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The Executive Leadership Team

 

The Head Master

Simon Henderson is Eton’s Head Master. 

Simon took up his post in September 2015 having previously been Head of Bradfield College. Prior to joining Bradfield he was Deputy Head (Academic) at Sherborne School. 

Simon already knew Eton well having taught History here for eight years from 2001. He was Head of History for four of those years.

A graduate of Brasenose College, Oxford, Simon is married to Ali and they have four young children.

 

 

The Lower Master

Susan Wijeratna is Eton’s Lower Master.  She took up her post in September 2017 having previously been the Pastoral Deputy Head at St Paul’s Girls’ School.  A Geographer, she started her teaching career at Epsom College from where she moved to Eastbourne College as resident tutor in one of the boarding houses. This was followed by a move to London where she became Head of Geography at St Benedict’s School and later a Housemistress at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School.  

The Lower Master deputises for the Head Master in his absence and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the School.

 

 

The Bursar

Janet Walker is the Bursar. The College’s professional and operational services are collectively known as the Bursary. The Bursar leads the financial, administrative and support functions of the school and provides professional support for various activities that fall outside the day-to-day operations of the school including the College’s endowment and fundraising.

Janet Walker studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Somerville College, Oxford and went on to a postgraduate course in Nice in Politics and Economics. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, she embarked on a variety of roles in film and television in the independent production sector, BBC and ITV, culminating in the position of Director of Finance and Business Affairs at Channel Four. In 2003, Janet moved into the world of horse-racing (and construction!) when she took up the post of Commercial and Finance Director at Ascot Racecourse where she was heavily involved in the development of the new £200 million grandstand. Janet joined Eton College in 2011. She is a non-executive director of Henderson High Income Trust plc.

 

Deputy Head (Pastoral)

David Gregg is Deputy Head (Pastoral) with overall responsibility for the welfare of the boys at Eton.  His role involves oversight of boarding provision and the work of 25 House Masters, as well as all aspects of pastoral care.  He is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead and deals with all child protection matters at the head of our safeguarding team.  

David took a degree in Politics at Queen’s University, Belfast.  He was Chief Examiner in Government and Politics for the Oxford and Cambridge Board until 2000, and has published on both history and political philosophy.  David came to Eton in 1993 as Head of Economics and Politics, and was a House Master from 2000 to 2013.  Since 2014 he has been Head of Boarding Administration and he has chaired the Tours and Expeditions Committee.  He has coached rugby and cricket at Eton, and is an experienced Field Game umpire.  A charity trustee and enthusiastic sailor, David combined these roles by crossing the Atlantic during his sabbatical in 2013, raising funds for ‘Horatio’s Garden’.  

 

Deputy Head (Academic)

Tom Hawkins is responsible for the academic life of Eton. He oversees not only the curriculum and academic departments but also the libraries, Learning Support and the Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning (CIRL); in addition he has overall responsibility for examinations (both internal and external) and the process of application to university.

Tom studied Classics (‘Greats’) at Trinity College, Oxford and subsequently did his PGCE at Cambridge. He arrived at Eton in 1996 to teach Latin, Greek and Ancient History. He also ran both the Junior Chronicle and Chronicle and coached rowing. He was Master in Charge of Rowing from 2005-7 and Head of the Classical Department from 2007-10. In 2010 he took over as House Master in Godolphin House until his appointment as Deputy Head (Academic) in 2018. Tom is a governor at Lambrook School and The Langley Academy. He is married to Susannah and they have two young children.

 

 

Deputy Head (Co-Curricular)

Justin Nolan is responsible for the Co-Curriculum at Eton College, ensuring that we provide as excellent an education outside the schoolroom as within.  He is directly in charge of Sport, Music, Drama, Outdoor Education, the CCF and a host of other associated activities.  He also oversees the Societies programme. 
 
Justin took a History degree at Trinity College, Cambridge.  He joined Eton in 1991 and has been here ever, since save for a short foray into the world of fund management where he worked for Société Générale with a focus on emerging markets.  Justin teaches History and History of Art.  He has been Head of History of Art and run regular trips to Florence, Rome and Venice.  Between 2006 and 2017 he was a House Master.  Justin has involved himself from the outset in a myriad of co-curricular activities including drama, sport and societies, directing the School Play in 1996 and 2004, arranging the re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo on the playing fields (where, of course, it was won), coaching rowing and rugby and directing Speeches.  Justin has also been responsible for the Friends of the Eton College Collections since 2008.

 

Director of Outreach and Partnership

Tom Arbuthnott runs the Outreach and Partnership programme at Eton College, as well as overseeing the school's strategies to widen access, especially to talented boys from diverse backgrounds. He oversees Eton's key strategic relationships with state sector schools, especially Holyport College, the London Academy of Excellence and the Slough, Windsor, Eton and Heston Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP). He is also responsible for the school's community service programme and the summer schools that take place annually in July.
 
Tom took degrees from Oxford and Cambridge universities, before working in Brussels and London in the European Parliament and for a think tank. He was accepted onto the Fast Track programme in 2004, and started his educational career teaching English, Humanities and Theory of Knowledge in comprehensives in Guildford, Castle Bromwich and Ladywood (Birmingham) before starting up the award-winning outreach programme at King Edward's School, Birmingham. An Old Colleger himself (KS, 1992), he returned to Eton in 2016 as Eton's first Director of Outreach and Partnership. In 2017-18, he is Chair of the Schools Together Group, an organisation which is committed to promoting powerful and effective relationships between schools in the state and independent sectors.

 

Director of Buildings and Facilities

Ian Mellor is responsible for the management of all buildings and facilities at Eton College. This involves both maintenance and construction of all new buildings as well as line management of Grounds, Security, Health and Safety, IT Infrastructure, Laundry, Cleaning and joint responsibility for the College’s investment properties.

Ian qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1986, was accredited with an RICS Diploma in Project Management in 1991 and became a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2004. He subsequently gained a First Class degree in Social Sciences with the Open University. Before coming to Eton in 1995, he was involved in a wide range of construction projects and property ventures for a variety of clients in both public and private sectors (including education). Since coming to Eton, Ian has been responsible for the delivery of many building projects including the Music Schools, Drawing Schools, Marten Schools, New Schools, Birley Schools, Jafar Hall and Gallery, the restoration of College Chapel and School Yard, and numerous Boarding House refurbishments and extensions.

 

Clerk and Legal Advisor to the Provost and Fellows

Serena Hedley-Dent is Clerk and Legal Advisor to the Provost & Fellows at Eton. She is both the College’s in-house legal counsel and also clerk to the College’s governing body. 

Serena read law at Oxford University and is a solicitor. She joined Eton in 2011, after fifteen years at city law firm Farrer & Co, where she was Team Leader of the IP & Commercial Team and a partner in the Schools and Charities groups. At Eton, Serena deals with a wide range of legal and compliance matters affecting the College and supports the Provost & Fellows’ governance function. Serena gets involved in school life by running a series of classes each Michaelmas for boys applying to read law at university and usually sings in the ECMS Chorus for its annual concert. Serena is a Governor of Holyport College, a Disciplinary Steward for the British Equestrian Federation and a trustee of the LTA Trust.

 

Director of Development

Jane Hatch is Director of Development with overall responsibility for Eton’s development operations including principal, major, annual, and legacy giving, donor relations, stewardship, events, and development communications. 

Jane comes to Eton from Harvard University where she was the Managing Director of Harvard’s West Coast Development Office during Harvard’s historic $9.6 billion dollar capital campaign. In addition to her more than 16 years in higher education, Jane spent 8 years as a management consultant in the financial services and high tech sectors.  Jane also lived and worked in the People’s Republic of China for six years where she was the Senior Program Officer for the Australian Embassy’s Bi-lateral Aid Bureau overseeing a portfolio of loan and grant programs aimed at developing the educational, human health, and economic infrastructures of Mongolia and China.

Jane has a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and an MBA from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.