Information about society events is circulated via an e-mail distribution list consisting of all members plus any other interested people. Any Oxford or Cambridge alumnus/alumna living in The Netherlands is welcome to be on this list.

To add your address to the mailing list, or to remove it, or to notify a change of your e-mail address, please send a short e-mail containing your wishes to the Secretary. Alternatively, click here to obtain a form that can be used to submit details. The names and e-mail addresses of current committee members are listed here. For emails addressed to the society in general, please use


Victoria Twist (Newnham, Cambridge, 1980, vj.twist {at} PRESIDENT. Victoria spent her early years on a Welsh mountain. In 1980 she went to Newnham College, where she read Archaeology and Anthropology. After University she embarked on a career in accountancy, joining the London office of Ernst & Whinney (now EY), and later fulfilled her ambition to travel by taking up posts in Switzerland and Germany before settling in the Netherlands. Victoria was treasurer of the Society for many years before taking on her current role as president.

Matthias Schmidt (Christ Church, Oxford, 2009, {at} TREASURER and MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY. Matthias came to the Netherlands in 2013 after reading for a D.Phil. in Biochemistry in Oxford. He is the treasurer of the Society and his hobbies include running, rowing and languages.

Sam Lawley (Homerton, Cambridge, 2010, sam {at} SECRETARY. Sam came to live in the Netherlands after graduating from Cambridge in 2014. He now runs a communications agency, Narrative Labs, and spends his spare time making pottery in The Hague.

Johannes Holbein (Oxford Physics Dept, 2009, j.hohlbein {at} WEBMASTER. Johannes came to the Netherlands in 2012 after working for 4 years at the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral research assistant. Since then he has been employed at Wageningen University and enjoys doing research and teaching students. For the Society, he is responsible for keeping the website up to date and for organising the monthly drinks in The Hague.

Julian Lewis (Queens’, Cambridge, 1974, julian.lewisnl {at} Julian studied Maths before a career in computing. After a couple of years working in London he then worked for 37 years at the European Space Agency, mostly in Noordwijk. Now retired, he has more time to enjoy typical Dutch outdoor activities such as windsurfing, sailing, and biking. If indoors, he enjoys the Arts Society, wine & gastronomy clubs, and music. 

Peter Lewinski (Lincoln, Oxford, 2017, peter.lewinski {at} Peter came to the Netherlands in 2012 to finish his PhD at UvA. He is the social media ninja of the society and his hobbies include traveling, food and studying.

Alison Fisher (St Catherine’s, Oxford, afisher {at} Alison studied Botany in Oxford. After working for publishers in London and Heidelberg, she settled in Amsterdam as a freelance editor and translator in 1992. Alison helped setting up the Oxford & Cambridge Society and is now busy learning web marketing and design and setting up a life coaching business on the side. In her free time, she loves attending self-help workshops, reading and watching films, and becoming a digital nomad.

Ping Shen (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, 2013, shenpingqian {at} Ping studied Engineering Science DPhil and came to the Netherlands in 2018 in the midst of the great Brexit uncertainty. Before the Netherlands she worked as a management consultant in Dubai for one year and is now a design engineer at ASML. As a result, she will be the main social event correspondent in North Brabant. Ping was a committee member of Oxford University Walking Club and would like to carry on the field-walking tradition in the lowlands.