Last year, Dr Murray Tod, our new Head wrote a letter to MIS community through our Deputy Chair Mr Hunter: “I am absolutely delighted, and very proud, to have been appointed as the next Head of Merchiston International School…I look forward to meeting with the whole school community, both collectively and individually, and thank you in advance for all your commitment and loyalty.”
Due to the epidemic, Dr Tod was unable to join MIS earlier and MIS is running well under Mr Hunter’s leadership.
At the end of Term 2, we received great news! Dr Tod’s paperwork to come to China has been approved! With his flight tickets booked, we can confirm that Dr Tod will arrive in China on 10 April . After the mandatory quarantine Dr Tod is ready to get to MIS and get “stuck in”.
We are delighted to introduce Dr Murray Tod.
ABOUT DR TOD
Head of MIS
Dr Murray Tod MA PhD FSA Scot CPAH
University of Glasgow (Ph.D. of History)
Headmaster of Epsom College in Malaysia from January 2017 to February 2021. Dr Tod prior to joining Malaysa worked at the ‘mother school’ of Epsom College in Surrey, UK for 15 years
Dr Tod is married to Kirsty who is a Director of Boarding Compliance, ECiM.= and together they raise Isla their 10 year old daughter
Selected by the Top Consulting Headhunters
After extensive research, a thorough and professional search via Saxton Bampfylde, Global Executive Search and Leadership Consulting , the investor on behalf of the Board of Governors, appointed Dr Tod as Head of MIS.
Murray is originally from Scotland and attended Daniel Stewart‘s and Melville College in Edinburgh. From there he went to Glasgow University where he gained his MA and PhD in History. While Murray’s father taught at Stewart’s Melville and Strathallan School, his mother’s final years as a teacher were at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh.
Extensive Teaching & Boarding Experience
Murray is an experienced teacher, he has many years under his belt teaching History and Politics to different age levels. Although he started teaching at university level, at both Edinburgh & Glasgow Universities, he soon branched out to teach A Levels, AS, Scottish Highers and GCSE courses at Rannoch School, Glenalmond College, both in Scotland, and Epsom College, Surrey. EAch of the mentioned schools are boarding schools and Murray understands fully the way of life within boarding for students and staff, and the commitment involved. In addition to being a boarding Housemaster at Epsom College, Surrey, Murray has been a Head of Department (History & Politics) and, initially through his role as an Assistant Head, he has experience of leading on the strategic direction of the curriculum and academic development matters.
Behind the scenes there is a lot of work involved in the daily running of international schools. In his position as Deputy Head at Epsom College, Malaysia, he was responsible for Admissions and all teaching staff operations. This give Murray an excellent understanding of leadership in these important areas of a school where clear communication and a good working relationship with staff, parents and students is crucial. His elevation to the role of Second Master at Epsom College, prior to the Headship, saw him take on the responsibility for the operational day-to-day leadership of the school.
Murray Is married to Kirsty, who was a Housemistress at Epsom College UK for 10 years and latterly held the post of Senior Housemistress. She has also been involved at Epsom College, Malaysia, as the Director of Boarding Compliance, involved in all policy documentation and accreditation matters. Murray and Kirsty have one daughter, Isla, who is 10 years old. With his Edinburgh connections, Murray was attracted to the role by the opportunity to continue the development in Shenzhen of Merchiston International School with MIS, sitting proudly alongside the mother Scottish school, Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh.
Dr Tod is interested in all facets of politics and he remains a keen historian. He enjoys a wide variety of activities including playing squash and watching rugby.
As we look forward to Dr Tod’s imminent arrival we are delighted that Mr Hunter, our Deputy Chair to the Board of Governors will continue to serve MIS. Mr Hunter as you will know has spent over 20 years at MCS and has been with MIS since the very beginning, we look forward to spending more time with Mr & Mrs Hunter as MIS continues to grow.
Tod博士生于苏格兰，曾就读于爱丁堡斯图尔特・梅尔维尔学院（Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College）。高中毕业后他以优异的成绩考入英国格拉斯哥大学（Glasgow University）并在该校获得历史学硕士及博士学位。Tod博士的父亲是斯图尔特・梅尔维尔学院（Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College）的教师，他母亲曾执教于爱丁堡曼彻斯通城堡学校，所以Tod博士本人对曼校也有着深厚的感情。