With a reputation among administrative staff as ‘the person who knows everything there is to know about Birkbeck’, Katherine Webb retired as Deputy Clerk to the Governors in 2006, after 30 years at the College.
Katherine graduated from Edinburgh University in 1968 with a degree in classics. After working at the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Record Office, she studied for an MPhil in Combined Historical Studies: The Renaissance at the Warburg Institute, University of London, graduating in 1975. In October 1976 Katherine joined Birkbeck.
Her first post was as Executive Officer in Registry, dealing mainly with student awards. ‘This gave me an insight into the difficulties faced by Birkbeck students and a lasting admiration for their determination in overcoming them,’ she says.
In 1979 she was appointed Committee Clerk in central administration, and later acted as Deputy Clerk to the Governors, working with the College Secretary and the Registrar on servicing the major College committees and other aspects of governance.
‘During my time at Birkbeck I saw many changes: enormous growth in student numbers; several new buildings; a number of organisational changes; and a great enhancement of the College’s public profile. Birkbeck has always seemed to me a most worthwhile institution to work for. I have always been most fortunate in the people I have worked with.’