Dona McCullagh

Share this page

Dona McCullagh

Communications Officer

01223 746591

Dona manages Ridley’s printed and online communications, from designing pvc banners to creating letterheads to managing the college website. Her role is cross-cutting, and she enjoys working with staff colleagues in all departments of the college.

Prospective ordination students will first encounter her work on the website and in the welcome packs they receive at open days, and alumni will receive the annual News from Ridley magazine which Dona compiles and designs.

With a background in Greek and Latin, Dona is self-taught in website and graphic design, and enjoys learning more every day, following design blogs and bulletins, taking online courses and getting behind-the-scenes tours at the printing companies she collaborates with for her work at Ridley.

Former roles at Ridley

Former roles at Ridley

After six years working as sales and editorial assistant for the publishers Grove Books, whose basement office is located at the college, Dona moved up the stairs to the ground floor to work on Reception and to become the college’s webmaster.

At the same time Dona became Personal Assistant to Professor Jeremy Begbie, then Tutor in Christian Doctrine at Ridley. She continued to work with him for some years after his move to Duke Divinity School, where he founded Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. The work gave her opportunities to discover and hone skills in a wide variety of areas, including publishing and event management.

Following a brief period working as Acting Admissions Officer, in 2009 Dona moved to a new office on the top floor of what was formerly the Principal’s Lodge, to take up her current role of designing print and online publications for the college.

Other work roles

Other work roles

Dona is currently helping to establish a new interdisciplinary initiative in the University of Cambridge. Cambridge Governance Labs seeks to translate knowledge and lessons about decision-making into practical tools for those who exercise authority on behalf of citizens.

CGL's aim is to empower citizens and leaders to meet the challenges facing society, especially in developing countries where populations live closer to the edge and where poor decisions cost lives in untold numbers.

She also from time to time works with Gilead Publishing, editing and typesetting manuscripts and designing book covers for Christian books, building on some of the publishing skills she gained during her time working at Grove Books.

Church roles

Church roles

Dona is enthusiastically and deeply committed to her church, St Michael and All Angels (Caldecote with Childerley) and enjoys using skills to benefit the life and witness of her congregation and the wider church. She created the Caldecote Church website and also sends a regular e-newsletter called the Caldecote Catch-up.

She has also been instrumental in turning around her church’s financial position, launching the Plan for the Future of Caldecote Church to encourage regular giving, and continues to help raise funds through open garden events and concerts.

In 2018 Dona began leading a monthly Morning Prayer service, and put together a series of 40 emails to introduce the congregation to different aspects of the service throughout Lent. The Caldecote Lent Challenge proved very popular and had a wide readership beyond Caldecote.

Dona has previously served on the Ely Diocesan Communications Advisory Group, Ely Diocesan Synod and Bourn Deanery Synod, but is currently focussing her spare time on her work in Caldecote as Churchwarden and Parish Giving Officer.