SOLIHULL School has a new chair of governors.
Damian Kelly has taken over the top spot from Mark Hopton, who stood down after more than 16 years on the board, including 11 as chair.
Damian, an Old Silhillian, has been a governor for 10 years and was vice chair throughout 2021.
He is a partner at Lodders LLP, specialising in employment law, and has extensive experience of a wide variety of HR and other commercial matters.
Headmaster David EJJ Lloyd said: “I have been fortunate to have Mark alongside me for the last 11 years.
“He led by example and was highly respected by young and old, former pupils or not.
“I now look forward to working closely with Damian as we fully embrace the benefits stemming from a three to 18 co-educational school on two fabulous campuses.”
Damian added: “I have had the pleasure of working with Mark throughout my time on the school board.
“Like many members of our board, I have much to be grateful to him for.
“I am excited to lead our board, working with David and his excellent team. Focusing on the future, I look forward to welcoming our incoming executive headmaster, Charles Fillingham, when he joins us in January 2023.”
Solihull School is a three to 18 school located across two campuses, Solihull Prep School on the Saint Martin’s campus and Solihull Senior School on the Warwick Road campus.