THA Committee

Roger McKinlay


Roger McKinlay (1979)

Roger read Engineering and has spent his career working as an engineer in aerospace and defence.  He currently works as a consultant and non-executive director. He is married, has three children and lives in Surrey.

David Billett


Dr David Billett (1968)

David studied Chemistry as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Bristol (BSc, MSc, PhD) before matriculating at Trinity Hall in 1968 as the University’s Oliver Gatty Student. Here he pursued post-doctoral research in Biophysical Chemistry with the late Dennis Haydon (Fellow 1965-1988) for three years. Leaving Cambridge, David worked as a research and development chemist, then information officer, in the chemical industry on Teesside (ICI). After 10 years he decided to focus on secondary teaching, completed a PGCE at Durham (St John’s College), and taught chemistry at Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire for 20 years. Since retiring in 2003 David has maintained some professional activity in chemistry as an examiner and moderator, writer and occasional tutor. David and his wife Sue still live in Pickering. He remains involved in the Cambridge Society of North & West Yorkshire, in administration (past Chair), organising events, including Freshers’ Events in York, and networking with our neighbouring Cambridge Societies. In Cambridge David has close links with CUDAR and was shortlisted for the Alumni Board in 2017. David remembers enjoying his time at Trinity Hall, having particular interests in music and the Chapel. He tries to attend at least two or three events each year, which helps with meeting alumni from a wide range of matriculation years. David assisted in the organisation of the College’s regional dinner at Harewood House, Yorkshire in October 2010.

Roy Warden

Finance Officer

Roy Warden (1973)

Roy (on the right in the photograph) read history at Trinity Hall from 1973 to 1976. He worked in tax administration for 40 years in the Inland Revenue, Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs, qualifying as an accountant during his career. He left HMRC in September 2016 to pursue a range of activities.

Bob ElyEmeritus member

Bob Ely (1950)

Bob read French, Russian and Swedish at Trinity Hall and used Spanish, German and Swahili in his work! He has four children born on three different continents and four grandchildren all born in England. Bob worked in personnel and government relations world wide and lived in Kenya, Nigeria, Trinidad and Chile. He has worked for many years in caring, Parish Council, PCC and Deanery Synod. Loves cricket.

Committee members

Jonathan Cornwell (1992)

Jonathan came to Trinity Hall in 1992 to read Economics having previously studied French and Spanish at UCL. He has worked in book publishing in London, Paris and Madrid, for internet companies and on government education projects in the Middle East and China. He now runs conferences and art exhibitions and is director of a conference series at Jesus College, Cambridge, which brings together government, industry and the media to discuss vital issues of the day with expert academics. He has two children and lives in Cambridge and London.

The Revd Cortland Fransella (1967)

Cortland read Modern and Mediaeval Languages (principally mediaeval French and Provençal, with Spanish) from 1967 to 1970. He rowed minimally and lived in College all three years. Cortland has loved the Hall ever since for the opportunities which it gave him and for the supportive environment which it offered then and continues to offer to all its students, not least by virtue of its small intake. After Cambridge, Cortland worked for the Diplomatic Service for 40 years and added Cantonese, Italian and a smattering of Bahasa Melayu to his languages. Drawn back into the ambit of the Hall at a 25th anniversary dinner in London, Cortland has never really left it since. Frequent visits for several years to Edinburgh, where his wife had studied, brought them back into contact with Cortland’s tutor and Director of Studies Jim Laidlaw, with whom he remains in regular touch. For the past 20 years Cortland has been a Church of England priest and was delighted a couple of years ago to be able to arrange a successful THA event at Lambeth Palace. He values the maintenance of ties between Hall alumni and alumnae not only for nostalgia but also in the hope that help can be provided for students of today and tomorrow who face harsh financial demands. Cortland’s work since 2011 with the charity IntoUniversity constantly reminds him that, whilst intellect, aptitude and academic potential may be evenly distributed amongst the population, educational opportunity is not. Cortland strongly supports the idea of the THA nurturing today’s students with bursaries or in other ways which prevent financial worries hampering their progress.

Lizzie Iron (1977)

Lizzie is forever in debt to her brother-in-law for introducing her to Trinity Hall, when she vaguely thought she would apply to Clare. Among the first in-take of undergraduate women, she joined a gentlemen’s club and left a thriving co-ed community, the essence of which was lifelong friendship. She comes back often, and walking under the crescent at the lodge gate still feels like coming home.

English and drama at Cambridge were fizzing in the late seventies: tutorials with Peter Holland often felt like intellectual vertigo as he mined the layers of Shakespeare’s language, while Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson – and Andrew Marr – were all cutting their teeth. At the time, some were more obviously destined for fame than others. A couple of terms of fair-weather coxing also gave Lizzie the unique experience of The Bumps, and she can still just about propel a punt if there’s enough champagne in the picnic hamper.

