MCR Executive Committee

The MCR is run by an Executive Committee (often simply called the ‘Exec’) composed of MCR members, elected by MCR Members. They are here to serve the MCR community; organising events for members, representing the members in College and University decision making, and overseeing the day-to-day running of the common room. If you ever have any need for them or wish to make comments or suggestions, they are always happy to receive them!

Executive Officers


Dana Allan

Hi! I’m Dana Allan, a first-year Ph.D. student in Archaeology. As President of the Castle MCR, I oversee the running of the MCR and help to represent our community to the College and the University. I also help to communicate information from the University and College back to the MCR. My goal is to help MCR members enjoy their time here at Castle, both academically and socially. If you have questions or concerns you want to discuss, please email me at or use our feedback form.

Pronouns: Any Pronouns


Friederike Schwelle
Vice President

Hi I’m Rike, a first year PhD student in History. As Vice President, I’m in charge of circulating our weekly newsletter and running Castle Dinner sign-ups. I am also responsible for taking minutes in the Exec meetings, standing in for the president in their absence and passing on your anonymous feedback. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at:

Pronouns: She/Her

A picture of the Treasurer smiling while sitting in a field

John Rayner

Hello, my name is John and I am studying for an MSc in Environmental and Nature Resource Economics. As Treasurer, I keep track of the MCR’s finances, help set committee and event budgets, run stash, and help ensure Castle MCR members get as much value as possible from their membership.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the MCR’s finances.

Pronouns: He/Him

Lydia Atkins
Academic Officer

A photo of Lydia, the Academic Officer. She has short hair and glasses.

Hi I’m Lydia Atkins, a MA Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies student. As Academic Officer, I will be leading the committee responsible for running our academic programme. This includes the Sunday Seminar Series, Castle Journal, and the annual Castle Conference. Whatever your interests or background, there is a place for you to take part in Castle’s academic life. Please send me a message if you have questions or would like to get involved in any way.


Pronouns She/Her/Hers

Leah Dunn
Welfare Officer

Leah photo thing.jpg

Hi I'm Leah Dunn a PGCE History Student. As Welfare Officer I help support the physical and mental wellbeing of MCR members by offering advice, referring people to different services, and running Welfare sessions and events. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any issues regarding Welfare concerns.


Pronouns She/Her/Hers

Zhaoying(Eileen) Huang.jpg

Zhaoying (Eileen) Huang
Communications Officer

Hi! I’m Zhaoying (Eileen), an MA Intercultural Communication and Education student here at Durham. As Communications Officer, I oversee our various social media and keep members up to date. In addition, I help the Vice President maintain the website, and provide marketing support for officers running events. As part of the role, I will also develop ideas for better communication channels to keep our alumni connected. I do so by engaging with external stakeholders and communicating with the local press. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach me! 


Pronouns: She/Her 


Sonia M. Guerrini
International Officer

Hi everyone! I’m Sonia M. Guerrini, a first year archaeology PhD student, and Spanish. As International Officer, it is my role to represent the interests and well-being of international MCR members and promote cross-cultural understanding in the community. I am also responsible for welcoming and supporting international students upon arrival and during their time at Castle. If you have any questions about living and studying in Durham as an international student or any ideas about how we can improve the international diversity of our MCR community, please feel free to get in touch at

Pronouns: She/Her 


Fanny Dietschi
Ball Chair

Hi, I’m Fanny, and I am currently completing my MSc in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding. As acting Ball Chair I am responsible for organising the yearly Castle Charity Ball and the annual Inter-MCR Formal. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please feel free to contact me anytime!


Pronouns: She/Her

A picture of the steward looking longingly in the distance

Rudolfs Treilis

I am Rudolfs, a second-year Ph.D. student in theoretical physics and the steward for Castle MCR. I am here to welcome you to the Maurice Tucker room and make sure that everyone has a good time there while studying or relaxing. If you want to contact me about using the room or have a recommendation in mind, feel free to email me at

Pronouns: He/Him


Sarah Caudill
Social Chair


Hi, I’m Sarah Caudill, an M.A. student in International Relations. As the MCR Social Chair, I am responsible for planning and executing a variety of fun social events. I hope these events help us to build a strong and happy Castle MCR community and offer a fun way to unwind outside academic work. If you have any suggestions for socials you’d like to see, or if you want to join the Social Committee, please reach out!


Pronouns: She/Her 

(Currently Vacant)
Charities and Environment Officer

The Charities and Environment Officer helps to develop and deliver charitable and sustainable initiatives within the MCR, by liasing with the Castle Community Action (CCA) and the Durham University Greenspace scheme to encourage MCR participating in broader college and university action. The Charities and Environment Officer also works closely with the Ball Chair to support the charity initiatives of the MCR Chairty Ball.

Non-executive Officers

Dominik Mitterer
Internal Affairs Officer


I am Dominik Mitterer a second year Musicology PhD Student. As MCR Internal Affairs Officer I am serving the Exec team as a neutral, objective, informed adviser on matters regarding our constitution, the Standing Orders, which I also keep updated. My capacity can also be described as an impartial advocate on matters regarding the Standing Orders, a speaker who ensures smooth and fair elections in the MCR, and as a diplomatic mediator between conflicting interests of Exec-Positions. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at if you have any questions or issues relating to the MCR Standing Orders.

Pronouns: He/Him

Callum Bowler
MCR Advisor

Hello! I’m Callum, a second-year English Ph.D. student. Having previously served as the MCR President, I currently act as Advisor to the MCR Executive Committee. I know a lot about Castle and the MCR, so if you have any questions, I’m always happy to help.

Pronouns: He/Him

(Currently Vacant)
Let us know if you are interested in applying!