Biographies

St Anselm Hall Association

The St Anselm Hall Association can draw on the enormous knowledge, wealth and experience offered by those sitting on the Committee. Have a look at what several Committee members have achieved since departing St Anselm Hall:

 

St Anselm Hall Association Committee Vice-Chairman - Peter Dyer

Interim-Chairman

Peter Dyer (2000-05)

Dr Peter Dyer has been secretary to the Association since his graduation in 2006. He was resident in Hall for the entirety of his undergraduate studies which began in 2000 when he came up to study medicine. During that time he also completed a BSc Hons. Degree in Anatomical Sciences. He undertook numerous roles whilst resident in St Anselm with the highlights being a term as JCR Secretary and 3 years as rugby captain, which included a victory in the intermural competition.

He has undertaken most of his postgraduate medical education in the Midlands and has gained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians and Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists. He has recently been appointed as a Consultant Haematologist at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

He also has a particular interest in medical education having completing a postgraduate certificate in the subject. He is actively involved in the teaching of both undergraduate medical students and doctors in training.

He is married to Sarah who was resident in St Gabriel’s between 2001 and 2003. Most of his spare time is taken up entertaining their twin sons George and Harry and younger daughter Annabelle but when he can escape he still plays regularly for his local rugby club.


St Anselm Hall Association Committee Treasurer - Doug Henderson

Treasurer

Doug Henderson (1976-79)

Doug arrived in Slems in 1976 and stayed there throughout the 3 years that he was an undergraduate. He was the Athletic Union rep in his 2nd year in Hall and played an awful lot of rugby – although not for the University. He did play for the Hall team on most Wednesdays and in the Inter Hall Competition. He was invited to become Treasurer 5 years ago and it is a job he quite enjoys.

These days he is a freelance Management Consultant, working around elements of coaching development work, personal development and teamwork development. He is a great believer in making use of an outdoor component in the work that he does, as that introduces a ‘level playing field’ where no one has the appropriate level of knowledge to truly tackle the task. In the last 30 years he has worked with a very diverse collection of industries including the NHS, Government departments, Banking and Insurance, Investment businesses as well as manufacturing. I love my job because of all the different individuals that I get to meet and to learn from as well as being eble to broaden their own levels of understanding about themselves.

As well as still working, he also enjoys walking up hills and travelling. In recent years he has visited Nepal and Peru on a number of occasions as well as South Africa. He hopes that he will never give up on the travelling but has to admit that he is getting older!


St Anselm Hall Association Committee Secretary - Crispin Bloomfield

Secretary

Dr Crispin Bloomfield (2005-14)

Dr Crispin Bloomfield was Warden of St Anselm Hall from September 2005 to January 2014. Having chosen academic research over a commission in the Royal Artillery he has worked in University pastoral care since 2000 and became Senior Warden in 2011. He is a member of the SCR at St John’s College and Hatfield College at Durham University, where he now works.

From attendance at Guernsey Grammar School he made a return to his native Norfolk, choosing to leave work at AVIVA for University. Crispin’s background is in Physical Geography where he applied computer modelling to reconstruct ancient landscapes from environmental data. This cross over into the world of computing led to a post-doctoral career within Manchester. He was one of the founding members of the Hornet residential computer network. He is now responsible for all Teaching and Learning IT at Durham, directing the teams that support these areas and working with senior colleagues to shape and deliver future direction.

Crispin is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the British Computing Society. His family have a strong relationship with the hall: he was married in the Chapel and his children baptised there. He still lives in the North West and coaches junior rugby at Southport RUFC.


St Anselm Hall Association Committee Immediate Past Chair - Simon Walsh

Immediate Past Chair

Simon Walsh (1994-99)

Simon is an experienced international PR expert. He is fluent in four languages and has advised national governments, global corporations and charities on their strategic communications. He project managed the Madrid 2016 Olympic bid press office, implementing media activity in Asia-Pacific and the Americas, as well as Europe. His clients include multinationals, with a current emphasis on Latin America, Russia and Europe. He is also a crisis communications consultant and writer.

Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Chair of Governors at Christ Church School, London, and an elected member of the London Diocesan Synod.


