LLP from 1989-2016. A Disputes Resolution Partner, he was elected Senior Partner in 2010 and was responsible for managing partnership issues, promoting the firm externally and shaping and delivering the firm’s future strategy with the Managing Partner. He was a key member of the team that negotiated a transformational merger in 2012 and latterly was Vice Chairman of the new firm.
Archbishop of York's Nominee
Adam was elected as a governor of St Chad’s in 2022.
Professor Jane Macnaughton, MA, PhD, DRCOG, MRCGP
Jane Macnaughton is Professor of Medical Humanities at Durham University in the UK and Director of the University’s Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH). She has been centrally involved in the development of medical humanities in the UK since 1998. She was part of the core group that set up the Association for Medical Humanities in 2000 with support from the Nuffield Trust and was its inaugural Secretary. She edited the journal Medical Humanities from 2002-2008. The Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research was established on the back of a meeting Jane initiated and chaired at Durham in February 2013 with the purpose of strengthening the visibility of medical humanities research and encouraging collaboration across universities in the North of England and Scotland.
Professor Simon Hackett
Simon took up the role of Deputy Provost of Durham University in January 2019, having been Principal of St Mary’s College since September 2011. Prior to this, Simon was Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences and then Deputy Head (Research) in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health at Durham.
Simon has undertaken a wide range of cross-University roles including being Vice Chair of Durham’s Ethics Advisory Committee, Chair of the University’s Safeguarding Operations Group, member of the Sexual Violence Management and Operations Group and member of Senate Discipline Committee. Simon was also one of two Senate elected members of the joint Council and Senate Governance Review Board.
Simon’s academic position at Durham is as Professor of Child Abuse and Neglect and his research relates largely to interpersonal violence and child maltreatment in its various forms. He is known internationally in the field of research into sexual offending and, specifically, in relation to children with harmful sexual behaviours.
I am a final year mathematician from Hertfordshire and was elected in Epiphany term to serve as JCR governor for one year. In this role, I bring the perspective of the JCR and student experience to the decision making and strategy setting body of college. In my term, I am hoping to increase awareness of the work of the governing body within the JCR & my emails are always open for any comments or questions!
Other Elected Governors
Jenny was appointed to the Governing Body in 2013. Jenny has been Head of Service in Local Government for over 10 years, and has also worked in Central Government, including the Audit Commission, and the Finance and ICT sectors. Jenny holds a first degree in Mathematics, and higher degrees in Management Science and in Local Government.
Jenny serves on the main Governing Body and also on the Audit Committee. The work of the Audit Committee is important in challenging the overarching governance approach of the Governing Body, and includes liaison with the external auditor and regular review of key risks to the college.
Jenny is a board member of Spennymoor Area Action Partnership, she enjoys sports including teaching yoga, and cycling throughout our beautiful county. She is keen to see strong links between Chad's and local communities in the City and the county.
Elisabeth was appointed to the Governing Body in 2013. Elisabeth has been in Leadership roles in Northeast tourist not for profits and Cultural Bodies for since arriving in the Northeast in 2001. Taking a change in career direction in 2014, Elisabeth now works in Information Technology in a business relationship and strategy role and is an IT Director in Sage, the global finance and HR software company founded in the Northeast.
Elisabeth serves on the main Governing Body and the Finance Committee and helped to facilitate the development of the current strategy for St. Chad’s. Elisabeth is particularly interested in the student and outreach programmes at St. Chads which focus on the holistic development of young people and include engagement with the local society and community.
Alan joined the Governing Body in 2016. He says that he was a hard-working, happy and occasionally foolish student at St Chad's in the late 1970's. He studied Philosophy - which he claims that he found quite difficult but loved. Alan says that he ran for the University without great distinction and played jazz music, sometimes unintentionally discordantly. Alan eventually became Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of KPMG International, a consulting and accountancy firm which allowed him to travel the world and advise many large companies and governments. He left to work in political administration and public policy. Alan's life noe includes a portfolio of political and charitable work, a preoccupation with trying to run faster than other "older" men in the UK and admiring the lives of his grown up children. Alan hopes that his many years internationally and his time at the heart of the UK's political system, will enable him to bring a wide perspective to the development and delivery of the College's strategy. He would like to help the College to develop as a community of learning which is unique in its commitment to the wider world.
