tech change

With great uncertainty about what workplaces of the future may hold, Julian Thomas, Headmaster of Wellington College, discusses the advantages that different approaches to education could confer. What will be the impact on traditional subjects such as modern languages and maths? How much of an influence will technology have in the classroom? How might new exam curriculums benefit different kinds of students? These are all themes the talk will elaborate on.


Julian Thomas is Master of Wellington College and Chief Executive of the Wellington College Group of Academies and Schools.*

He is Chairman of the Wellington College Multi Academy Trust, a Member of the Corvus Learning Trust, and was a founding governor of the London Academy of Excellence - now regarded as a model for state-independent school partnerships. Julian is a champion of meaningful collaboration between state and independent schools and is committed to forging links between the two sectors. He has recently announced an ambitious bursary campaign designed to widen access and opportunity to Wellington College.

Following an early career in IT in the banking and oil sectors, Julian taught at Forest School and St. Dunstan's College, where he co-authored several Maths text books. He went on to be Director of Studies at Portsmouth Grammar School and Second Master at Hampton School. After completing an MBA in Educational Leadership, Julian was appointed Head at Caterham School in 2007. He became the 14th Master of Wellington College in 2015.
A keen sportsman, Julian is a former youth county cricketer and won a Rugby League half-blue while completing his PGCE at Cambridge. He has since developed a passion for outdoor adventure. In 2014, he completed an unassisted 950km trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and, more recently, he has competed in the Marathon des Sables. He has climbed Mont Blanc and Gran Paradiso and is in the process of acquiring his freefall skydiving licence. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

In 2016, he was named by the Evening Standard in The Progress 1000 - London's most influential people.

*The Wellington College Group of Academies and Schools comprises Wellington College, Eagle House Preparatory School, 6 international schools and 2 state academies. 

Julian Thomas

The full 2019 timetable will be published on Tuesday 8 October.