The Federation employs a small staff team to provide administrative and library support.

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.
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Magda FletcherFederation Senior Library Assistant
Magda worked in Federation libraries from 2000 until March 2022 when sadly she died from cancer. We miss her greatly.
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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.
Rachel Knighton - CA Liaison Officer
Rachel KnightonUniversity Liaison Officer (Common Awards)
Rachel is a University Liaison Officer at the Cambridge Theological Federation. She has a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge, where she was a Scholar of Girton College. Since graduating, she has published a monograph on African prison writing. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, international film, artisan coffee and countryside walks.
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Alastair OateyChief Operating Officer
Alastair Oatey is the Federation’s Chief Operating Officer and is also Wesley House’s Business Director where he has been since 2015. On the rare occasions on which he can be peeled away from his spreadsheets his natural habitat is on the organ stool at Wesley House or in his home parish church at Harston.
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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.
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Sally ReesAdministrator
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.
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Harriet SturdyHead of Academic Services
Having been a Headteacher for almost 20 years, Harriet is now enjoying working in Higher Education, where she has noticed that while many of the issues affecting students and staff are remarkably similar to those in a school, there is less focus on getting students to line up quietly and listen! Harriet’s PhD research focused on variation in provision for the mentally ill during the 19th and 20th century, with attention placed on the innovative ‘boarding-out’ policies adopted in several countries. This knowledge has yet to benefit her in her current role.

Harriet is married with two teenage children, one of whom needs encouragement to do any revision and the other who needs encouragement to stop studying and relax more!

In her spare time she gets great pleasure in visiting and playing with her growing number of nieces and nephews and revisiting the delights of sharing many wonderful books with them.

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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.