Homerton College appoints a Director of External Relations and Development

Photo: Matthew Moss

Matthew Moss comes to Homerton from the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, where he has served as Private Secretary to the Vice-Chancellor since 2004.  In that post his chief role has been to support the Vice-Chancellor in strategic communications, and in particular he has been responsible for drafting speeches and articles for the two Vice-Chancellors and Chancellors of the University in those ten years.

Prior to that, he helped set up the University’s first International Office, and served as Department Administrator of the Department of Plant Sciences from 1999-2003.  Most recently, he was seconded to the University’s Office of External Affairs and Communications as Strategic Communications Adviser, concurrently with his position in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office.  Matthew is a Cambridge graduate, having studied French and Russian at St John’s College.

In the new senior post of Director of External Relations and Development at Homerton, Matthew will work to enhance the profile of Homerton College, strengthen relationships both within Cambridge and beyond, and build the College’s development and alumni relations activities.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, said:

"I congratulate Homerton not only on creating the senior post of Director of External Relations and Development, but on their choice of post-holder.  Matthew has held the senior post in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office for nine years, and it has been a real pleasure for me to work with him.  He is a loss to my office but will be a great asset to Homerton, and I am simply delighted that he will continue working in collegiate Cambridge, a cause to which he is utterly committed".

Professor Geoff Ward, Principal of Homerton, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Matthew Moss to the role of Director of External Relations and Development at Homerton.  This will be a pivotal role at an exciting time for Homerton, the largest and the newest college in the University.  We are poised for expansion in our Fellowship, the opportunities we offer our students, our facilities and commercial activities.  Informed support from alumni, external partners and the new friends we make on the journey will all be vital to our success, requiring a first rate builder of relationships and choreographer of events.  In Matthew we have found someone who will do this superbly.  Matthew’s immense knowledge of Cambridge, together with his skills as a strategist, adviser and winner of minds will come together in this key leadership role, helping to take Homerton where it wants to be, while underlining the strength and distinctive traditions it already possesses".

Matthew Moss said:

"I am thrilled to be joining Homerton.  I know how much hard work and devotion it took to gain the award of the Royal Charter in 2010 as a full College of the University, and I greatly look forward to building on that work.  Homerton has a distinctive voice among Cambridge’s 31 Colleges, and a distinctive history.  It is superbly well placed to develop its influence locally and nationally, and I am proud to be playing a part in this next chapter in Homerton’s history".

Matthew will take up his post after Easter.