Sir John Benger

Alumnus elected Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge

13 February 2023

Alumnus Sir John Benger has been elected as the 40th Master of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and will take up the position in October this year. Sir John is also an alumnus of St Catharine's, where he read English before coming to Worcester for his DPhil on sixteenth-century radical Protestant literature.

Following his doctoral studies, Sir John joined the House of Commons Service in 1986; since 2019 he has been the Clerk of the House. In this role, he has served not only as the chief adviser to the House on matters of parliamentary procedure, but as head of the Service which employs 3,000 people from pastry chefs to chaplains, setting him up well for life at the head of a college.

Sir John was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath for services to Parliament in the 2023 New Year Honours List. We wish him the best of luck in his new role!

Image credit: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor