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Trinity launches global search for next Senior Bursar

Trinity is seeking a new Senior Bursar after Rory Landman announced he would be stepping down in January 2021.

The College has launched an international search for an investor with expertise in multiple types of asset, an instinctive understanding of financial markets, and a global perspective.

The Senior Bursar is a senior leader in the College, and is responsible for Trinity’s £1.5bn endowment, which provides 75% of its operational income that is used to maintain the College’s world-leading excellence in research and education, and to support Collegiate Cambridge.

The Vice Master of Trinity, Professor Grae Worster, said:

The post of Senior Bursar at Trinity is a unique position in which to apply financial acumen and strategic vision for the continued flourishing and long-term development of the College. Senior Bursars at Trinity have made impressive marks on the College’s history, and we are looking for someone exceptional to take on this varied and demanding leadership role.

As well as managing the College’s investments and developing financial policy, the Senior Bursar plays an active role in Trinity’s governance, through weekly Council meetings and by contributing to decision-making that will impact the College community in the immediate and long term.

The Senior Bursar is also active in wider University circles, participating in key committees, leading on initiatives in support of education and research, and directing Trinity’s existing collaborations, including for example, support of the Newton Trust, University lectureships, PhD studentships and the Colleges Fund that helps less well-endowed Colleges.

Rory Landman has been Senior Bursar at Trinity since 2006

Mr Landman has been at Trinity since 2006, when he took over from Dr Jeremy Fairbrother. Jeremy’s immediate predecessor was Sir John Bradfield CBE (1925-2014), who was Senior Bursar 1956-1992. Sir John was renowned for his vision and acumen, founding Cambridge Science Park in 1970, the first in Europe, and seeing the potential for the docks at Felixstowe. Today the Port of Felixstowe is the UK’s busiest container port.

During his tenure at Trinity, Mr Landman has continued development at the Cambridge Science Park, bringing biotech and collaborative Chinese investment, as well as building the dynamic Bradfield Centre, which is home to more than 400 science and tech entrepreneurs and hosts hundreds of entrepreneurial events a year. He was also responsible for the investment in the site of the O2 in London.

‘This is a unique opportunity to be part of a vigorous community and to build value for the long term,’ Mr Landman said.

For more details about the Senior Bursar role and how to apply (deadline 14 February 2020) please see:


The Bradfield Centre at Cambridge Science Park


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