Dr Ralph Douglas Townsend has been Headmaster of Winchester since 2005. He was previously Headmaster of Oundle School (1999-2005) and before that Headmaster of Sydney Grammar School (1989-1999). He was educated at Scotch College, Perth, from which he went on to read English at the University of Western Australia, having won a Commonwealth Scholarship. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury. After brief teaching appointments at Dover College and Abingdon School, he proceeded to further study at Oxford. He was first Senior Scholar at Keble College, then a Junior Research Fellow, Tutor and Dean of Degrees at Lincoln College. He taught in the Theology Faculty at Oxford.
Dr Townsend has written books, articles and reviews in the areas of church history, religious literature and education. Over the years he has been a Governor of many schools, preparatory and secondary, in both the private and maintained sectors. He is currently a director of two NGOs which sponsor state academies. He is also an appointed adviser to a number of schools around the world.
He is a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and an Honorary Liveryman of the Grocers' Company. He is married to Cathy and they have two adult children.
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