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Helen Pennant has been Director of the Cambridge Trust since July 2013 where she leads strategic direction and creates opportunities for study and research through scholarship funding.
Managing an endowment of £180 million and with around 1,400 students in residence each year from 85 countries, the Cambridge Trust has funded more than 20,000 postgraduate students since its foundation over 30 years ago. Decisions about a scholarship can shape an individual’s entire life and Helen regards her role as an honour and a privilege to serve both the student body and the wider academic community.
With a background in government service, Helen has an international outlook and career experience. She studied French and History at the University of Oxford and spent five years in Paris as Labour and Education attaché at the British Embassy. She has been working in university environments since 2006 when she relocated to Canada and joined the University of British Colombia where she worked for Cambridge’s current Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope as Executive Director International.
Helen lives in the heart of Cambridge with her husband John and son Thomas. She enjoys many aspects of life in Cambridge including the opportunities it affords to work alongside some of the brightest minds in the world.