Tony Little

Senior Independent Advisor

I have had a long and fascinating career working in and leading British independent schools, including for 13 years as Head Master of Eton College. From September 2018 he became President of WLSA Shanghai Academy, developing a new generation of not-for-profit, needs-blind high schools in China. Since September 2020 I have been the Chair of Governors at London Academy of Excellence, Stratford. I joined Copperfield in September 2021.

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Tony's story

Tony was an assistant master, teaching English, and then later a housemaster at Tonbridge School in Kent from 1977 to 1982. He served as a housemaster and head of English and drama at Brentwood School, Essex from 1982 to 1989. From 1989 to 1996, Little was headmaster of Chigwell School in Essex. He then served as Headmaster of Oakham School in Rutland from 1996 to 2002.

In July 2001, he was appointed Head Master of Eton College, and assumed the post in September 2002. Little stepped down from Eton in 2015, and was appointed Global Chief Education Officer of GEMS Education, until July 2018. He became Chair of the Laurus Trust in September 2017 and President of WLSA Shanghai Academy in September 2018. He is the author of An Intelligent Person's Guide to Education and "Adolescence - How to Survive It". 

We are thrilled to have Tony on our governing board – the whole community will benefit from his decades of experience in building great schools and inspiring young people.