Sir Thomas Pope Fellow

Richard Setchim

  • I studied Philosophy & Theology as an undergraduate at Trinity from 1973 to 1976. 
  • I am a chartered accountant and was a partner at PWC for more than 25 years.
  • I was an early supporter of the college's Chapel restoration project.
  • I serve as an external member of Trinity’s Finance Committee.
Richard Setchim


I was raised in West London and attended a Grammar school in Hammersmith and then came Trinity – an all-male college at that time. An early highlight was meeting my wife, who was reading the same subject at St Anne’s, and we were tutorial partners. Another highlight was winning the Oxford place on a student programme sponsored by Mitsui & Co, a Japanese conglomerate, which involved a 3 week tour of mostly corporate Japan. This started a life-long interest and link to Japan and it also gave me a taste for the corporate world which was not in my family background. MBAs were not widespread then, so after graduating I joined PwC as a trainee for what I had intended to be a short-term general business education, but stayed my entire working life until retirement. Various client service and global management roles included a posting to Tokyo from 1993 to 1997. So, one way or another, my student years at Trinity have underpinned my life way beyond the subject matter of my degree and continue to do so.

I am now happily retired and divide my time between Central London and a converted Martello Tower on the Suffolk Coast.