Council Members

The Bishop of Salisbury - The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam

Nicholas Holtam grew up in North London and was educated at The Latymer Grammar School Edmonton. He read Geography at Collingwood College, Durham and trained for ordination at King’s College, London and Westcott House, Cambridge. He served his first curacy from 1979 to 1983 at St Dunstan and All Saints Stepney in the diocese of London. From 1983 to 1988 he was a Tutor at Lincoln Theological College where he taught Christian Ethics and Mission. From 1988 to 1995 he was Vicar of Christ Church and Saint John with Saint Luke’s Isle of Dogs at the heart of London’s Docklands in the diocese of London during a period of immense change. From 1995 he was Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, in the Diocese of London until he  was appointed as Bishop of Salisbury in July 2011. He broadcasts regularly and has published two books.

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown KCMG PC (Chairman)

Mark was the political correspondent for The Economist 1977-79, UN High Commisioner for Refugees 1979-83, the founder and editor of  Economist Development Report 1983-86, International Partner for Sawyer-Miller Group 1986-94, Director of External Affairs for the World Bank 1994-96, Vice President External Affairs and UN Affairs 1996-99, Administrator of the  UN Development Programme 1999-2005, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN in 2006 until the completion of Kofi Annan’s term of office.  

From 2007-09 he was Gordon Brown’s Minister for Africa, Asia and UN FCO. Since 2010 he has served as Vice-Chairman World Economic Forum and led FTI Consulting’s EMEA Practice 2010-2014.  He is currently Chairman of SGO and its Elections Division, Smartmatic.  Mark is an OM and a current parent who was appointed to the Marlborough College Council in 2010.  Mark has been Chairman of the Council since 2013.

John Baker

John is a chartered accountant who joined PW, now PricewaterhouseCoopers, in 1980 having graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. John became a partner in 1992 and is now a senior partner responsible for a portfolio of FTSE 100 global companies. He has previously led PwC’s Technology, media and Telecoms practice. John currently sits on the British Airways International Business Advisory Board and is a Trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

John joined the Council in 2012 and is currently Chairman of the Finance Committee.  He is a member of the Council of Marlborough College Malaysia.

Professor Sir John Bell

Professor Sir John Bell FRS HonFREng PMedSci was Academy President from 2006-2011. He is Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University.

Professor Bell went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar to train in medicine and undertook postgraduate training in London and at Stanford University. At Stanford he developed research interests in the area of immunology and genetics with a particular focus on characterising the molecular events associated with susceptibility to autoimmune diseases. He returned to Oxford as a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow in 1987 and was elected to the Nuffield Professorship of Clinical Medicine in Oxford in 1992. In 2002, he became the Regius Professor of Medicine.  He was appointed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2006 to Chair the Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR), the body responsible to co-ordinate the research functions of the NIHR and the MRC.  In 2008 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society and was made a Knight Bachelor for his services to Medical Science.  He was President of The Academy of Medical Sciences from 2006 to 2011.

Professor Bell has been extensively involved in the development of research programmes in genetics and genomics and in the development of a clinical research programme across the UK. He was the Founder of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and has led the significant expansion in biomedical research activities in the Clinical School in Oxford since 1992. His research programme has contributed to clearer understanding of genetic determinants of susceptibility in Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis and also of the molecular interactions on the surface of the T-lymphocyte associated with immune activation. He has helped to pioneer a large number of high-throughput genomic methodologies applied to biomedical science, including programmes in structural genomics, ENU mutagenesis and genetics.

Professor Bell sits on a wide range of advisory panels for public and private sector bodies responsible for biomedical research in Canada, Sweden, Denmark, France, Singapore and the UK. He sat on the Scientific Advisory Board for AstraZeneca from 1997 to 2000 and has sat on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Roche Palo Alto facility since 1998. He is a non-executive director of Roche AG (since 2001) and of Genentech (since 2009).  He is a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee.

He is a founding director of three biotechnology start up companies. Professor Bell has been a member of Oxford University Council and MRC Council; he is a Board Member of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration and UK Biobank and is Chairman of the Oxford Health Alliance, a private public partnership that sponsors research and advocacy on chronic disease globally. 

Professor Bell was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 1998.


Steven Bishop

Steven Bishop graduated from University College, Oxford in 1977 and joined the stockbrokers de Zoete & Bevan (later BZW), becoming a partner in 1985, the year he opened the de Zoete office in New York.  He remained with BZW until 1997 when he was a co-founder of Altium Securities.  In 2005 he joined the fund management firm Taube Hodson Stonex where he is Chief Operating Officer and a Managing Member.