St Anselm Hall Association Committee Membership Secretary - Andrew Peacock

Membership Secretary

Andrew Peacock (2007-10)

Andrew’s professional successes can in no small part be traced to Saint Anselm Hall and its association. Following a series of discussion with Simon Walsh, which culminated in a four-week work experience placement at Bell Pottinger, Andrew embarked upon a public relations career that has seen him work with some of the country’s largest house builders, the world’s largest manufacturer of building products and carry out successful lobbying campaigns.

Andrew also headed up the communications for the Conservative parliamentary candidate for his home town of Wakefield in both the 2005 and 2010 General Elections.

Formerly president of the Hall (2009-10), Andrew fully understands the scope of the association and how it can assist students looking to take their first steps into the world of work.


St Anselm Hall Association Committee Newsletter Editor - Tony Blackman

Newsletter Editor

Tony Blackman (1971-1975)

Tony oversees production of two Newsletters each year that are sent to Association members worldwide in the Spring and Winter. News of Old Anselmians and other articles of interest are therefore always welcomed!

By profession Tony was a Chartered Town Planner having graduated with BA Honours in Town & Country Planning. He was JCR Junior Treasurer in Slems for two years, and also a student rep in his Department, on the Faculty of Arts Board and on Senate.

Tony spent his entire career in Local Government in Sussex and Kent, firstly in various planning roles and then in school provision for two Local Education Authorities. He was also on regional and national committees of his professional bodies, and retired as a Head of Service.


St Anselm Hall Association Committee Website & Membership Administrator - David James

Website & Membership Administrator

David James (2009-13)

David grew up in and around London. After receiving secondary education at Langley Grammar School he entered St Anselm Hall in the fall of 2009 to study Economics and Social Sciences graduating in 2013. While in Hall he held many positions on the JCR and took part in the Social Team.

After Manchester, David returned to London first working at Bosch and then in Financial Services. He was part of a small team which assisted Financial Advisers and their High Net Worth clients manage their Investments, Pensions, Insurance and Taxation needs by utilising and administrating various financial products and legal entities.

In his free time he Ski’s, plays Badminton and is very involved in his local area where he helps several local charities with their online presence.

He is currently pursuing study, furthering his knowledge in areas of the Financial world.


St Anselm Hall Association Committee Merchandise - Robert Webster

Merchandise

Robert Webster (2003-06)

Rob became a Slemsman in 2003 when he came up to Manchester to read Geology. When not on field trips he carried out various jobs for the JCR and represented the hall in sport whenever he could until Graduating in 2006 and going off to work on oil rigs in far away sunny climates. After a year working in the North Sea in both the British and Danish Sectors (not everything goes to plan) he moved back to his native Midlands and started working for a Geotechnics Limited as a Graduate Engineer and was promptly elected onto the association committee.

To co-inside with supposed retirement from playing Rugby he has recently handed over the reins of organising the annual Oldboys Sports day and is now looking after Merchandise and will happily sell you various items as long as it branded St Anselm Hall. He is still working at Geotechnics Limited and is now a Senior Engineer who manages various Site Investigation and Instrumentation Projects. During this time he has been elected as a fellow of the Geological Society and completed an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering with Management.

Rob is still a keen sportsman and plays squash regularly and still has a go at other sports when he gets the chance although at the moment DIY is taking up much of his time as his house is best described as a project.


St Anselm Hall Association Committee Member - Paul Carter

Committee Member

Paul Carter (1987-89)

Paul Carter grew up in near Preston and was educated at Hutton Grammar School. He was awarded a British Aerospace Commercial Sponsorship and read Economics at the University of Manchester where he lived in St Anselm Hall. While at the Hall, Paul very happily served as Curator of Hall Prints and has fond memories of storing some of the collection under his bed. Paul went on to work in politics and worked as an advisor to Yukio Hatoyama MP in Tokyo who became Prime Minister of Japan. Paul returned from Asia and completed postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge. He then turned his attention back to business, working in business turnarounds and has also created his own children’s retail poster business, Reallygiantposters.com.

We enjoy hearing from Old Anselmians, and we look forward to seeing you at one of the reunions in the near future.

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