Executive Committee

On this page you can find out more about the Executive Committee of the Association. The committee are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Association as well as organising a wide range of events for our members. Elections are held at the Annual General Meeting and if you are interested in standing for election for any of the positions below then please contact the Secretary.

Patron

Dr Jennifer Bate OBE BA Hon. DMus LRAM ARCM FRCO FRSA

Dr Jennifer Lucy Bate OBE is a highly acclaimed concert organist who graduated from Bristol in 1966 (BA Music). Her distinguished career has seen her enter the top rank of international organists and she has long been a favourite at all the world's great festivals. Many composers have written for her, inspired by her phenomenal technique and ability to bring out the colours of the organ. Jennifer gives master-classes worldwide and lectures on a wide range of musical subjects and is recognised as the world authority on the organ works of Olivier Messiaen, with whom she worked extensively and became his organist of choice. In 2002, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by Bristol University in 2007 and, in 2008, was made an OBE in The Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to music.

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE MD FRCP MACP FMedSci

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE is a former President of the Royal College of Physicians and the current Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge. She first graduated from the University of Bristol in 1962 with a BA in History after being Manor Hall's JCR President. Within the next few years she became President of the Students' Union, Sub-Warden of Manor Hall, completed a postgraduate diploma in Medical Social Work and, with the guidance of Manor Hall Warden, Mrs. Marjorie Tait (1956-1968), embarked on her eminent medical career, earning her degree in 1970 (MBChB Medicine). As a Professor in Rheumatology, she became the undisputed UK expert in scleroderma and connective tissue diseases and the Center she established at the Royal Free Hospital, London is internationally renowned in this field. It was for her contributions to this disease, and to patients with it, that she was awarded her CBE in 2002. This year also saw her become the second female President of the Royal College of Physicians. Dame Carol received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University in 2003, was awarded the DBE for Services to Medicine in 2005 and, in 2012, became Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge. In February 2013 she was named as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK.

President

Dr Martin Crossley Evans MBE JP BA PhD FSA FGS

Dr Crossley Evans graduated from the University of Bristol with a BA in Archaeology and Geology in 1978 After training as a schoolmaster at the University of Keele, he taught at Shrewsbury School and Gresham’s School, Holt, before returning to the University to become Warden of Manor Hall and Sinclair House in 1984. He was Clerk to Convocation from 1989 to 2008, and served as the University’s first Alumni Officer between 1989 and 1994, and helped establish the alumni database. In 1990 he was awarded a PhD in Ecclesiastical History from the University, In the University he is a past President of the Barneys Club, and is Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the MacInnes Club (1985); he is one of the Church Wardens of Christ Church with St. Ewens, Broad Street, Bristol; and a member of Councils of Bristol Record Society, and the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. He was elected s Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (1994), appointed a JP for Bristol in 1999 and gazetted as an MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2001 for “services to higher education”. He was awarded the Convocation Medal in 2006, and given honorary life membership of the Union in 2008 for services to students, student societies, and halls of residence. He serves on the academic advisory group for the new Museum of Bristol, is president-elect of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, and is currently Historic Collections Officer of the University as well as serving as Head Warden.

Vice-President

Mrs Lilian Brown BA Hon. MA CertEd

Mrs Lilian Brown first arrived in Manor Hall soon after the Second World War and recieved her degree in 'English Language with its Literature' and a Certificate of Education in 1952. After leaving the University, she became a teacher at St. Georges School and remained there for 30 years, becoming Head of House and Senior Mistress. Her devotion to the school and the students was unquestionable and she took a leading role in addressing race relation issues in one of the most culturally diverse schools in the area. Throughout this time, she was an active member of local and national associations for education and multiculturalism. Within the University, she was an invaluable member of the original Manor Hall Association and the University Convocation Committee. All who have met her benefit enormously from her wisdom, experience and advice. In 2005 she was awarded an Honorary Masters of Arts by the University of Bristol. Lilian was deservedly appointed as Honorary Vice-President when the Association reformed in 2009 for her unwavering dedication to Manor Hall and its residents and her invaluable wealth of experience.

Mr Christopher Didcote BSc

Christopher was the first Chairman of the Manor Hall Association after it came out of abeyance in 2007, and was responsible for creating the Elton House Award to recognise outstanding contribution to Manor Hall amongst undergraduates in 2008. Graduating from the University in 2008 with a BSc in Computer Science he remained the Association's Chairman until 2010 when he decided not to stand for his fourth term. During his time in Hall he sat on each of the Hall's various committees, acting as JCR Treasurer amongst many other roles he played whilst as an undergraduate. After graduating from the University and returning as a Tutor in 2008 he acted as Secretary to the Senior Common Room and later as Tutor with responsibility for the Bar. He is currently an honorary member of the Senior Common Room. He is a previous member of the Convocation Committee and a Convocation Representative to Court. He currently works in web consultancy and is still very actively involved in the work the the Association does. He was co-opted back onto the Executive Committee as a non-voting member in January 2014. At the 2014 AGM Christopher was appointed a lifetime Honorary Vice-President of the Association in recognition of his work in the Association's reformation in 2007.

Chairman

Dr Edward Beech BSc MBChB

Ed came to Bristol in the autumn of 2009 to read MB ChB Medicine. He completed an intercalated BSc in Bioethics in 2012. Throughout his time in Bristol he has always remained close to Manor Hall, sitting on the Junior Common Room Committee as First Year Rep in 2009/2010 and Non-Portfolio Officer in 2010/2011. During this time, he also worked behind the bar at the Sun and Serpent. He also has been involved in Manor Amateur Dramatics including co-directing the highly successful production of ‘The Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4’. Ed joined the Executive Committee of the Association in 2012 as Membership Secretary and headed the organisation for the inaugural Summer Ball in June 2013 held at the Bristol Zoo Gardens. Since then, he served as Vice Chairman between 2013-2015 and is now the Chairman of the Association. He is currently living in Berkshire and embarking on his career as a junior doctor.

Vice-Chairman

Mr Grant Wray MSci

Grant's links with Manor Hall go back almost 10 years through his involvement in one of the Hall's charities, Heswall Disabled Children's Holiday Fund. In 2012 Grant became Senior Resident for 3 Tottenham Place. During his two years in Hall Grant worked closely with the JCR and developed an enthusiasm for all things Manor. Since leaving he has looked to strengthen his bond with the Hall by first undertaking the role of Reunion Coordinator and more recently Vice-Chairman of the Manor Hall Association. Grant looks forward to developing the Manor Hall Association Fund into a source of funding for current residents and members of the Association.

Treasurer

Mr Barnaby Wakeford BSc

Mr Barnaby Wakeford came to Bristol in 2009 to read Chemistry. Throughout his time in Bristol he was heavily involved in the Manor Hall community, serving as JCR President 2010/2011 and Tech Rep 2012/13 as a returning student. He was also a stalwart of MAD productions in the backstage team and an integral part of the Hall's intramural soccer team. He served as Chairman of the Association between 2013-2015 and is now its Treasurer. He is a secondary school science teacher in his home town of Cheltenham.

Secretary

Mr Andrew Franks MEng

Andrew arrived at Manor Hall in 2006 to read Aeronautical Engineering. After securing a returner position in Manor Hall for his second year he gained a position on the Junior Common Room Committee as Archivist. After being heavily involved with planning the 75th Anniversary celebrations and being one of the first recipients of the Elton House Award he decided to continue in hall for his third year as the Bar Treasurer, as well as taking up the role of Secretary on the MHA Committee, which he continued until 2010, when he became Chairman of the Association. Andrew took up a position as a Senior Resident in Manor Hall in 2010 after graduating, with responsibilities for the bar which he continued until 2014. He has been a Convocation Representative on Court since 2010. Andrew rejoined the Executive Committee as a Committee Member in 2013 and now serves as it's Secretary. He hopes to see that the Association continues to be an integral part of the Manor Hall Community for many years to come.

Membership Secretary

Dr Ryan Lethem MBChB

Ryan came to Bristol in 2011 to read Medicine after completing a degree in Law at the University of Leeds. His association with Manor Hall includes serving for three years as Senior Resident (2012/13, 2013/14, 2015/16) as well as being involved with the Hall’s Manor Amateur Dramatics society. He joined the MHA Executive Committee in 2017 as Membership Secretary with a vision of strengthening the Association’s membership to ensure its role within the Manor Hall community continues to thrive. He enjoys football, film and travelling.

Communications Officer

Mr Michael Joseph Sheridan-Warburton

Michael arrived in Manor Hall in 2015, and returned in his second year to serve as JCR President. In 2017, he was elected to the Committee as Communications Officer. He is studying Philosophy and enjoys folk music, politics and the outdoors.