The Master

Mr Tom Ayling

Tom has been a Governor since 2007 and has a particular responsibility for the 14 acres of Albert Park and its surrounding roads, and the gardens of the three sites of Christ’s Hospital’s almshouses. He has lived in the historic centre of Abingdon for more than 40 years. He and his wife have three daughters and six grandchildren.  Brought up on the Isle of Wight, he travelled daily by ferry to Portsmouth Grammar School.  He studied chemistry at Christ Church, Oxford before becoming a trainee patent agent in London, but finding that it had little human interaction, he moved to teaching at Emanuel School in Battersea (a voluntary aided grammar school) and then to Abingdon School, initially as the Head of Chemistry and finally as Second Master.  He still retains his interest in Abingdon School as the Clerk to the Governors there.  He is also a Governor on the Board of Our Lady’s Abingdon and serves on the committee of The Arts Society Abingdon.  His background experience and his various current roles assist him in policy making. Beyond his family, the town of Abingdon and Christ’s Hospital, his interests include all sport, music, architecture, theatre, film and travel.

Tom has served as Master since January 2018.