About the Foundation and Trustees

The Marlborough College Foundation is a registered charity established to provide long-term financial support for the College’s continuing development.

The Foundation is governed by a board of Trustees who are appointed by the College Council and are responsible for the financial management and administration of the Foundation’s assets. The Trustees have appointed Rathbone Investment Management as the Investment Manager for the Foundation.

Tim Martin-Jenkins was a director of diversified shipping group Ellerman Lines, before moving to Hong Kong in 1982 to work for Dr Robin Loh, a private international entrepreneur with wide interests including property, finance, oilfield and heavy engineering industries. He partnered Robin in a new town development in Queensland, Australia and leasing modular buildings in the southern USA.

He is now involved with a private investment trust.

For several years he was a governor of the St Bede’s Schools Trust and is a Past President of The Marlburian Club Committee. He is a former parent.

Tim has an MA in Economics and History from Cambridge University (1969) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (1973).

Steven Bishop graduated from University College, Oxford in 1977. He has spent his entire career in financial services. On graduation he joined the stockbrokers de Zoete & Bevan (later BZW), becoming a partner in 1985. He remained with BZW until 1997 when he was a co-founder of Altium Securities.

From 2005 to 2016 he was a Managing Member and Chief Operating Officer of Taube Hodson Stonex Partners LLP and he is currently a partner at Columbus Point LLP. Steven was previously a Governor of Heathfield School, Ascot and Ardingly College and a Trustee of the University College Old Members Trust.

Steven is an OM with three children who have attended the College. He was President of the Marlburian Club 2011-13, Chairman of the Foundation 2013-20 and is currently Chair of the College’s Investment Committee.

He joined the Council in 2014 and is a member of the Nominations Committee and the Bursary Committee.

He was educated at St Edmund’s School, Canterbury, and qualified as a solicitor in 1978. He set up his own Fleet Street law firm in 1980, which he left to join what became the global law firm now known as K&L Gates, and where he was an equity partner until he retired in 2020. He specialised in complex commercial real estate transactions and also in the law on elections, where he was involved in many of the leading election cases for over 30 years. He now works as a consultant on issues relating to the conduct of elections and the passage of legislation.

Piers was formerly a Governor at his old school and at Brambletye School. He is a member of the Buildings Committee, the Nominations Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Michael Birkin is CEO of kyu, the strategic operating unit of Hakuhodo DY Holdings (HDY). Created in 2014 kyu’s purpose is to be a source of creativity that propels society and the economy forward. The kyu Collective sits within HDY alongside three advertising agencies as well as media agency HDY Media Partners. Members of the kyu Collective include: BEworks; Godfrey Dadich; IDEO; Kepler; Sid Lee; and SYPartners.

Mr. Birkin began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers before becoming the personal assistant to Sir Mark Weinberg at Allied Dunbar. In 1986 Mr. Birkin became the first Chief Executive of the newly created Brand Consultancy, Interbrand Group. He was the CEO of In-terbrand from 1987 until 1995 and took the leading role in the development and application of Brand Valuation. During this time Interbrand grew from a firm with few employees to a global firm.

After Omnicom Group acquired Interbrand as part of its Diversified Agency Services (DAS) unit in 1993, Mr. Birkin joined the holding company and quickly rose up through the organization. He was named European managing director of DAS in 1995, followed by DAS International president in 1997, then Worldwide President in 1999. Five years later he took the newly created role of President and CEO of Omnicom Asia Pacific where he focused on building Omnicom’s overall presence in the region. Through his leadership and the success of his key initiatives, Asia became the fastest-growing region for Omnicom at that time. When Mr. Birkin stepped down in 2009, he was Vice Chair- man of Omnicom Group and CEO of Omnicom Asia Pacific.

In 2009 Mr. Birkin returned to his entrepreneurial roots, buying a majority stake in RPMC, a brand experience company specializing in strategic engagement. One year later, he launched Red Peak Group, comprised of RPMC and Red Peak Branding, a New York City-based strategic branding and design firm which he founded. In 2012, although retaining his position of Chairman of Red Peak Group, Mr. Birkin took his first-ever client side role as CMO of Acer, the Taiwanese Personal Computer company. Under his leadership, Acer shifted its focus from manufacturing to marketing its products using consumer insights to drive product development. Although continuing to this day as a close consultant to Acer, he left his full time position there in June 2014 prior to starting kyu in July 2014.

Mr. Birkin attended Marlborough College and is a graduate of University College, London, where he studied law. He lives in New York City.