About

Management Team and Advisers

Jules Mann - Executive Director

Jules Mann has been with Classics for All since April 2013. She sees Classics for All as an opportunity to re-engage with her lifelong love of learning, and is passionate about the idea of helping young people gain access to the rewarding world of classics. Previously director of the Poetry Society (2003- 2008) and a former trustee of the Poetry Archive (2003-2009), she started her career in the wine business in San Francisco, followed by freelance fundraising and marketing for wineries, cultural organisations and jazz musicians.

If you would like to discuss ways in which you can support Classics for All, or for more information about our work, please contact Jules on 07809 256839 or send an email to jules@classicsforall.org.uk

Hilary Hodgson - Grants and Programme Director

Hilary was formerly Director of Education at the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, one of the largest charitable trusts in the country, and has a background in arts and education funding and strategy.

She was a founder trustee of Teach First, is a school governor, former director of Ormiston Trust, and now works as an arts and education consultant.

If you would like to discuss a grant from Classics for All, or would like to offer resources to help support our work, please contact Hilary on 07557 648150 or send an email to hilary@classicsforall.org.uk

James Murray - Grants Adviser

James works part-time at Ormiston Trust, and has previously worked as a management consultant in the private, public and voluntary sectors, helping organisations to grow sustainably over the medium to long term.

Peter Jones - Adviser

Dr Peter Jones took early retirement in 1997, from the Classics Department in Newcastle University and since then – for more than four decades – he has been a driving force and advocate for the teaching of Classics in state schools. In 1991 he co-founded Friends of Classics to raise money for the provision of classics books to schools wishing to introduce Latin and Greek.

He writes an ‘Ancient and Modern’ column for The Spectator, reviews for The Sunday Telegraph, Literary Review, and the BBC History Magazine. He appears regularly on BBC Radio Four and gives talks to schools, adult groups and businesses. He has published extensively on Homer, widely on the ancient world in general and particularly on Ovid and Virgil.

His Learn Latin and Learn Ancient Greek columns from The Daily Telegraph are best-selling books. He is director of the project that produces the Reading Greek series, for which he was appointed MBE.

Moa Taylor Hodin - Administrator

Moa studied Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation at UCL. During her degree, she volunteered at the British Museum, the Museum of London and with Classics for All.

She now spends four days a week as the Classics for All administrator and the remaining day working at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Development Committee

Professor Armand d’Angour

Nicholas Barber CBE (Chairman)

Professor Paul Cartledge

Christopher Clarke

Matthew Craston

Geoffrey de Jager

Sarah Jackson OBE

Sir Francis Jacobs, KCMG, QC

Matthew Lindsey-Clarke

Justin Rushbrooke QC

Jonathan Rushworth

Karen Segal

Lawyers Group Steering Committee

The Rt Hon Lord Justice Sir Rupert Jackson

Sir Francis Jacobs, KCMG, QC

Jonathan Rushworth

Sir David Wootton

Find a full list of the current members of the CfA Lawyers Group.

For more information about joining the group, read the invitation to join the Lawyers Group  and download the Lawyers Group subscription form 2015

Event planning group

Nicholas Barber CBE, Chairman

Christopher Bond

Alex Campbell

Christopher Clarke

Matthew Craston

Geoffrey de Jager

Noel de Keyzer

Pat Dugdale

Andrew Ford

Andrew Galloway

Alexandra Gowlland

Robert Hayward

Henry King

Matthew Lindsey-Clarke

Christian Parker

Justin Rushbrooke QC

Jonathan Rushworth

David Smart

Daniel Tyrer

Volunteers

We are lucky to have over 30 volunteers helping us across the country. Many of these volunteers are former and current classicists who are passionate about the subject.

If you would like to discuss ways in which you can volunteer for CfA, or for more information about our work, please contact Jules on 07809 256839 or send an email to jules@classicsforall.org.uk

Aisha Farr

‘I was really lucky to have Greek and Latin offered at my own state school, and quickly became aware of how rare that is. I involved myself with CfA to support their efforts in bringing these subjects to a wider group of young people, something which is as good for the future of classics as it is for every individual student’s horizon.

‘I’m finishing an MA in classics; I teach beginners Greek at a sixth form college; and am about to do a year of drawing.’

Jonathan Griffiths

‘I’m a recently graduated Masters’ student in classics from Brasenose College, University of Oxford. I joined Classics for All last year in order to help publicise the richness, the satisfaction and the enormous fun that an education in classics can bring to young people of all backgrounds across the country.

‘There’s nothing intrinsically elitist, wealth-dependent or backward about being able to question and understand the formation of modern civilised society as we know it, which is what classics guarantees. Every school pupil in the UK deserves a chance to study it! CFA is the best organisation to help further this aim.’

Catherine Lee-Millais

‘I am currently completing my masters in ancient history at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, with my thesis focussing on “The Spatial Turn” and the role of “horti” in reconstructing Roman identity at the beginning of the principate.

‘I am interested in the bodily experience of movement throughout Rome, especially since I think this kind of study is a useful and engaging way to get younger students interested in Rome.

‘I wanted to volunteer for CfA because I have been lucky enough to discover the fantastic cultural and educational benefits of studying the many facets of the ancient world, and I wanted to use my enthusiasm for this so others could also benefit.’

Fleur Macdonald

‘I really fell in love with Latin when I read Book IV of the Aeneid and the doomed love affair between Aeneas and Dido. Everyone should have a chance to read it at school.’

Grace Maturi

I studied A-Level classics and GCSE Latin at sixth form. I really enjoyed both these courses and they inspired me to further my study in this area by pursuing a degree in classical studies at the University of St Andrews. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study these subjects at school and I want others to be able to have the same opportunities that I did which might also inspire them to take up further study of the subject.

I think CfA do a fantastic job in making classical studies, Greek and Latin accessible to students of all backgrounds and I am proud to be a part of this initiative.

Will McCabe

Although I only studied classics up until A-level, my interest in the subject has always stuck.

My favourite aspect of classics is its combination of arich ancient history, fantastic mythological tales and an intricate language system, which provides students with a great insight into a different civilisation and trains them to think logically.

I believe that classics would benefit everyone, which was why I decided to volunteer for Classics for All.

Jacob Robinson

I was originally accepted into Queens’s University Belfast to study medicine, but knew my heart lay with ancient history after developing a passion for the ancient world throughout school.

I enquired about switching my course the week before Fresher’s week, and amazingly they let me! I had a fantastic three years of study there, and considered pursuing it further before getting a job as a management consultant with PwC.

I’m delighted to have a chance to exercise my passion for classics as a volunteer for CfA, and my role at PwC has allowed me to get involved with CfA in a way I never thought possible. It’s a real pleasure to be able to contribute to the work CfA does, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for it.

Sarah Rowley

Sarah works in corporate relations and brand reputation. A keen linguist, Sarah studied Classics and French at Oxford and her love of the subject continues to flourish; so much so that she set up @LatinRocksON, translating popular song lyrics into Latin “and why not?”

Moa Taylor Hodin

I have been a lover of classics since studying classical civilisation at sixth form and have continued to explore the world of the ancients through my university degree in classical archaeology and classical civilisation at UCL. During my time at UCL, I have volunteered with Classics for All, the British Museum and the Museum of London as well as touring the UK and Greece with a production of Euripides’ Bacchae.

Lucky enough to study classical civilisation at my state school, I benefitted from the rich array of subjects that classics covers, which many young people from a similar background to me have not had the privilege of experiencing. Therefore, I value the chance to be involved with Classics for All to help more people to get the opportunity to fall in love with the subject.

John Whitehead

I love a good story. This is probably why I chose to study history at King’s College London and no doubt why, halfway through my degree, I found myself gravitating away from the history department and towards the classics’ wing of the university. Why did I do this?

Well, because that was where all the good stories were kept. The gaps in our knowledge of classical history have allowed for a rich historical debate (as well as some great fictional novels!).

My school did offer Latin and Greek, but I was foolish enough not to take them up on the opportunity. This was a big mistake.

Look around you and you see Rome and Greece everywhere. I don’t just mean in the physical ruins of some rich family who lived in Gloucestershire in the third century. What I mean, is that in large part our politics, our language, the food we eat and the people we love are all the result of Roman philosophy, linguistics, taste and migration. In our own way, we are all the descendants of Rome.

To lose this understanding of where we come from, or to continue to limit it to a few elite schools, damages our society. This is why I support CFA and this is why I think you should as well.