Became a Trustee in November 2015, Chair from April 2023. Former teacher, founder and CEO of the Ufton Court Educational Trust in Berkshire, which aims to inspire and challenge young people through learning outside the classroom. Previously on the Council of Bradfield College and governor at the John Madejski Academy and the Mortimer Schools Federation in Reading. High Sheriff for the Royal County of Berkshire 2020.
Greater than the sum of our parts
Our team at The Ernest Cook Trust is fantastic. We work together ensuring that the important work of the Trust flourishes, no matter what. We’re part of a unique heritage that gives all our activities a particular character, enhancing the lives of thousands of children and young people, their families and communities.
We celebrate our people and all our achievements, working together as one embracing and upholding our shared Values.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.Margaret Mead
Joined the Trustees in Autumn of 2013 as the Trust’s Education Trustee. Taught History and English at Winchester College from 1976 to 2000, where he was also a Housemaster for 12 years, and was Headmaster of Sherborne School between 2000 and 2010. Has worked as a consultant for the schools’ recruitment company RSAcademics since 2016. A Governor of schools in the UK and Prague, and a Trustee of the British Racing School.
Joined the Trustees in April 2017. Formerly a Crown Estate Commissioner and Director of Sales & Lettings at Grosvenor Ltd, and held posts as Chairman of the National Skills Academy for Retail and President of the British Council of Shopping Centres. Awarded the OBE in 2014 for services to UK Real Estate and for voluntary service. Was previously a Governor at Westonbirt School and is a Non Executive Director of a number of businesses in the real estate sector.
Trustee since 2004. Lives and farms at West Woodhay in Berkshire. High Sheriff for the Royal County of Berkshire 2008. Was an Investment manager and MD of Cazenove until 2002, retiring as Chairman of Witan Investment Trust plc, as a Trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and as a Director of the Cadogan Settled Estates Ltd in early 2020. Currently Chairman of the Farmington Trust and a Governing Fellow of Harris Manchester College Oxford.
Became a Trustee in 2023. Rory was Senior Bursar at Trinity College Cambridge until 2021. He was a Trustee of the College for over 14 years. Rory has a degree in Law from Cambridge University and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG. He is an experienced investor in public markets, private equity and property. Among other positions, Rory has been a member of the Cambridge University Finance Committee and is a Trustee of Schoolreaders, another educational charity.
Joined the Trustees in Autumn 2022, Ian brings a wealth of first-hand farming experience to the board. He founded the UK’s national farm open day – Open Farm Sunday – in 2006, and runs his own charity, The Farmschool. Ian set up a business park for microbusinesses in his own farmyard, and in 2015, was awarded the OBE for his services to agricultural and countryside education.