Thinking of the first day you walked through the Merton Lodge arch, what was your first impression?
I was hoping I was at the right College at the same time as thinking about my upcoming interview and wondering how many other people over the years had passed through the Lodge on the way to their futures. The buildings and the atmosphere made a real impact on me and I loved the sense of history being made, which struck me as people came and went.
Do you have a particular ‘Merton memory’ that stands out?
I think it would be my first Ascension Day service at the top of the Chapel Tower. The climb was exciting in itself, especially coming up through the trapdoor in the roof, and then once you were up there, the views are just spectacular over Oxford and the surrounding areas. Once the Choir started singing you really felt you were in another world.
Tell us something about yourself that we would not know.
I am walking the National Trails. We have completed the Thames Path, started the Coast-to-Coast and are planning The Ridgeway.
What tips would you give your younger self to prepare for the career you’ve achieved?
Study people, learn from your mistakes, take chances and have the confidence to try for jobs or opportunities even if you think you may not be good enough or have the appropriate skills.
Describe Merton in three words.
People, Continuity, History.