Samantha Salisbury

Samantha Salisbury

Samantha Salisbury

Foundation Director

What is your role at Culford? 

I joined the Foundation Office in 2010. I keep alumni in touch with their school by organising reunions and events throughout the year to suit all ages and interests, whether sporting, musical or social. One of my favourites each year is Tea for Two where current pupils perform to some of our older OCs (Old Culfordians) and East Anglian School for Girls alumni. 

Another part of my role in the Foundation Office is to raise money for much needed projects within the school. In 2013, we launched The Campaign for Culford which aims to build a new library for the benefit of current and future Culfordians. 

What did you do before you came to Culford? 

Before coming to Culford I spent many years working in the City. I looked after corporate events for LIFFE (The London International Futures and Options Exchange) and then became Head of Corporate Hospitality and the Events Programme at KPMG. It was a fabulous time where I met a lot of fun and interesting people from Lesley Garrett and James Brown to Tony Blair. One stand-out event was organising the inauguration of LIFFE by Her Majesty the Queen. 

What is your favourite piece of music, novel or artist? 

This is a difficult question to answer as it changes all the time! One particular favourite is Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel. But as far as music goes my taste is eclectic and I’ll happy listen to anything from ABBA to Saint Germain. My favourite book is Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and I love earthenware ceramics. 

What is the best thing about working at Culford? 

I love putting people back in touch with Culford, long-lost friends and much-loved teachers. And I especially enjoy finding out what Culford pupils have achieved since leaving. 

What are your interests outside School? 

I live with my husband and two boys who both attend Culford. I am passionate about the restoration of listed and historic buildings. I also have an organic smallholding where I breed Hebridean sheep and grow my own heritage fruit and vegetables, which means purple carrots among other things! I’m also a keen cook and enjoy swimming and running.