The Society

Durham Castle Society Committee

Martin Gunson (Treasurer) (Castle 1973-1974 and 2007-2017) discovered he was Treasurer of the Durham Castle Society in April 1997. A keen amateur musician, he trained as a Chartered Accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG), subsequently working at two small practices local to his home on the Fylde Coast, and in 1994 set up his own practice in Lytham. Most recently, he has spent two years also working as a Policy Adviser at the Office of Tax Simplification, and was pleased that in Budget 2014, the Chancellor had incorporated some of his proposals.

Alex Nelson (Castellum Editor and Society Representative on College Council) (Castle 1980-1983) is the stationmaster at Chester-le-Street Railway Station. He has remained actively involved with Castle as the Editor of Castellum, and the Trust and Society's Representative on College Council. Alex is also an active member of the Senior Common Room at Castle.


John Morrissey (Secretary) (Castle 1964-1967) has been Secretary to DCS since 2011. He qualified as a solicitor in 1970, spent 11 years in private practice, moved to the oil industry for 21 years, to the gas industry for 1 year and has been working in the security industry since 2002.

John Waterhouse 

Dr. Emma Wells

Kate Carter (Castle, 2012-2015) has been a member of the DCS Committee since 2013. She was President of Castle MCR from 2013-2014. Her background is in Soft Matter Physics; having completed an integrated Masters' degree in Theoretical Physics at the University of Leeds, she moved to Durham in 2012 to undertake an ERC-funded PhD researching the Rheology of Complex Fluids. 

Gregory Carter (Castle 2006-2009; Present) has been a member of the DCS Committee since 2012. He was the President of Castle MCR from 2010-2012, and served on the University Senate (2011-2013), amongst other bodies. His background is in psychology, having completed Bachelor and Masters' degrees in the subject. He is currently finalising his PhD, on the Dark Triad of Personality (Narcissism, Machiavellianism and Psychopathy), and his published work can be found in academic journals, or requested via ResearchGate. This year, in addition to completing his PhD, he is marrying Katherine Howarth, a fellow PhD student at Castle, and DCS Committee member. 

Kevin Hawes (Castle 1977-1980) was Secretary to the Durham Castle Society and the Trust from 1997 to 2005.  He spent 20 years with IBM in a variety of commercial, technical, professional, consulting and management roles working with major clients in Financial Services, Banking, Retail, Insurance, Technology and Industrial sectors. In 2005 he made a career change, purchasing a run-down Sussex farm and transforming it into a successful livestock enterprise.  He is now a full time farmer and continues to support Castle on the Durham Castle Society Committee and as a Trustee.

James Rowley (Castle 1994-1997) is currently serving his fourth spell as a Durham Castle Society Committee member. After graduating with a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in Politics, James has spent fifteen years in investment banking, based in London. The majority of this time has been spent at Credit Suisse where he has had various roles within the Corporate Bank. These have included being a credit analyst covering retail and utility companies, the COO of the Corporate Bank in Europe and most recently in loan portfolio management focussing on trading credit default swaps to hedge loan exposure.  James has also been a Trustee of the University College Durham Trust since 2010.

Richard Ellery (Castle 1964-1967) read Geography and survived two years at Abbey House. Totally lacking in any defined ambition, became a schoolmaster in London, his home area. Taught for about 15 years, thereafter worked in schools until blessed early release in 2002. He married, had two children, and has been enjoying life since retirement, cooking, gardening, watching sports and corresponding with old Castle friends. Richaed has attended very many Reunion dinners since his first as JCR Castle Society Rep in 1965.

Honorary Vice-Presidents



Dr D.W. McDowall
Master, 1973-1978

Dr Edward Salthouse
Master, 1979-1996

Prof. Maurice Tucker
Master, 1997-2011

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Prof. David Held
Master, 2012-2019

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