The 2018 Merton Society Garden Party - Photo: © Bertie Beor-Roberts (2014)

Alumni: Societies

The Merton Society

All Mertonians automatically become life members of The Merton Society on matriculation. The Society runs a programme of events in conjunction with the Development Office, giving Old Members the opportunity to keep in touch with the College and with each other. Activities range from drinks parties and dinners to lectures and sports (spectating and participating).


The Council, which meets twice a year, oversees the role, direction and activities of The Society. All members are proposed and elected. If you are interested in the possibility of joining the Council, please contact the Development Office. 

Merton Society Officers

President: Dame Philippa Whipple (1984)

RB Allan (1959), Professor Dame Jessica Rawson (Honorary Fellow), Sir Martin Taylor (Honorary Fellow) and Lady Taylor, AM Vickers (1958)

Chairman: MPH Davison (1978)
Secretary: GBS Lim (2006)
Past Presidents: Sir Howard Stringer (1961)
  The Rt. Hon. Sir Brian Leveson (1967)
  Sir Frank Bowden Bt † (1928)
  Sir Maurice Hodgson † (1938)
  DW Swarbrick † (1945)
  Sir Michael Quinlan GCB † (1948)
  WP Cooke CBE (1952)
  Lord Wright of Richmond GCMG † (1951)
  Sir Robert Scott (1963)
  Sir Michael Jenkins (1953)
  Sir Jeremy Isaacs (1951)

Committee: NSMMK Abbas (1990), NW Allard (1974), GG Backler (1973), T Bamiro née Onabanjo (1994), JDS Booth (1976), AJ Bott OBE (1953), EL Capstick (2017), DE Clark (1984), M Cowan née Raine (1983), TJ Foot (2011), AJ Haggerty (2007), Professor M Higgins (Fellow), The Revd Canon Dr S Jones (Chaplain), R Miller (2008), RB Peberdy (1975), M Pretzler (1996), A Salvage (2008), DJO Schaffer (1986), AL Smith (1991), NJD Weller (1982) and JS Young (1993).

Compassionate Fund

The Merton College Compassionate Fund exists to assist members of the College and their dependents who find themselves in financial difficulty. Applications are warmly welcomed from Mertonians at times of unforeseen financial hardship (which may be the result of unemployment, illness, bereavement, or other changes in personal circumstances). Grants do not normally exceed £3,000.

Applications are considered by the trustees of the Compassionate Fund: the Warden, the President and Chair of the Merton Society, Professor Jenny Payne and the Chaplain. For further information, please contact the Chaplain by emailing The Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones.

Merton in the City Association

The Merton in the City Association has been created for Mertonians who are active in a broad area of work related to life in the City of London - with the aim of providing a forum at which they will be able to meet old friends and build networks.

Recent speakers at meetings of the Merton in the City Association include:

  • Roger Bootle (1970), founder of Capital Economics and former Group Chief Economist of HSBC, February 2016
  • Vijay Joshi (Emeritus Fellow, Balliol 1960), former Tutorial Fellow in Economics at Merton, adviser to the Indian government and board member of a number of internationally renowned institutions, May 2017
  • Ian Taylor (1975), Chairman of Vitol Group and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Opera House, January 2019


The Merton Lawyers' Association

The Merton Lawyers’ Association is geared towards Mertonians who have either entered the field of law, past and present, or who have studied Law at Merton.  It normally meets once a year, usually in London, to hear a talk from a respected figure in the legal profession.  It both enables and enhances professional contacts within the group and to strengthen the ties between Mertonians and the College. Current students are given the opportunity to meet those already in practice, and all enjoy the chance to catch up with friends and tutors at a post-talk drinks reception.

