Peter Church

Peter has a degree in Philosophy & Theology from Oriel College, Oxford University and a Masters in Viking Studies from the University of the Highlands & Islands.

In 2020, he was awarded the Institute of Northern Studies Prize for the Best Dissertation and the Magnus Magnusson Prize for his journal on Irish place-names.

He is currently researching in his personal time for a Doctorate thesis in Victorian Gothic literature. This commitment to independent research and lifelong learning underpins his desire for supporting excellence in education. Peter has worked in education for the last decade as Bursar at a leading UK boarding school; and Bursar of an established British day school in Abu Dhabi for 2,000 students. He was also Director of Campus Services at the University of Essex where he project managed the development of the UK’s first vocational hotel school.

Prior to moving into education, Peter spent 20 years in the commercial leisure sector developing award-winning businesses ranging from fine-dining restaurants to live music venues. In the late 1990s, he was Chief Executive of Preston North End FC, giving David Moyes his first managerial job in football. Peter is a enthusiastic follower of many sports, and an ICC qualified cricket coach. He also plays the bass guitar and is keen to volunteer to play with the staff and student bands.

On joining Wellington College as Bursar, Peter commented: ‘I am truly humbled and privileged to be joining a world-class school, with a unique vision for teaching and learning, and with such outstanding facilities. I look forward to leading our exceptional support staff team in supporting the teachers in developing our students into global citizens with a passion for knowledge’.

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