Board of Directors
All administrative costs of the MCF are separately funded, and 100% of donors’ gifts go directly to support the College. The Directors volunteer their time and receive no compensation or reimbursement.
Mr Robert Chartener - Chairman
Mr Robert Chartener (1982), is Chief Executive Officer of Foundation Source, which is the largest US provider of support and advisory services for private foundations. He is also chairman of Human Touch LLC, a leading provider of innovative wellness products. During his career he has served in a variety of operating, financial, and investment roles in the US and overseas. -
Mr Chartener enjoys serving on several non-profit boards. He is a trustee and secretary of Cardigan Mountain School, a director of The Whitehead Foundation, and a member of the Finance Committee of the National Cathedral in Washington. He founded Magdalene in America over a decade ago to strengthen relations between Magdalene College and its members in North America.
He earned an A.B. degree from Princeton University, an M.Phil. degree from Cambridge University, and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University. Robert is a Fellow-Commoner of Magdalene College.
Mr Geoffrey Craddock - Vice-chairman
Mr Geoffrey Craddock (1977), is Chief Risk Officer at MassMutual based in New York. In his role, Mr Craddock is responsible for driving a holistic risk management approach across MassMutual and its subsidiaries, managing operational and reputational risks while setting the strategic priorities of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) function.
Prior to joining MassMutual in 2017 Mr Craddock was Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of OppenheimerFunds, establishing and leading their risk management and asset allocation function after the global financial crisis, enhancing their governance structure and facilitating execution of strategic initiatives.
Mr Craddock holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a BA/MA from the University of Cambridge.
The Honourable David Brigstocke - Treasurer
Mr David Brigstocke (1971), served as the Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc. Mr. Brigstocke served as Chief Financial Officer of JP Morgan Asset Management.
Mr Brigstocke qualified in the UK as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has an M.A. in Mathematics from Cambridge University and an M.Sc. in Management Science from Imperial College, London.
Ms Suzanna Jemsby
Ms Suzanna Jemsby (1990), is the Head of School at the Washington International School, an independent international school serving 900 students from preschool to grade 12 in Washington, DC. Students in Preschool through Grade 5 follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) in a language immersion/dual-language framework. In Grades 6-10, they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program, the curriculum for all students in Grades 11 and 12.
Ms Jemsby has worked in schools in the USA, Germany, and the UK.
Ms Jemsby earned an ALCM and LLCM from the London College of Music and an M.A. in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge.
Ms Clemency Burton-Hill MBE
Ms Clemency Burton-Hill MBE (2020) is a broadcaster, author, novelist, journalist and violinist. She studied English at Magdalene from 2000-03 where she achieved a Double First. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and journalism in the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
Clemency began her broadcasting career in 2008 presenting the Last Night at the Proms for BBC Four and BBC Two. She is a frequent host of live events, panels and debates for organisations such as the Hay Festival and currently hosts a weekly podcast for BBC Radio 3 called 'Classical Fix'.
She has been the music columnist for BBC Culture since 2013 and is BBC Music Magazine's chief interviewer. She has written for many publications including The FT, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and many more, on subjects ranging from the arts to artificial intelligence. She has written a number of books including, Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day, and its recent sequel, Another Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day.
Clemency currently lives in in Washington, DC with her family.
Dr Jason Hafler
Dr Jason Hafler (2006) currently serves as the Managing Director of Sanofi Ventures. Prior to Sanofi, Jason was the Director of Corporate Development at Translate Bio (fka RaNA Therapeutics), a company co-founded by his previous firm Atlas Venture. While at Atlas, Jason was an Associate in the Life Sciences group. Previously, he was a Flagship Ventures Entrepreneurial Fellow, and consulted for the technology transfer company at the University of Cambridge while performing his doctoral research. Before his time at Cambridge, Jason was an analyst at JSB Partners LP, an investment banking firm, focusing on advisory and business development activities in the life sciences space. Jason graduated with honors from Bowdoin College, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge
Mr Graham Walker
Mr Graham Walker (1982), is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of AEA Business Consulting LLC and AEA Business Advisors Ltd., and Partner/Principal of Walker Enterprises LLP.
Previously, Mr Walker was Executive Vice President of English & Continental Property Group and also Senior Consultant Solicitor at Jewkes Chan & Partners.
Mr Walker earned his degree in Philosophy at Manchester University, his Master of Laws at the University of Cambridge, and was called to the Bar at the Inns of Court School of Law, London.