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.


Tim Martin-Jenkins (B3 1961-65) (Chair)

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 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.

Giles 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 coordinates their policy and strategy on all university/college matters). He headed a comprehensive review on how the Conference was organised 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. He was also a trustee of the Tanaka UK Japan Educational Foundation Trust and a participant in the Speakers for Schools programme.

Giles is a member of the UK Takeover Appeal Board and was appointed as Chairman of the Council in August 2019.

Piers Coleman Esq

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 what became the global law firm now known as K&L Gates, and where he was an equity partner until he retired in 2020. He specialised in complex commercial real estate transactions and also in the law on elections, where he was involved in many of the leading election cases for over 30 years. He now works as a consultant on issues relating to the conduct of elections and the passage of legislation.

Piers was formerly a Governor at his old school and at Brambletye School. He is a member of the Buildings Committee, the Nominations Committee and the Remuneration Committee.


Michael Birkin Esq (B3 1971-76)

Michael Birkin is CEO of kyu, the strategic operating unit of Hakuhodo DY Holdings (HDY). Created in 2014 kyu’s purpose is to be a source of creativity that propels society and the economy forward. The kyu Collective sits within HDY alongside three advertising agencies as well as media agency HDY Media Partners. Members of the kyu Collective include: BEworks; Godfrey Dadich; IDEO; Kepler; Sid Lee; and SYPartners.

Mr. Birkin began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers before becoming the personal assistant to Sir Mark Weinberg at Allied Dunbar. In 1986 Mr. Birkin became the first Chief Executive of the newly created Brand Consultancy, Interbrand Group. He was the CEO of In-terbrand from 1987 until 1995 and took the leading role in the development and application of Brand Valuation. During this time Interbrand grew from a firm with few employees to a global firm.

After Omnicom Group acquired Interbrand as part of its Diversified Agency Services (DAS) unit in 1993, Mr. Birkin joined the holding company and quickly rose up through the organization. He was named European managing director of DAS in 1995, followed by DAS International president in 1997, then Worldwide President in 1999. Five years later he took the newly created role of President and CEO of Omnicom Asia Pacific where he focused on building Omnicom’s overall presence in the region. Through his leadership and the success of his key initiatives, Asia became the fastest-growing region for Omnicom at that time. When Mr. Birkin stepped down in 2009, he was Vice Chair- man of Omnicom Group and CEO of Omnicom Asia Pacific.

In 2009 Mr. Birkin returned to his entrepreneurial roots, buying a majority stake in RPMC, a brand experience company specializing in strategic engagement. One year later, he launched Red Peak Group, comprised of RPMC and Red Peak Branding, a New York City-based strategic branding and design firm which he founded. In 2012, although retaining his position of Chairman of Red Peak Group, Mr. Birkin took his first-ever client side role as CMO of Acer, the Taiwanese Personal Computer company. Under his leadership, Acer shifted its focus from manufacturing to marketing its products using consumer insights to drive product development. Although continuing to this day as a close consultant to Acer, he left his full time position there in June 2014 prior to starting kyu in July 2014.

Mr. Birkin attended Marlborough College and is a graduate of University College, London, where he studied law. He lives in New York City.