Canon Hugh Shilson-Thomas, Dean Of Chapel and Chaplain

Hugh Shilson-Thomas

Hugh studied at Exeter College, Oxford, and then came to Westcott House in Cambridge to continue his Theological training. After Chaplaincies at Kingston University and Robinson College, Cambridge, and a Master's at King's College, London, he moved to Church House, Westminster. There, he worked in the Education Division of the Archbishops’ Council, as the Church of England’s National Adviser for Higher Education and Chaplaincy for five years. Hugh was appointed to his post at Selwyn in 2008, and lives in Cambridge with his wife Annabel (also a priest), and their two children. Hugh is also Chaplain and Director of Studies in Theology at Newnham College, and serves on the Chapter of Ely Cathedral as a Chapter Canon.

college room: Old Court D7A
telephone: 01223 335 875

Sarah MacDonald, Director Of Music

Sarah came to the UK from her native Canada in 1992 as Organ Scholar of Robinson College, Cambridge, after studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with Leon Fleisher, Marek Jablonski, and John Tuttle.  At Cambridge she studied the organ with David Sanger. She has been at Selwyn since 1999, and is the first woman to hold such a post in an Oxbridge Chapel.  Sarah has played numerous recitals and made over 30 recordings, variously in the guises of pianist, organist, conductor, and producer; she is a winner of the Royal College of Organists (RCO) Limpus Prize. Sarah has taught organ and conducting for Eton Choral Courses, Oundle for Organists, the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy, and courses run by the RCO, and she has directed the annual Girls’ Chorister Course at St Thomas’ Church Fifth Avenue, in New York City and well as other residential choral courses in the States. Sarah is a Fellow of the RCO, and has also been an Examiner, a Trustee, and a member of the Academic Board.  She is also Director of Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir.

college room: Old Court D12B
telephone: 01223 335 877

Hannah Hupfield, Assistant Chaplain


Hannah joined Selwyn chapel in Michaelmas 2016, and is also studying at Selwyn for an MPhil in Religious Studies. She previously read Natural Sciences at New Hall, and worked as both a church Children's and Youth Worker and Verger prior to training for ordination at Westcott House. After being ordained priest in 2012 and completing a curacy in two groups of semi rural parishes in Lincoln diocese, Hannah returned to Cambridge with her husband Timothy, who is training for the priesthood at Westcott House, and their two young children.


Monica Cameron, Chapel Administrator

Monica studied Economics at University in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. She did the PGCE with the University of London and studied Law with the College of Law in London She previously worked as a teacher and as a solicitor. She studied Theology at Westcott House Theological College, Cambridge and was ordained in Ely Cathedral on 5 July 2015. She works in the Chapel office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9am -1pm and on Wednesday: 2pm-5pm; the remainder of her time is spent in the Benefice of Shelford Magna where she is serving her curacy.

telephone: 01223 746 950
college room: Old Court D7B

Caille Sugarman-Banaszak, Chapel Choir Administrative Assistant


Caille first came to Selwyn in 2001 where she completed both an MPhil (2002) and PGCE (2004) in History. Moving on to the glorious world of Secondary School teaching, she taught at the Parkside Federation in Cambridge until 2008. She then realised that music performance and organisation (something she always pursued) were more in line with her vision of the future. An active choral singer and soloist in both Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, she regularly sings with Cantilena Singers, directs the Lanwades Hall Players, and for the last 6 seasons has held principal roles with the Swaffham Bulbeck Summer Theatre. She can be found in Sarah MacDonald's room three or four mornings a week.

college room: Old Court D12B
Telephone: 01223 335 877

Shanna Hart, Percy Young Senior Organ Scholar


Shanna is in her fourth year at Selwyn, studying History and Philosophy of Science. Before coming to Selwyn, Shanna was at the Royal Masonic School for Girls where she was the active organist, playing for services throughout the year, and was heavily involved with the Music Department as a keyboardist, woodwind player and horn player. She has taken part in several recitals over the last year at parish churches in Rutland, Northamptonshire and at St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall, and was a finalist in the 2013 Rickmansworth Young Musician of the Year competition. During the holidays, Shanna is also an Organ Scholar at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Finedon in Northamptonshire.


David Heinze, Graduate Organ Scholar

David recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and a minor in German from Hope College (Holland, Michigan). He studied the organ with Huw Lewis and the piano with Andrew Le. David is an honours graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy as well as an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Camp, where he studied with Thomas Bara and Evan Kory. He has won major prizes in the L. Cameron Johnson Organ Competition and the Annamae Rotman Organ Competition. He has held posts at the Latvian Lutheran Church and Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he also served as Organ and Choral Scholar for the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys. David was the John L. Edwards Organ Scholar at St John’s Episcopal Church in Detroit and a Teaching Assistant in the Hope College Music Department. In Cambridge he is studying for the MMus degree and learning the organ with Margaret Phillips.


Rachel Beck is an Ordinand on Attachment at Selwyn

RachelBeckRachel is reading Theology for Ministry (BTh) and training for ordination at Westcott House. Her first degree is in Education, from Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, and she taught in a range of primary schools in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire for seven years after graduating. Immediately prior to beginning ordination training, Rachel worked for the Diocese of Lincoln as the Pastoral Secretary for two years, travelling across the large and varied diocese, to work with parishes and deaneries considering their mission and pastoral priorities and plans.  Rachel is originally from Sheffield, where her mother and brother still live.


Timothy Hupfield is an Ordinand on Attachment at Selwyn chapel

Timothy HupfieldTimothy is currently training for the priesthood at Westcott House and studying for a BTh through Jesus College. Prior to this, after completing an MSci and PGCE at King's College, Timothy was a stay at home father and secondary school science teacher. He is married to Hannah, an Anglican priest, and they have two children.




Joshua Brocklesby is an Ordinand on Attachment at Selwyn

jbrocklesbyJoshua is reading Theology (Tripos) and is training for ordination at Ridley Hall. His first degree is in History which he studied at Exeter College, Oxford. Most recently he spent a year in The Community of St Anselm, a new monastic community based at Lambeth Palace. Prior to that he worked for a large creative advertising agency in London for three years.



Michael Johns-Perring is an Ordinand on Attachment at Selwyn

michael_johns_perringMichael is reading Theology for Ministry (BTh) and is training for ordination at Westcott House. His first undergraduate degree is in History and Politics which he studied at the University of York.  He also has an MSc in Politics from the University of Edinburgh.  Most recently he has been a civil servant working for the Judicial Appointments Commission in London and the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland in Edinburgh.  He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two small children.