Meet the Curators

Photo of the Sheldonian Curators, Prof Stephen Payne, Dr Andrew Fairweather-Tall and Ms Genevieve J Garrido, standing outside the Sheldonian

From left: Dr Andrew Fairweather-Tall, Prof Stephen Payne, Genevieve J Garrido


Prof Stephen Payne

Professor of Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering) at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Stephen is part of the Department of Engineering Science (and winner of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2015) at the University of Oxford. His work lies primarily in mathematical modelling and signal processing related to cerebral blood flow and metabolism with the main focus on cerebral autoregulation. He is also Rolls-Royce Fellow and Tutor in Engineering Science at Keble College, where he is currently Sub-Warden.

Stephen resigned from his elected Curator post in Hilary term 2019 to take the position of Chair.  He will hold this position till Michaelmas 2023.

Dr Andrew Fairweather-Tall

Head of Humanities Research Support and a member of the Humanities Division senior management team. Andrew is also a trustee of Oxford’s Arts at the Old Fire Station in George Street.  He was awarded a doctorate in Imperial and Commonwealth History from Oxford University in 2002. 

Andrew was elected in Trinity 2017 and will hold the post until Michaelmas 2023.  

Ms Genevieve J Garrido

Finance Manager of the Department of Economics. On completion of her MBA whilst working in corporate finance, Genevieve relocated to Oxford in 2006 and now considers this city her home.

Genevieve was elected in Trinity 2018 and will hold the post until Michaelmas 2024.

Ms Gillian Hamnett

Photo of Gillian Hamnett

Supernumerary Fellow at Brasenose College, Director of Student Welfare and Support Services and current DPhil. Student of the Faculty of Classics. Having studied at Newcastle University and then the University of Oxford receiving an MSt and MA, Gillian then went on to become a Senior Tutor at Wolfson College.  

As Director of Student Welfare and Support Services, Gillian is now responsible for the University Counselling Service and Disability Advisory Service.  She works closely with colleagues across the collegiate university on student welfare, including policy work and casework. Gillian continues to pursue her research on the history of insanity in the classical world, and is focuses on feigned madness. 

Gillian was elected in Trinity 2019 and will hold the post until Michaelmas 2025.

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