Staff Voices

One of our core values at the University of Cambridge is to recognise and reward our staff as our greatest asset.

Staff Voices

We realise that it's our people who have built our outstanding reputation and that we will only maintain our leading position in the academic world by continuing to attract and retain talented and motivated people.

Cornelius Riethdorf

Cornelius Riethdorf

Development Project Manager

Having finished his PhD in History at the University of Cambridge, Cornelius took a break from university life and spent some time working in venture capital. When the time came to look for the next challenge, Cornelius looked into philanthropic fundraising. Being familiar with Cambridge’s collegiate system, this is something that Cornelius had been aware of, but had no idea of the scale and complexity of university development.

Holly Singlehurst

Holly Singlehurst

Development Associate

Music, poetry, and a career that makes a difference drew Holly Singlehurst, Development Associate, to Cambridge.

‘You get to support life changing research here at the University, and to help make the University more accessible by supporting the students themselves’, she says. ‘It is a privilege to work with such an amazing range of interesting and influential people.’

The city of Cambridge is also a delight for Holly.

Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy (Jez) Wilson

Operations Manager

In a role which has evolved and expanded over 20 years of service, Jez is now Manager of the Operations Team, overseeing the smooth running of the office.He stresses background doesn’t matter for success in the department, but that talent and commitment are the critical qualities.

‘Every day brings a new challenge. You have to keep thinking and keep adapting, but that helps to keep you focussed.’

‘It’s a proud feeling, working for a world renowned university like Cambridge, a name everyone recognises, making a contribution to its success.’

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Linda Hanssler

Relationship Manager

Murray Edwards College

Linda chose an evolving career path taking her from teaching languages, to higher education management and diplomacy in various parts of the world. The last move from New York took some adjustment but she soon found Cambridge to be a vibrant and international community, which she now calls home. She is delighted at using her languages and various skills in her new role as Relationship Manager at Murray Edwards College. She feels it is a privilege to be part of changing the world for the better. To then inspire others to embark on that journey is “simply amazing”, she says.

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Megan Major

Settlement Manager

Working in Cambridge and development was a happy accident for Megan Major. ‘I’m so glad I found this career,’ she says. ‘It’s incredibly fulfilling.’

Born in the U.S., Megan was working as a family law attorney in California when her husband was offered a job in Cambridge. 

She joined a recruitment agency in the city, looking for temporary work, and took a role as Donor Relations Coordinator at the University Development and Alumni Relations office, reporting to philanthropists on how their generosity was being put to good use.

Rachel Holdsworth

Rachel Mortimer Holdsworth

Events Manager

‘This is the most rewarding job I have ever had,’ she says.  ‘We have a close-knit team, and really feel we’re making a difference to both the University and society. Our work helped support with one scientist who was producing early intervention tests for cancer, and it was amazing to be a part of that.’ ‘This is a job and department that really makes you grow and learn. There aren’t many careers like this one, places to work like this, and all with such a sense of satisfaction that my working day often doesn’t really feel like I’m actually working.’