Shrewsbury School


The Foundation’s fundraising activities are governed by a Board of Trustees, which is made up of Old Salopians, parents, staff and Governors of the School. They meet at least twice a year.

James Pitt (Chairman) (S 1979-84) 

James is a Partner of Lexington Partners, the world’s largest independent manager of private equity secondary and co-investment funds, where he is responsible for the firm’s international direct investments.  He has worked in the private equity sector since 2000, prior to which he was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London and New York, and a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little. He started his career as a Warfare and Ship’s Diving Officer in the Royal Navy. Whilst at Shrewsbury, he competed as a sprinter at both national and school level, played Ist XV rugby for two seasons, was a member of the school band, was actively involved in theatre production and was a keen mountaineer with the ‘Rovers’.

James and his wife Bianca have two young children and live between London and West Sussex.  His interests include, in addition to significant charitable involvement, a variety of sports, country pursuits and sailing (including serving as Commodore of the Old Salopian Yacht Club). He is a Vice Patron and Trustee of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, a Member of the INSEAD UK Council and a Governor of Shrewsbury School.

James holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and a BSc. (Hons.) in Systems Management (Operations Research) from City, University of London. 

Jonathan Arthur (O 1970-75)

Jonathan has worked in a varied number of roles in the City over the last 22 years and within the Finance Industry for over 30. Currently he is a Director of Charles Stanley’s Investment Management business.

Jonathan has been involved with the Old Salopian world for many years both as a keen OS footballer in his youth and more recently spent seven years as the Treasurer of the Salopian Club.

He is married with three daughters and still has a house on the Wirral where he spends many weekends and most holidays.

James Cross (O 1975-80)

James is a barrister at 4 Pump Court in London. He specialises in commercial disputes concerned with construction and engineering, professional negligence, property damage, insurance and product liability.  He has been a QC since 2006 and has been in independent practice for over 30 years. He has been the ‘Treasurer’ of Chambers since 2007.

At Shrewsbury in the ‘Anderson years’, James was Head of School, Choregus and a 2nd VIII oarsman. He edited The Broadsheet and acted in house and school plays. He won a choral scholarship to Magdalen College Oxford, where - in addition to singing - he read law and was Captain of Boats. He combined his early years at the Bar with teaching law at Oxford.

James continues to sing regularly - with the Vasari Singers (since 1990) and at Gray’s Inn, where he is also a Bencher.  He has done two stints on the Old Salopian Committee, was Chairman of the Vasari Singers (1998-2002) and has been a Trustee of the Foundation since 2011.

James lives in London and is married with two sons, Robert and Hugh. Robert was also at Shrewsbury (S 2008-13). 

James Dickson (M 1997-2002)

James started his professional career in the property industry in 2002 as a temporary retail agent at the London and Liverpool offices of Mason Owen Partners, a property practice specialising in agency and investment. After gaining his Masters degree, James joined Knight Frank LLP in 2007 and worked in commercial portfolio valuations and corporate real estate management. James subsequently joined Apache Capital Partners as an Assistant Fund Manager.
His move into the specialty coffee sector was brought about by an appreciation and respect for the emerging and innovative “3rd Wave Coffee Movement”. His passion for speciality coffee resulted in his creation of Long Black Ltd (now known as Workshop Trading Ltd) and the trading brand Workshop Coffee Co. James is also a partner in Tarncourt Investments LLP, a privately owned investment vehicle specializing in commercial Real Estate investment.
James is a qualified Chartered Surveyor, has a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham and a Master of Science degree in Corporate Real Estate Finance and Strategy from the CASS Business School.

Elle Gurden (MSH 2008-10)

Elle is a Sales and Marketing professional based in London with experience in the F&B sector with Heineken UK and WSET, whilst also branching into the Financial sector completing a graduate scheme for Mondrian Investment Partners. More recently she has been working for the boutique fitness brand Psycle as their Sales and Partnerships Manager.

Elle was one of the first cohort of girls to attend Shrewsbury in Mary Sidney Hall from 2008-2010. She was Captain of House Sports and several sports teams. Elle is an elected member of various Salopian Club Committees and regularly helps with the organisation of social events and sporting fixtures.

