Full name:

Elisabeth (Lizzie) Tyrrell

Where did you grow up?

Liverpool and Southport in the UK then on to Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin, NZ!


Nelson College for Girls, NZ then I studied a BA Hons in Classics at Canterbury and Otago Universities in NZ.

Your previous place of work and role:

The Marist School, Ascot – Head of Classics.

What are you most looking forward to about joining King’s Ely?

I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of working in a mixed boarding school with strong links to Ely Cathedral. I used to live in Ely years ago and was part of the cathedral community and so am looking forward to re-establishing those.

Hobbies/interests outside of school:

I love choral singing (I’ve been a soprano chorister my whole life), netball, running, long walks, barre and yoga classes, entertaining my family and friends, travelling and experiencing different cultures, and I am highly competitive at pub quizzes!

Any pets?

No, sadly.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A diplomat.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Time travelling, definitely.

What was the last book you read?

‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller.

What song are you most likely to sing at a karaoke?

‘I will survive’ by Gloria Gaynor.

What is your favourite film?

That’s a tough one! Depends on my mood. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ or ‘Stealing Beauty’ if I’m being cerebral but ‘Back to the Future’ or ‘When Harry Met Sally’ if I want something more light-hearted.

Do you have any phobias or fears?

Birds – particularly swans and geese (following a traumatising experience with a black swan when I was younger!)

Name three things you would want with you if stranded on a desert island for a week:

A copy of Virgil’s Aeneid, some bottles of crisp and cold NZ Riesling (dry) and a banana hammock to recline in whilst reading and sipping my wine.

Back to all news