All LMH alumnae and alumni become members of the Lady Margaret Hall Association when they finish their studies at LMH. The primary role of the LMHA Committee is to produce the Brown Book each year and to help Senior Members stay in touch with each other and with the college.
The LMHA's Annual General Meeting is held each year on Gaudy Sunday, when the committee reports to the membership and holds elections for any vacancies on the committee.
The LMHA Committee
Mrs Carol Oster Warriner (Gibson, 1981 Jurisprudence), President
Having read Jurisprudence at LMH, Carol went on to train and qualify as a solicitor in the City of London. She joined the Oxford firm of Linnells, as it then was, in 1988 and became a partner in 1991. Following a series of mergers the firm today is part of Blake Lapthorn, a large regional UK law firm, with five offices in the south of England. Carol was Head of Property Litigation in the Oxford office, and subsequently became the firm's Risk Partner dealing with all aspects of legal and non-legal risk, and professional negligence claims and claims made to the Legal Complaints Service. She was also on the firm's strategic and management boards. She retired from Blake Lapthorn in 2010, and was elected President of the LMHA at the AGM in July 2011. After three years of having held office, Carol was re-elected in 2014 to remain in office for another three years.
Miss Catherine Avent OBE (1939 English), Vice-President
Cathy arrived at LMH the month after war broke out in 1939 and later spent five years in the WRNS. Having decided against a permanent naval commission, she embarked on a 'career in careers', spending much of her working life lecturing, writing and consulting on careers education as well as guidance on the relationship between educational qualifications and the requirements of careers. She was awarded an OBE in 1977. She has served on the LMHA Committee since 1982, becoming Honorary Secretary in 1985, President in 1990 and Vice-President in 1994, from which position she continues to offer the Committee the benefit of her long association with the College. In 1990, with Hilda Pipe, she produced the invaluable Lady Margaret Hall Register.
Ms Alison Gomm (1974 English), Honorary Secretary
Alison Gomm began her career as an English teacher in an Oxfordshire comprehensive school. Later, romance and a quest for adventure took her to Paris for a couple of years. On her return to Oxford, she became production editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, an academic quarterly. In addition, she is Head of Personnel for Oxera, an Oxford-based economics consultancy. Alison lives in Drayton St Leonard, a small village in south Oxfordshire, and edited Drayton St Leonard: Our Village, a book written and illustrated by villagers and published in 2000 to mark the millennium. She is thoroughly enjoying her work on the Brown Book, where she has particular responsibility for obituaries, and her renewed contact with LMH.
Ms Harriet Kemp (1979 Literae Humaniores), Honorary Treasurer
Harriet lives in Surrey and is Director of Group Reward and People Processes at Compass plc, where she looks after the Compass global leadership team of 450 senior managers, as well as 40,000 employees who are mainly middle managers in operational and office roles such as finance and HR. Harriet joined the Committee in 2012 and was elected to Honorary Treasurer in 2014.
Dr Carolyn Carr (Jones, 1977 Chemistry), Editor of the Brown Book
After LMH, Carolyn worked for Kodak Ltd for three years working on mass spectrometry. During that time she married Paul who was training to be a pilot for the RAF. She then returned to chemistry and to LMH to do a DPhil, before having her first child. The combination of being a mother and being married into the RAF meant that working full-time in chemistry was not practical, so she did numerous jobs which enabled her to work from home. It was during this time that she first became involved with the LMHA and became Assistant Editor of the Brown Book. Once Carolyn's children started full-time school, she returned to chemistry in Oxford with a Daphne Jackson Fellowship, an excellent scheme designed to help scientists back to work after a career break. Apart from a brief sojourn with a University spin-out company, she has remained in research in Oxford, although has now moved from chemistry to biology as well as stem cell therapy for heart failure. Carolyn has been Editor of the Brown Book since 2008.
Mrs Emma Neale Ahmad (1994 PPE)
Emma is a qualitative research consultant and service evaluator with over 18 years of experience in urban regeneration and social policy. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public and Community Services from The University of East London, where she was also a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Institutional Studies. Following a role as Research and Innovations Manager at Links UK, she is now a research associate with ResPublica where she is developing future projects.