She has a BSc (Hons) degree from The University of Manchester in Chemistry, holds a Level 2 in WSET, a Sports Leadership Award and an Investment Management Certificate.

Andrew Haining (O 1972-1977)

Andrew has worked in the private equity and banking sectors for most his life. He now lives in Guernsey and is chairman of Aurigny, the state owned Channel Island airline, Praxis IFM, a publicly listed international trust, fiduciary and fund administration business and Heartstone Inns, a privately owned managed pub business in the south west. He sits on a number of other boards.

Andrew was in Oldham’s from 1972  to 1977. He was captain of Fives and represented the School at various sports as well as contributing to many theatre productions. He went to Cambridge and graduated with an MA in Economics before pursuing his career in the city.

Andrew has been connected with the School for many years and was a Governor from 2000 to 2013, a Foundation Trustee from 1995 to 2004 and Chairman of the Foundation from 2006 to 2012.

Tim Haynes (R 1968-73)

Tim was Headmaster of Tonbridge School from 2005 to 2018 and Headmaster of Monmouth School for ten years before that, having previously been Surmaster (Deputy Head) of St Paul's School in London. 

He is Chairman of the Shrewsbury School Board of Governors and is also a governor of several other independent and maintained schools.

Eliza Hodgson (EDH 2011-13) 

Eliza works in research and marketing at Grogan & Company, a boutique auction house in Boston, Massachusetts specialising in fine art and jewelry. Recently Eliza moved back to the Boston area after spending several years working and studying in the UK. She holds a BA and MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and is currently working to complete her Masters in Building History at the University of Cambridge.

Eliza was the first cohort of girls in EDH in 2011-2013 and was deputy Head of School and Co-Head of House.

Michael Kerr (M 1966-70)

Michael helped establish Shrewsbury School Foundation Inc. in the USA in 1993 and is the US Chairman of the Foundation. He is the Chief Executive Officer of New England Hydropower Company LLC which he founded in 2010 as the first company in the US to install the Archimedes Screw Turbine on small-scale hydropower projects. After leaving Shrewsbury, Michael was a VSO teacher in Belize, then returning to London to work for Shell, where he completed a business degree and accounting qualification (CIMA). He has over 30 years of senior management experience in industrial, commercial, energy and information technology companies gained across North and South America and Europe.

After Shell, he joined United Technologies Corporation in Belgium and was then transferred to the US, where he rose through increasingly senior financial positions in environmental testing and commercial industrial manufacturing businesses. In the early 1990s, Michael entered the IT sector and has co-founded and run as either CFO or COO four venture-backed start-ups in the technology sector in Boston and New York. In between ventures Michael also spent eight years working at Wang and Getronics, where he was President of two major divisions. 

Dominic Perks, Port Hill (1990 – 1995) 

Dominic is Co-Founder and CEO of Hambro Perks Limited, an international investment firm focussed on private technology and headquartered in London, with further global offices in Berlin and Abu Dhabi. Dominic is a voting member of the Board and Chairman of the Advisor’s Investment Committee. Dominic has been responsible for originating and investing into over forty portfolio companies and serves as Hambro Perks’ Investment Director on a number of boards, including Tempo, Takumi and Rainmaking Venture Studio. 

Prior to this, Dominic was a Strategy Consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised clients on growth strategies. He also worked at Morgan Stanley as an Investment Banker, where he primarily originated investment opportunities for private equity firms.

Whilst at Shrewsbury, in addition to his academic pursuits, he played both Fives and Cricket. Thereafter, Dominic was up at Oxford, taking a first in English Literature from Somerville College.


Trustees of the Shrewsbury School American Foundation


Michael Kerr (Chairman) (M 1966-70)

Jonathan Cummins (I 2001-06)

Eliza Hodgson (EDH 2011-13)

Reuben B Johnson III (Rt 1962-63)

Luke Taylor (Ch 2002-07)

Mark Yale (S 1976-81)


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