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Patricia (Stickney) Robson 2013 - 2015
Previous President 2011 - 2013
Cathy Killick attended The Mount from 1976 – 1983. After leaving, she read English at the University of London and then joined her local paper The Aldershot News as a reporter. In 1989 she was selected by the BBC for its Trainee Reporter Scheme which led to a number of different radio reporting attachments all over the UK. In 1993, she made the move from radio to television, becoming a regional journalist, and then North Yorkshire Reporter for the BBC in Yorkshire. While holding that position she has worked as a news correspondent for the BBC network news, produced, directed and presented two half hour television documentaries and presented Look North. She was also the presenter of The Politics Show in Yorkshire for four and a half years.
She lives in Leeds with her partner Andrew Edwards and daughter Celia, who has just started as a weekly boarder at The Mount.
A birth right member of the Religious Society of Friends being a member of Warwickshire Monthly Meeting.
Christine has served as an Overseer, Elder, Clerk of Nominations Committee and still Clerk of its Education Committee which has responsibility for providing bursary help, primarily for children at the various Quaker Schools.
Pupil at The Mount 1949-1954
Queen Elizabeth Hospital School of Physiotherapy 1955-1958 qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist in June 1958
I958-1960 worked as a Physiotherapist including a year at the Orthopaedic Hospital at Oswestry
1960- 1962 Student Teacher at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital gaining the Teachers Diploma of the Chartered Society.
1962-1965 Teacher at the Q.E.
1966- 1977 Taught at the School of Physiotherapy at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham being appointed Deputy Principal in 1972.
1977-1995 District Physiotherapist for West Birmingham Health Authority with responsibility for the management of the service in the Hospitals and Community.
During this time served on various Physiotherapy committees within Birmingham and the West Midlands and for eight years represented the West Midlands Board of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy on the Council of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and was Chairman of the West Midlands District Physiotherapists.
Also represented Physiotherapy Managers on the Regional Staff Development Group of the West Midlands Regional Health Authority which included development of pre- registration education for Paramedical professions. For much of this time I was chairman of the group.
Christine retired from the Health Service in 1995 after 37 years service.
Branch Secretary for the Midland Branch since 1972.
Since retiring I have been a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator linked to the local Police Command Unit. Was a founder member of the Development of the Neighbourhood Watch Association acting as Chairman for several years and continue to be very active in this work.
Christine's “free time” is taken up with other activities including gardening and cooking and other household duties!!
2007 - 2009
Our 2007 - 2009 President was Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1956 – 61). She is visiting professor of astrophysics at Oxford University.
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell is a past President of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Council Member of the Royal Society. Since 2005 she has been President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science - Physics and Astronomy Section and a Patron of the Einstein Year/International Year of Physics. She is a Member of the InterAcademy Council panel on Women for Science.
It was while she was working as a graduate student at Cambridge that she was involved in the discovery of pulsars, rapidly rotating neutron stars which give off signals detectable on Earth. Professor Bell Burnell discovered the pulsars when she noticed some unusual marking on chart paper from a radio telescope she was operating. The discovery opened up a new branch of astrophysics and led to a Nobel Prize for her supervisor.
She later worked at the University of Southampton, University College London and at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, as well as raising a family. She has served on the Council of the Open University and has recently completed a term as President of the Royal Astronomical Society.
During her distinguished career the Oppenheimer prize, the Michelson medal, the Tinsley prize and the Magellanic Premium have been awarded to her by learned bodies in the US, and the UK's Royal Astronomical Society has presented her with the Herschel Medal. UK and US universities have conferred honorary doctorates on her, and she holds an Honorary Fellowship in New Hall, her former Cambridge College. She was made a CBE in 1999 and that year also won the Edinburgh Medal for services to science and society. She became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003. She was made a Dame in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2007.
The public appreciation and understanding of science have always been important to her, and she is much in demand as a speaker and broadcaster. In 1999 she toured Australia giving the Women in Physics Lecture.
In her spare time she walks, gardens, sews, swims and knits, listens to choral music and is active in the Religious Society of Friends
Previous President 2005 - 2007
I was brought up in Lancaster, where my father was headmaster of the boys’ grammar school. Access to the school library gave me an enduring love of literature, which occasionally got me into trouble at school, since I frequently read under the desk during lessons. After five very happy years at The Mount from 1946 to 1952, I went on to Oxford to read German and French, spending my afternoons rock-climbing on a railway bridge, and my evenings singing in several choirs. Teaching seemed to be the obvious career, so I started my career in Spalding, and discovered to my amazement that I loved it. Marriage and the birth of two sons interrupted my career briefly, but I returned to The Mount in 1961 as a part-time member of the Modern Languages Department.
In 1965 I joined the staff of the boys’ grammar school in Rugby, where I ran the orchestra and horse-riding club, and learned to touchjudge rugger. I took a further degree in School Organisation and Management and shortly after was appointed HMI. This was a wonderfully varied and interesting life, with opportunities to travel abroad, run teachers’ courses, work with the Schools Examinations and Assessment Council, and be at the heart of curriculum development. As District Inspector for Cambridgeshire, I became familiar with the full range of education on offer, including both maintained and independent schools, and ranging from kindergartens up to university.
After retiring in 1992 I became an independent consultant, working for Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspection Service. I was honoured to be asked to join The Mount School Committee at an exciting stage of the school’s development. I am now fully retired, and work in a voluntary capacity on the Diocesan Board of Education and as Church treasurer. I enjoy my work as governor of a new primary school in Cambridgeshire, and have many hobbies: bird-watching, history of art, singing, running a children’s choir, helping with Sunday School, reading, gardening, and spending time with my four grandchildren. I am honoured to have been elected President of MOSA, and look forward to continued contact with my many friends at The Mount.
I was born in Londonderry, N. Ireland, and was at The Mount 1947-1951, ending up as head girl in my final term. I then studied classics at Oxford (1952-6), but as a graduate switched to social anthropology and after fieldwork among the Limba people of northern Sierra Leone in the 1960s completed a doctoral thesis (and later a book) about Limba stories and story-telling. I met my husband David Murray as a fellow postgraduate student at Oxford and after our marriage in 1963 we taught at universities in Africa: first in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), then for nearly 5 years in Nigeria. Returning to the UK in 1969 with our three young daughters, we were among the first academic staff to join the then-new Open University. Apart from some periods abroad, most memorably in Fiji 1975-8, I’ve remained at the OU ever since, and have greatly relished tackling the challenges presented by its distance-teaching system, one of the highlights in recent years being the chance to co-operate with students in their projects on family and community history. I ‘retired’ in 1999 but in practice continue as Visiting Research Professor and Emeritus Professor.
I’ve authored or edited various publications on anthropological aspects of communication and expression, among them books on Oral Literature in Africa (1970/1976), Oral Poetry (1977/1992), Literacy and Orality (1988), The Hidden Musicians: Music-Making in an English Town (1989), and South Pacific Oral Traditions (jt ed. 1995). My most recent book is about the multisensory nature of communication and how this can vary across cultures (Communicating: The Multiple Modes of Human Interconnection, 2002). I was honoured by being elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1996 (currently on its Council) and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford in 1997, and in 2000 received an OBE for services to social sciences.
At present I’m involved in various academic projects, including preparing a compilation of essays on story-telling, language and unwritten literature in Africa. I still enjoy singing in amateur choirs (started off by that wonderful Mount-Bootham choir led by ‘Percy’), walking the dogs in the local woods with my husband, and engaging in mutual learning with our four young grandchildren.