The Revd Richard Springer, BA, BTh, MSc
Richard Springer has been Rector of St George-in-the-East in the east end of London since 2018 having previously served his curacy in Hackney. He trained for the Priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge before his ordination in 2013 in the diocese of London. Immediately before entering the Church of England for training, Richard worked in a London Mental Health NHS Trust as a Psychodynamic Therapist with children and adolescents. He has also been the Director of the Oxford-Kilburn Youth Trust a neighbourhood youth charity in west London and the Head of Programmes at Toynbee Hall, where the international settlement movement began.
In addition to his current parish responsibilities he is a Dean of Cultural Diversity in the diocese of London and Director of the Urban Leadership School at the Centre for Theology & Community.
Lauren is an experienced fundraising and communications professional with a keen interest in the education sector, particularly around access to education and diversity and inclusion initiatives.
In her current role as a Deputy Director for Teesside University she leads the institution's alumni engagement and fundraising function within the Communications & Development department, working in close partnership with the Vice-Chancellor and the University's senior leadership team to engage Teesside alumni and external stakeholders in support of the University's wider strategic mission. She also supports the delivery of the wider communications and events strategy for the University, working to position Teesside as an anchor institution which drives positive social impact on a global scale.
Prior to her role at Teesside, Lauren spent six years at Durham University as a Senior Development Manager, working primarily with the Faculty of Science as well as coordinating alumni relations and development activity in North America. She is a graduate of Newcastle University, and is delighted to be supporting St Chad’s College as a Governor.
Secretary (Director of Finance & Operations)
Alistair became Bursar at St Chad's in December 2016, following a career in finance and business which has included working for major companies such as Lloyds Bank and Shell as well as a six year stint as Stewardship Development Officer for the Diocese of Durham. Alistair's most recent role was a Regional Manager for Charity Bank in the North East. Outside of work Alistair chairs the North East Religious Learning & Resources Centre and was Chair of Prince Bishops Community Bank until December 2016. In his spare time, Alistair enjoys playing and watching a number of sports and spending time with his family.
Jonathan Moreland lives in Neville's Cross, Durham. He was a governor of St Chad's College from 1995 to 2005, and since then he has been in attendance at meetings in his capacity as College Solicitor.
Jonathan qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and is currently a partner with Swinburne LLP, a law form based in Aykley Heads, Durham City. He specialises in employment law and civil litigation, and provides legal advice to the College and Governing Body when appropriate.
Jonathan is married and has two seasons - his eldest is currently studying law at university and his youngest is due to sit his GCSEs in summer 2017.
The Revd Dr Ashley Wilson BSc, BVM&S (Edinburgh), BA, PhD (Dunelm), MRCVS
Vice Principal and Postgraduate Director
As Vice-Principal, Ashley is primarily responsible for "compliance" (safeguarding, Prevent, data protection, Health & Safety - and anything else with an external reporting function) as well as College policies and procedures. As Postgraduate Director, Ashley oversees the College’s provision for postgraduate students and their relationship with the College. He is responsible for Postgraduate Admissions, helps to coordinate the tutorial system for postgraduates, and is the point of contact for all postgraduate matters. Ashley is available to advise any student in financial difficulties (or who have any financial queries or concerns).
The Revd David Rushton, BA (Dunelm), MTh (Cardiff)
As Chaplain, David is available to all students and staff (regardless of religious or belief commitment) to discuss personal, spiritual and other matters in confidence. He is responsible for worship in the Chapel and is part of the pastoral support network in College. As Outreach Officer, David works closely with Eleanor Spencer-Regan in developing partnerships with schools and to enable student volunteering opportunities, across the North East region and beyond.
David returned to St Chad’s as a member of staff in 2017 having arrived here as a Fresher in 1993! After further study at St Stephen’s House, Oxford, David was ordained in 1998 where he served in several roles in both London and Southwark Dioceses. The last 16 years of his career in London saw David working in several teaching hospitals in both South and North London. He has recently completeted some research on models of chaplaincy within the National Health Service and Universities.