What is your role at College?
I teach History and Politics, coach cricket, I am a tutor in Hazelwell, and also help with the Christian Union.
What did you do before you came to College?
I studied History at the University of Cambridge, and before that went to boarding school in Canterbury. In between I had a gap year, spending time in the PE Department at a school in Australia and learning Italian in Florence.
If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?
I went through phases of wanting to be a Royal Marine, a sports journalist and (at university) considered law or church work. My real dream was to be a professional cricketer, but it never progressed beyond Hampshire under-10s!
What is your favourite thing about College life?
The pupils: they’re good humoured, well mannered and keen to learn. I am a big fan of the Dining Hall food too.
What are you reading at the moment?
I’ve just started F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby; I’ve found teaching the Roaring Twenties so interesting that I thought I’d read more.
Other than your own, what was your favourite subject at school?
English. I had a brilliant teacher with whom we did Twelfth Night and Chaucer’s Pardoner’s Tale. Her love for the subject was infectious.
If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what is the first thing that you would do?
Something about Syria. Since Britain is partly responsible for the chaos of the Middle East, it makes sense to help victims by allowing some into the UK.