Peter's People

Mark Damazer CBE

The Master

I became Head of St Peter’s College in October 2010.

I studied History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1974-77) before spending two years in the USA – at Harvard and then on Capitol Hill, where I worked for Senator Paul Tsongas (Massachusetts).

I began my career as a trainee at ITN (ITV News). For more than 25 years I was at the BBC, ending as Controller of Radio 4 and Radio 7 for six years from September 2004. I was also formerly a Trustee of the BBC.

Before that I spent more than 20 years in the News Division - as a Producer on the 6 O'Clock TV News and Newsnight and subsequently Editor of the 9 O'Clock TV News, Editor of TV News Programmes, Head of Current Affairs, Head of Westminster and Deputy Director, BBC News.

I was for four years international vice chairman of the International Press Institute ( I was also a Trustee of Mental Health Media and an external member of the board for the Centre for Contemporary British History (

I suffer the misfortunes of Tottenham Hotspur and am keen on opera, gardening and Italian painting.

Mark Damazer

Tel: +44 (0)1865 278911