Election of New Honorary Fellows

The New Honorary Fellows



John Arnold

John Arnold

Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright

Kate Mavor

Kate Mavor

David Soskice

David Soskice

Andrew Tyrie 2

Andrew Tyrie

The Governing Body is delighted to announce the election of five new Honorary Fellows of Trinity College, each of them distinguished in their respective fields, which include academia, conservation, the church, finance, literature, overseas development and politics.

The new Honorary Fellows are the Rt Revd John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, Justin Cartwright MBE, author, Kate Mavor, CEO of English Heritage, Professor David Soskice, Professor of Political Science and Economics at the LSE, and Andrew Tyrie MP.

Those elected are all Old Members of Trinity—Kate Mavor was one of the first women to study at Trinity, having matriculated in the year after women were first admitted. The college’s thirty seven Honorary Fellows represent a wide variety of achievements and experiences and many of them are regular visitors to Trinity.



John Arnold was installed as Bishop of Salford on 8 December 2014. Salford is one of the largest Catholic Dioceses in the country, encompassing Greater Manchester and most of industrial Lancashire, comprising 169 parishes.

Bishop Arnold’s previous appointment was as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Westminster, where he had been a priest for thirty years. He was born and lived in Sheffield before coming to Trinity in 1972 to study Law. He was subsequently called to the bar in Middle Temple in 1976, after studying at the Council of Legal Education. He has a doctorate in Canon Law and is one of only two ‘Benchers’ of Middle Temple who are bishops (the other being the Bishop of London).

Bishop Arnold has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CAFOD (Catholic Fund for Overseas Development) for several years and he regularly visits the ‘front line’—recent trips having included the favelas of Sao Paulo and the victims of the Philippine hurricane disaster and he is continuing his work with CAFOD in the developing world in addition to his new diocesan duties. He is a trustee of the Caritas Social Action Network and is chairman of the Oxford and Cambridge Catholic Education Board. Amongst his publications are contributions to AIDS: Meeting the Community Challenge and Quality of Mercy: a fresh look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


Justin Cartwright, born and brought up in South Africa, came to Trinity in 1965 to read for a second BA, in PPE, which he then transferred into a BLitt in Social Studies. His affection for Oxford is amply displayed in his 2008 book about the University, This Secret Garden, which includes several Trinity scenes.

Mr Cartwright began his career writing TV commercials, progressing to TV documentaries and thrillers. In his early career he was also active in managing and scripting election broadcasts (for the Liberal Party and then the SDP Liberal Alliance), for which he was awarded an MBE. In 1988 he published his first novel, Interior, which was published to great acclaim, and since then has written fifteen more (set in contemporary Britain and Africa), and a further three works of non-fiction. Several of his books have been shortlisted for major prizes: In Every Face I Meet for both the Booker and the Whitbread; White Lightning (probably his best known work) for the Whitbread; while Leading the Cheers won the Whitbread Novel Award in 2002. He is a respected figure in the literary world, himself serving on several prize committees, including the Booker. He has led one very successful Literary event at Trinity and is compering the college’s Literary Dinner in May.


Kate Mavor studied Modern Languages at Trinity between 1980-1984, joining the college in the second year after the admission of women. She was a member of the Boat Club, a squash player and a singer. After leaving Oxford, she studied at the Polytechnic of Central London and later at London Business School and her early career was in in book publishing, with a focus on marketing.

In the 1990s, Ms Mavor set up her own market research company. She became Marketing Director, and then CEO of Language Line, a telephone interpreting service which grew rapidly during the 1990s—it had started as a charity offering a means of enabling communication in four languages with patients at the Royal London Hospital. In 2005, she returned to Scotland as CEO of Project Scotland, a start-up charity, based on Americorps, which advances education, citizenship and community development by encouraging young people to volunteer for a local charity. She was appointed CEO of the National Trust for Scotland in 2009, where she was instrumental in transforming the Trust’s fortunes with a five-year plan to restore stability.

Earlier this year, Kate Mavor was appointed the first CEO of English Heritage, the new independent charitable trust which is taking on responsibility for more than 400 historic sites of national importance, following division of the former English Heritage into the new trust and the separate government service Historic England. She will lead plans to make the charity completely self-sufficient in eight years.


David Soskice came to Trinity in 1961 from Winchester to read PPE and has subsequently had a very distinguished career as a professor of economics and political science. He was an economics fellow and tutor at University College, Oxford from 1967 to 1990. Since then he was research director at the Berlin Social Science Research Centre, then taught at Duke University, and from 2007 to 2012 was Research Professor of Comparative Political Economy at Oxford and Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College.

He is currently one of the six School Professors and Professor of Political Science and Economics at the LSE. He is a Fellow of the British Academy in the politics and economics sections, and chair of the British Academy working party on multidisciplinarity. He was president of the European Political Science Association from 2011 to 2013. And he has been a member of the Dodecadents dining club at Trinity since its foundation in 1964.

Of his many publications, perhaps the best known is Varieties of Capitalism, which is a core text for any comparative politics course and inspired a large stream of research on welfare states and labour market policies cross-nationally. He is also co-author with Wendy Carlin of the core macro-economics text book used in Oxford, the latest version of which is Macroeconomics: Institutions, Instability and the Financial System (OUP, 2015).


Andrew Tyrie has been Member of Parliament for Chichester since 1997 and is the first chairman of the Treasury Select Committee. He is regarded as one of the most persistent examiners of the banks after the 2008 financial crisis and in 2012 he was asked to chair a new Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, set up in response to the Libor rate-fixing scandal. He is also the founder and chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition.

Andrew Tyrie is from the first generation of his family to go to university, coming to Trinity in 1976 to read PPE. Before entering Parliament, Mr Tyrie was a senior economist at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and had worked as an advisor to Chancellors of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson and John Major. Between 2003 and 2005, he held the positions of Shadow Financial Secretary and Shadow Paymaster General. He forced the then Government to change its rules so that the Parliamentary Ombudsman could examine the Equitable Life scandal.

Andrew Tyrie has published extensively on a wide range of subjects. Most notably, in his 2003 essay, Axis of Anarchy, he argued against the war in Iraq. He has also written extensively about financial regulation, the economy, as well as constitutional change. He is a former Woodrow Wilson scholar and Fellow of Nuffield College. Among his other achievements, he has been the Spectator’s Backbencher of the Year twice and, in 2012, the Select Committee Chairman of the Year.