Tanya is the Bursar at St Antony’s College, Oxford University and a Trustee at Helen & Douglas House. After graduating with a Master’s from Birmingham University, she completed a doctorate in English at Worcester College, Oxford. Realising a career as an academic was not for her, she moved into administrative roles and worked for seven years at The Oxford School of Drama. In 2012, she took up a position at Oxford University where she gained experience in planning and governance as well as in senior managerial roles, before moving to St Antony’s in 2020. Tanya is married and has two sons.
What motivated you to join the Oxford School of Drama Board of Trustees?
The School and its community were a part of my working life from 2005 until 2012. When I first joined the School, I envisaged I might stay a year or two at most; I stayed for seven years because I loved working with the students, staff and tutors. Having now been away for almost a decade, it is a real privilege to be able to come back in a new capacity, and to help the School develop and grow for the future.
What would you like to contribute or achieve as part of your role?
I would like to help the School preserve all that makes it special while supporting it to adapt and develop. My aim is for the School to be sustainable, relevant, and inclusive; a beacon for prospective students and industry professionals alike; and for it to enable all members of its community to flourish and grow.