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    New Hall Society International Women's Day Event 2018
    New Hall Society International Women's Day Event 2018

    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.

    Current Committee Members 

    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.

    Edna Murphy






    Edna Murphy, NH 1978

    Edna graduated with a law degree and went on to take a Master's in Law in NYU Law School, and later an MBA at the Open University. Initially working in charity and tech businesses, she then went into higher education administration, running the Research Office at the University of Cambridge, setting up Imperial’s Joint Research Office (between the College and the NHS), running the Faculty of Medical Sciences at UCL, returning to Cambridge initially to be a Bursar. Since 2021 she has been mostly involved in local government, as a County Councillor, Chairing the Fire Authority and on the Board of the Mayor’s Combined Authority. She also works part time in the University.

    Alongside her professional career, she has also been a Magistrate in Cambridge for 26 years, an NHS NED in London, trustee of several music and education charities and, with fellow New Hall alumna Clare Gilmour, she set up Cambridge Youth Music. Edna plays violin and viola and enjoys music-making in Cambridge and Ely.

    Ingrid Iversen, NH 1980

    After graduating with a degree in Economics, Ingrid worked in the financial sector for many years and in many roles. Throughout her career her focus was on emerging markets, initially as an economist researching country risk and ultimately moving on to managing emerging market funds. 

    In 2009 she returned to academia to pursue a new and completely different interest – archaeology. She completed a MA in Archaeology (of the Middle East) and then a PhD on the subject of early Neolithic communities. Her ongoing research is based on sites in Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey, and involves working on excavations in those countries. She feels very fortunate to have found a second 'career', which is just as rewarding as her first in the financial sector.

    The time spent at New Hall furnished Ingrid with many of the skills, both professional and academic, which have allowed her to pursue two very different careers. She would like to help in encouraging young women to apply so they too can benefit from the great teaching and supportive environment offered by the College.

    Kate Campbell, NH 1970

    After reading History at New Hall, Kate Campbell went on to work at the BBC World Service and teach in an inner London secondary school before having her family early. While her children were young she variously worked part-time, mainly in language and History teaching and in a voluntary capacity with Vietnamese refugees.  When her family returned to Cambridge and her children had all started school she took an English undergraduate degree and PhD, then tutored in English and interdisciplinary studies at the University of East Anglia and supervised English students at Cambridge University for several years. In 2003 she became a Lecturer in English at UEA, where her broad background led to her directing and teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate interdisciplinary programmes as well as English literature.


    Since leaving UEA in 2014 she has taken courses in Counselling Skills, worked as a volunteer with those with memory impairment, and is now enjoying historical and literary pursuits, including her role in East Anglian Writers.  Her awareness of the great value of her years in Cambridge and her circuitous career have led her to join the New Hall Society Committee. 

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    Dr Camilla Cheung, NH 2001

    Camilla 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.

    Olga Kouri, NH 1991

    Olga read Law at New Hall and graduated in 1993. She went on to work in City law firms until 1998 when she moved with her family to the USA. Upon her return to the UK in 2004, she moved permanently to Cambridge with her husband and three children.

    Olga has been working as a legal advisor for GMT Maritime since 2006 and has been running a pear and apple orchard since 2014. Her other interests include tutoring and mentoring children in humanities.

    Johanna Roodt

    Johanna Roodt, NH 2009

    Johanna Roodt (Tilly) read East Asian Studies (Japanese) at Murray Edwards College, graduated in 2013 and then went on to Columbia University in New York to become a certified language teacher. In New York she further completed a 200h Yoga teacher certification. She then started off her career by working as an international events manager organising fun runs in Japan and travelling back and forth between Europe, Japan and the USA. Upon meeting her South African boyfriend (now husband), she moved to South Africa and worked as a recruitment consultant for a FTSE 250 company. Her husband had to relocate to Belgium for his work in 2015. In Belgium, Johanna initially continued working as a recruitment consultant, she later switched to a Marketing and Sales role at the world's largest beer company and is now working as a high school geography, ethics and language teacher at one of the so-called European schools (schools for kids of those working for EU institutions...). In the meantime, she has also completed a Masters in International Business Management and has become a certified coach. When Johanna isn't working at the school, you'll probably find her spending time with her son, teaching yoga, giving career advice or a Japanese lesson, coaching or travelling. She loves adventures and has even already been to North Korea!

    Johanna joined the New Hall Society Committee to stay connected to college, her home away from home, and to help as many girls as possible to apply!

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    Dr Elizabeth Waldram, NH 1955

    Elizabeth 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.

    Elizabeth 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, Philippa teaches maths and drums, and enjoys cycling and making furniture.

    Sylvie Watts, NH 1980



    Sylvie studied Classics at New Hall. After a year teaching Latin at a girls' boarding school, she studied to become a solicitor, a profession she followed for some 28 years. She spent nearly all of it in the City of London, specialising in employee tax, executive incentive arrangements and corporate governance. She decided to take a belated career break in 2014, retiring from her partner role at Allen & Overy, to have more flexibility to spend time at home while her daughter completed public exams and university applications. She joined the board of Skarbek Associates, a strategy implementation firm, in September 2014, and the board of trustees of, a charity which provides a digital social network for people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, in September 2017. In June 2018 she graduated from The Courtauld Institute where she obtained a postgraduate diploma in the history of art, and is now thinking about the next stage of her working life, her daughter having embarked on her own university journey. It's rare for a day to go past when she does not appreciate the friendships and inspired teaching she has enjoyed from New Hall.

    Amarpreet Kaur, MEC 2015


    Amarpreet graduated from Murray Edwards College in 2016 with her MPhil in the Sociology of Reproduction. During her time at the College, Amarpreet served as the MCR Welfare Officer and spearheaded the College's movement to adopt a 'greener' catering approach. Amarpreet is now doing a PhD in Sociology at Christ's College. Her research focuses on the genetic editing of human embryos in relation to disease and disability and reproductive choices.

    Amarpreet maintains a strong passion for student engagement and widening participation within higher education and public engagement with research and policy. No matter where Amarpreet goes, she will always consider the 'Dome as Home' in Cambridge and will endeavour to serve the College community for as long as possible.

    Dr Owen Saxton

    Owen is a physicist who developed the digital image processing that now allows electron microscopy to obtain 3D structures at atomic level for semiconductors, superconductors, catalysts and even proteins. He is particularly known for the Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm and the Semper image processing system, and cofounded Synoptics Ltd (now SDI) in 1985. He was awarded the 1996 European Ernst Ruska Prize, and the 2018 Institute of Physics Rayleigh Medal.

    Owen joined the College as a Fellow in 1983, and was Director of Studies for almost 30 years; he was also Tutor, Praelector, Admission Tutor, Senior Tutor, and the University’s Senior Proctor, before retiring in 2016. Still supervising; happiest when (now rarely) sitting at an organ console!

    Dr Mengmeng Wang, MEC 2006

    Dr Mengmeng Wang founded CamVision Education Ltd based on the success of its sister company CamVision Ltd (now merged with As its CEO she has a passionate mission to bridge the divide between the Chinese and UK education and technology sectors, which has grown naturally from her own bi-national background and deep experience. 

    Mengmeng’s career innovating in the education and technology sector is grounded in her BA and Masters in Engineering of Life Science followed by a PhD in Bioscience Engineering, all from Murray Edwards college (2006-2016), the University of Cambridge.

    Taking a wholistic approach to her area of business speciality, Mengmeng has invested in eight different startups, and sits on the board of four of them in different industry areas. Moreover, she offers her services pro-bono to education by serving on the Education Committee of the China-Britain Business Council.







    Mariam Makramalla, MEC 2012

    Mariam is an educational researcher, passionate about utilising evidence based research methods to address practice related gaps in Middle Eastern education systems. She is also involved in pre-service teacher training in collaboration with the American University in Cairo, where she acts as an instructor in the Professional Educators Diploma programme, supporting the STEM Education track.

    As a public engagement researcher, she is currently working on a project that aims to use the arts as a medium to re-imagine the societal role of schooling in Egypt, where Mariam is currently residing.

    In terms of her social engagement, she has been a board member of Life Vision for Development (an Egyptian NGO serving the underprivileged in society) for the past eight years. She has also recently joined the RSA as a Fellow.

    Having graduated with both an MPhil and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Mariam is also a member of T20, Egypt’s network of graduates of top 20 universities. She is currently involved in co-founding her educational social venture to serve schools in Egypt and in the Middle East more generally.

    Getting in touch

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