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New Bursar

Submitted by hab36@cam.ac.uk on 26 July 2022

Selwyn College is pleased to have appointed Jennifer Phillips as its next Bursar.  She will join the college in November, taking over responsibility for finance, estates, hospitality and domestic services from the retiring Bursar, Martin Pierce.

Jennifer joins Selwyn from a background in finance, having trained in accountancy at PricewaterhouseCoopers following graduation from Cambridge in 1999, where she read English and then History and Philosophy of Science, in which she took a first. Her career has spanned financial advisory work in the business recovery sector, tax planning and financial accounting (for the FTSE listed entity now called Synthomer Ltd), and a highly successful nine year stint in a rapid growth, private equity backed, international education business.  Since 2016 she has been the Domestic Bursar at her undergraduate college, Gonville and Caius, with key achievements in recent years including a major refurbishment of catering areas in the heart of the Grade I listed Old Courts, and the navigation of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Roger Mosey, Master of Selwyn, said: “The college is delighted that, after a highly competitive process, Jennifer will be joining us. She combines financial expertise with her experience and excellent track record at Caius, and she impressed the college council with her vision for the future of Selwyn. I will personally hugely look forward to working with her.”  

Jennifer Phillips said “I am thrilled to have been offered the role of Bursar of Selwyn College. Whilst the economic outlook post Covid is tough both nationally and locally, I look forward to working with the excellent and highly experienced Selwyn teams at all levels, to ensure the college gets the best from its new and impressive facilities – a significant opportunity. I look forward to adding my contribution to Selwyn’s 140 year history.”

Jennifer Phillips