Meet Academic Advisor Susanne Chadbourne

By Emily McAuliffe

Dr Susanne Chadbourne joined our Residential College as an Academic Advisor in 2022. Here she shares the pivotal moment that saw her leave a PR career and land a role at Trinity.

Susanne ChadbourneWhat are you most looking forward to in your role?

Meeting with students, being part of the vibrant community at Trinity and working with likeminded people.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A children’s author and illustrator – I had visions of living like Beatrix Potter in the countryside with lots of animals for company. It still sounds rather lovely!

Has there been a pivotal moment in your life?

Taking a break from my career as a public relations consultant to do a master’s in History of Art. It led me to move to Australia, undertake a PhD and now my role at Trinity College!

What’s your favourite movie?

Don’t Look Now. The way the beauty of Venice is shown is breathtaking (despite it being a horror movie).

What’s an interesting story from your life or travels you’d like to share?

I travelled to Peru and Bolivia when I was 19 and lived in a small village teaching English at the local school. It was a humbling experience to be part of a small community very far from my usual life in London, and I had to learn quickly how to communicate with very limited Spanish.

What do you wish you could go back and tell your 18-year-old self?

To listen to my gut and relax – as it will all work out ok!

What would make the world a better place?

More patience, kindness and open mindedness.

Which activities make you lose track of time?

Watching my young daughter learn new skills every day – she is a constant source of entertainment and wonder.


21 Apr 2022