St Cross College Elects New Master



The Fellows of St Cross College have elected Carole Souter CBE as the next Master of the College.

Carole will take up office in September 2016, succeeding Sir Mark Jones, who has been Master of St Cross since 2011.

Since 2003, Carole has been Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund, overseeing the distribution of over £400m a year to projects making a lasting difference to people and heritage across the UK.

She began her career in the civil service and has over 20 years’ experience of policy formulation and operational management in the Departments of Health, Social Security and the Cabinet Office. She has always been actively engaged in the charitable sector and is currently a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces; Creativity, Culture and Education; the Kent Wildlife Trust and the National Communities Resource Centre. She has recently been installed as a Lay Canon of Salisbury Cathedral.

Carole has a BA in PPE from Jesus College, Oxford, an MA in Victorian Studies from the University of London and is a Fellow of the RSA, the Society of Antiquaries, and a member of the Academy of Urbanism. She is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and was awarded the CBE in 2011 for services to conservation. Carole is married with two adult children and is a heritage and culture enthusiast and a keen gardener.

Speaking about her appointment, Carole said:

“I am delighted to be succeeding Sir Mark Jones as Master of St Cross in September. He has delivered a spectacular legacy for the College with the West Quad and I am really looking forward to seeing the new facilities come to life. I have been overwhelmed by the warmth of welcome from those members of the College family I have already met. It is a privilege to join the College team as it builds on its first 50 years and goes forward from strength to strength into the future.”

Sir Mark added:

“I am delighted to welcome Carole Souter as my successor. She brings an outstanding reputation from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is ideally fitted to lead St Cross into its second half-century.”