Somerville’s Development Board is a group of committed and dedicated volunteers who have worked closely with the College over a number of years to help the College to seek additional support and who advise on key strategic issues concerning future funding. The Board have led by example and all members have supported the Campaign substantially in terms of their time and personal gifts.

Clara Freeman OBE – Chairman of the Development Board, 1971 – Former Executive Director of Stores and Personnel, Marks & Spencer and Deputy Chairman of the University of the Arts, London, Honorary Fellow

Hilary Newiss – Deputy Chairman, 1974 – Lawyer, former Head of Intellectual Property, Denton Hall

Basma Alireza – 1991 – Co-Founder, Blossom Mothers & Child Limited

Tom Bolt – Managing Director, Berkshire Hathaway Group (European Division)

Ayla Busch – 1989 – Co-CEO/Owner, Busch SE and Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board, Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG 

Lynn Haight – 1966 – Chief Financial Officer and Chief Membership Officer, Foresters Securities (Canada) Inc

Niels Kroninger – 1996 – Founder/Managing Director, Green Hedge Energy and Chairman, AEE Renewables plc

Nicola Ralston – 1974 – Director and Co-Founder, PiRho Investment Consulting, Non-Executive Director, Honorary Fellow

Sybella Stanley – 1979 – Director of Corporate Finance, RELX Group plc

Sian Thomas Marshall – 1989 – Owner, CORE

Alice Prochaska – 1965 – Principal, Somerville College 

Honorary Development Board Members

Doreen Boyce – 1953 – Former President of The Buhl Foundation; Former Chair, Franklin and Marshall College Board of Trustees; Honorary Fellow (USA)

Paddy Crossley – 1956 – Former Company Director, Earnshaw Limited

Sam Gyimah – 1995 – Conservative MP for East Surrey

Margaret Kenyon – 1959 – Former Headmistress, Withington Girls’ School, Manchester, Honorary Fellow

Harriet Maunsell OBE – 1962 – Former Chairman of the Development Board, – former Lawyer; former regulator; Non-Executive Director, Pension Insurance Corporation; Honorary Fellow

Nadine Majaro – 1975 – Chartered Accountant; former Partner, Price Waterhouse Coopers and member of the CAF Venturesome Investment Committee

Roger Pilgrim – Chartered Accountant; Partner, Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP