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Durham University

St John's College

Council members

Ex Officio Members

The Principal, Rev Prof David Wilkinson

The Director of Finance and Adminstration, Mrs Angela Cook

The Warden, Rev Dr Philip Plyming

The Senior Tutor, Dr Rebecca Bouveng

The St John’s College John’s Common Room President, Joe Pape

The Cranmer Common Room President, Miriam Thurlow

The Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, Prof Stuart Corbridge

Elected members

Mrs Susanne Bradley

Mrs Susanne Bradley

Susanne has over 20 years’ strategic and operational Human Resources Management experience gained in the Post Office, Policing, Local Government and for 13 years’ in Higher Education. She enjoys supporting managers to meet their business and legislative needs and requirements, using her proficiency across the full range of HR services/interventions. These include HR strategy, role analysis, staff recruitment and selection, developing occupational health units and restructuring to enhance organisational change.

With employee relations experience, Susanne has a strong interest in engaging collaboratively with students and trades unions, employee engagement and diversity and equality. Areas of particular interest include: building professional networks that facilitate success within the HR and pensions fields; project management; implementation of job evaluation and graded pay structures; organisational restructuring and role design; pensions auto enrolment and developing behaviours/competency frameworks to support staff development and their rewards and recognition. Susanne has strong links with the NE of England as well as Malaysia and volunteers at an animal sanctuary and drama club when time allows. She hopes to contribute to College Council business by addressing opportunities and challenges flexibly and with students in mind at all times.

Bridget Cass

Bridget Cass is the Executive for The Jerusalem Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. She has been a director of Jerusalem Productions since 1991. Previously Bridget worked for Thames Television as its Community Education Officer, and also worked on its adult education programmes. In the 1990s she worked for a number of media groups, including the Campaign for Quality Television, Public Voice and the Media Trust.

Caroline Dower

Caroline joined University Council in November 2017 and is a member of the Unviersity's Strategy Implementation Committee (USIC). Caroline has been Head of the University’s Counselling Service since December 2015.

Prior to training as a psychotherapist Caroline worked as a Strategic Management Consultant on organisational change projects across the private and public sector. Caroline has held previous positions as a School Governor, Trustee of a national charity and Director of a Community Interest Company.

Dr Michael Gilmore

Dr Michael Gilmore

Michael was appointed as Academic Registrar at Durham University in September 2009. As Academic Registrar he is responsible for a very broad range of institution‐wide responsibilities and functions, which touch every stage in the student lifecycle from initial applicant inquiry to graduation, and include support for the development of academic strategy and policy. Michael has played national roles as chair of the Academic Registrars Council (ARC) and chair of the national Student Finance Operations Stakeholder Group at the Student Loan Company, which was responsible, on behalf of the sector, for overseeing the operational changes required to introduce the new student fee regime.

Prior to coming to Durham, Michael was Director of Governance, Planning and Registry at the University of Leicester. He progressed to this role having previously been the head of the Academic Secretariat and Quality Assurance Office at Leicester. Before that he taught philosophy at the Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Rome and served as the Vice-Rector of the Venerable English College there.

Michael brings to College Council a wealth of experience and knowledge of higher education, and he broadens its ecumenical reach.

Richard Harris

Ian Richard Harris known as Richard was educated at Kings School Tynemouth and gained a degree from what is now Nottingham Trent University in Urban Estate Surveying. After working in the City of London following graduation he returned to the North East and was employed for eight years in the Newcastle office of Bernard Thorpe and Partners. He was a senior surveyor running the property management and valuation departments. Following the acquisition of Swaisland and Partners he established Swaisland Harris Associates in 1984, dealing with all aspects of commercial property and compulsory purchase, retiring in 2014 from the partnership. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a former member of the Institute of Rating and Revenue Valuers, the Compulsory Purchase Association and the RICS Voluntary Surveyors Scheme. He is currently a consultant to Johnson Tucker Chartered Surveyors and serves as a valuer member of the First Tier Property Chamber formerly known as the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, which he joined in 2006. In his spare time he has been a trustee of Newcastle upon Tyne Citizen’s Advice, serving as Chair for six years. He is also a trustee of the Tyne Theatre and Opera House and Netherton Park Trust. Born in 1950, Richard has been married for 24 years and lives in Gosforth. His outside interests include history, old buildings and France.

"I look forward to helping the improvements to the College’s fabric that have been ongoing for several years including the redevelopment of the estate to support the teaching and well being of students."