Recent meetings of the Merton Lawyers' Association include: 

  • Dinah Rose QC and Mishal Husain in conversation, November 2019 at the offices of Slaughter and May
  • Sir Christopher Greenwood on 'The Highways and Byways of International Law', November 2018 at the offices of Sullivan and Cromwell LLP
  • The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, November 2017 at the offices of Clifford Chance
The Merton in Manhattan Association

The Merton in Manhattan Association meets annually and has been created for Mertonians working or living in New York and New Jersey with the aim of providing a forum at which they will be able to meet old friends and build networks.

Recent speakers at meetings of Merton in Manhattan include: 

  • Simon Male (1986) on his experience of working in the Asian equities market, November 2016
  • Matthew Rycroft CBE (1986) on his experience as UK Ambassador to the United Nations, October 2017
  • Professor Richard Levin (1968, Honorary Fellow) on his experience as CEO of Coursera, October 2018
The Merton Golf Society

The Merton Golf Society aims to meet informally twice a year in March and September and has recently played at the Newbury & Crookham Golf Club and Frilford Heath Golf Club. It also regularly enters a team in the annual Inter-Collegiate Golf Tournament which has now been going for over 20 years and has representation from over 20 colleges. 

The Society is always delighted for Mertonians to join them and anyone interested in golf is encouraged to get in touch with the Society through the Development Office on

The Merton College Biomedical and Life Sciences Network

The Merton College Biomedical and Life Sciences Network is a LinkedIn group of over 100 past and present Mertonians working or carrying out research in the biomedical and life sciences sector. One of the aims of the network is to provide an easy way for current students to find alumni to contact for advice or help, e.g., when looking for internships, jobs or academic posts. As an additional benefit, the network enables Mertonians engaged in research or work in similar fields to find out about and get in touch with each other – virtual and in-person events are organised to facilitate these interactions. Any Mertonian working in a relevant field is welcome to join the network – please get in touch via the Development Office on

The Merton College Charitable Corporation

The Merton College Charitable Corporation, known as MC3, was organized by Warden John M. Roberts in 1987. It was incorporated in the United States in 1991. Membership is open to all Mertonians living in the Americas on either a permanent or interim basis. MC3 supports the College by funding a series of permanent programs at Merton and undertaking one or more special projects each year.

MC3 holds at least one reunion event each year for Mertonians in the Americas. It is held either in New York, as part of the University of Oxford North American Bi-Annual Reunion, or in alternate years, elsewhere in the United States or Canada.  In recent years MC3 reunions have been held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC (twice), Toronto (2009), and Brooklyn (2015). The 2017 MC3 weekend was held in New York, and in 2018 a reunion took place in San Francisco to coincide with the University of Oxford's North American Alumni Weekend.

For more information about MC3, browse these sites:

For further information, please contact:

Mr R G McKelvey
Merton College Charitable Corporation
2410 State Highway 34
Manasquan NJ 08736

Phone: 732-449-5323 or 800-449-5322
Email: Mr R G McKelvey

MC3 Executive Committee and Trustees
MC3 Officers and
Executive Committee


Vice President



Assistant Treasurer

Nicholas W Allard

Kathleen Sheehan

Robert G McKelvey

Marina McCloskey

David Harvey


Nicholas W. Allard (1974)
Neil R. Brown (2002)
Thomas A. Connolly (1975)
D. Francis K. Finlay (1962)
Reginald D. Hall (1954)
David I. W. Hamer (1974)
David R. Harvey (1957)
Marina McCloskey (2003)
Robert G. McKelvey (1959)
John M. Mitnick (1985)
Scott M. Moore (2009)
Amna Naseer (1997)
Peter Palmer (1968)
Daniel Seymour (1983)
CSK Scudder (1971)
K Sheehan (2002)
G Tiao (2010)

Life Trustees

George A. Drake
John G. Garrard
Prosser Gifford
Frank T. Keefe
Edmund G. Ranallo
A. Truman Schwartz
Edward I. Selig
R. John Simms
C. Craig Smith
Gary G. Stevens
Howard Stringer
E. Fred Yalouris

In addition to the Executive Committee and Trustees, MC3 is run by a number of smaller, specialist committees.