Former Master of Pembroke College
Born and educated in South Africa before studying Law at Oxford (Magdalen College) and settling in the UK. Spent a year teaching Law at the University of California at Berkeley. Trained as a solicitor at Slaughter and May, the City of London solicitors and was a Partner for 26 years, being elected as the Senior Partner for two terms of office, retiring in 2001.Was extensively involved as legal adviser on HM Government programme of privatisation from 1983 to 1991.
Served on the Hampel Committee on Corporate Governance, the Financial Reporting Council and the Law Group of the UK/China Forum. Held two non-executive directorships of public companies.
In 2001 elected as the Master of Pembroke College, Oxford. (Retired in July 2013).
Chair of the Conference of Colleges, Oxford 2007-2009 and a member of the Council of Oxford University 2007-2013. Chair of the Nuffield Medical Trust, 2003 to date.
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Reader in Early Modern European History, University of Cambridge