Mark Mortimer has been the Headmaster of Warminster School since 1 January 2014.
He was educated at Mill Hill School, Saint James School, USA and the University of London, where he read history. On leaving university, he attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then spent eight years as a British Army officer in the Light Infantry regiment. After a brief career as a management consultant, he moved into education. A PGCE at Oxford University was followed by an MBA at Henley Business School.
His first teaching post was at Giggleswick School, where, during six years at the school, he was Head of History & Politics and an assistant housemaster in a boarding house. He also coached the 1st XV. From Giggleswick he moved to Hampton School as Head of Sixth Form.
From 2008 to 2013, Mark was the Deputy Headmaster of St John’s School, Leatherhead.
Mark is a keen sportsman, particularly rugby, cricket and cycling, and has coached pupils at various levels during his career. He has twice rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, once in a pair and once alone. He recently completed the 2017 Marathon des Sables footrace across the Sahara.
He also takes a keen interest in the arts, especially ballet and theatre. Other interests include cooking, leadership development and military history, particularly the First World War. He takes himself out of his comfort zone on a weekly basis by playing in the School’s ukulele orchestra, where he is routinely shown up by pupils who have just started playing!
He is a very strong supporter of the need for the independent and state sectors to work ever-more closely together in support of social mobility.
Mark is married to Anna, who is from Paris; she teaches French at Warminster School. They have three young children – Amélie, Hugo and Clara – all of whom are pupils at the School.