St Edmund’s College elects The Hon. Matthew Bullock as its new Master


The Hon. Matthew Bullock has been elected as Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He will take up office in October 2014 and succeeds Professor Paul Luzio, who has been Master since 2004.

Mr Bullock has a long connection with Cambridge and the University, where he read History at Peterhouse. He was a member of the University’s Audit Committee from 1999–2012. He was a founding member of the Judge Business School Advisory Board and its longest serving member (1985–2002), and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the ESRC Centre for Business Research. He has recently served as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit and Business Development Committees of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s). In 2013, he was appointed Chairman of Transforming Pathology Partnership, a joint venture between six NHS trusts in East Anglia to combine their pathology services into a single organisation. In the earlier part of his career, whilst at Barclays he was heavily involved in the Cambridge Phenomenon. Mr Bullock was a member of the UK Cabinet Advisory Committee on Applied Research and Development during the mid 1980s. His experience in the technology sector resulted in his appointment as Chairman of TAP Biosystems plc (1999–2012). Mr Bullock is a 1596 Foundation Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and also a Trustee of Cambridge Past Present and Future. He has an Honorary Degree from Anglia Ruskin University.

Matthew Bullock has had a long and successful career in the financial sector, joining Barclays Bank in 1974, where he rose to become Regional Director in Leeds and Director of Risk Management and Group Senior Executive. Prior to leaving the Barclays Group in 1998, he held a senior position at BZW/Barclays Capital. From 1998–2011 he was Group Chief Executive of the Norwich & Peterborough Building Society. During this time he was Chairman of the Building Societies Association. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Mr Bullock was previously on the Governing Body of the University of Leeds and the Council of Imperial College, London. He is currently Chairman of the International House Trust, a language-school charity based in London.

Matthew Bullock has close connections with the University of Oxford. His father, Lord (Alan) Bullock, the eminent historian, was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and Censor of St Catherine’s Society and led an ambitious campaign of fundraising and development, resulting in the transformation of the Society into St Catherine’s College in 1962 when he was elected as its first Master. Matthew Bullock was educated at Magdalen College School, where he is currently a Governor.

Mr Bullock is married with two daughters and a son and lives just south of Cambridge in the village of Great Chesterford.

Commenting on his election, Mr Bullock said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been elected to serve as Master of St Edmund’s College. I look forward to working with the Fellows, staff, students, and the wider College community, in taking the College forward through its next stage of development.”

The current Master, Professor Paul Luzio said: “I congratulate the Fellowship on the election of Matthew Bullock as the next Master, and I am certain that he will provide the College with the leadership required for its future growth, whilst at the same time maintaining its historic values of friendship and collegiality.”

St Edmund’s College is one of the graduate colleges within the University of Cambridge, admitting students as graduates and mature undergraduates. Founded in 1896, it has a diverse membership, with over two thirds of its student body from overseas. It has grown rapidly in the last two decades, and currently has 450 students and 50 Fellows. It is the only modern College within the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge with a Catholic heritage, which is maintained through its Chapel and Dean, who is a Roman Catholic priest. The College is the home of the Von Hügel Institute, which undertakes research on the relationship between religion and society, and the Faraday Institute of Science and Religion.