Mary Hockaday is Master of Trinity Hall. She read English at Trinity Hall and took an MA in Journalism at New York University on a Fulbright Scholarship.
The Master’s role is to support the core academic purpose of the College, foster a strong and harmonious community where everyone can thrive, and oversee good governance and the College’s strategic development.
Mary was formerly Controller BBC World Service English, responsible for the BBC World Service’s international radio and digital services, and growing the weekly audience to nearly 100 million. From 2009-2014 she was Head of the BBC Newsroom, overseeing the BBC’s core news services on radio, television and online for domestic and global audiences and leading innovation in digital and visual journalism. Mary was Editor of BBC World Service News and Current Affairs from 2001 to 2006. WSNCA won a Special Sony Gold award in recognition of its 9/11 coverage.
In the early 1990s Mary was based in Prague as correspondent for the BBC and The Independent, covering post-communist Czechoslovakia. She is author of a biography of Milena Jesenska, a 20th-century Czech journalist and muse of Franz Kafka.
Mary serves on the board of the British Library, is a Lay Trustee with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, is an Independent Non-executive Director with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Board Member with a small social enterprise, Climate Alliance. She is a former external examiner for Cardiff University’s School of Journalism.
Dr Michael Sutherland
Dr Sutherland joined Trinity Hall in September 2023 as Senior Tutor. He has responsibility for the overall academic and pastoral welfare of our students.
Dr Sutherland holds a BSc, MSc and PhD in physics from the University of Toronto. He moved to the UK as an NSERC of Canada postdoctoral research fellow in 2004, and was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2006. His research involves the study of materials that exhibited strongly correlated electron behaviour, including superconductors, topological insulators and novel magnetic materials. He runs the Quantum Matter Group’s ‘Big Fridge’ cryogenic facility, which features a superconducting magnet with fields up to 20.4 T, and a dilution refrigerator capable of temperatures as low as a few mK.
Tim Harvey-Samuel joined Trinity Hall as Bursar and Steward in March 2020. The Bursar is the senior financial and administrative officer of the College. Tim graduated in English from Queens’ College and then worked in banking for 26 years, mainly in equity capital markets at Schroders and Citigroup where he headed that business for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before joining Trinity Hall, Tim was Bursar of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Judge Business School (where he has lectured on the MBA and MFin programmes) and a Trustee and Hon. Treasurer of Gates Cambridge; he also currently chairs the Bursars’ sub-committee on Planning. Tim has a lifelong association with Cambridge and a deep commitment to the educational mission of the College and the University.
Tim is also a Trustee of the Swaffham Bulbeck Community Land Trust and the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust.
Glen Sharp joined Trinity Hall in September 2007 after Project Managing the New Build Student Accommodation at Wychfield. Before joining Trinity Hall, Glen worked as a Project Manager for a Buildings Consultancy firm in Cambridge having graduated with a degree in Quantity Surveying before moving into Project Management and obtaining a Master’s Degree in Construction and Real Estate from Reading University in 2004. Glen sits on a number of College sub-committees as well as some external bodies that support the wellbeing and enhance the environment of Cambridge City Centre. Glen is also Chair of Cambridge BID.
Professor Jan-Melissa Schramm
Professor Jan-Melissa Schramm became Vice-Master of Trinity Hall on 1 April 2023 after filling the role of Acting Vice-Master during Lent term 2023. She is Professor of Literature and Law in the English Faculty, Director of Studies in English at Trinity Hall, and was Deputy Director at CRASSH between 2017 and 2020.
Her field of expertise is the history of the English novel and the wider cultural relations of law and the humanities. She is the author of three monographs and the editor of two collections of essays, and her current book project is on the role played by literary culture in the formation of national constitutions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.