Sarah Squire

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Sarah Squire
President of Hughes Hall, Cambridge
In office
Preceded by Peter Richards
Succeeded by Anthony Freeling
Personal details
Born Sarah Hutchison
(1949-07-18) 18 July 1949 (age 68)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) William Squire
Children Five

Sarah Squire (née Hutchison; born 18 July 1949), is a former British diplomat. She was President of Hughes Hall, a college of the University of Cambridge, from 2006 to 2014.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in London, Sarah Hutchison (as she then was) was educated at St Paul's Girls' School, London, before winning an exhibition to read History at Newnham College, Cambridge. From Cambridge she entered HM Diplomatic Service.


Her work as a diplomat took her to Israel, Washington D.C., Senegal, Macedonia and Croatia. From 1995 she developed a major interest in the transition process in the countries of central and eastern Europe, working for the Know How Fund and as deputy head of the FCO Central European department. From 2000 to 2003 she was HM Ambassador in Estonia.

In 2006 Sarah Squire was elected as the 14th President of Hughes Hall, Cambridge, a position she held until 2014. In this period she also served as Deputy Vice Chancellor, Deputy Chairman of the Cambridge Alumni Advisory Board, Syndic of the Fitzwilliam Museum and Chair of Fitzwilliam Enterprises, and Chair of the Centre for Family Research. In 2010 she chaired the University's Trademark and Licensing working group. She was also deputy Chairman of the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust.

Outside the University she was connected with University College London as a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and from 2004-6 was an international trustee of the New Eurasia Foundation. She has been Chairman of the Kurt Hahn Trust,[2] Chair of Cambridge VSO and a board member of the Cambridge Humanitarian Centre. She served as a Magistrate on the Cambridge Bench from 1992-2009.

She is currently joint Chair of Cambridge for Europe, a grass roots organisation campaigning in Cambridge and its region for an 'in' vote in the EU referendum; a member of Chapter and Canon of Ely Cathedral; and a trustee of United Learning and the United Church Schools Trust.


Sarah Squire is married to William Squire, who was British Ambassador to Senegal (1979–1982) and to Israel (1984–1988), the first Director of Development of Cambridge University, and Chairmand and Director (Europe) of Grenzbach Glier. She has a son and a daughter and three stepchildren.[3]


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Peter Richards
President of Hughes Hall, Cambridge
2006 to 2014
Succeeded by
Anthony Freeling