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Cothill House

Cothill House

Trust & Governance

The Prep Schools Trust - Shaping the Future of Prep School Education

The Prep Schools Trust family of five schools is unique. Alongside delivering exceptional academic results and pastoral care, they celebrate individuality and offer the freedom to enjoy childhood. As the UK’s leading independent prep school Trust, with a historic pedigree, we’re also proud of our status as an educational charity. We have the capability, expertise, ambition and resources to move prep school education forward – by providing the best education for our pupils, now and in the future.

The Prep Schools Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who delegate management responsibility to the Chief Executive who leads the strategic development of the Trust and supports the Heads of each individual school.

Cothill House also has a Local Advisory Group (LAG) which supports the Headmaster and the teaching staff through the consideration and testing of ideas for the school’s best management and service to parents and pupils. Our LAG is made up of a Trustee, the Chief Executive of the Trust, the Headmaster and three current and former parents. They meet regularly throughout the year, serving as an important communications channel between the Board of Trustees, the school and the parent community. 

Dr Ralph Townsend - Chairman of the Cothill Trust & Trustee

Dr Ralph Townsend is Chairman of the Prep Schools Trust, Winter's International School Finder and Winton Consulting and Senior Adviser to RSAcademics. He has held three headmasterships: Sydney Grammar School (1989-1999), Oundle School (1999-2005) and Winchester College (2005-2016). He is a graduate of Keble College Oxford.

For a full list of the Prep Schools Trust Trustees   click here.

Tom Beardmore-Gray  - Chief Executive, Cothill Trust 

Educated at Ampleforth College and University College, Oxford, Tom qualified as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse in 1990. He subsequently worked for Pepsi Cola International before joining De Beers’ Consumer Marketing Division in 1994 as Regional Financial Controller for USA and Japan.

In 1998, Tom became Senior Vice President of De Beers Canada, returning in 2002 to their London office where he held a number of senior management positions. In 2010 he joined the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) as Finance Director and subsequently became Chief Financial Officer. 

Tom is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics. He is a member of Council at the University of Reading and is Chairman of the University's Audit Committee.

For a full list of the Prep Schools Trust staff  click here.

Amy Lindsay

Local Area Group - Advisor & Current Parent

Henry Moss

Local Area Group - Advisor & Current Parent

Lily Riddick

Local Area Group - Advisor & Former Parent

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