New Treasurer: Sam Aworinde
Sam Aworinde (MPhil, Adv Chemical Engineering, 2008) was elected as Alumni Society Treasurer at the Annual General Meeting in late September.
Sam and his wife Victoria first met during their undergraduate studies at the University of Lagos (Nigeria) in 2004. ‘I should probably say it was a case of love-at-first-sight, although we actually started dating about a year after we first met,’ Sam says. After completing the Bachelors program in 2008, he left for the UK to study for the MPhil in Advanced Chemical Engineering at Eddies, on a Shell scholarship. A year later, Victoria received the prestigious Gates Cambridge scholarship to study the same Masters program at Queens’ College. After graduating with an MPhil, Sam subsequently spent four years working for a Cambridge-based technology and innovation consultancy on the Science Park. He helped some of the top multinational companies in the energy, chemicals and fast moving consumer goods sectors to explore and exploit novel emerging technologies in their processes and products.
Victoria went on to do her PhD, which she completed in 2014, by which time Sam had decided to return to the University to undertake his own doctorate, which he has now completed. Victoria and Sam got married, here in Cambridge in 2013, and for the second time in a more traditional fashion with their families and friends in Lagos in 2014. They have a two year old son, Ethan, who was born in 2015.
‘I am honoured to be the new St Edmund’s College Alumni Society Treasurer,’ Sam says, ‘and I look forward to helping the society run smoothly and achieve its future objectives.’ Sam is taking over from Peter Arthur, who, with his wife Diana, has served the Society faithfully for three years.
New Secretary: John Mueller
At the same meeting John Mueller (PhD, History, 2010) was elected as Secretary to the Society. John wrote his PhD at Fitzwilliam under Professor Sir Richard Evans on late 19th early 20th century German social and economic history. He has worked at Fitz and Wolfson in their Development Offices and is currently Alumni Relations Officer at Eddies. John still enjoys teaching undergraduates and preparing them for Tripos for the Faculty of History.
In his spare time he is trustee of the largest independent provider of sheltered housing in London and of St Edmund’s (Anglican) parish church of St Giles’, at the bottom of Castle Hill.
Changes to Constitution
At the same AGM that Sam and John were elected, changes to the Alumni Society Constitution were agreed. The Alumni Society now includes students, from the point of matriculation and offers grants to alumni and students to organise their own events at home and abroad.