Dr Jamie Harrison

Dr Jamie Harrison

Vice-President of St John’s College Council and Visiting Fellow in Healthcare and Religion, Jamie is Chair the House of Laity of the Church of England General Synod, is an appointed member of the Clergy Discipline Commission and an ex-officio member of the Archbishops’ Council. He is also a Lay Canon of Durham Cathedral.

For over 30 years Jamie worked as a GP, initially in Cambridgeshire but spent the majority of his career in Durham City. Here he combined clinical practice with medical education, notably as Deputy Director in the Postgraduate School of Primary Care for the region. During this time he was a GP Adviser to the English Department of Health, leading on GP recruitment and initiation for doctors arriving from Continental Europe, and was also a part-time medical officer at the high-secure Frankland Prison in Durham. He continues to work in teaching and consultancy for the NHS. He was until recently a GP Specialist Adviser to the English Care Quality Commission.

Jamie has published works on topics of vocation for doctors and clergy, governance, the nature of healthcare systems and trust between doctors and their patients. He received the Baxter Award from the European Health Management Association for the book Clinical Governance in Primary Care. Other books include GP Tomorrow, The New GP, Rebuilding Trust in Healthcare, and How to survive in Medicine. Most recently he edited Clergy in a Complex Age with Bishop Robert Innes, and Wrestling with the Word: Preaching tricky texts with Dr Kate Bruce.

Jamie has an interest in the performing arts, particularly opera, and is a trustee of interopera, a locally-based, professionally-led, opera company. He also teaches courses on wine appreciation. He is married to Anne, a church musician, and has three children.

Professor Mike Higton

Mike Higton is Professor of Theology and Ministry in Durham University's Department of Theology and Religion. His post was created in 2013 as part of the ‘Common Awards’ scheme, in which the University became the validating body for most of the institutions around the country offering ordination training (and some other kinds of training) for the Church of England and the Methodist Church, and various ecumenical partners. He provides academic leadership for the partnership, working closely with all the institutions involved and with the Church of England’s Ministry Division, while also teaching in the Department and pursuing his own research.

For the first year of the job, while Mike’s family continued to live in Cambridge, the College provided him with accommodation – so he has had the experience of ‘living in’, and seeing something of the College’s life. He was not the first in his family to do so: he follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, who lived in College in the 1930s while training for ordination.

Mike is the author of several books, including A Theology of Higher Education, Christian Doctrine, Difficult Gospel: The Theology of Rowan Williams, and (with Rachel Muers) The Text in Play and Modern Theology: A Critical Introduction.

Rt Revd Robert Innes (President)

Bishop Robert was born in Wolverhampton. He studied engineering at Cambridge University and worked in the electric power industry until 1989 when he went to train for the priesthood at Cranmer Hall. Following his BA (in Theology) in 1991 he stayed to complete a PhD graduating in 1995.

Bishop Robert served in Durham for many years. He was made a deacon at Petertide in 1995 and ordained a priest the next year. He has been a lecturer in systematic theology at St John's College, Durham while serving two titles/curacies: he was ordained to the title of St Cuthbert's Church, Durham and then served a curacy at Sherburn, Pittington and Shadforth from 1997. He remained in these posts until 1999, when he was appointed as vicar of St Mary Magdalene Church in Belmont.

Bishop Robert moved to Brussels, taking his first Diocese in Europe post in 2005, as Chancellor and Senior Chaplain (i.e. the priest-in-charge) of Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Brussels; he was additionally appointed a Chaplain to the Queen (an honorary post) in 2012. He was appointed Bishop in Europe in 2014; he was consecrated as a bishop on 20 July 2014 and installed at Gibraltar Cathedral on 4 September 2014. As Bishop in Europe, his residence is in Waterloo, Belgium.

Bishop Robert co-authored ‘Clergy in a Complex Age’ with Jamie Harrison (published in 2016).

Bishop Libby Lane

Libby is Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester. She sits on College Council as Chair of the Cranmer Committee.

Libby trained for ordination at Cranmer Hall from 1991-93, with her husband George, who currently serves as Coordinating Chaplain at Manchester Airport. She was engaged for a number of years after ordination in teaching modules, through Cranmer Hall, on gender and family life. Libby has been a Bishop’s Selection Advisor, and Assistant Director of Ordinands. She now serves on the national Church’s Vocations Working Group.

