About this event

  • Date and time Wed 8 Feb 2023 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online

Join us for this webinar with Heather Hancock, Master of St John’s College at the University of Cambridge. Interviewed by the President of the Royal Society of Medicine Professor Roger Kirby, she will discuss her perspectives on College life as a non-academic, food safety regulations and invisible aspects of public health, and recent developments in University education.

Heather Hancock became Master of St John’s College at the University of Cambridge in October 2020, after a career in senior public and business roles. The College is the second biggest in Oxbridge, with 1000 students, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and a Fellowship of 160. Heather is also an elected member of the University Council, the Trustee body for the University.

From 2015 until 2021, Heather chaired the Food Standards Agency, a non-Ministerial government department, steering the regulator through Brexit and championing a new commitment to support people with allergies and food intolerances, as well as putting the science back in the centre of the FSA. Before this, Heather was a Managing Partner at Deloitte LLP, with leadership roles including innovation, brand and talent, and served in Deloitte’s global senior leadership. Her main client during this time was the international Olympic movement, including four Olympic and Paralympic Games. Before joining Deloitte in 2003, Heather held a series of CEO and senior roles in the public sector, at the national, regional, and local government levels.

Outside Cambridge, Heather chairs the Prince’s Countryside Fund, reflecting her commitment to rural affairs, food and farming since her degree in Land Economy. She served as a trustee of the Prince’s Trust, the UK’s biggest youth charity, for over a decade, chaired the BBC’s rural affairs committee from 2003-2010 and, in 2013-14, was commissioned by the BBC Trust to investigate and report on bias and impartiality in the BBC’s rural affairs coverage. She was Deputy Chair of the World Athletics Championships and Paralympic Athletics Championships from 2013-2016. Heather was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2012 New Year Honours, and she is a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered event participants up to 60 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.

*There may be slight changes to the discussion points or the advertised start and end times of this webinar, subject to Heather Hancock's work requirements.

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Registration for this event will close on 8 February 2023 at 6:00pm (GMT)

All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

The In Conversation Live webinar series will continue our much loved In Conversation events, giving you the opportunity to get first-hand insights into the lives and thoughts of high profile individuals, bringing an intimate, relaxed and entertaining perspective into your living room.    

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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