Newnham Associates are an elected group of 60 Newnham alumnae, representing all subjects, broad life experiences, and most career routes and industry sectors. 

Current Newnham students and recent graduates are welcome to contact any Associate for help or advice. 

There is a contact form under each person's profile here, which will send an email directly to that individual Associate.

Do click through to LinkedIn profiles wherever they are available - there's often a lot more information there.

Claire Curtis

Claire Curtis

Having graduated from Newnham with a degree in modern languages (French and Spanish), I started my career in PR with former Newnham Associate, Rosemary Brook, advising clients on national and international media and crises strategies, internal communications, and stakeholder relations.

I have, however, always been interested in the law and ultimately that’s the path I decided to take.  I am a Solicitor-Advocate and I have a mixed commercial litigation practice at Clyde & Co advising clients in relation to professional liability disputes and high value, complex commercial litigation. I handle professional liability disputes for professionals and their insurers, particularly those within the legal and property sectors, from valuation claims, professional liability issues, and risk management, to disputes arising from real estate and financial transactions, and commercial advice and drafting.  In my commercial litigation practice I have particular interest and experience in handling disputes involving fraud (including multi-jurisdiction claims), regulatory/governance matters, shareholder actions and partnership disputes, and disputes arising within the financial services, technology and sports sectors. I’m pleased to say that I’ve managed to utilise my languages by working in Geneva and Paris, and from time to time on certain cases.

A particular passion of mine is pro bono and for the past five years I have been involved with Together for Short Lives (TFSL), a national charity which supports families of children with life-limiting medical conditions. I act as a support advocate drawing on my legal experience to help the children and their families with a range of issues involving care packages, housing and education. No two cases are the same and each has its own challenges, and I thoroughly enjoy working with them.

I have also helped set up a monthly legal clinic at Richard House Children's Hospice in East London, which is run in partnership with Clyde & Co, TFSL, and LawWorks, The Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group. The clinic is extremely popular and the model is being rolled out across the UK by LawWorks so more families can benefit. I was very fortunate to receive the LawWorks' national award for Best Contribution by an Individual 2016 for my pro bono work, and more recently the clinic won a Gold award at the Corporate Engagement Awards 2018.

I joined the Newnham Associates in 2017 and am very much look forward to further supporting College and the students over the coming years.  I am very happy to provide career advice and support (including CV, general career advice and advice about changing careers), and to discuss career paths in law and pro bono / not for profit.

Newnham 2001 - 2005, Modern and Medieval Languages

Joanna Burgess Gibbs

Jane Dancer

Jane Dancer