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New Fellows elected to strengthen academic opportunity and improve collaboration with the University

Following the recent Governing Body meeting on 4 December, Lucy Cavendish College is delighted to announce key appointments to its Fellowship. The new Fellows are strongly committed to the new direction of the College and its exciting plans to change its admissions criteria to include men and women from the standard university age. The new admissions policy reflects a clear commitment to widening participation and will come into effect from October 2021.
The new Fellows will further address the College’s academic and skills needs, and pave the way for closer collaborations and stronger networking with specific entities in the University. As well as strengthening the College’s teaching, the Fellows will take up vital committee roles, drive fund-raising initiatives and contribute to the optimisation of the two co-curriculum strands (academic skills and employability). The new cohort also brings with them their strong links with enterprise and social innovation within the eco-system in Cambridge.

Professor Dame Madeleine Atkins, President of Lucy Cavendish College, commented:
“I am absolutely delighted to welcome the new Fellows to Lucy Cavendish College. With their exceptional expertise and experience, we will be strengthening the College’s teaching in advance of our changes in admissions policy in 2021, building further networks within the University, and driving forward the enterprise and social innovation here at Lucy Cavendish.”

Dr Jurgen Becque

Jurgen practised as a design engineer for AECOM, specialising in the design of low-rise steel frame buildings, steel plate girder bridges, concrete tanks, and water treatment facilities. He completed his PhD in 2008 at the University of Sydney and then lectured there for three years. He joined the University of Sheffield in 2011 and has recently been appointed to the Engineering Department, University of Cambridge.
His key research interests include the stability of cold-formed steel and stainless steel structural elements, tri-axial concrete behaviour, connections in structural hollow sections and the application of FRP to strengthen concrete structures. He uses analytical methods and software to improve the understanding of how much load structural elements can withstand before they fail and cause structural instability. By concentrating on cold-formed steel, Jurgen’s work contributes to optimisation and sustainability in construction practices.

Prof Ed Bullmore

Ed has been a Professor of Psychiatry in Cambridge since 1999. He has set up the Brain Mapping Unit at the University and is director of functional MRI at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre; he is also a co-director of CAMEO, a clinical service for patients with early symptoms of psychosis and is currently head of the department of psychiatry.

His research interests are in understanding human brain network organization from neuroimaging data in health and disease. His recent methodological work has focused on graph theory to measure aspects of brain network topology. He is also interested in better neuroscientific understanding and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Bruno Cotta

Bruno is Executive Director at Cambridge Judge Business School's Entrepreneurship Centre. He has over 20 years of leadership and management experience working with public, private and third sector organisations in the UK and internationally, including founding the Enterprise Lab at Imperial College London to support the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Prior to this, he worked in R&D, product and service development in the emerging technology and telecom sector, contributing to several technical and commercial world-firsts.
He holds a degree in Engineering and an MBA and has completed executive training at the London School of Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard Business School and INSEAD. Bruno serves on the advisory boards for Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) and Cambridge University Technology & Enterprise Club (CUTEC) and on the Governing Board of Chesterton Community College, Cambridge (Cambridgeshire Educational Trust).

The Reverend Canon Adrian Daffern

Adrian is Vicar of the University Church in Cambridge, better known as Great St Mary's; the latest in a line of Vicars since the first was presented by King John in 1205! As well as overseeing the large team of staff and volunteers at Great St Mary's, Adrian plays a part in the spiritual life of the University and City, and is developing Great St Mary's as a centre for conversation, debate, and engagement in the realms of theology, faith, and ethics in the public square.
Adrian is a graduate of the Universities of Durham and Oxford. After his ordination in 1992 Adrian served as a curate in Lichfield, as a Team Vicar on a housing estate in Stafford, and then as vicar of a large post-industrial parish in Walsall. He then spent seven years as a Residentiary Canon at Coventry Cathedral before spending eight years in the Diocese of Oxford as Rector of Woodstock and Bladon, Area Dean of Woodstock, and Assistant Archdeacon of Dorchester.
A keen musician and a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, for a few years Adrian could be heard at the organ in episodes of The Archers. As well as music, he loves sport (especially squash and cricket), literature, theatre and cinema, and travelling at home and abroad. He has published on the spirituality of Julian of Norwich, liturgy and worship, and the theology of sacred space. Adrian is married to the Rev’d Dr. Megan Daffern, who is Director of Ordinands and Vocations in the Diocese of Ely.

Mr Christopher Fowell

Christopher Fowell is Director of Studies in Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge and an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he has special interests in facial deformity, the management of traumatic injury of the facial skeleton and vascular malformations of the head and neck. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) requires qualification in both dentistry and medicine, with Christopher completing his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Sheffield) in 2001 and Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery (Birmingham) in 2007.
Christopher undertook his basic and higher surgical training in the West Midlands, complemented by fellowships in Bangalore, India and at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. As an active member of the British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Christopher was awarded the prestigious Norman Rowe Clinical Prize in 2015. Christopher teaches head and neck anatomy at both collegiate and university level and is the regional Training Programme Director for OMFS and College Surgical Tutor.

