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A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, where he studied French and German, Stephen Bourne taught in France for a while, before qualifying as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Co in London, and joining its Hong Kong business in 1977. He subsequently worked for Exxon Chemical Asia-Pacific, the Associated Press/Dow Jones Newswires (AP-DJ Telerate), and the Financial Printing businesses of the St Ives Group. In 1997, he joined Cambridge University Press, and went on to become its chief executive and president, retiring in 2013.
Mr Bourne was appointed to the Chapter of Ely Cathedral in 2013, but changed roles shortly afterwards to become cathedral administrator and chapter clerk. He was charged with managing its administration, developing its businesses and playing a central role in formulating a masterplan for the cathedral over the next 10-15 years. In 2016, he was appointed a lay canon of the cathedral.
Mr Bourne was elected an Official Fellow of Clare Hall in June 2001, thereby continuing an association between the College and the University Press that began in the 1960s. In January 2015, the Fellowship elected him as Vice-President of Clare Hall, in which capacity he served on the Senior Management team and other committees. However, he is probably best known to members of Clare Hall as the man who looks after our wellbeing – as our long-standing Wine Steward!
His other principal interests are The Wine Society, the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, Britten Sinfonia, and enjoying the roller-coaster life of a West Ham United fan, which he has been for more than 50 years. The calming influence in his life is his wife, Stephanie.