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Roles at Ridley:
Print Publications Designer
After six years working as sales and editorial assistant for the publishers Grove Books, whose office is housed in Ridley’s basement, Dona moved up the stairs to the ground floor to job-share with Lizzie Allen on reception, becoming at the same time the college’s webmaster.
Following a brief period working on the second floor as Acting Admissions Officer, in 2009 she ‘completed the set’ by moving to a new office on the top floor of what was formerly the Principal’s Lodge, to take up an official role designing print and online publications for the college. With offices any further up the building in short supply, we await with interest the day she is relocated to the top of the college clock tower!
Her role as designer for the college in effect sends Dona on a similarly wide-ranging but virtual tour of the college, and it is perhaps this aspect of the job that she enjoys most – the opportunity to get to know the college’s work and ministry from multiple angles.
She works closely with the college’s four (very different) Centres, advising on marketing ideas, and designing everything from pvc banners to promote the Centre for Pioneer Learning, to branded promotional stationery for Cambridge CYM, to posters and e-postcards to publicise conferences run by Faith in Business and the Simeon Centre.
Twice a year she designs and manages the production of News from Ridley, the college’s magazine for friends and alumni, and it is this together with her website work that gives her most insight into the heart of the college’s work – our students. As churchwarden of a local parish, she particularly values the additional bond between her faith and work afforded by Ridley students gaining practical experience on placement at her church.
Dona is enthusiastically and deeply committed to her church, St Michael and All Angels (Caldecote with Childerley) and enjoys using skills gained through her day jobs to benefit the life and witness of her congregation and the wider church when she can. She currently runs two websites for the church (a services and events website, and a fundraising website for the Friends of Caldecote Church) and publishes a weekly html newsletter as churchwarden, the Caldecote Catch-up.
- Churchwarden, St Michael and All Angels
- Parish Giving Officer, Caldecote with Childerley
- Founding member, The Friends of Caldecote Church
- Friends of Caldecote Church representative on the PCC
- Parish representative, Bourn Deanery Synod
- Deanery representative, Ely Diocesan Synod
- Member, Ely Diocesan Communications Advisory Group
Theology & the Arts
Outside of her work at Ridley, Dona is Personal and Research Assistant to Jeremy Begbie, who was previously Doctrine Tutor at Ridley before becoming Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at Duke University, North Carolina.
They work on a wide variety of projects, from publications to multimedia and music concerts to speaking events and academic consultations, all organised under the banner of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, founded by Professor Begbie at Duke Divinity School.
Dona’s interest in the interplay between the arts and theology is interwoven throughout her working, church and personal life and each area provides energy and inspiration for the others. Photographs that result from her love of mountain walking and landscape photography have provided the basis for many design projects in each of her main working roles, and the theological wisdom she gleans through her work on Jeremy Begbie’s publications have richly resourced her in her church roles.
Dona has taken an unusual route through life, by her own admission! Staying on in Cambridge after graduating from St John’s College with a BA in Classics, she took a job as a domestic assistant at a catholic convent where, over her six years working for the nuns, she received support, wisdom and friendship from the community for which she will be ever grateful.
In 1999, she and Barney, an interpreter and Cambridge tourist guide, married in St Mary’s Church, Hardwick, just outside Cambridge. Together they enjoy mountain walking in the summer, Scandanavian drama series in the winter, and Telegraph cryptic crosswords all year round!