Alumni & Friends

Maxine Williams

Maxine Williams (1992, Law) Facebook's Global Director of Diversity

Born in Trinidad, Maxine Williams left her home island at the age of 16 and went to America. She studied for her undergraduate degree at Yale University, creating her own major in Caribbean Studies before coming to St Catherine’s on a Rhodes Scholarship in 1992 to study Law.

David Hemery CBE

David Hemery CBE (1969, Education) 1968 Olympic 400m Hurdles Gold Medallist

Born in the UK in 1944, David moved to the United States with his family where he attended school and graduated from Boston University before coming to St Catherine’s in 1969.

David’s first international title came at the 1966 Commonwealth Games, where he won the 120yd Hurdles and he retained this title at the 1970 edition, by which time the event had been changed to 110m Hurdles.

Simon Winchester OBE

Simon Winchester (1963, Geology) Journalist at The Guardian

Born in London in 1944, Simon spent a year hitchhiking around the United States after leaving school before going to St Catherine’s to study Geology in 1963.

Michael Billington OBE

Michael Billington OBE (1958, English) The Guardian Theatre Critic

Born in 1939, Michael is ‘Britain’s longest-serving theatre critic’ and the author of biographical and critical studies relating to British Theatre and the Arts.

Peter Galbraith

Peter Galbraith (1973, PPE) First United States Ambassador to Croatia and United Nations' deputy special representative for Afghanistan

Peter was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1950 and he attained a BA at Harvard before completing an MA in PPE at St Catherine’s and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Matthew Pinsent CBE

Matthew Pinsent CBE (1989, Geography) Olympic Rower

Matthew was born in Holt, Norfolk, in 1970. He began rowing at Eton College, before coming up to study Geography at St Catherine’s, where he competed in three Boat Races, winning in 1990 and 1991 and being defeated in 1993 when he was Boat Club President.

His student days rowing at St Catherine’s acted as a successful Launchpad for an international career spanning 17 years, including 10 world championships gold medals and four consecutive Olympic gold medals, of which three were with Sir Steve Redgrave.


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