Rebecca Matthews

rebecca matthewsRebecca started as Director of Goodenough College on 1st October 2018. Prior to joining the College, she was the Chief Executive of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017, a role she held with great distinction for five years.

Her previous roles include the British Council's Director for New York and Global Partnerships, Director Australia and Director Wales; Director Government Relations for the Sydney Opera House; and a number of other senior management roles in cultural relations and diplomacy.

Rebecca holds a MA Hons (Distinction) in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, University of London and a BA Hons and MA Hons in Modern and Mediaeval Languages from Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.

She was awarded the Knight's Cross Order of the Dannebrog in 2017 by HM Queen Margrethe II for services to Denmark and Danish arts and culture. She is a Trustee of the Royal Albert Hall and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, FRSA (2019)

Richard Barker

Reporting to the Director of Goodenough College, and working closely with her on all key strategic and operational matters Richard is responsible for the strategic financial leadership and management of the College, ensuring the sustainability of the organisation, the maintenance of its estate and the profitability of its commercial operations. He works closely with the College's Board, its subcommittees and the Executive.

Richard is a qualified accountant, member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, responsible for all aspects of College business relating to finance, the College estates and its commercial operations and is the Company Secretary to the College and its subsidiary companies. He is the deputy to the Director of the College and will support the Director and other senior colleagues in developing and executing the College's strategic objectives.

Dr. Alan McCormack

  • Joined the College in 2015
  • Responsible for the life of the College's community in its intellectual, cultural, sporting and social aspects.
  • Responsible in assisting with the development of closer relationships with the institutions of the City of London (Lord Mayor's Chaplain, 2016; Chaplain to numerous City Livery companies and City businesses since 2007)

Previous experience:

An Anglican priest for over 20 years- Alan was Rector of four ancient Churches in the City of London from 2007-2015 and currently Priest in St George's, Hanover Square, the Parish of Mayfair. He was also Advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury on Chinese Christian Affairs from 2008-2012 and was Dean of Residence and Chaplain, Trinity College Dublin and Associate Lecturer in Biblical Languages from 1997-2007.

Alan was Educated at Oxford University and Yale University (University Scholar and Prizeman; MA Theology with First Class Honours- the Top First awarded in that year, 1990; DPHIL in Textual Hermeneutics, 1994). He also pursued Further Language studies in Beijing, Certificate in Mandarin Chinese, with Distinction (2005) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, FRSA (2011)

Caroline Persaud

  • Joined the College in 2009
  • Responsible for College member (student) administration including application and admission, welfare, member finance, scholarships and bursaries and discipline
  • Reports to the Director and has a departmental staff of six

Previous Experience:

For the past 20 years has worked in Higher Education Administration with the ten years prior as Head of Student Services at St George’s, University of London, responsible for the admissions, student finance, student welfare, legislative and statutory returns (DBS, HESA, UKBA etc.) and widening participation.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Management was achieved in 2003 with Merit.

Janine Binks

  • Joined the College in 2009
  • Responsible for strategic planning for HR and IT and takes a lead role in the management of the College's reception desks
  • Responsible for Employment Law and General Data Protection Regulations compliance for the College. Has an operational responsibility to oversee all aspects of College life to make sure departments work in harmony with each other. Coordinates projects with an eye to ensure all elements are considered: from members to staff and external events to the impact on services provided
  • Has line management responsibility for the College’s HR, IT and Reception services

Previous Experience:

Before joining the College Janine worked for a prestigious law firm managing their front office functions from reception to security and overseeing the catering aspect of a busy conference suite. Experience in training and developing staff was gained from many years working in the hospitality industry.

Janine gained her CIPD qualification in 2013 and has continued to grow her HR knowledge specialising in soft HR skills.

Hannah Du Gray

Hannah is a senior fundraising manager with over twenty years of experience across a broad range of fundraising disciplines gained in small, medium and large charities. Her specialisms include major gifts, events and community fundraising.

In the last 5 years, Hannah has focused on undertaking senior interim fundraising and marketing assignments for the likes of Macmillan Cancer Support, Diabetes UK, Asthma UK and most recently as Director of Fundraising for the disability charity SeeAbility.

Hannah is used to hitting the ground running, supporting existing teams and adding significant value to current portfolios. She started at the College as interim Director of Development & External Relations and was made permanent in the role in April 2019.