Libby has served in the Dioceses of Blackburn, York and Chester in parochial, sector and chaplaincy posts. She has been in part-time, full-time and self-supporting ministry. Libby chairs the Board of Education and the Development Group of Foxhill House and Woodlands in the Diocese of Chester. She is on General Synod as an elected Suffragan from the northern province, and is vice-chair of The Children’s Society.

Professor Geoff Moore

Geoff’s first contact with St John’s College was many years ago when his wedding reception was held there! His wife-to-be, Alison, was a member of the SCR and as a result they were able to use the old Haughton Dining Room (many years before its renovation and extension). Since then, Geoff and Alison have both been members of the SCR – meaning that Geoff’s association with the College has now lasted over 35 years. In 2004, Geoff was appointed as Durham University Business School’s first Professor of Business Ethics. This led to a closer association with the University in general and St John’s in particular, and in 2012 Geoff became President of the SCR. In addition to a general understanding of organisations from his academic work, Geoff has been a non-executive director of two organisations both in the Fair Trade movement – Shared Interest and Traidcraft – so he brings commercial and non-executive experience to his role on Council. He is also a member of the Finance Committee.

Joe Pape

Joe is the current St John’s Common Room (SJCR) President and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Durham University in 2019. In his role, Joe acts as a sabbatical officer who leads the SJCR executive committee and is also a trustee of the charity. Throughout his time at Durham, he acted as both Post-Offer Visit Day Co-ordinator and Induction Week Co-ordinator and was also President of the Bailey Theatre Company. He organised the St John’s Summer Shakespeare in 2017, and has also directed for the Company. Joe is a keen thespian and has acted in numerous productions during his university career.

Kelly Pattinson

Kelly began working at St Johns College in 2007 as a part time administrator for the Catering Department. Thanks to the College's commitment to encouraging staff development and progression she now works full time across three job roles in two departments, continuing the role as Catering Administrator and extending the role to Conference Administrator as well as becoming a Finance Assistant in the Finance Office in 2011.

This combination of roles gives a unique perspective of College life. As a member of the Catering Department Kelly is directly involved with how College works for our students from ‘the ground up’, whilst her Finance and Conference roles mean she is also concerned with how the College operates as a business as well as an educational institution.

Kelly is delighted to be a part of College Council and is looking forward to learning from the experience and knowledge of the other Councilors.

Mrs Margaret Sentamu

Margaret's career background is in recruitment and executive search. For a number of years, she was Senior Selection Secretary at the Ministry Division, helping to recruit future clergy for the Church of England. She then worked briefly in the corporate sector, recruiting at board level. More recently, she focused on helping organisations to harness difference in the workplace and in learning communities. Margaret is Deputy Chair of the Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and a Lay Adjudicator within both the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Margaret acts as President of Mildmay International (an HIV charity) and serves on various governing bodies. She is patron of a number of charities operating mainly in the global South. She brings to the council a wide range of skills and experience, including leadership development, knowledge of the Church of England and living and working cross-culturally in the UK and Uganda.

Mr Kevin Shotton

Mr Kevin Shotton BA (Hons) FCA

Kevin is currently an audit and advisory partner with Clive Owen LLP. He is responsible for audit and technical issues across the practice and chairs the firm’s internal audit committee as well as being the firm’s audit compliance partner. He graduated from Durham University (St John’s College) in 2002 with a 2:1 in his accountancy and law degree. Upon leaving university Kevin joined Clive Owen LLP under an ICAEW training contract. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 2005, having won a number of local prizes and also a national prize in the taxation paper.

Kevin moved to Ernst & Young LLP in 2006. Over the next six and a half years he was involved in managing the reporting process of some of the largest public listed companies in this region. In addition he spent time on secondment with a client, assisting with their reporting following a recent listing. Kevin rejoined Clive Owen LLP in 2012 as an Audit Director with a remit to help expand the firm’s core audit and advisory business and he was promoted to Partner in April 2015. His current portfolio of clients is broad, reflecting the nature of North East business. He also has a specialism within the education sector, working closely with over 20 academies and independent schools.

Miriam Thurlow

Miriam is an ordinand at Cranmer Hall and is the current president of the Cranmer Common Room (CCR). She is completing the Theology, Ministry and Mission BA in her time here in Durham. Before beginning her training for ordination Miriam completed a History BA at the University of York. Then after graduating she worked for the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) as their Messy Church Intern - a role in which she supported local churches with their Messy Churches, provided training nationally and helped the rest of the Messy Church team in thinking strategically about the future of the ministry and creating resources.

Executive in Attendance - Dr Anne Allen

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