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    Alumnae at New Hall Society International Day 2016

    All alumnae of the College are automatically members of the New Hall Society, which currently has over 6000 members, ranging from graduates of our very first years in the 1950s, to young women who have recently left the College.

    The Society keeps alumnae all over the world in touch, working with the College to deliver events and the New Hall Society Review.

    All alumnae are invited to get involved with the work of the New Hall Society, whether by attending the AGM, which is held during the Alumnae Weekend in September, or by joining the New Hall Society Committee, which meets termly in College.

    New Hall Society Committee

    If you are interested in becoming more involved with the New Hall Society, why not join the Committee? The Committee meets in College four times a year to discuss ideas for events and publications.

    The Committee consist of four officers and not more than 12 members representing all New Hall Society members. Appointment is for three years and Committee members shall retire annually by rotation. Retiring members shall be eligible for re-election. The Committee has the right to co-opt for a year at a time.

    Committee Members 2016-2017

    Chair: Dr Tessa Kilvington-Shaw, NH 1970

    Tessa read Natural Sciences (Part II Materials Science) and stayed on in Cambridge to do research for a PhD in Metallurgy. She decided after two years that it wasn't for her and went with VSO to teach Maths and Physics in Nigeria. From there she resumed academic research and completed a multidisciplinary study for a PhD at Edinburgh University on Hydro-electric Power Development in Brazil. A career as a technical journalist and PR executive followed. These days she is very busy as an adult and family court magistrate in Cambridge as well as serving on numerous committees. She is also an associate hospital manager undertaking reviews of patients detained under the mental health act. An adventurous traveller she has hitch-hiked across the Sahara Desert and travelled up the Amazon River on a local boat sleeping in a hammock! Her next trip will be to Burma. She feels very privileged to have had the opportunity to collate and edit the latest edition of New Hall Lives.

    Claudia Bray, NH 1993

    Claudia read German and French at New Hall and was involved with the New Hall Music Society. She went on to King's College London to do her PGCE and has been teaching languages at secondary school level ever since. Initially she stayed on in London, however once the opportunity to return to Cambridge came up, she jumped at the chance. No longer at the mercy of London transport, she enjoys cycling everywhere. Now she is Head of Modern Foreign Languages at the Stephen Perse Foundation. Married to an outdoor expedition leader, much time is spent travelling and trekking. Recent travels have been closer to home since the arrivals of Leo and Sebastian. However, there is a continued interest and involvement with musical activities.

    Dr Abbe Brown, NH 1989

    Photo of Dr Abbe Brown

    Abbe read Law at New Hall from 1989-1992. Abbe worked as a solicitor, specialising in Commercial, Intellectual Property and Competition litigation in London, Australia and Edinburgh. She then made the big jump back to academia and gained a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, investigating the relationship between intellectual property, competition and human rights. Abbe married Robbie (Pembroke, 1989) in 1993, and has 2 sons, Hamish (born 2002) and Ross (born 2004), and now lives in Aberdeen. In 2012, Abbe was appointed Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Aberdeen. Abbe has very happy memories of her time at New Hall, has been sustained by the friendships she made there, and welcomes the chance to give something back.



    Dr Camilla Cheung, NH 2001

    Photo of Camilla CheungCamilla studied Medicine at New Hall, matriculating in 2001. Since qualifying in 2006 she has been based in the Cambridge area, currently living near Ely. She has now completed her GP training and is enjoying being free of the interminable exams! Camilla had a great time at New Hall, making many lifelong friends as well as being superbly educated. She joined the committee in an effort to try to stay in touch with the college and hopefully to be able to give something back.



    Donna Etiebet, NH 2004

    Photo of Donna EtiebetDonna Etiebet studied Biological Anthropology from 2004-2007. She rowed for college and played water polo for university where she was awarded a Full Blue after the 2007 Varsity Match. She also pursued other interests including a role on the NH Student Council, rowing coaching and musical theatre. After graduating, Donna worked at the investment bank Merrill Lynch for 5 years in Sales & Trading before moving to the US asset manager State Street Global Advisors in 2012. That was the same year she took up rowing again. 2 years later she was selected to represent the Great Britain Rowing Team in the Women's 8+. In 2015 she was part of the crew that qualified the boat for the Olympics but unfortunately missed out on selection in 2016.  Donna looks back at her time at New Hall as a safe haven where she was prepared, supported and given the confidence to pursue her goals and ambitions in the real world. She is involved in the New Hall Society because she recognises the importance of the support network the college provides to current students and alumna and wants to do her best to contribute to its success. 

    Catherine Picardo, NH 1992

    Photo of CatherineCatherine matriculated in 1992 and studied Modern and Medieval Languages (MML). Once at New Hall, she performed and directed two plays in College and at Emmanuel College  She took up Italian in her second year and was awarded a distinction in the Cambridge Certificate. She played in the College hockey team and had a short stint rowing. She was sponsored by Eversheds LLP (London) to complete her postgraduate studies in Law and went on to complete her Training Contract at Eversheds in the City. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and was a Commercial Associate Solicitor at Dentons and Clyde & Co before re-specialising into criminal law as a Duty Solicitor and Crown Advocate for the CPS. Catherine transferred to the independent Bar in 2008 and appears at the Crown Court for both the Crown and the Defence. She is currently seconded to the Serious Fraud Office in the bribery and corruption team. She joined the Society last year, as she wanted to remain connected with College after she had been mentored by alumnae in the  Career Network scheme before she became a barrister. She said: "I will never forget how the College supported me when, in my second year, my mother died, suddenly. The college was a supportive and happy place to grow intellectually. Anything was achievable and I immersed myself in my studies and went on to achieve a strong joint 2:1. It continues to be so."

    Dr Elizabeth Waldram, NH 1955

    Photo of Dr Elizabeth WaldramElizabeth has been co-opted to the committee to represent the `Silver Street’ years (1954 to 1964), those of us whose home was in the old Hermitage rather than the Dome. She came for her interview in 1954, only a few weeks after the very beginning of the college; there were just 18 undergraduates in her year. Since reading Natural Sciences, with Part 2 Physics, she has worked in the Cavendish Laboratory over a period of more than 50 years. In the 60s she wrote software, including some of the first ever computer graphics, on one of the earliest electronic computers, the Cambridge Edsac. As well as her involvement in research, she has been concerned with the public communication of science, organising school tours of the Radio-Astronomy Observatory, and is particularly keen to encourage girls in Physics. She is currently an Emeritus Research Associate in the Cavendish Astrophysics group. She is glad to serve on the committee to help to keep older members in touch with the College and perhaps to remind younger members of our pioneering origins.


    Philippa Walters, NH 2006

    Philippa did a Masters in Engineering, specialising in civil and structural, with modules in sustainability. She was also a keen rower and captained the New Hall Boat Club, as well as rowing with the University development squad. She did a number of internships while at College with various engineering firms, a cabinet maker, and Barclays Investment Bank. In 2010, she started on the graduate scheme at Barclays, working in Prime Services, and was recently promoted to Assistant Vice President. In her free time she teaches maths and drums, and enjoys cycling and making furniture.

    Getting in touch

    You can contact the New Hall Society Committee directly by emailing: