IPSEF Speakers

Robert Pick

Master, Marlborough College Malaysia

Bob Pick was born in Horsforth, Leeds. He attended Horsforth Featherbank Primary and Junior schools, Aireborough Grammar School, Grey College, Durham University (Chemistry) and Leeds University (Post Graduate Certificate in Education).

His association with Marlborough College dates from 1980 when he was appointed to teach chemistry. Since then he has been Master in charge of Rugby, Master in charge of Cricket, and a Housemaster. During this time he also played cricket for Wiltshire, wrote a monthly column for a national rugby magazine in Britain and was a selector for England Schools Rugby at regional level. In 1996 he assumed the position of Second Master and Deputy Head and in 2010 became Deputy Master of the College in England and Master of Marlborough College Malaysia.

Bob comments: “To become the Founding Master of Marlborough College Malaysia has been the biggest challenge of my career but has provided the greatest reward. The development of the College in Malaysia, on a spacious and secure 90 acre site, gave an opportunity to bring the ethos, culture, values and strengths of, what I believe to be, the leading English independent coeducational boarding school to South East Asia. From the project’s inception in July 2007 and following five years of challenge, frustration and huge enjoyment, all in equal measure, we have established a school which reflects our belief of educational excellence both in and out of the classroom. The College opened in August 2012 with 350 pupils and now has 820 pupils on the roll. This represents almost maximum capacity with our current facilities. A second phase build is currently underway and will be completed for 2017. The College will reach its full capacity of 1260 pupils by 2021.”

Bob’s wife of 34 years, Ali, also has strong Marlborough connections. As well as supporting Bob during his tenure as a Housemaster, she was a tutor in a girls’ house for fifteen years, worked in the Admissions Department for 19 years and set up the Admissions Department in Malaysia. Their two daughters, Laura and Emma, attended the College and enjoyed a wonderfully enriching experience, both academically and in terms of personal development. They have both followed their father’s footsteps to read Science subjects at Durham University and are also pursuing careers in education at independent schools in the UK (Canford and Bryanston).

Bob’s major interests revolve around sport, in particular rugby, football, cricket and golf, although in terms of participation now only on the golf course when time permits. For his sins, he is a passionate Leeds United supporter. He also has interests in music, including playing the piano very badly, philately, malt whisky and fine wine.