Steven is Chairman of Council at Heathfield School, Ascot and was previously a Governor at Ardingly College and a Trustee of the University College Old Members Trust.

Steven is an OM with three children who have attended the College. He was President of the Marlburian Club 2011-13, and is now Chairman of the Foundation. He joined the Council in 2014 and is a member of the Nominations Committee.


Piers Coleman

Piers Coleman joined the Council at the beginning of 2018.  He was educated at St Edmund's School, Canterbury, and qualified as a solicitor in 1978. He set up his own Fleet Street law firm in 1980, which he left to join the City firm that became the global law firm now known as K&L Gates, and where he remains an equity partner.  He specialises in complex commercial real estate transactions, and also in the law on elections where he has been involved in many of the leading elections cases of the last 30 plus years. 

Piers was formerly a Governor at his old school, St Edmund’s School, Canterbury, and also at Brambletye School.  He is a member of the Buildings Sub-Committee and also the "link governor" for health and safety issues.

Amanda Cooke

Amanda was born, raised and educated in Hong Kong. She read Law in the United Kingdom and qualified at the Inns of Court School of Law in 1989. She was then called to the English Bar followed by the Hong Kong Bar in 1990.

She practiced at the Bar in Hong Kong for seven years followed by a short stint as a Solicitor before joining the Hong Kong Judiciary in 1998. She now sits as a District Court Judge mainly presiding over criminal cases.

Amanda is married to Brad and they have three children, one of whom left last year and two are still being educated at Marlborough.  She joined the Council in 2016.

Peter Freeman

Peter Freeman founded the Argent Group of property companies with his brother, Michael, in 1981.  Peter remains actively involved as a Non-Executive Director and investor in various Argent entities and a director of King’s Cross.  He is also a director and investor in Mayfields Market Towns Limited, which is promoting a new town in Sussex.
Peter qualified as a solicitor after reading History at Balliol College, Oxford.  Peter is also chairman of Artichoke, an Arts charity, and on the board of the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation, an advisory body to the government.
Peter is a current parent and was appointed to Council in October 2015. Peter is Chairman of the Buildings Sub-Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.

Sarah Hamilton-Fairley

After graduating from Oxford (where she read English), her first two jobs were with J Walter Thompson and BBC Radio 4,  but soon after started with her partner a small pre-press company – Whitewater – that specialised in writing and designing annual reports for not-for-profit organisations. 

After the sale of Whitewater they set up a new charity, StartHere, and devised a system previously unavailable for people to be connected to the right service at the right time.  Sarah is currently the Chief Executive.

Sarah is an Old Marlburian and a Trustee of the Multiple Births Foundation. She was appointed to the Marlborough College Council in 2010 and has special responsibility for Pastoral Care matters. Sarah is a member of the Education Committee and the Nominations Committee.

Geeta Gopalan

Geeta Gopalan was born and raised in India, where she graduated from the University of Madras with a degree in Mathematics, Commerce and English Literature. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in Delhi, India, she went on to make a career in international retail, commercial banking for 20 years, with Citigroup and HBOS. She ran her own consulting business post her banking career and in 2009, Geeta decided to focus on a portfolio of non-executive roles. She is currently a Non-Executive Director at Virgin Money Holdings Plc, Wizink Bank s.a Spain and Ultra Electronic Plc. She is also the Vice Chair of the England Committee of the Big Lottery Fund.   

Geeta is married to Akshaya and they live in London. She joined the council in 2017.

Tom Kirkwood

Tom Kirkwood was born in Thailand and educated in Singapore, Pennsylvania and England. He has an MA degree in Oriental Studies (Chinese) from Cambridge University and wrote his Master’s dissertation on “China’s Oil & Gas Development Strategy”.

Tom began his career at the Emerging Markets Group of Wall Street investment bank, Wasserstein, Perella & Co. He established several businesses in oil & gas exploration, property, and mobile telecommunications in China and Canada and is active in his multigenerational family business.

Tom and his wife Kate have been involved in co-sponsoring China’s first private charity and vocational university for the blind and are active supporters of the Peace Corps and Special Olympics in China. 

Tom is an OM and a current parent. Tom is a member of the Finance Committee and also a member of the Council of Marlborough College Malaysia.

