The Federation employs a small staff team to provide administrative and library support.
Andrew ChamberlainHead of Central Services
Andy’s background is in fundraising and development. He worked at the University of Cambridge’s development office, and Cambridge Assessment, before becoming the Development Director of Ridley Hall, one of the constituent houses of the Federation. Andy and his wife Ruth live in Impington, near Cambridge where Ruth is the curate in the local parish. Andy’s main hobby is writing, he has hosted a podcast on creative writing, is a writing coach and editor, and has written a number of novels and biographies.
Gavin ClarkeIT Assistant
Gavin studied Mathematics before embarking on a long and slightly varied career in IT, the computers are much smaller and faster now. He once worked on a computer system that appears with Tom Baker (The Fourth Doctor) in an advertisement. In his spare time he likes to be walking, running, gardening or reading P G Wodehouse, although not necessarily in that order. He enjoys the Botanic Gardens and enthusiastically encourages you to visit them as often as you can.
Dr Chris GroganHead of Information Services
Chris joined the Federation in September 2016 and is responsible for the organisation and running of the CTF libraries and their relationship with the University Library. After completing a Ph.D. on the music of Edward Elgar, Chris began his library career at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he was Library Services Manager, prior to moving to Suffolk in 2003 to become the Librarian, then the Director of Collections and Heritage, at the Britten-Pears Foundation. Chris is married with two daughters, a son and a bichon frise and spends most of his spare time helping with the children’s homework.
Dr Mat RidleyIT Manager
Previously a biochemist, Mat Ridley joined the Federation in 2001 and is responsible for the day-to-day running of many of the Federation’s computer systems. He also works for Wesley House, Westminster College and the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies. Variety being the spice of life, he spends a lot of his spare time in front of computers too – but he also enjoys watching films, cooking and walking. He has also written a novel.
Sally joined the Federation part-time in March 2017 and assists the Chief Operating Officer and the CTF team with general administration. When her 3 (now adult) children were small, she undertook a PGCE in primary teaching at Homerton College and taught in Suffolk and South Cambridgeshire Schools for nearly a decade before embarking on 12 years within NHS administration and management at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. She has 2 young granddaughters living locally, so spare time is short, but she enjoys walking, cycling and the Cambridge Arts Cinema.
Jane Sinnett-SmithDigital Library Assistant
Jane is the CTF Digital Library Assistant. She joined the CTF team in August 2022 and assists with the running and delivery of digital library services to staff and students. Jane has a PhD in medieval French literature, in which her research focused on the use of relics and sacred objects in vernacular saints’ lives. She has also taught French literature and language, worked in a bookshop, and been a tour guide for a language school. In her spare time she enjoys reading (of course!), cooking, walking in the countryside, and attempting to keep pot plants alive.
The Rev Dr Andrew ToddSenior Lecturer and Director of the Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology
Andrew came to Anglia Ruskin University and the Cambridge Theological Federation from Sarum College in Salisbury, where he coordinated the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality. Prior to that, he set up and ran the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies. He is a practical theologian and ethnographer. Andrew’s research interests in chaplaincy have given rise to two complementary areas of research. One has to do with the interaction of religion/spirituality and public policy. The other has to do with the reshaping of religion/spirituality in the contemporary world, including the development of new rituals; and the theological implications of such developments. As well as running the Professional Doctorate in Practical theology, he liaises between Anglia Ruskin University and the Cambridge Theological Federation, in support of their partnership to deliver both research degrees and MAs.
Andrew is married and has three children and two grandchildren (some of whom live near Cambridge). He is glad to be back in the Cambridge Theological Federation, having previously worked for the East Anglian Ministerial Training Course (now ERMC). Having grown up in Cumbria, he still escapes to the mountains from time to time.
Kate WilliamsUniversity Liaison Officer (ARU)
Kate read History at Newnham and qualified as a solicitor. She then took a break to care for her three children. Away from work, she looks after her allotment and is still trying to train Pepper, her cocker spaniel, to do some weeding.