Andy Butterworth joined Eltham College as the new Bursar at the start of May, right in the middle of school closures imposed by the outbreak of Covid-19. We caught up with him to find out more about his background before Eltham and what he is most looking forward to about school resuming.
Where were you educated?
I went to school at Great Walstead (prep) and then Ardingly College, both in West Sussex. Then Economics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. I loved my time at school and university – hockey, cricket and athletics, clarinet in the school’s Concert Band, rowing at Emmanuel.
Where did you work prior to Eltham College and what led you to your current role?
Most recently, I have been Bursar for eight years at Wycliffe Hall which is a small part of the University of Oxford. Prior to that I worked for RWE (branded as npower in the UK), latterly commuting to Germany most weeks where I was responsible for energy risk management across all of the group’s European activities.
How do you see your role at Eltham developing?
It is fantastic to be joining such a great team, even under such difficult circumstances of the Covid19 crisis. I look forward to working alongside so many great colleagues, building on the great work done by my predecessor, Sue Roxby. She has left a great basis from which to develop effective, efficient support functions and excellent facilities
What would you like to achieve at Eltham?
The Governors are already considering the next priorities for the school’s buildings, after completion of the very successful Turberville building and David Robins Sixth Form Centre. I am ambitious to ensure that Eltham’s physical environment matches the standards of excellence being achieved by its students – academic, sporting and co-curricular. With the rest of the team, I will play my part in establishing and enhancing the school’s already very strong reputation.
What are you most looking forward to doing when school reopens?
Eltham is a strange place without (very many) students. I look forward to when we can all return and the school is buzzing again.
If you could take part in the House Lockdown Cup which activity do you think you would win points in?
I have been doing a Kahoot quiz each week with various members of my extended family, but I don’t seem to be able to beat my teenage nephews/niece so maybe not too many points to win there. But I would be able to contribute to “Travel 3k” since I am running about three times per week at the moment: I have a place in the Great North Run this year (due to take place in Sept, though sadly it might now be postponed).