I am writing to inform you that I will be stepping down as chairman of the Board of Governors of Brighton College at the end of this Michaelmas term. I will have been in office for thirteen years. During this period, it has been my great good fortune to see Brighton College rise, both in pupil numbers and in their achievements, to the position of one of the outstanding schools in the land.
This has been very largely the work of two brilliant and visionary headmasters, Anthony Seldon and Richard Cairns. Anthony laid the foundations; Richard strengthened and extended them.
It has been a particular satisfaction to watch the College grow in both physical beauty and spiritual substance. Today Brighton College is not just one of the best schools in the country, it provides one of the nicest environments one can conceive in which young people can grow up and discover themselves.
The appreciative letters I have received over the years from parents, pupils and alumni testify to the profound impact the College has had, and is continuing to have, on young lives. I will also treasure friendships with staff, parents, pupils and fellow Brightonians I have formed over my time at the College.
I am delighted to be handing over to John (Lord) Mogg. John, who was made a life peer in 2008, has had a most distinguished career in public administration and education: most recently he has been chancellor of Brighton University and is currently chairman of EU Energy Regulators. A brief cv is below.
John has already established an excellent relationship with the Head Master. We are extremely fortunate to have him as our next chairman and I wish him, the College, and my fellow Old Brightonians every continued success.
With best wishes, and thanks for your support.