After college – and a memorable wedding ceremony in the Chapel – Lizzie was catapulted into 30 years of mobile life with the British Army, finally landing in the charity sector for her first proper job, running the Army Families Federation, which represents the interests of army families. Various roles in the Third Sector have given Lizzie insights into different government departments, and she has been lucky to be involved at critical periods in each area of work. As legal processes are modernised and reformed after legal aid was slashed in 2013, it’s a fascinating time to be working in a charity that helps people trying to represent themselves through the civil and family courts.

Cambridge and Trinity Hall were Lizzie’s foundations as an adult: she relished the sense of quality, developed a taste for history, and has valued the important thread of continuity since she first climbed the steps to the top of N staircase.

Having been a rather ineffectual year-rep for rather a long time, Lizzie will be pleased to try and contribute more actively as a member of the THA committee!

Anne Wolff (1979)

Anne arrived at Trinity Hall in 1979 to study Economics as an undergraduate. Her career has been in finance, banking and venture capital, fourteen years of which were spent overseas.  She served on the board of Cambridge in America during the 800 Year Anniversary fundraising campaign and hosted Trinity Hall alumni events in Seattle for several years.

List of former THA Presidents +-
2014-2017 Mr C Hayes
2011-2014 Dr N Chancellor
2006–2011 Ms S Webbe
2003–2006 Mr D S Avery
2001–2003 Mr A T Grieve CBE
1999–2001 The Rt Hon the Lord Phillips of Sudbury OBE
1998–1999 The Hon Sir Anthony Colman
1997–1998 Sir David Innes Williams FRCS
1996–1997 Sir Derek Thomas KCMG
1995–1996 Mr E H Greenfield OBE
1994–1995 Mr G Ross Russell
1993–1994 Sir Mark Tully KBE
1992–1993 The Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool KBE FRS
1991–1992 Dr Graham Storey OBE LittD
1990–1991 Professor Sir Robert Honeycombe DSc FRS FEng
1989–1990 The Rt Hon the Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead PC QC LLD
1988–1989 Sir John Lyons LittD FBA (Master)
1987–1988 The Rt Hon the Lord Fowler PC
1986–1987 The Hon Sir Iain McCullough
1985–1986 Dr S Wylie
1984–1985 Sir Donald Tebbit GCMG
1983–1984 The Rt Revd the Lord Runcie MC PC
1982–1983 Mr S E Abbott OBE (Bursar 59–77)
1981–1982 Sir Morris Sugden
1980–1981 Professor W A Deer FRS
1979–1980 The Rt Hon The Lord Oliver of Aylmerton PC LLD
1978–1979 The Rt Hon Sir Robert Megarry PC LLD FBA
1977–1978 Rt Hon Lord Howe of Aberavon CH PC QC
1976–1977 The Rt Revd the Lord Runcie MC PC
1975–1976 J B M Coates Esq
1974–1975 The Rt Hon Sir Robert Megarry PC LLD FBA
1973–1974 Dr T C Thomas
1972–1973 The Lord Morris of Borth-y-Gest
1971–1972 Mr B E A Crutchley CBE
1970–1971 The Hon Sir Daniel Brabin
1969–1970 Mr H L Elvin
1967–1969 The Revd Professor W O Chadwick OM KBE DD DLitt FBA
1966–1967 Dr T Ellis Lewis
1965–1966 The Rt Hon Sir Jocelyn Simon
1964–1965 Sir Edgar Stephens CBE
1963–1964 J G Strangman Esq QC
1962–1963 The Hon Sir Raymond Hinchcliffe
1961–1962 K P D Thomas Esq
1960–1961 Sir Ivor Jennings KBE QC LittD FBA
1959–1960 W J T Turton Esq OBE
1958–1959 Dr L C G Clarke LLD
1957–1958 Mr T Cannon-Brookes
1956–1957 The Bishop of Portsmouth
1955–1956 Mr C W Crawley (Vice-Master)
1954–1955 Professor H R Dean MD
1953–1954 Sir Patrick Ashley-Cooper
1951–1953 Sir Thomas Strangman QC
1950–1951 Sir Edgar Waterlow Bt
1949–1950 Dr O H Wansrough-Jones CB OBE
1948–1949 Sir John Morris KCB CBE MC
1947–1948 Sir Roland Burrows KC
1939–1947 The Revd G A Chase MC
1938–1939 R F Bayford OBE KC
1937–1938 Judge H C S Dumas
1936–1937 Sir Travers Humphreys
1935–1936 Professor H R Dean MD (Master)
1934–1935 The Rt Hon S M Bruce CH MC PC
1933–1934 Henry Bond LLD
1932–1933 H F Manisty KC
1931–1932 Sir Edward Brooksbank Bt
1930–1931 The Rt Hon Mr Justice Maugham
1929–1930 Professor H R Dean MD (Master)

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