Class Notes



Catherine Jones

Catherine Jones (BA Hons Classical and Medieval Latin 1981, pictured above) worked for the University of Liverpool for nearly 30 years and retired as Academic Secretary in 2015. Catherine was recognised with an Honorary Fellowship in 2016, read more here.

Carol Elizabeth Abbasi (née Mason) (LLB Hons 1980) is a partner and Head of the Private Client team at Morecrofts LLP solicitors in Liverpool. She was part of the ‘Merseyside Private Client Team of the Year 2013’, awarded by the Liverpool Law Society, and is a member of Soroptimist International.

Trinidad Cruz (BSc Hons Marine Biology 1980) undertook postgraduate studies at the University of London, St George’s Hospital. In 1984 he started in banking and is currently Director at Credit Suisse in Gibraltar. He has published a number of poetry books in Spanish and has an interest in promoting philanthropy. He recently organised the first Gibraltar Philanthropy Forum Conference. He is married and has four children.


Russell George (BComm Hons 1981) completed a 944 mile solo charity walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End raising £18,000 for Cancer Research UK. He has recently published a book about his walking adventure, Footsteps in Summer, published by Troubador which is available from:, with all royalties donated to Cancer Research UK.

Julian Earl MRCVS (BVSc 1981) is a veterinary surgeon in Horncastle and in 1991 became a world record holder. He cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats for charity in 41 hours, 28 minutes, 26 seconds, although his record has been beaten since!


Stephen Clive Hughes (BSc Hons Biochemistry 1982) is a scientific investigator within the field of drug metabolism at GlaxoSmithKline currently leading a team of bioanalysts within DMPK.

Dr Elaine Fraser (BA Hons Mathematics and Philosophy 1982) has recently completed a doctorate in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck College, University of London entitled The Feminisation of Agentives in French- and Spanish-Speaking Countries: a Cross-linguistic and Cross-continental Comparison.

Gina Beck (nee Davis) (BA Hons Hispanic Studies 1982)
was with fellow classmates over the weekend of 14/15 July when 5 graduates from the School of Hispanic Studies reunited to celebrate meeting 40 years ago at the University of Liverpool having attended the University from 1978-1982 with a year also spent as language assistants in Spanish schools. Those in the photograph are: Gina Beck (Davis), Alison Isherwood (Frost), Nick Glass , Ged Gibbons, Pete Jackson.

Peter Sampson (BSc Hons Botany 1982) is in his second year serving as the Chairman of Swallowfield Parish Council. He is also a Board Member and Trustee of the Community Council for Berkshire, a charity focused on improving the lives of people living in the rural communities of Berkshire.


Dr Zohreh Abdi Daneshpour (PhD 1983) since graduation has been teaching Urban & Regional Planning at the Department of Urban & Regional Planning and Urban Design Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran.

Peter Millea (BA Hons Political Theory & Institutions 1983), after 34 years of involvement with Liverpool City Council (LCC) as both an officer and an elected member, he is now working for the Legal Aid Agency as a caseworker. In recognition of his long public service, he has been made an Honorary Alderman by LCC.


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Dr Aidan Mark Dodson (BA Hons Archaeology 1985) has been teaching Egyptology at the University of Bristol since 1996, where he is currently a Senior Research Fellow. He spent the spring 2013 semester as William K and Marilyn M Simpson Professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo and is now one of the general editors of their new History of Ancient Egypt series. His latest book, Amarna Sunrise. Egypt: from golden age to age of heresy, has been published by the American University in Cairo Press.

Steve Gutteridge (BSC Geography & Geology 1985) is a partner in a Lloyd's of London broking house, considering early retirement. Now waving off various children to University, sadly none to Liverpool thus far.

David O’Daly (BSc Hons Biochemistry 1985) after graduating David qualified as a chartered accountant and completed an MBA degree at Henley Business School in 2007. He is married to fellow Liverpool graduate Una O'Daly (née Herlihy) (Diploma in Education 1990), and they have three children and live in London. David currently works in the Finance function of Gatwick Airport (formerly BAA) and in his spare time he is studying for an MSc in Professional Accountancy at the University of London.

Steve Jones (BSc Hons Biochemistry 1985) left University to work as a researcher at the Pain Relief Foundation, worked at Beechams, Glaxo, GSK and changed career from operations to HR, then to Novartis Vaccines. Now Vice President, Talent Management and Organisation Development at ConvaTec, a global medical devices business. Still live in Liverpool and played football for Convocation FC, Liverpool University old boys. Very proud of his connection! Fiat Lux!

Fiona Glass (née Rubbra) (BA Hons Ancient and Medieval History and Archaeology 1985) has published her second novel. Gleams of a Remoter World is a haunting tale of restless ghosts and forbidden love, set on Ireland’s remote west coast. The book is available to purchase on Amazon.


Dr Elizabeth King (née Cartwright) (BA Hons Political Theory & Institutions 1986) is currently teaching at Melbourne University and is an independent consultant with UNESCO. Her research focus is on teacher education in the developing world.

Lynn Collins (BSc Hons Combined Science 1986) is the Regional Secretary of the TUC in the North West, and was recently appointed Mayoral Advisor on Fairness and Social Justice. Lynn is also Chair of Healthwatch Liverpool.

Dr Adrian Percy (BSc Hons Pharmacology 1986) is the head of R&D for Bayer CropScience based in Monheim, Germany.


Gareth Purnell (BSc Hons Geography 1987) presents a television channel for anglers, Fishing TV, and is the sports betting analyst for The Independent newspaper. He also runs several sports betting and fishing websites and apps.

(John) Benedict Southworth (BA Hons Political Theory & Institutions 1987) is a social justice campaigner, strategist and manager. He was Chief Executive at the Ramblers until 2016 and before that at the World Development Movement.

Alan Watson (MEd 1987) after a career as a teacher, head teacher and advisor with the Liverpool Education Authority from 1959 until 1993 and an Ofsted Inspector until 2007, he has now retired.


Phillip Richard Swift (BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering 1988) is Director of THS Rail, a rail construction company in Hong Kong.

Michael Kaiser (BSc Hons Marine Biology 1988, DSc 2003)
worked for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences for 7 years, and has since worked at Bangor University for 20 years where he held a personal Chair in Marine Biology and headed the Fisheries and Conservation Science Group. He is now moving to the Marine Stewardship Council where he will be the Science and Standards Director at their HQ in London. He remains an honorary Professor at Bangor University


Michael Ashton (MEd 1989) is Chief Executive of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and was awarded British Chambers of Commerce Chamber of the Year 2013 and Worcestershire Ambassador of the Year 2011. He is married to Dr Diane Taylor (MBChB 1981).

Neil Davies (BA Hons Religious Studies & Computer Studies 1989) Neil Davies (BA Hons Religious Studies & Computer Studies 1989) writes horror and science fiction books, and plays music with his son as The 1850 Project. Neil has recently taken up painting again using acrylics. Find out more here: