Foundation Fellowship for Sarah Taylor

16th August 2021

News, Alumni news

Wadham College is delighted to announce that alumna Sarah Jane Taylor has been elected as a Foundation Fellow by the College’s Governing Body.

  • Foundation Fellow, Sarah Taylor

    Foundation Fellow, Sarah Taylor

  • Warden Ken Macdonald QC presents Sarah with her Foundation Fellowship Certificate.

    Warden Ken Macdonald QC presents Sarah with her Foundation Fellowship Certificate.

  • With tutors Keith Dyke (left) and Stephen Goss (second from right) and family members

    With tutors Keith Dyke (left) and Stephen Goss (second from right) and family members

  • Foundation Fellowship ceremony guests

    Foundation Fellowship ceremony guests

  • Foundation Fellowship ceremony guests

    Foundation Fellowship ceremony guests

  • Sarah Taylor

    Sarah Taylor

Matriculating in 1976, Sarah studied Biochemistry at Wadham, a former student of Emeritus Fellow Keith Dyke.

For many years Sarah has been a loyal supporter of the College, following Wadham’s research and teaching in biochemistry with interest and enthusiasm. Sarah and her husband Bernard (Chemistry, St John’s) made a munificent donation to contribute to the endowment in perpetuity of the Biochemistry Fellowship at Wadham, having been loyal donors over several decades.

Warden Ken Macdonald QC commented: “We are delighted to welcome Sarah to the role of Foundation Fellow where her advice and counsel will be greatly valued. We are pleased to name the Sarah Taylor Fellowship in Biochemistry to honour this occasion and we all hope to see Sarah often at Wadham.”

Born in Baghdad, educated in Paris and the UK, Sarah joined the investment management profession after graduation from Wadham, working in the City of London.  She became increasingly involved in Oxford community matters, and in 2016 was elected as High Sherriff of Oxfordshire, concentrating on volunteers and unpaid carers in Oxfordshire. 

Among her many roles she is Chair of the League of Friends of Thame Community Hospital; Visitor of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum and Chairman of the Friends of OBGA; a Trustee of the Oxfordshire Victoria County History Trust; a Trustee of the Oxford Lieder Festival; Vice Chairman of the Thames & Chilterns Branch of the Historic Houses Association; and Chairman of Sylva Foundation (an environmental charity). 

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