Neil Tomlin OBE - Appointed Headmaster

Neil Tomlin has been appointed as Headmaster of Hall Grove and will take up his role on 1st September 2021.  Alastair Graham, owner of Hall Grove and the current Headmaster, will become Principal, working closely with Neil and the senior leadership team to deliver the long-term vision and strategy for the school. 

Neil, 45, joins Hall Grove following a distinguished career in the British Army.  He has a longstanding interest in education and has taught at a senior level at the Army’s Staff College in Shrivenham. He holds an undergraduate degree in Geography and Physical Education, and a master’s degree in Defence Studies. He is currently Governor of Port Regis Prep School and of Milton Abbey, and has hands-on experience of working with both Prep and Senior schools. He sits on the pastoral care committee at Port Regis, and at Milton Abbey he has taken a close interest in the pupil voice, welfare and student leadership as well as the development of strategy.  

He was appointed as an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 2019 for his outstanding performance as Commanding Officer of 750 soldiers from 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.  Most recently he has been part of the senior team leading strategy development in the Ministry of Defence. 

Commenting on the appointment, Alastair Graham said: “Hall Grove is a unique school, founded on a strong set of family values, and it is no exaggeration to say that it has been my life’s work over the past forty years.  I am exceptionally proud of where the school is today, and Neil is the perfect person now to lead our community into the next stage of our development.  His first-class leadership credentials and passion for education, outdoor learning and pastoral development make him my ideal successor.” 

Neil Tomlin added: “My career of public service to date has provided a strong foundation for my new role as Headmaster of Hall Grove and I look forward to combining my leadership experience with my genuine passion for education and the development of people. I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to lead such a wonderful school.” 

Alastair Graham, Principal of the school said:, "My family and I are delighted by this appointment. Hall Grove could not be in better hands."