Shaun Grady

Shaun Grady, Senior Vice President, Business Development, AstraZeneca, has global responsibility for Business Development Operations at AstraZeneca, leading the company’s transaction execution, due diligence and Alliance and Integration Management function including externalisation, licensing and partnering, M&A and divestments.
Shaun was appointed to his current role in 2013 with the creation of the Global Product and Portfolio Strategy (GPPS) unit. Prior to this, he was Vice President, Strategic Partnering & Business Development (2010 - 13) and Vice President, Corporate Business Development (2006 - 10).
Shaun originally joined ICI as an attorney and held positions in the pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, and legal departments. Following the demerger from ICI, he was appointed Assistant General Counsel, Corporate for Zeneca.
Shaun worked on the merger of Astra and Zeneca, the merger of Zeneca Agrochemicals with Novartis Agribusiness to form Syngenta, and the creation of Avecia. Shaun also worked on the acquisition of Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT), led the acquisition of Amylin, and subsequent buy-out of Bristol-Myers’ Squibb’s interest in the Diabetes Alliance. In addition, he has spent time in the US business managing the legal function and also completed a two year secondment to HR, leading a global People Strategy change project.
Shaun is a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge Business School and is a member of the Board of Cambridge United Football Club, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Healx and Prostate Cancer Research Centre.
Based in Cambridge, Shaun enjoys rugby and soccer, and occasionally turns his hand to sports writing.

Derek Jones

Derek Jones is Chief Executive at Babraham Bioscience Technologies Ltd at the Babraham Research Campus. Derek’s wealth of experience includes over 25 years' in the life-science industry as both a scientist and in business development and corporate development, with first-hand experience of establishing biomedical ventures.
Derek has a 1st degree in Chemistry, a Master in Information Technology, and an MBA as the first cohort of the Cambridge University Judge Business School MBA programme, and is a Chartered Director. He is a non-executive director at Rothamsted Enterprises and One Nucleus. He also sits on the Cambridge University Enterprise Investment Committee.

Dr Katie Keller

Dr Katie Keller is a GP, and after five years as GP Tutor at The Postgraduate Medical Centre, is now leading the GP Training Hub which delivers and supports ongoing professional development for GPs and the primary care workforce across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Alongside her clinical work, Katie has completed a masters in medical education, and taught students in practice and at the university. She has worked as a GP partner in a leadership role, helping to shape the future development of services locally and meets regularly with Consultant colleagues, Professors at the university, and local health care leaders.

Dr Howard P. Nelson

Howard Nelson, Ph.D. is a Trinidadian ecologist and wildlife biologist. Nelson earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of the West Indies and his doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
He was the CEO and Conservation Manager at the Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad, between 2003 and 2008. He went on to help establish and become the programme lead of a regional masters programme at the University of the West Indies, the MSc Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Caribbean. From 2014, he worked at the University of Chester, where he was a senior lecturer in conservation. In 2019, he joined Fauna and Flora International as a lecturer on the MPhil degree in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge.
He currently serves on several national and international committees including the DEFRA’s Darwin Expert Committee, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ Data and Knowledge Task Force, the board of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute and the Global Diversity Foundation. As a member of cabinet appointed committees, he co-led the writing of the new National Wildlife, National Forest and National Protected Areas Policies for Trinidad and Tobago. His research focuses on three broad themes, understanding patterns of wildlife populations over time and space, socio ecological dimensions of wildlife use and the science-policy interface of protected areas and wildlife management.

Dr Matthew Sparkes

Dr Matthew Sparkes is an economic sociologist. He joined the Department of Sociology in 2014, and he now lectures for the Social Science Research Methods Centre (SSRMC) and Cambridge Undergraduate Quantitative Methods Centre (CUQM), delivering a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods courses.
Matthew’s research explores the intersections between social class(ification), consumption, debt-based finance, and political economy. His previous work has explored savings variations amongst participants of the Great British Class Survey, the role of personal credit and debt in class making and struggle, and the origins of the economic ideas of financialisation in Britain. His current project examines the stratifying effects of financial classifications, by tracing their effects on people’s identities and life chances.
Matthew has a first degree in Sociology, a master’s in Social Research and a PhD in Economic Sociology from the University of York. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). He has engaged in several widening participation initiatives, including work for the Realising Opportunities programme, the Sutton Trust, and StepChange Debt Charity.

Dr Neill Stott

Dr Neil Stott is a Faculty (Reader level) in Management Practice, director of the Master of Studies in Social Innovation Programme and Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation. He is a bye Fellow of St Edmund's College.
Neil was Chief Executive of Keystone Development Trust until April 2015. Prior to KDT he worked in local government, charities and community projects.
Neil’s research interests include social innovation, social and community entrepreneurship and the history of social change organisations.
Neil is a Fellow of the Inter University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society and Visiting Social Innovator at Memorial University's Centre for Social Enterprise, Newfoundland, Canada. In 2017, he won the University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Award.


About Lucy Cavendish

From 2021 Lucy Cavendish College will embrace the University Widening Participation Campaign and become mixed, accepting applications from men and women aged 18/19 years old and over. Its undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over sixty countries, and a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Many have changed careers or overcome significant challenges in order to reach University. The College is particularly strong in Medicine, Law, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, the Social Sciences and English.
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