Mrs Sibella Laing
After graduating from Newnham College, Cambridge, Sibella joined the British Council, with whom she worked for ten years before deciding to retrain as an ESOL teacher and teacher trainer, which stood her in good stead as she moved around the world (mostly the Middle East, since they both speak Arabic) with a husband in the Diplomatic Service.
They lived in a variety of Arab countries, including seven years in Saudi Arabia, and have an abiding interest in the Arab world – its history, social customs, politics and language – and in interfaith dialogue.
Since 2008 the Laings have lived in Corpus Christi College where Stuart is Master. Their family, all of whom went to Cambridge University, are committed Christians, and Sibella is a Lay Reader in the Church of England. Her other interests include drama, poetry (she has started a College poetry society for Corpus Christi), running, wild swimming, and desert exploration.