Mrs Cindy Bull (Harrison, 1979 Chemistry)
Cindy joined the Committee in 2011. She lives in Oxfordshire, and divides time between voluntary roles in the local community, as a trustee and volunteer in local social enterprise providing daycare and activities for the elderly; and as a governor in two different Aylesbury secondary schools, one as Chair of Governors in a local-authority maintained co-educational Upper School; and the other an Academy selective girls Grammar School. She previously enjoyed a career in IT management in the pharmaceuticals industry, having gained extensive experience in the many aspects of large scale IT project management with commercial organisations. Her special fields of expertise include Project and Portfolio Management, IT Quality Assurance, IT Projects in Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Intelligence, Analytics and Data Management.
Miss Maya Evans (2003 Modern History)
Maya graduated from LMH in 2006 and returned a year later to work for the Development Office. She worked on the alumni relations programme for the college until November 2012 when she travelled a very short distance to become Alumni Events Manager for the University. She now runs the University's alumni events programme. Maya joined the Committee in 2013.
Ms Judith Garner (1977 Literae Humaniores)
After graduating, Judith trained as a teacher, and since then has taught classics in three schools. She is currently Head of Classics at Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls in Canterbury. She is committed to promoting the study of Latin and Greek in schools, including the maintained sector. Judith joined the LMHA Committee in 2008 and has enjoyed renewing her links with the College. Judith is review editor for the Brown Book.
Professor Christine Gerrard
Christine is the Barbara Scott Fellow in English at LMH. She researches and writes on seventeenth and eighteenth century literature, particularly political writing and poetry. She has edited Samuel Richardson's letters and has worked on eighteenth century women's poetry. She teaches across the period 1500-1780 and has interests in eighteenth and nineteenth century American literature. She is married to Duncan Anderson, Head of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and they have two teenage sons.
Dr Richard Lofthouse (1990 Modern History)
Dr Richard Lofthouse completed a PhD at Yale University in 2000, having previously studied history at LMH. After four years teaching at Corpus Christi College in Oxford, he left to become a journalist, editor and writer from an East London base. Formerly the editor of CNBC Business, he is currently the editor of the magazine of the University, Oxford Today. Richard joined the Committee in 2013.
Miss Laura Murphy (2008 History)
After graduating from LMH, Laura joined St Hugh's College as Admissions and Outreach Officer. In March 2015, Laura began working as Marketing Executive for Pearson, a multinational publishing and education company. Laura is currently studying for a CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing. Laura joined the Committee in 2014.
Mrs Marion Michell (Cutler, 1962 Chemistry)
Marion had a career as a secondary school science teacher. She has been a faithful supporter of the College for many years and a regular attender at alumni events. She joined the LMHA Committee in 2002 and was Honorary Treasurer until 2014.
Dr Margaret Rothwell CMG (1957 Literae Humaniores)
Margaret joined the Foreign Office after LMH which led to a worldwide career in HM Diplomatic Service, including being Deputy Head of Mission in Jakarta; FCO Overseas Inspector; and HM Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Burkina Faso and Liberia, and Roving Ambassador for Peacekeeping in Africa. She retired from the Diplomatic Service in 1998 and undertook the Quinquennial Review of the Marshall Scholarship Scheme for Parliament. She was UK Representative on the joint UK/US enquiry into student working exchanges and helped set up the FCO Association (for retired members of the Diplomatic Service). Since 2003 she has been a lay member of the Council of the Inns of Court. In 1992 she was awarded the Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) and in 1993 she was made an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Southampton University. She joined the LMHA Committee in 2009.
Co-opted by the Committee for 2016-2017
Professor Helen Barr, Vice-Principal, Fellow and Tutor in English
Mr Tim Pottle, Fellow and Development Director
Mrs Carrie Scott, Deputy Development Director
Miss Rebecca Ward, Alumni Relations Officer