Following the announcement of Hugh Carslake’s retirement as Chairman of Governors at the end of this academic year, on behalf of the Governors, we are delighted to share with you that Patricia Preston has been elected as Chair from 26 June 2021.
After graduating from St Catherine’s College, Oxford, with a degree in Modern History, Pat joined Beecham Pharmaceuticals as a marketing trainee. Over the next 25 years, Pat worked in a variety of marketing roles in diverse market sectors including luxury goods, retailing, business services and the toy industry. A career break to have children enabled Pat to study for the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Diploma and later teach on CIM courses.
In recent years Pat has specialised in bringing new products to market, with particular focus on intellectual property and developing sustainable supply partnerships worldwide. She retired from full time employment in March 2020 but now works on marketing programmes on a projects basis. Outside of work, keeping fit with Joe Wicks and reviving rusty French language skills have been lockdown pastimes. Walking in the Lake District and along the Cornish coast are planned for the summer with travel further afield from the Autumn.
Pat’s association with King’s community has been a long and happy one. Her sons, Jon Preston (Cl 02-09) and Pete Preston (Cl 04-11) and her husband Jeremy Preston (Cl 66-76) are all OVs and the friendships made at Kings remain strong now.
Pat has been a Governor at King’s since 2011 and she sits as a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee. She will take on the role of Chair from June 2021. Pat is also a valued Trustee of The King’s School Development Trust.
Pat comments, ‘King’s has played a very important role in my life and that of my family for a considerable time. A new chapter soon begins. With my fellow governors, I look forward to supporting our inspirational Head, Gareth Doodes, and his dedicated staff, in all they do to make King’s an exceptional educational experience for our pupils.’