New Master announced for Marlborough College

Written by Neil Goodwin on .

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, newly appointed Master of Marlborough College

Mrs Louise Moelwyn-Hughes has been appointed as the new Master of Marlborough College, taking over from Jonathan Leigh when he retires in August 2018 after six years of service.

The Council of Marlborough College announced her appointment this morning, 18 May, and she will be moving from St Edmund’s in Canterbury where she is currently Head.

No stranger to Marlborough College, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes spent thirteen years in Marlborough between 1992 and 2005 teaching Latin and Greek whilst also holding various positions including Housemistress of Mill Mead.

Lord Malloch-Brown, Chairman of Council commented: “In a very strong field of candidates Louise impressed the members of Council with her deep understanding of, and love for Marlborough.”  He added: “She impressed us with her vision for a Marlborough education at a time of radical change in the world of work.  We felt under her leadership Marlburians would be equipped with the resilience, flexibility and lifelong curiosity to succeed in uncertain times.”

He also added that “It seems wholly fitting that our first female Master should take up her post at a time when we celebrate 175 years since the foundation of the College and 50 years as a co-educational school”.

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes commented: “It is a privilege to have been selected to lead Marlborough College into the next phase of its illustrious history.  The prospect of working alongside pupils, parents, colleagues and alumni to realise the ambitious and exciting vision of the Council is one that I greatly look forward to.”

Congratulations are already appearing on social media, Old Marlburian and MEP Daniel Hannan tweeted: “50 years ago, @MarlboroughCol broke new ground by admitting girls.  Now it has appointed its first female head.  Warm conrgratulations to her.”