Council profiles

Tim Ewbank – Chairman

Tim’s professional background was in technology management and consulting. He has been a member of U3AC for about ten years, of which the last six have been on the Council. During that time he has run a number of courses, including astronomy, photography and making the best of your iPad. He is currently the chairman of the Council.

Kevin Holmes – Treasurer

Kevin has lived and worked in a variety of industries and countries with his most recent experience as a Management Consultant in Singapore. He has been a member of U3AC for 5 years and continues to enjoy the wide range of courses and activities on offer. He has been on the Council for 1 year and is currently the treasurer of the Council.

Penny Carter – Secretary

My professional life was spent in publishing, where I moved from editorial to management roles and, for the six years before retirement, worked as Legal Services Director of Cambridge University Press. Subsequently, I trained as a volunteer General Adviser with Cambridge Citizens Advice Bureau.  I became a member of U3AC in 2012. In 2017 I began to volunteer as a Receptionist, and am still a regular on the desk. I was first elected a Trustee in 2019 and have served as the charity Secretary since 2020.

Philip Stott – Vice-Chair and Director of Studies (Lectures)

Philip has been in tertiary education all his career, and was Professor of Biogeography (University of London) and a Dean at SOAS. He has given many talks to U3As, with a number of one-off lectures, including a Wednesday Lecture, to U3AC; he organised the Ron Gray Conference 2023. He writes a column for ‘The Countryman’. He is currently Director of Studies (Lectures).

John Procter – Director of Studies (Courses)

John’s professional career was in teaching, local government and consulting. He has been a member of U3AC for over 10 years, including 5 years as a member of Council. He is currently Director of Studies (Courses). For over six years John was joint organiser of the Polar Studies Group and has presented sessions to the Jazz on a Monday Afternoon course.


John Abbott

John has been a U3AC member for 12 years, with two spells on the Council. His career spanned education and training,  latterly as a Civil Servant with the Dept of Education, interfacing with FE Colleges and Universities.   He has run courses on Current Affairs, Finance, the Ascent of Man ( helped by Jacob Bronowski –  on DVD ) and Quizzing, and led the Norah Boyce programme  for two years. Currently he contributes to our Finance and Marketing  Committees.

Sheila Bennett

Sheila’s professional background is in Psychology, where she taught and researched.
She has been a member of U3AC for about 10 years. In that time, she has attended a varied number of courses, believing strongly that new learning, both mental and physical, challenges us in a positive way as we get older.
She has been a member of Council for 6 years and is also a member of Courses’ Committee.

Vanessa Connelly

Vanessa is a retired  CEO and Company Secretary of a Charity providing services to older people and is a trustee of a major grant giving charity. She has been a member of U3AC for 5 years and a trustee for a year. She chairs the Risk Audit Group, helps  runs 2 book clubs and is an active member of the Environmental Group.

Ralph Ecclestone

Ralph spent most of his career in technology consultancy, specialising in project management and marketing. He also gained experience as a non-executive director in both private and public-sector organisations. He joined U3AC about five years ago and became a member of Council in 2022

Michael Gibbs

Graduate of “the other place” I have lived in Cambridge for the past 30 years following 15 years in the energy industry in Europe and Latin America (fluent in French and Spanish), before migrating to consulting. I initially joined the U3AC Africa Forum due to my interest in the continent from African parents and have been a member of the Council since 2021. I lead the Strategic Review Sustainability work stream, am on the Finance committee, edit the zoom lecture recordings, and have recently run a course on genealogy.

Ian Hunter

Ian’s background was in Teaching in F.E. Colleges, spending the last ten years as a manger of staff on two sites of an F.E. college in Hertfordshire.
He has been a member of U3AC for about ten years, and  joined the Council in March 2023.
During his time, as a U3AC member, he has run courses, including Current Affairs Discussion groups, an Economics discussion group and summer school groups in Investing and another one on New Towns .

Sally Livesey

My early background was in teaching and town planning, followed by working in administration in the private sector, charitable organisations and the public sector. For the twenty or so years before retirement I worked for Local Authority Education Departments in project managing major and minor building projects for school building programmes. I have been a member of U3AC since 2006 and taken part in a wide variety of classes and activities since then. After a few years I became a Council member and the chair of the organisation from 2015 – 2018. I was re elected to the Council in March 2022.

Mark Sanderson

Mark was a GP in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, for 17 years and has 12 years’ experience as a NHS Medical Director. He was Medical Director for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group until January 2020. He is currently a non-executive director of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, and a trustee of their charity. He has been a school governor and trained GPs when he was a GP. Mark joined U3AC in September 2022.

Geoffrey Tamulonis

Geof retired from senior management of technology based, wireless communication companies.  He became a member of U3AC 8 years ago and joined the council 5 years ago.  Since joining, he has been an active member of the badminton and walking groups.  Although, his academic focus has been on science and technology courses, he is chuffed with completing Music Theory to Level 5 and the How to Punt activity. (Without falling in, he adds.)