Matthew Burns

FAREWELL TO ESTATES BURSAR MARTIN SMITH

Martin Smith joined Sedbergh School in 2004 as Estates Bursar, having previously held a similar role at a day school.  Martin’s qualifications and experience were only matched by his tireless energy.  

In his thirteen years at the School, the estate and fabric were transformed as he directed a team of staff and contractors with immense attention to detail and professionalism.

Projects planned and project managed by Martin include the re-location of the junior school from Bentham to Sedbergh; the renovation of the Casterton campus and re-location of the prep school to that campus; the purchase and renovation of the Sixth Form Centre; the renovation of the Guldrey music school, Buskholme Pavilion, Maths and Biology building and all social spaces in the boarding houses; the building of the 1525 pavilion, Thornely Studio, extension of Robertson House and new social facilities for Carus House.  

The School will benefit from his final project of secure planning permission for the Sports & Recreation Centre; this project will begin in early May 2017.

Alongside this campus development, Martin has ably managed a large staff, overseen the School’s health and safety, and worked with the National Park on estate planning, as well as disposing of surplus assets which provided capital for investment in other areas of the School.

The Bursar commented: “It is difficult to adequately describe the importance of Martin’s contribution to Sedbergh, and to me personally, and the senior team in the Bursary.  He is a true gentleman and will be missed.  We all wish him very well in his retirement.”

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