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Former President

Sarah Squire was the 14th President of Hughes Hall from 2006-2014. She is now Deputy High Steward of Cambridge University and also adviser to the Baltic Studies Programme in the Centre for Geopolitics.

As an undergraduate she read History at Newnham College, Cambridge.  Prior to coming to Hughes Hall she was a diplomat, working in Israel, Washington DC, Senegal, Macedonia and Croatia. Her interest in the transition process taking place during the 1990s in the countries of central and eastern Europe led her to work for the Know How Fund and as deputy head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Central European department. From 2000 to 2003 she was HM Ambassador to Estonia.

During her years at Hughes Hall she served as a Deputy Vice Chancellor, Deputy Chair of the Cambridge Alumni Advisory Board and of the Cambridge Trusts, Syndic of the Fitzwilliam Museum and Chair of Fitzwilliam Enterprises and Chair of the Centre for Family Research. Outside Cambridge she was a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, and from 2004-6 was an international trustee of the New Eurasia Foundation.

Most recently Sarah has been joint chair of Cambridge for Europe; a member of Chapter and Canon of Ely Cathedral; a trustee of United Learning and the United Church Schools Trust; a governor of two local schools and a trustee of The Bell Trust, Cambridge.