St Peter’s School, York appoints new Bursar

St Peter's School

St Peter’s School, York appoints new Bursar

Peter Bryan

St Peter’s School is delighted to announce that Peter Bryan has been appointed as Bursar from August 2019.  Peter’s appointment comes following the departure of Michael Schofield who has recently taken on the role of Bursar at Haileybury College after seven highly successful years during which St Peter’s has gone from strength to strength.

Peter has been Bursar and Deputy Master at Marlborough College since 2010 and during his time there has been engaged in significant developments.  These have included the implementation of an ambitious campus master-plan, an increase in boarding places, the development of an overseas school, raising of alternative sources of income and additional funding for bursaries. Peter was previously Procurator of the Ampleforth Abbey Trust; the works of which include Ampleforth College, St Martin’s Ampleforth and St Benet’s Hall, Oxford.

At St Peter’s, his remit will include the effective and efficient operation of all services, including finance, IT, HR, Catering, Estates and Commercial Management to ensure St Peter’s continues to deliver an outstanding education alongside engagement with Old Peterites and the wider community.

Jeremy Walker, Head Master, said:

“I am delighted that St Peter’s has gained such an experienced and highly accomplished Bursar. This is a fantastic appointment and I know that Peter is looking forward to working with the Governors, myself and all at St Peter’s as we build on our strong foundations and continue to develop excellence for the future.

“His success at Marlborough in increasing the School’s financial position through enterprise and fundraising, and his outstanding achievements in the planning and delivery of significant campus development mean that he is the ideal person to take on this very important role at what is an exciting time for the School.”

Peter Bryan said:

“It is clear to me from the time I have spent at St Peter’s already, that it is an exceptionally vibrant, friendly and hardworking community, and I am very much looking forward to becoming part of it.

“I am keen to contribute to St Peter’s ongoing development of its commercial operations and fundraising efforts, so that our pupils can enjoy the very best facilities and technologies to support their learning and life at School, and so that St Peter’s can continue its vision of inclusiveness and contribution to York and the surrounding area.

“My wife Judy and I are hugely looking forward to returning to Yorkshire life and the vibrant and evolving city of York. St Peter’s is in a strong financial position, with a future as bright and full of promise as its history is long and distinguished.”

Peter will start fully in late August, due to his notice period at Marlborough, but will be at St Peter’s once a fortnight in the interim to ensure a smooth transition during which our Finance Manager and Estates Manager are taking the lead on the effective running of their areas.

Peter has served as a governor of several schools, both within the independent and maintained sectors.  He is currently a governor of Ardingly College and Pinewood School, an advisor to the Douai Abbey Trust and Chairman of the Independent Schools’ Pension Scheme Committee.  He is a member of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme Working Group, established by the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA).

Having trained as a Chartered Accountant with BDO, Peter acted as Divisional Finance Director of the Goodhead Group before entering the world of independent education. He holds a degree from the University of Stirling in Accountancy and Business Law.

Peter is married to Judy and they have three children: Lizzie is a doctor in Manchester, Will is a consultant with PWC in London and Jack is at Edinburgh University studying Russian and International Business. Peter and Judy enjoy Yorkshire life and especially walking over the Moors with their three whippets. Peter is a squash player and a cyclist.