Neil J Lavender

Head Porter

Contact details: 

Head.Porter@clarehall.cam.ac.uk

01223 332360


Neil joined Clare Hall in December 2020 after retirement from Cambridgeshire Police and leads the Porters Team as Head Porter. Having previously worked in frontline specialist policing departments, Neil brings with him a wealth of people skills and a friendly, warm, welcoming approach to making everyone’s experience during their stay at Clare Hall as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

Neil is also a keen motorcyclist, having completed his advanced car and motorcycle exams during his time with the police.


The Porters' Lodge is the first point of call within the College for all Fellows, students and visitors. Our Porters pride themselves on providing a calm and professional service when helping our members with their enquiries. They look after the general security of the College, control the house and guest room keys and also the electronic card key system. They also sort mail and any other deliveries to the College.