St Chad’s is unusual in Durham in having its own academic staff of over thirty Fellows and Research Associates. College Fellows work in specialised areas (such as urban regeneration, economics, English literature, music, fair trade, international affairs, anthropology, geophysics, philosophy and theology). The College is especially proud of the high level of interaction and conversation between staff and students. Indeed, we think this is one of the hallmarks of the College — an essential integration of university and college life. Student representatives and staff meet regularly on both an informal and formal basis to help manage the College; on a more social level, students and staff dine together every day, giving everyone a chance to rub elbows.

College Officers

Dr Margaret Masson, MA (Aberdeen), PhD (Dunelm)


Office: 0191 334 3354, College Office: 0191 334 3358

Dr Masson is the Principal of St Chad's. A Scot born and brought up in Zambia who lectured in English in the USA for a number of years, Margaret was involved with Traidcraft, the fair trade organisation, since 1995, first as a Board member and then as Vice-Chair of Trustees from  2002 - 2012; she served as member of the Leech Research Management Committee from 2001 - 2014, is on the Board of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, serves as a Bishops' Reviewer for Ministerial Training for the Church of England, and co-organises the Neville's Cross EcoFest. She speaks, and writes mainly in the area of Literature and Theology. 

Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan BA MA PhD FHEA

Vice-Principal & Senior Tutor

0191 3343345

As Vice-Principal and Senior Tutor, Eleanor offers student support to all members of St Chad’s College, with a particular remit for the support of our undergraduate students and for the development of the College as a multi-disciplinary scholarly community.  Eleanor’s particular interests in the area of student support and college management include sexual violence prevention and global citizenship. Students can either make an appointment by e-mail to see Eleanor, or pop along to her Open Office Hours held every day. Originally from South Wales, she was awarded a First Class Honours BA in English Literature in 2007, an AHRC-funded MA with Distinction in Studies in Poetry in 2008, and an AHRC-funded PhD on the work of the Anglo-American poet (and College Fellow) Anne Stevenson in 2012, all at the University of Durham. After a year as a Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard University, she returned to Durham to begin her career in academia and student support. Her teaching and research interests include twentieth century and contemporary British and American poetry. Recent and forthcoming publications include essays on Kathleen Jamie (Edinburgh University Press) John Ashbery (Palgrave Macmillan), love poetry (Wiley Blackwell) and Anne Stevenson (Wiley Blackwell), and Sylvia Plath (Cambridge University Press). She is the editor of American Poetry since 1945 (Palgrave Macmillan New Casebook Series) due for publication in 2017.

Alastair Jenkins

Vice-Principal & Bursar

0191 3343365

As Vice-Principal & Bursar, Alistair is responsible for the operational side of St. Chad’s, including finance, health & safety and HR as well as overseeing the housekeeping, maintenance and catering teams. Alistair became Vice-Principal & 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.

The Revd Dr Ashley Wilson BSc, BVM&S (Edinburgh), BA, PhD (Dunelm), MRCVS

Vice-Principal & Postgraduate Director, Acting Chaplain

As Chaplain, Ashley is available to all students and staff  (regardless of faith 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 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 also heads up Sed Vos and is available to advise any student in financial difficulties (or who have any financial queries or concerns).


Professor Tony Chapman BA (Lancaster) PhD (Plymouth)


0191 334 3327 / 07949 022 627

Professor Tony Chapman is Director of Research at St Chad's College.  The Policy&Practice group of full-time researchers, research associates and professorial fellows contribute, through research, evaluation and policy analysis to the study of issues surrounding social justice.  Particular areas of research strength include the study of young people, the role of the third sector, the impact of business on sustainable communities, and the contribution of public sector organisations to social wellbeing in a period of austerity.  Full details of the work of Policy&Practice together with an Annual Report 2014-15 are available under the research button of the website.

Jenny Parker, BA (Dunelm), MA (Dunelm), PGDip (Leeds), PGDip (Ncl Poly)

College Librarian

The Librarian manages the library, its special collections, and the team of student librarians. She is available to help students and staff with their research needs—both in and beyond the College. The College has a policy of ordering all items on undergraduate reading lists and to duplicate the most-popular items held on short loan in the University’s Bill Bryson Library. Students and staff are always encouraged to suggest acquisitions for the library.The Librarian has particular expertise in History and Archaeology and is more than happy to help students in those disciplines.

Vicki Hinds

Head Housekeeper

Vicki oversees the housekeeping staff and manages the day to day cleaning and maintenance of all rooms and public areas. She also oversees Reception and manages the evening and night porters.  A hotel professional, she used to provide similar services at several well-known hotel chains in the Durham area.  

Tony Bell, MSc

Catering Manager

As Catering Manager, Tony oversees all aspects of menu preparation, ordering and food preparation throughout the year. He is also the Fire Officer for the College and licensee of the College Bar. Tony brings many years of catering experience from industry and the military. A keen scuba diver and diving instructor, these days he spends more of his leisure time cycling (above water).

Ian Henderson

Maintenance: Clerk of Works

Ian overseas all building, electrical and mechanical works in the College, from the smallest repair job to the largest refurbishment projects. He manages a team of assistants who keep the College in tip-top shape. When he was an independent contractor, the College was so impressed with his work that it kept hiring him over and over again until it became obvious that he had a full-time job with the College.

Administrative Staff

Marjorie Brough

College Accountant

Marjorie works closely with the Bursar and does all of our bookkeeping, accounts receivable and payable, and invoicing.  She brings many years of experience to the post, having worked for a number of firms and for a family business before settling here.  

Susan Mather

Academic Office Administrator

Susan Mather is Personal Assistant to the Principal and Admissions Secretary, managing and co-ordinating the work of both offices.  She is the brains behind the admissions process, handling everything from initial admissions queries to final room assignments — and virtually everything in-between.

Linda Hyde

College Secretary

Linda manages Reception and the College Office and is often the first St Chad’s voice people hear.  She co-ordinates communications between the College, the University and others, and she plays a key, front-of-house role with Chad’s students and guests.