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Sidney Sussex Society - Committee




Nick was Bursar from 2008 to 2018.  He read Geography at Sidney from 1971 to 1974. He is currently Treasurer of Farm Africa, Treasurer of Book Aid International and Senior Treasurer of the Footlights. Prior to becoming Bursar he worked for Unilever, a food, hygiene and personal care business. His last position was Managing Director of their global venturing group, where he was involved in venture investing, the creation of new businesses and technology spin outs from universities.


Ajit Bhalla


Ajit joined Sidney in 1997 as a Senior Research Fellow. Founder President of the Sidney Club of Geneva (since 2003). Author of Poverty among Immigrant Children in Europe (2009); Poverty and Exclusion of Minorities in China and India (2013, 2017); Monuments, Power and Poverty in India: From Ashoka to the Raj (2014); Glimpses of Medieval Switzerland (2015); Imperial India: A Pictorial History (2018) and Asia’s Trouble Spots: The Leadership Question in Conflict Resolution (2019).

Stephen Carter


Stephen graduated in 1995 in Natural Sciences. The first period of his career was at Andersen Consulting as a management consultant, after which he joined a recruitment consultancy in the City of London servicing the Financial Services. Having risen to junior partner in the firm, he moved to Barclays Capital, the investment banking arm of Barclays plc, where he was a Director in their recruitment function. Since then, he has headed up executive recruitment for Barclays, led recruitment for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, and now leads recruitment for the Qatar Investment Authority for which he lives in Doha, Qatar, with his wife (Clare, also matric 1992) and their children.


Mr Jeremy Coulon


Jeremy read Mathematics at Sidney between 2006-2010, where he was an active member of the community, becoming Vice-Captain of SSBC and Junior Treasurer of SSCSU. After graduating he founded a Cambridge summer school to encourage intelligent teenagers from around the world to consider applying to Cambridge! He also continues helping our Boat Club when possible.


Heinz Fuchs


Visiting Fellow 1997. Member of the Sidney Sussex Society Committee since 1999. Formerly member of the Cambridge University Alumni Advisory Board and Chair of the Networks and Volunteers Working Group. Formerly Secretary of the German Cambridge Society and Chair of the Advisory Board. Retired as a librarian in 2017. Fellow of St John's College Durham since 2013.


Lindsay Greer


Lindsay was a student at Trinity Hall.  After a period as an assistant professor at Harvard, he returned to Cambridge in 1984 and joined the Sidney Fellowship in that year.  He is head of the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy.

Richard Humphreys


Richard read English at Sidney 1972-5 and then studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute, London, before joining the Tate Gallery in 1981. There he was a curator, educator, writer, editor and researcher until he left in 2008 to pursue a career as a freelance writer and curator. His history of Sidney was published in 2009. Since then he has curated exhibitions of Wyndham Lewis's art in London and Madrid and also 'Holbein to Hockney' which opened at the Fundacion Juan March, Madrid in October 2012. He recently curated a major exhibition of British landscape painting from the Tate collection for venues in Mexico, Brazil, China and Hong Kong over the period 2015-19. His most recent publication is a study of the Royal Academy's famous 'The Leaping Horse' by John Constable.


Bruce graduated from Sidney in 1996 with a BA in Law and went on to study for his Legal Practice Course at York College of Law. He is now a Partner in a law firm in London, practising EU and UK competition law, and is married to Andrea (nee Jackson), who graduated from Sidney in 1997 in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Italian) and is a professional executive coach who is currently studying for a professional doctorate in coaching and mentoring. They have two daughters and live near Bedford.


 Edwina matriculated in 1981 and read Economics at Sidney before going on to earn an MA in Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles on a Fulbright Scholarship.  Her career in finance and investment includes working at the Bank of England and ABP Pension Fund in The   Netherlands.  Edwina currently serves on Sidney’s Investment Committee and is a member of the British Federation of Women Graduates.


Nick Porter (1994) read History, political thought supervisor in Cambridge 1998-2003, since then worked at University Exam Syndicate, for various local colleges in the exam department, qualified EFL teacher and next year will celebrate 25 years involvement on the Cam as both rower and coach (presently one of the senior coaches at Hughes Hall BC), semi-retired and happily married to Emma.

Sally Simmons


Sally Simmons was one of the first 25 women undergraduates admitted to Sidney in 1976. She read English and began her career in publishing and academic research, mostly in France. She is the co-founder and director of Cambridge Editorial, the Cambridge-based book production company that helped to produce Richard Humphreys’ Sidney Sussex: A History and the revamped College Annual and Pheon.

Ian Stephen


Ian matriculated in 1962 and read Natural Sciences. He qualified in medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital in 1968, then trained as an orthopaedic surgeon in the West Country and was appointed a consultant in East Kent in 1983. He retired from clinical practice in 2005 and from medicolegal work as an expert witness in 2012. He is currently Chairman of East Kent Medical Services Limited, an Assessor for the Membership Governance Programme at the Medical Protection Society, Archivist of the British Orthopaedic Association, Governor of The Expert Witness Institute, and Treasurer of the History of Medicine Society at the Royal Society of Medicine. He has served on the Council, as Chairman of the Academic Board and as President of the Orthopaedic Section at the Royal Society of Medicine. He is also Past President of British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and of the Hunterian Society in London. He is a member of the 1596 Foundation of the College.


Mike matriculated in 1970 and read Economics at Sidney. On leaving Cambridge he joined a stockbroking firm in the City and enjoyed a 30 year career, initially as an analyst, and latterly in Corporate Finance, specialising in the Telecoms and Technology sectors. He retired from the City in 2001 and held various non-exec positions, most recently as non-exec Chairman of a London based IFA. He has recently stepped down from these positions and is now a Volunteer and Trustee at AgeUK Richmond, and also helps to run a new City based charity, Suited & Booted which helps long term unemployed men, back into work. Mike is a member of the 1596 Foundation and also serves on the College Investment Committee.

Tom Viles


Tom was at Sidney 1992 - 2000.  He earned his LL.M. and Ph.D. in Law, and became a Junior Research Fellow and Sidney's first John Thornely Law Fellow.  He practices law in New York and has written extensively on international law, criminal law, and antitrust.  Since leaving Sidney, he has been active in Sidney-related events in North America.

Tony Willenbruch


Tony matriculated in 1970 and read Natural Sciences (Metallurgy & Materials Science) at Sidney Sussex. After a varied career in aerosystems engineering, mainly public service but then as interlocutor between industry, government and academia, Tony's main work interests are now in professional development and social networking organisations for engineers and managers. He is a member of the 1596 Foundation of the College.


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