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Hatfield College

Who's Who

MASTER, Professor Ann MacLarnon, MA, PhD (from September 2017)

Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 2611 or Email:

Ann MacLarnon was appointed Master of Hatfield College in September 2017.

Professor Tim Burt, MA (Cantab), PhD, DSc, FAGU, FRGS (Master until September 2017)

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Master of Hatfield College (1996-2017), Professor of Geography (1996), Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Colleges and Student Experience (1 September 2016 - 5 January 2017), Dean for Environmental Sustainability (2008-present), Dean of Colleges (2002-2007). Tim was born in Somerset in 1951 and studied at Sexey's School, Bruton, then a state grammar school. He attended St. John's College, Cambridge as an undergraduate, followed by a Master's degree at Carleton University, Ottawa (research on frozen soils) and a Ph.D. at Bristol University (research on hillslope hydrology). He was Senior Lecturer at Huddersfield Polytechnic from 1977 until 1984, when he moved to Oxford as a Lecturer in Physical Geography and Fellow of Keble College (where he was successively Dean and Senior Tutor). Tim moved to Durham in 1996 as Master of Hatfield College and Professor of Geography. He was awarded a D.Sc. from the University of Bristol in 1999, and made a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2012. Tim's main research interests are in hydrology and geomorphology, notably soil erosion and agricultural pollution. He is also interested in climate change: he used to run the Radcliffe Meteorological Station at Oxford and now runs the weather station at Durham Observatory - both are amongst the oldest weather stations in the world. In 1994 he received the Cuthbert Peek Award of the Royal Geographical Society and was Chairman of the British Geomorphological Research Group (now British Society for Geomorphology) in 1995-96. He is closely involved with the running of the Field Studies Council, and, after serving as Chairman since 1996 he was appointed President in 2014. He has been married to Elizabeth since 1973 and they have two children: Emma who lives in Seattle with her husband, son and daughter; and Tom, who is married and lives in New Zealand.


Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 2636 or Email:

Anthony Bash was appointed Senior Tutor in June 2013 after working in the role as Acting Senior Tutor for over a year. He has worked at the College since 2008. Anthony went to a comprehensive school in London. He studied law at Bristol University and then trained and worked as a solicitor. He later studied theology, first at Glasgow University and then at Cambridge University. He is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. Anthony is married to Melanie (who works for the NHS) and has three children.

ASSISTANT SENIOR TUTOR, Dr. Ellen Crabtree, BA (Hons), MA, PhD, PGCert

Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 2642 or Email:

Ellen Crabree (née Dew) grew up in Warwickshire and attended Rugby High School before starting at Hatfield in 2007. She read for a Joint Honours BA in History and French with an Erasmus year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, which cemented her love of French History. Ellen then completed a taught MA in Modern History, also at Hatfield, before moving to Newcastle University to research her doctoral thesis on the political engagement of French historian Madeleine Rebérioux (1920-2005). She was the recipient of an AHRC Northern Bridge Studentship and the 2015 Ralph Gibson Prize by the Society for the Study of French History. Ellen’s research interests lie in modern and contemporary France, in particular academic activism, gender and political engagement. Ellen has been a College Mentor at Hatfield since 2012. In her free time Ellen is an active bellringer at Durham Cathedral and other towers around the North East. She lives in Durham with her husband, Christopher.

BURSAR, Michelle Crawford, BSc

Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 2614 or Email:

Michelle Crawford was educated at Sacred Heart in Newcastle, she has a BSc in Applied Accounting and is a registered member of the Institute of Hospitality. Previously worked at Marriott Hotels as Cluster Financial Controller for 15 years and varying College Bursarial roles at Collingwood, Josephine Butler, St. Mary's and Trevelyan. She joined Hatfield College on 1 February 2010, taking responsibility for the day-to-day non-academic operations of the College. Currently Environmental Bursar. Her interests include rugby, trying to keep fit, dog walking, theatre, music and she is also a Mentor at Collingwood College.

College Staff

PositionContact PersonContact Details
Archivist Dr. Michael Stansfield 0191 334 2964
Assistant Senior Tutor Dr. Ellen Crabtree 0191 334 2642
Bursar Ms Michelle Crawford 0191 334 2614
Bursar's Secretary Mrs Tracy Robson 0191 334 2651
Chaplain Anthony Bash 0191 334 2636
Finance Officer Mrs. Susan Quayle 0191 334 2621
Finance Assistant Miss Louise Cummins 0191 334 2608
Food & Beverage Services Manager Mr. Darryl McNary 0191 334 2195
Hatfield Trust, Director Mr. Ian Curry 0191 334 2603
Hatfield Trust, Assistant Director Mrs. Cynthia Connolly 0191 334 2620
Head Chef Mr. Colin Thompson 0191 334 2195
Housekeeping Supervisor Miss Louise Charlton 0191 334 2629
Librarian Dr. Kevin Sheehan 0191 334 2632
Master Professor Ann MacLarnon 0191 334 2611
Master's Secretary Miss Janet Raine 0191 334 2601
Porters' Lodge Hatfield Porters 0191 334 2619
Receptionist & Clerical Support Secretary (Maternity Cover) Mrs Jan Spence 0191 334 2633
Sabbatical Development Officer Miss Lydia Coldicott 0191 334 2603
Services Manager Mr. Trevor Thompson 0191 334 2653
Senior Tutor's & Admissions Secretary Mrs. Brenda Mitchell 0191 334 2610
  • Admissions Assistant
Deborah Thompson 0191 334 2604
Vice-Master & Senior Tutor Anthony Bash 0191 334 2636