Sir Nicholas Coleridge appointed provost of Eton College

  • 4th October 2023

The King has approved the appointment of Sir Nicholas Coleridge as provost of Eton College to succeed William, Lord Waldegrave, from September next year.

Sir Nicholas will be resident at Eton and will be the school’s 43rd provost. He was appointed as a result of an open process led by the special nominations committee of the provost and fellows, chaired by the vice-provost, Peter McKee.

Sir Nicholas began his career as a journalist and has had a career in the media and publishing and was for 30 years successively editorial director, managing director, president and chair of Condé Nast International, the magazine company.  He is currently chair of the Victoria and Albert Museum and will chair the Historic Royal Palaces upon relinquishing that appointment. Sir Nicholas has also been chair of the British Fashion Council and chair of the Professional Publishers Association. Among a wider portfolio of appointments, he has been a member of the Council of the Royal College of Art, a member of the Trading Board of The Prince’s Trust, chair of the Prince of Wales’s Campaign for the Wool Industry and, most recently, co-chaired last year’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant for Queen Elizabeth. His family has a long-standing link to Eton.

Lord Waldegrave said: “I am delighted that Nicholas Coleridge will be joining the Fellowship in the autumn and succeeding me in a year’s time. In his career in business, at the V&A and beyond he has shown himself to be an outstanding leader of creative people. Eton will be fortunate to have the benefit of his energy and commitment as we develop our ambitious strategy for the school and its partnerships in the maintained sector.”

Sir Nicholas commented: “I am honoured and delighted to be appointed provost, and to be joining Eton at such an exciting time in its development. In William Waldegrave I am deeply aware I shall be following someone whose wisdom and good judgement has sustained the institution over his time in office and whose legacy is considerable. Looking to the future, both my wife, Georgia, and I are keenly anticipating meeting and working with the boys, Fellows, staff, parents, alumni and the entirety of the community that defines this exceptional school.”

Simon Henderson, Eton’s head master, said: “I am greatly looking forward to working closely with Nicholas when he becomes Provost.  He will bring to Eton a wide range of experience in both the commercial and charitable sectors and a fresh perspective to the work we do.”

Sir William Russell, chairman of the Old Etonian Association, said: “I look forward to welcoming Nicholas as the new Provost of Eton. He will bring to the post years of experience both as the managing director of a high-profile company and as a trustee of one of Britain’s greatest museums. Old Etonians will know that he also shares with many of us a deep affection for our old school.”

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