About Jesus College/Our community/ People
Mrs Carole Souter

Roles and subjects

Honorary Fellow

Carole Souter CBE has been Master of St Cross College, Oxford since September 2016. She is also the College’s Equality and Welfare Officer. Carole has Chaired the Conference of Colleges Equality and Diversity Forum since 2017and sits on a number of University committees concerned with these issues.

She was Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund from 2003-2016, overseeing the distribution of £400m a year to projects making a lasting difference to people and heritage across the UK.

She began her career in the Civil Service and has worked in the Departments of Health, Social Security and the Cabinet Office. She has always been active in the charitable sector and is currently a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces; the Horniman Museum, Oxford Preservation Trust, and the London Emergencies Trust and Chairs the Board of Visitors of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. She is also a Lay Canon of Salisbury Cathedral. She was awarded the CBE in 2011 for services to conservation.