Helen Pennant

Helen Pennant


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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 £200 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 40 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 Columbia where she was Executive Director International.  Helen was a trustee of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London 2018-2021.

Helen enjoys many aspects of life in Cambridge including the opportunities it affords to work alongside some of the brightest minds in the world.

Helen is also Vice President of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

Sue Osterfield

Sue Osterfield

Deputy Director

+44 1223 760616

Sue is head of the student support team, and is responsible for the administration of the Trust’s many scholarship programmes.  Formerly the Trust’s acting Administrator and Scholarships Secretary (1987-2008), Sue became Deputy Director in August 2008. 

Working with funding partners worldwide, Sue oversees the award of some 500 scholarships each year and has extensive knowledge of the admissions process to the University of Cambridge, its Colleges and Departments.

Sue’s previous employment included working for the University of Cambridge Board of Extra-Mural Studies, which helped to arrange summer schools for international students, and for the National Health Service.

Director's Office

Helen Kirkby

Personal Assistant to the Director

+44 1223 746842

Student Support

Michelle Lucas

Senior Scholarships Administrator

+44 1223 760612

Carmen Butler

Scholarships Administrator

+44 1223 760610

Ileana D'Onofrio

Scholarships Administrator

+44 1223 760613

Melanie Hills

Scholarships Administrator

+44 1223 760611

Jo Leeds

Scholarships Administrator

+44 1223 760614

Natasha Sabbah

Scholarships Administrator

+44 1223 746946

Development & Communications

Tendai Kariwo

Partnerships Manager

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Claire Lambert

Claire Lambert

Communications Manager

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Anna Nye

Associate Director, Student Support

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Breeda O'Leary

Breeda O'Leary

Head of Finance & Administration

+44 1223 760617

Latha Eapen

Finance Administrator

+44 1223 765313

Sharon Wright

Finance & Premises Administrator

+44 1223 765312