Johnian Society Committee 2020

We welcome expressions of interest from Johnians wanting to join the committee. The elected term of office is for six years and the committee meets three times a year, once in Cambridge and twice in London. If you would be interested in getting involved with the Johnian Society, you can reach out to Committee members directly using Johnian Hub, or else you can contact the Development Office who can put you in touch.

Graham Spooner (1971)
President

Graham is Deputy Chairman of Rotala Plc, an AIM quoted group which operates bus and coach services in England, and an Associate at Amberley Advisory, a corporate finance advisory firm, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. He is the editor of Venture Capital and Private Equity: A Practitioner's Manual and the author of Raising Venture Capital. He speaks regularly on those subjects at universities and business schools. In addition to being President of The Johnian Society, Graham is a Trustee of the Honorary Treasurers Forum, a registered charity, and a Member of the Alumni Networks & Volunteers Woking Group, University of Cambridge.

Annamarie Phelps

Annamarie Phelps (1984)
Vice President

Annamarie is Chair of the British Horseracing Authority, Vice Chair of the British Olympic Association
and an Associate Consultant to Safe Sport International, a charity supporting international sports federations to develop and implement safeguarding policies. She currently serves on the IOC Olympic Education Commission and the IPC Legal and Ethics Committee. Annamarie learned to row at LMBC and went on to win the World Championships in Women's Lightweight Coxless Fours and indoor rowing, representing Great Britain at the Atlanta Olympic Games, 1996. She has held leadership roles across many sports organisations and chaired the Independent Review into British Cycling. Annamarie worked as an art dealer for many years, curating and co-publishing several books on Victorian and postwar British design. She is a governor at Latymer Upper School.

Kevin Bakhurst (1985)
Immediate past president

Kevin is Group Director, Content and Media Policy at the UK communications regulator, Ofcom. From 2014 to 2016, Kevin was Deputy Director-General at the Irish National Broadcaster, RTÉ. He was also Managing Director of RTÉ News and Current Affairs from 2012 until 2016. He was on the BBC's London Olympics 2012 committee, which was responsible for co-ordinating the BBC's coverage of the London Olympics. He produced the BBC News coverage of the Hong Kong Handover in 1997 and has worked extensively in Brussels and Washington, including the coverage of President Obama’s Inauguration. Kevin was a Magistrate from 2000 until 2005. His interests include travel, film, reading, history, US politics and Chelsea FC.

Mark Wells (1981)
Chairman

Mark studied Law at St John's, and his fondest memories are captaining the College hockey team and winning his blade with an LMBC Gents' boat in the Lent Bumps. Mark was formerly the Domestic Bursar at St John’s, and is now a writer living in Cambridge. He can still be found cheering on the sports teams most weekends and prowling the banks of the Long Reach during the Bumps.  Mark is happily married to Karina, whom he met at St John's, and they have two sons who come back to Cambridge occasionally to see how the old folks are doing.

 Treeva Fenwick

Treeva Fenwick (1995)
Vice-Chair

Treeva studied Part 1 MML and Part 2 SPS at St John's. She represented the University at Tennis (2nds). After graduating, she worked in the European Parliament, Brussels, before receiving a BBC scholarship in 2001 to study Journalism. Following that she began a 7-year career at BBC News, as both reporter and producer. Treeva joined Tesco in 2010, where her role included working with senior leadership, reputational counsel, media training, issues management and leading campaigns. She joined Unilever as their Global Director of Media Relations in 2014. There she leads Unilever's financial and corporate communication to media and oversees their global media relations network across 100+ countries. Treeva enjoys travel, theatre and sport and has a young son.

Zip Jila (2002)
Honorary Secretary

Zip read Law at St John's College as an undergraduate, and since then has worked in areas of cross-border and domestic financial restructuring, workouts and insolvency. She recently took up her current position as General Counsel of a hedge fund which focuses on special situations. A former President of the Winfield Society, Zip is an active alum of the Faculty of Law. On a personal level, St John's means a lot to Zipshe met her husband at College, got engaged on the Backs under the fireworks of the 500th May Ball, and married in the College Chapel.

 

Emma Grainger (2006)
Finance Secretary

Emma studied undergraduate Modern and Medieval Languages between 2006 and 2010, spending her third year in Madrid. During her time at St John's she met many of her closest friends (including her now-husband Ben), was involved in the University's MML society and even joined the Astronomy Society. After graduating, Emma took a year out to travel, spending 6 months in South America with Ben before embarking on a career in tax. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton before joining PwC's M&A Tax Team in 2014, where she spends her time providing tax structuring and due diligence advice to private equity and corporate investors. Emma joined the Johnian Society committee in 2013, and became the Finance Secretary in 2014.  

 

Nick McCave (1986)
College Representative

Nick is an Emeritus Woodwardian Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth Sciences and has been a Fellow of St John’s since 1986. In college he has been involved in the admin of sports as president of the GAC then chair of the Junior Members Extracurricular Activities Committee. Nick was the Chair of the May Ball Committee for five years and had two periods on the College Council. His research aims to understand how the modern deep ocean circulation shapes the sea bed and controls the distribution of sediment properties. Nick applys that understanding to interpretation of the geological record of the changing deep-sea circulation and its impact on climate change. 

