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Who's Who

Principal - Professor N M Sempala-Ntege OBE MA

As Principal of John Snow College, Nathan is responsible for leadership, culture and values and the strategic direction of the college community.

He joined Durham University in 2023 after a 27-year career in the British Army.  As an officer in the Royal Artillery, he served on training exercises and military operations in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Far East and Africa and in a variety of planning and policy jobs. His last role was Head of People Strategy for the Army, prior to which he was Deputy Commanding General of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

In Nathan’s secondary role as Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Colleges and Student Experience, he supports the development and delivery of an outstanding student experience for all Durham students.

He is married to Catriona and they have four children.

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Vice-Principal - Dr Ruth Wilson

Ruth oversees the overall management of the College and deputises for the Principal in his absence, as well as helping in strategic planning. She is directly responsible for matters relating to student enrichment, outreach and College events and is the College Officer link to the JCR for societies and the performing arts. 

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Assistant Principal (Student Support) - Gini Bedford

Gini’s role as Assistant Principal is primarily concerned with student support and well being. She has worked at Durham University for 25 years both in Departments, Operations and Colleges.

She can offer appointments and drop in for students who have concerns about anything in College life.


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Student Support and Enrichment Co-ordinator - Thomas Cullen

As Student Support and Enrichment coordinator Thomas works closely with the college management team to assist on student welfare and the student enrichment programme, designed to enhance students experience at John Snow College.

Thomas joined Durham University in January 2023 with a degree in Sport Development specialising in Disability Sport after completing a consultancy with Leeds Rhinos. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys going on day trips with his sausage dog Odie.


Assistant Student Support Officer - Dom Birch

Dom Birch is our Assistant Student Support Officer. Dom is part of the student support team, who you can contact if you need any support during your time at University. Dom finished a PhD in History from King’s College London in 2021, specialising in Early Modern British Social and Legal History.

Dom enjoys cooking, reading about obscure Soviet History and listening to hyperpop. Dom is non-binary, and happy to chat to students about LGBTQ+ issues.


JCR President- Ella Pierre

Ella is our JCR President for 2023/24 and it’s her job is to oversee and look after the undergraduate student body here at John Snow, which is also known as the Junior Common Room.

Your university experience is about so much more than just getting a degree. Being involved within our thriving college community is one way to ensure that you have the best possible experience of life at John Snow, whether that’s through sports, music, drama, outreach or welfare.

Ella is based in the JCR Office near reception.


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JCR Vice-President- Niamh Boyle

Niamh is a 2nd year Geography student and Vice-President for 2023/2024. Her role is to work with mainly Ella and the rest of the JCR to help run everything smoothly. She is also in charge of organising all of the formals and stash sales. She is always around to be a friendly face.

Chaplain - Andrew Tinkler

Andrew provides support for students of any faith and can provide signposting to different faith groups or indeed non religious advice or groups.

College Administration Co-ordinator - Angela Lo 

As our College Administration Coordinator, Angela is responsible for key College administrative functions, and provides oversight of the day- to- day running of the College Office.

Angela spent her childhood in Hong Kong, and came to the UK in 2016 to study for her BA International Relations and MSc Human Resource Management degrees at Durham University. Angela is happy for International Students to reach out to her.

Angela enjoys making handicrafts, playing badminton with her friends, and playing dystopian future video games.


Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 0046

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Student Support Administrator - Rebecca Jacobs (Monday-Wednesday) and Anna Casson (Thursday-Friday)

Rebecca and Anna provide support for the College allocation process for all incoming students. In addition, they are the initial administrative point of contact for College. They assist with College Events and also support Angela by providing general admin support for the college. 


Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 0046

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Estates and Facilities Relationship Manager - Paul Bolland

Paul oversees the operational aspects of the College and works with the College Estates and Facilities department. As Community Services Manager, Paul provides a proactive, front-facing, service-focused role to support all aspects of communication and service provision, to ensure the agreed service standards are achieved across the College. 

Accommodation and Facilities Services Coordinator - Dionne Eltringham

Dionne has oversight of the College Residences on a daily basis and implements the College's accommodation policies, including the UUK Code of Practice as appropriate and ensuring the residences are maintained to a high standard, as well as providing general and specific administrative and clerical support within the College Office.


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Food and Beverage Services Head - Phil Smith

Phil manages the College Bar (Igloo) and also Catering Services for John Snow College. 

Reception Helpdesk Assistant - Stacey Winn

Stacey provides reception cover and is first point of contact to students and visitors.  She manages the post, deliveries and key cards to student accommodation. 


Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 0888

Finance Assistant- Faye Lowe