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Master, Professor Ann MacLarnon, MA, PhD

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2611 or Email:

Professor Ann MacLarnon

Ann MacLarnon became Master of Hatfield College in September 2017, as well as Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology in the Anthropology Department at Durham. As Master, Ann is responsible for leading all aspects of college life, including ensuring an excellent student experience and academic engagement. Ann grew up in Leicestershire and went to Newnham College, Cambridge University, where, after one year studying Natural Sciences (Physical), she switched to Physical Anthropology (now known as Biological Anthropology) for the second and third years of her BA. Following this, Ann went to University College London, where she worked as a research assistant in the Anthropology Department, whilst studying for a PhD part-time. After a couple of years teaching at UCL, Ann moved to Roehampton University in London where she worked from 1989-2017, holding various roles, including Head of the School of Life Sciences, Head of the Graduate School and Deputy Provost Research, becoming Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology in 2003. Ann's research interests include physiological adaptations of primates and the evolution of human speech. She is active in her subject nationally including serving a period as President of the Primate Society of Great Britain, and two periods on the Anthropology panel for national assessments of research in UK universities (RAE and REF). She is currently Vice President (Biological) for the Royal Anthropological Institute. Aside from academic interests, Ann is a keen amateur violinist.  

Vice Master, James Armitage, BSc, MSc, PGCE

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2636 or Email:

James Armitage joined Hatfield College in June 2021 as Vice Master. James is responsible for Wider Student Experience, discipline, and the college mentor system, as well as contributing to student support. James originally studied Mathematics at Durham (St John’s College) before qualifying as a Maths teacher and working in a variety of schools and colleges around the North East, undertaking both pastoral and curricular management roles alongside contributing to a wide range of extra-curricular enterprises. Whilst an undergraduate, he represented Durham University at Cross-Country and Athletics as well as being a violinist in DUOS, and he still tries to keep up with both of these pursuits when time allows. More recently, James has been carrying out part-time doctoral research in music cognition at Durham, studying how psychoacoustic and emotional properties of music influence language perception.

 Assistant Master, Katie Stobbs, BA, MA

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2642 or Email:

Katie Stobbs joined Hatfield College in July 2020 as Assistant Master. Katie is responsible for leading student support provision in College as well as supporting a wide range of student-led activities. Prior to her role at Hatfield, Katie was Assistant Principal at Ustinov College. Katie grew up in County Durham, read Politics at Newcastle University and then studied for a Master's degree in International Relations at Durham University. After graduating in 2011, she worked for the Anne Frank Trust UK, a national anti-racism charity, followed by a five-year stint in the Middle East working on cross-boundary research and development in renewable energy, water conservation, as well as wastewater treatment and reuse and sustainable agricultural innovation. Katie also managed DFID's international volunteering programme in the West Bank. From 2016-2019, Katie oversaw DU Student Volunteering and Outreach and led the department in securing the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for voluntary groups.


College Staff

PositionContact EmailTelephone
Archivist Dr Michael Stansfield 0191 334 2964
Assistant Master Katie Stobbs 0191 334 2642
Finance Officer Mrs Susan Noble 0191 334 2621
Food & Beverage Services Head Mr William Green 0191 334 2195
Head Chef Mr Colin Thompson 0191 334 2195
Librarian Dr Kevin Sheehan 0191 334 2632
Master Professor Ann MacLarnon 0191 334 2611
Master's Secretary Miss Janet Raine 0191 334 2601
Operations Manager Mr David Embleton 0191 334 2653
Operations Team Leader Ms Kimberley Crosby 0191 334 2614
Porters' Lodge Hatfield Porters 0191 334 2619
Receptionists Mrs Alma Miller
Mrs Amy Ashton
0191 334 2633
Hatfield Development Officer & Honorary Director of the Hatfield Trust Ms Grace Norman 0191 334 2603
Senior Student Support Officer Mrs Brenda Mitchell 0191 334 2610
Vice Master Mr James Armitage 0191 334 2636