Dr Tracy Long CBE

Dr. Tracy Long is the founder of Boardroom Review, which was established in 2004 to give independent advice on the effectiveness of the Board and its Committees. Tracy has conducted over one hundred and seventy evaluations across PLC, mutual, privately owned and public sector organisations in the U.K., the U.S., Europe and Asia.
She is an Advisory Director and member of the Nominations Committee of Carnegie Hall, and a Trustee of the Windsor Leadership Trust. She was awarded the CBE in 2016 for services to governance in the public and private sectors.

Tracy was a founding director of Avalon Productions and Classic FM. Previous board roles have included the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), where she chaired the Audit and Risk Committee, BSkyB Ventures, The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

Tracy is a current parent and joined Council in 2013.

Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer KCB DSO MBE

John Lorimer joined the British Army in 1981 and was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment. For the next 20 years or so, he served in all three regular battalions of the Parachute Regiment in a variety of appointments, including commanding 3 PARA, which he led on operations in Northern Ireland and Iraq.

Since 2003, John has served in staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence, at the Permanent Joint Headquarters and at HQ US CENTCOM at Tampa. He has also attended the Higher Command and Staff Course at Shrivenham and the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He commanded 12 Mechanized Brigade in Iraq and Afghanistan (2005-07) and the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division in Bulford (2011-13). He was also the Deputy Commander of the International Security Assistance Force for a year-long tour in Kabul (2013-14). From October 2014, he served for 3 years as Chief of Joint Operations, based in Northwood. He is now the Defence Senior Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa. John is also Colonel Commandant of the Parachute Regiment; Honorary Colonel of Cambridge University Officers’ Training Corps; and President of the Army Rugby Union and Army Winter Sports Association.

John Lorimer is an Old Marlburian. He is married to Philippa and they have 3 sons, all of whom have been educated at Marlborough. 

Bill Mills

Bill is currently CEO of Explore Learning Ltd., a business he founded in 2001.  Explore Learning centres provide maths and English tuition to children aged 5 – 14 and there are currently over 100 centres across the UK, with over 25,000 children enrolled as members.  The first three overseas centres opened in 2014 in suburbs of Dallas Fort Worth.

Bill is also the Chairman and owner of Highfield and Brookham Schools, a prep school and pre-prep respectively.  Highfield was founded by Bill’s grandfather in 1907 and has had a long relationship with Marlborough as a feeder school. Bill was born and brought up in the school when his father was Headmaster.

Bill was educated at Winchester College and St John’s College, Cambridge, where he read maths.  After university, he joined the American consulting firm, Bain and Company, in London. In 1991, Bill joined Warrior International, a corporate finance boutique focused on the natural resources sector worldwide, moving to Chicago in 1995 to establish the firm’s North American office. Returning to England in 1998 following Warrior’s acquisition by Standard Bank he left soon after in order to focus on education.

Bill joined the Council in 2014 and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Christopher Pymont

Chris Pymont QC joined 13 Old Square as a pupil in 1979 and practised from there from 1980. He was appointed QC in 1996. His practice now encompasses not just the traditional Chancery fields of property, landlord and tenant, company and insolvency law, but also commercial disputes, banking, financial services and professional negligence. His recent important cases have been concerned with commercial fraud and asset recovery, breach of trust and directors’ duties, the rights of minority shareholders, solicitors’ and bankers’ negligence, proprietary estoppel, restrictive covenants, repairing user and alienation covenants and break clauses in leases and the proper construction of various kinds of commercial documents. His strong reputation is evidenced by his recommendation in The Legal 500 for property litigation, company, professional negligence, fraud (civil) and media and entertainment, in Chambers UK Directory for commercial Chancery, real estate litigation and professional negligence and Chambers Global for commercial litigation.

Chris is an OM who joined the Council in 2013.  He is a member of the Finance Committee.

The Reverend Rachel Weir

Rachel Weir is an Anglican Priest and serves as Chaplain to Highgate School in London. She read Economics and Law at Newnham College, Cambridge and then practiced as a barrister before studying Theology first at Heythrop College in London and then at the University of Oxford. Ordained in 2007, she has served in parish ministry in Oxford and worked as an assistant to Archbishop Rowan Williams’ Secretary for Inter-religious Affairs. More recently Rachel has held the post of Chair of WATCH (Women and the Church) an organisation dedicated to educating and campaigning on issues of gender equality in the Church of England. She was heavily involved in recent efforts to open the episcopate of the Church of England to women.

Rachel is a current parent and one of three members of the clergy serving on the Marlborough College Council to which she was appointed in 2010. Rachel is a member of the Education Committee.