 

Katya Bobrova (2012)
Committee member

Katya came to St John's in 2012 to read Development Studies, focusing on Development Economics and Finance, and was awarded a full scholarship by the Cambridge Overseas Trust. After graduating, Katya spent several years at Deloitte, specialising in regulatory strategy for financial institutions, and in 2017 moved to Barclays where she has been focusing on data protection and regulatory management, including RegTech. Katya has previously worked in the area of international development and government relations. Katya completed five years of music school and piano. Recently, she attended a course at Sotheby's Institute of Art. Katya is also a keen supporter of conservation and animal welfare organisations.

 

Emily Brand (1987)
Committee member

Emily read English under the directorship of Professor John Kerrigan and enthusiastically played netball for the college as well as becoming President of the Lady Margaret Players.  Having learned about love in literature, she qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and is now a specialist divorce and family lawyer in partnership at Boodle Hatfield LLP. While her children were little, she taught courses on English common law to undergraduates at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Potsdam and subsequently the judiciary of Berlin and Brandenburg.  She still has a home in Berlin.  Emily hopes to encourage more Johnians across the generations to attend events and refresh their ties with the College.

Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown (2012)
Committee member

Hannah studied at St John’s College as an undergraduate, completing her Part 2 in Biological anthropology in 2015, with a focus on the genetic basis for the evolution of language. Since leaving the college Hannah has gained further postgraduate degrees while working for the ambulance service and is currently planning to start a PhD in the near future. While in Cambridge Hannah was involved in the University Trampoline Club, gaining University colours in her third year. This is a hobby she still enjoys and still visits for competitions each year both as a competitor and judge.

Julian Gould (1995)
Committee member

Julian studied Geography at St John's. He represented the University at football in the second team (The Falcons). After graduating, he joined Schroders on the graduate programme. Julian worked at Schroders from 1998 to 2007, where he was a Director and fund manager. As an investment analyst he has had responsibility for the utilities, luxury goods, and paper sectors. He started managing money in 2004. In 2007 he left Schroders to join Intrinsic Value Investors (IVI) as a partner and fund manager. IVI is a long-term, long-only value investor focused on European equities. Julian enjoys travel, golf and spends most of his free time trying to keep up with his three young children.

 Claire Griffiths

Claire Griffiths (1985)
Committee member

Claire read Classics at St John’s and more recently attended a Masters course in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS. After graduating she worked as a European Smaller Companies fund manager for more than 25 years, ultimately as a partner at a large investment management firm and subsequently at a boutique hedge fund. She discovered rowing with the LMBC, winning her oar in the Lent Bumps. She also launched the College's first aerobics class in the School of Pythagoras and would like to thank all those who attended for inspiring her to qualify as an Exercise to Music and Zumba instructor. The latter turned out to be a fantastic foil for finance. Her interests include dance, music and art. She is also a Patron of Sadler's Wells.

Stuart Mayes

Stuart Mayes (1957)
Committee member

Stuart read mechanical sciences and spent his career as a patent and trade mark attorney, mostly as a partner for a larger London firm. He also chaired a non-governmental committee which advised the European Commission in the creation of a European Community Trademark. Much of his time at John's was devoted to playing hockey, for which he gained a blue. He was then was capped for both England and Great Britain in the 1960 Olympics. Later, he managed the England team for one season. He retired in 1999 and since then has lived in North Devon, Surrey and Portugal. A highlight of every year is meeting the Johnian golfers and spending two nights dining and staying in College, which he feels is a very good way of keeping in touch with St John's. 

Victoria Raymond (2006)
Committee member

Victoria attended St John's College from 2006 to 2009 and read Law.  She was an active member of College, having played rugby, netball and hockey for the College. Victoria qualified into the Dispute Resolution department at Ashurst LLP in London and worked there for 6 years before moving to Hong Kong to join the Dispute Resolution team at Walkers.  She has since sought to connect with members of the College who are based in Hong Kong. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys sailing and has relished the opportunity to explore the waters of the South China Sea

Peter Scott (2002)
Committee member

Peter completed a BA in Land Economy and an MPhil in Real Estate Finance at John's during which time he enjoyed serving on both the JCR and May Ball Committee. As if to confirm his love of College, after a short stint at Goldman Sachs he returned to complete a PhD in Behavioural Economics as a College Scholar. Now based in London, he works for a hedge fund investing in distressed companies and turnarounds. Recently married to a fellow Johnian, he enjoys reading and running in his local Highbury Park Run.

 

Nigel Snaith (1979)
Committee member

Nigel read Natural Sciences at St John’s followed by a PhD from Birmingham University. He spent almost 30 years with Shell and BG Group, initially in research but later focussing on the development of new oil and gas fields and optimising production from existing fields. Nigel represented the University at golf, playing for the Stymies and enjoyed rowing for the College. Having played with the Johnian Golf Society since 1983, he took over the organisation of the golfing activities in 2013. As his predecessor in this role served for 24 years, this is likely to be a long commitment.

Karena Vleck (1986)
Committee member

Karena Vleck studied law at St John’s and helped found the University Women’s Rugby Team playing in the first and second Varsity Matches in 1988 and 1989. She is a consultant with a wide variety of clients in the sports and education sectors and a non-executive director. Recent executive experience includes being interim Head of Legal at the Lawn Tennis Association. Prior to that she was the Legal and Governance Director at the Rugby Football Union for 12 years. She trained as a solicitor at Farrer and Co before becoming a partner and head of the Sports Group. As a non-executive director she sits on the Cambridge Alumni Advisory Board, is a director of British Rowing, the safeguarding convenor at Eagle House Prep School and is a trustee of the Middlesex Sports Foundation. She is a director of the Varsity Match Company Limited, which is responsible for running and revitalising the Varsity Rugby.

 

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