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:

Chairman: Jon Boddy(1980-83)

Jon is a native of Leeds and came to Manchester to study Textile Economics and Management at was what then UMIST in 1980. He represented UMIST at rugby and was President of St Anselm Hall in his final year. Having graduated in 1983 he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery and served 11 years in the UK, Germany and the USA completing two operational tours during that time.

In 1985 he made the step into the commercial world of media and crisis communication training initially with a company based in Sheffield. In 2002 Jon founded his own company, Positive Impact Communications & Training, and now acts as a consultant to numerous clients and delivers training across a wide range of sectors.

Beyond work Jon is Chair of ADS, a charity that helps people deal with substance misuse and also is involved with junior football. Supporting and developing others and encouraging them to be the best versions of themselves is his passion.

Vice-Chairman: Philip Osment

Biography to follow

Treasurer: Dr Doug Henderson (1976-79)

Dr Doug Henderson

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!

Secretary: Paul Lee (1971-75)

Paul Lee

Paul Lee was JCR President 1974-1975 and read for a BA in Politics and History and Diploma in Social Work and Social Administration graduating with honours. On leaving university he worked for Tameside’s Social Services Department. Due to a chronic lack of drive, ambition and ability he stayed there building Jerusalem in England’s green and pleasant land until retirement in 2013. More successfully he has been married to Catherine for 41 years and has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. As they are nice people, his dotage is spent, babysitting, tending his allotment (it’s the law), golf and volunteering at Chatsworth in the gardens. Hard taskmaster the Duke. Lots of peer pressure.

Immediate Past Chairman & Hall Committee Representative: Dr Peter Dyer (2000-05)

Dr Peter Dyer

Peter was previously secretary to the Association following 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. Peter currently works 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.

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Website & Membership Administrator: Dr Crispin Bloomfield (2004-15)

Dr Crispin Bloomfield

Crispin 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 at Durham University.

From attendance at Guernsey Grammar School he returned to Norfolk eventually leaving 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 went on to become Director of IT Operations at Durham University before joining Microsoft. He is now an Education Architect working across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Crispin is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and 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.

Merchandise: Robert Webster (2003-06)

Robert Webster

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.

Committee Member: Revd Simon Walsh (1994-99)

Revd Simon Walsh

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.

Committee Member: Revd Hugh Bearn (1981-84)

Revd Hugh Bearn

Fr Hugh was born in Oxford in 1962, Oxford School and then to VU Manchester 1981 – 84 Secretary of the JCR, Rugby Club and member of most successful ever hockey team in the Hall history. Trained for the Priesthood at St John’s College, in the University of Durham. Captain of College Hockey 1988. He Served his title at Christ Church Heaton in Bolton then spent Short Service Commission in the Royal Air Force.

Incumbent of St Anne Tottington since 1996; RAChD 96 – date; GMACF Chaplain; Volunteer Chaplain to Bury Hospice since 99; Chaplain at RBL National Festival of Remembrance London since 2012; Freeman of the City of London and Chaplain to Worshipful Company of Clockmakers; numerous other chaplaincy commitments both Civic and other; Companion Community of the Resurrection Mirfield, Priest Associate the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.MA in Social and Pastoral Theology under Professor Elaine Graham 1998.

In 2002 made Honorary Lancastrian on Minden Day. In 2006 he was appointed Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen and member of Her Ecclesiastical Household in England. His interests are pre-eminently his family followed by all things French, cognac and fine wine. Also has a love of Rome.

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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