Confirmed TEDxNewnham Speakers

Julie Etchingham (NC 1988): Host of TEDxNewnham

Julie Etchingham (NC 1988) is one of Britain’s foremost reporters: she has worked for the BBC and Sky News, and has co-presented ITV’s News at Ten. She has presented Tonight on ITV since 2010, having replaced Trevor McDonald, and has chaired some of the most high profile news coverage of the past decade, including The ITV Leaders’ Debate, ahead of the 2015 and 2017 General Elections.

In 2010 Julie Etchingham won the prestigious ‘Presenter of the Year’ Royal Television Society journalism award: she was the first woman to do so, and won it again in 2016. In 2016 she was also named ‘Broadcast Journalist of the Year’ by the London Press Club.

Megan Beech (NC 2015)

Graduate student, performance & published poet.

‘Living with Depression’

Professor Dame Carol Black

Principal of Newnham College

‘Retirement- A False Goal?’

What if working longer is the key to living better?

Monica Buckland (NC 1983)

Conductor, Teacher & Musician

‘Trust the Music Within You’

Can music be drawn out of thin air? Can anyone do it?

Rod Cantrill

Cambridge City Councillor & Mayoral Candidate

‘Real Communities in the Digital Age’

How do we go about building real communities now, when the ‘online community’ is everywhere?

Angela Heeley (NC 1997)

Former Senior Veterinary Surgeon and Veterinary Officer with the Army Reserves. Currently studying for MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology.

‘Life after a Broken Neck: Taking Back Control’

Be positive, look forwards. Different can be good.

Bella Heesom (NC 2003)

Actor, Writer & Theatre Maker

‘Why It’s Rational to be Emotional’

There was no logical short cut I could take. I had to feel my way through it.

Anne Miller

Director of the Creativity Partnership, Trustee of Legal Response International & advisory panellist for Carbon Trust.

‘Climate Change, a Hairstyler & Me’

How inventing a hairstyler helped open my eyes to climate change.

Professor Jenny Morton

Professor of Neurobiology & Director of Studies in Medicine & Veterinary Medicine at Newnham College

‘What Can We Learn from Sheep?’

Teenagers in a group don’t always behave perfectly, but if you get a teenager by themselves they’re usually reasonably civilised.  It’s the same with sheep…

Professor Sucheta Nadkarni

Director of the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre & Professorial Fellow at Newnham College

‘Does Gender Diversity Really Matter…?’

What if gender diversity isn’t the key to equality?

Clare Pooley (NC 1988)

Writer & Blogger

‘Making Sober Less Shameful’

I realised that someone had to start shouting out for all the secret sufferers. And it might as well be me…

Sakthy Selvakumaran (NC 2015)

Graduate Engineer & volunteer for Engineers Without Borders.

‘Can Satellites Help Us Predict the Future?’


Callie Vandewiele (NC 2014)

PhD candidate, Gates Cambridge Scholar & current Newnhamite: stand up comedian, improvisor and avid knitter.

‘Why School is Old Skool’

‘What was I doing, spending 8 hours a day traipsing through the desert hills of Utah rather than being in school?’

Sarah Weiler (NC 2004)

Founder of Power of Uke & Multi-Entrepeneur

‘Knowing When to Quit’

We live in a culture of grit and resilience – but what if that’s not always the right thing?

Dr Jo Withers (NC 1984)

GP, fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and volunteer with Virtual Doctors

‘We Need to Talk About Dying’

There is only one chance to get it right at the end of our lives but there are many chances to get talking before that time…