St John's College, Cambridge has first female master in 500 years

Former Cambridge student becomes first female master of 500-year-old St John's College Heather Hancock was admitted as new Master in socially distanced ceremony  She succeeds Professor Sir Christopher Dobson to become the 45th Master  St John's College was founded in 1511 and is one of the largest at the university

By Nicole Conner For Mailonline

Published: 19:18 BST, 1 October 2020 | Updated: 19:22 BST, 1 October 2020

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A former Cambridge University student has become the first ever female master of 500-year-old St John's College.  

Heather Hancock was admitted as the new Master in a special socially distanced ceremony at the College's Victorian Chapel today. 

She is the first woman to take up the role since the founding of the college in 1511 and was admitted in front of 30 Fellows wearing masks.

Heather Hancock (pictured) was admitted as the new Master in a special socially distanced ceremony at the College's Victorian Chapel today

Heather Hancock (pictured) was admitted as the new Master in a special socially distanced ceremony at the College's Victorian Chapel today

Ms Hancock succeeds Professor Sir Christopher Dobson, who died in September 2019 after 12 years as Master, to become 45th Master of St John's.

She was chair of the Food Standards Agency, a non-ministerial Government department that regulates the food and feed industry.

Before that she spent 11 years at Deloitte, where she was a managing partner for the UK and Swiss firms.

She succeeds Professor Sir Christopher Dobson, who died in September 2019 after 12 years as Master, to become 45th Master of St John's

She succeeds Professor Sir Christopher Dobson, who died in September 2019 after 12 years as Master, to become 45th Master of St John's

She also led the firm's global services to the London 2012 and Paralympic Games.

St John's College was founded in 1511 and is one of the largest Colleges of the University of

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