Foundation Trustees

The Marlborough College Trust was established 60 years ago ‘for the benefit of Marlborough College’ as the recipient of funds raised in an appeal for voluntary subscriptions and donations for charitable purposes. In June 2015 the name of the trust was changed to the Marlborough College Foundation.

The Foundation is a registered charity whose role is to provide long term financial support for the College’s continuing development, but with a particular emphasis on the provision of bursarial support. The Foundation is governed by a board of Trustees who are appointed by the College Council and who are responsible for the financial management and administration of the Foundation’s assets.

The Trustees have appointed Rathbone Investment Management as the Investment Manager for the Foundation.


Professor Sir John Bell (Chair)

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.


Tim Martin-Jenkins (B3 1961-65)

Tim Martin-Jenkins was a director of diversified shipping group Ellerman Lines, before moving to Hong Kong in 1982 to work for Dr Robin Loh, a private international entrepreneur with wide interests including property, finance, oilfield and heavy engineering industries. He partnered Robin in a new town development in Queensland, Australia and leasing modular buildings in the southern USA.

He is now involved with a private investment trust.

For several years he was a governor of the St Bede’s Schools Trust and is a Past President of The Marlburian Club Committee. He is a current parent.

Tim has an MA in Economics and History from Cambridge University (1969) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (1973).


Steven Bishop (PR 1969-73)

Steven Bishop graduated from University College, Oxford in 1977. He has spent his entire career in financial services. On graduation he joined the stockbrokers de Zoete & Bevan (later BZW), becoming a partner in 1985. He remained with BZW until 1997 when he was a co-founder of Altium Securities.

From 2005 to 2016 he was a Managing Member and Chief Operating Officer of Taube Hodson Stonex Partners LLP and he is currently a partner at Columbus Point LLP. Steven was previously a Governor of Heathfield School, Ascot and 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, Chairman of the Foundation 2013-20 and is currently Chair of the College’s Investment Committee.

He joined the Council in 2014 and is a member of the Nominations Committee and the Bursary Committee.


Ed Elliott

Ed Elliott is Head of The Perse School in Cambridge. The Perse is an academically selective day school with over 1650 pupils on 4 sites in and around Cambridge. The Perse has two international franchise schools, one in Suzhou, China and the other in Singapore.

Ed was educated at RGS Worcester and St Anne’s College Oxford where he obtained a first class degree in geography. After working for security printers De La Rue plc, he began his teaching career at Whitgift School in Croydon.

Ed has a keen interest in curriculum and assessment issues. He is a member of the HMC Academic Policy Committee, and a Cambridge University Syndic overseeing the work of Cambridge Assessment and its constituent exam boards.
Ed is a founding member of the SAGE group of leading world schools. He joined the Council in 2019.


Giles Henderson CBE

Giles is currently the Chair of the Marlborough College Council.

After school and University in South Africa, Giles Henderson moved to the UK in 1963. He studied Law at Magdalen College, Oxford (where he was a Senior Mackinnon Scholar) and obtained MA and BCL degrees.

In 1966-67 he was a Member of the Faculty of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and obtained a Fulbright Award.

He joined Slaughter and May, the international law firm based in the City of London and was elected a Partner in 1975 with a corporate and mergers and acquisitions practice, much of it international. He was elected as the Senior Partner of the firm in 1993 and served two terms of office, retiring in 2001.

During his time at the firm he was extensively involved as legal adviser to HM Government on its programme of privatisations from 1983 to 1991, following which he was awarded the CBE.

He served on the Hampel Committee on Corporate Governance and the Financial Reporting Council and chaired the Law Group of the UK/China Forum. He held two non-executive directorships of public listed companies.

From 2001 to 2013 he was the Master of Pembroke College, Oxford. He chaired the Governing Body, Finance Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Development Committee and New Build Steering Committee.

During his time at Oxford Giles served for two years as the Chair of the Conference of Colleges of Oxford University (the body on which all 38 Colleges of the University are represented and which co-ordinates their policy and strategy on all University/College matters). He headed a comprehensive review on how the Conference was organized and operated and then led its implementation.

Giles served for six years as a member of the Council of Oxford University (and of its Committees on Audit and Scrutiny, Planning and Resources and the Review of Donations). He was also for 12 years the Chair of the Nuffield Medical Trust.
Currently, Giles is a member of the UK Takeover Appeal Board, a Trustee of the Tanaka UK Japan Educational Foundation Trust and a participant in the Speakers for Schools programme.