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New Chair of Governors Announced

Mr Alex Russell OBE has been appointed as the College’s new Chair of Governors, taking over from Dr Alastair Wells who, due to serious and unexpected ill health had to step down as Chairman of Governors in October 2023.

Mr Alex Russell is CEO of Bourne Education Trust, which he established in 2013 to work with schools in challenging circumstances. The Trust, which has grown to 25 schools across the South East of England, include primaries, secondaries and specialist schools. Alex is a national leader of education and a founder of AI In Education, a cross-sector initiative, which brings together senior and experienced figures who have worked in both the state and independent sectors.

Mr Russell said “I am delighted to be appointed Chair of Governors at Epsom College. I look forward to supporting our Head and the dedicated staff to provide an excellent academic education combined with a diverse co-curricular programme for our pupils. Whilst the next few years will present both opportunities and challenges for the independent sector, with the College’s ambitious, transformative and forward-thinking leadership, the College is well placed to succeed.”

Mrs Karen Thomas has been appointed Chair of the Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College. The Royal Medical Foundation is a charity founded by Dr John Propert in 1855 to provide pensions for registered medical practitioners of the UK and their widows or widowers in financial hardship and to provide generally for the advancement of education by the provision of a school.

Regarding her appointment Mrs Thomas said “I am honoured to be appointed as Chair of this prestigious charity and I look forward to guiding the Charity which has benevolence and excellence at the heart of its charitable work”.