Peter McLaughlin

The Doon School London School of Economics University of Zimbabwe

Peter McLaughlin
Peter McLaughlin with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during her visit to The Doon School in November 2013
Peter McLaughlin with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during her visit to The Doon School in November 2013
Born1956 (age 63–64)
Northern Ireland
OccupationScholar, academic, writer, Former Headmaster, Chief Executive Officer
EducationM.A., PhD
Alma materUniversity of Rhodesia
London School of Economics
SubjectWar studies, Political history, International relations, Economics
Notable worksThe Rhodesian War: A Military History
The Occupation of Mashonaland
Ragtime Soldiers: The Rhodesian experience in The Great War
SpouseElizabeth McLaughlin

Peter McLaughlin (born 1956) is a British academic, historian, and educator. He is the CEO of Max Learning Limited, the educational arm of the Max Group.[1] He was Headmaster of The Doon School. Before joining Doon in 2009, he served as Headmaster of Douai School, and Principal of the British International School in Cairo and of Casterton School in England. McLaughlin retired from Doon in May 2016.[2]


McLaughlin was born in Northern Ireland and raised in Africa. He was educated at Prince Edward School in Salisbury, Rhodesia and University of Rhodesia in Salisbury, where he read history.[3] He then studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.



Peter McLaughlin welcoming the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, to Doon in April 2013.

McLaughlin's doctorate was a study of the role of British Imperial defence policy in shaping the Rhodesian armed forces from the 1890s to the 1950s. During the Rhodesian Bush War, he served in operational areas as a field reservist in the British South Africa Police. He set up the War Studies course at the University of Rhodesia (now the University of Zimbabwe) and was awarded an Association of Commonwealth Universities Post-doctoral Fellowship to the London School of Economics to study the British munitions industry in the First World War.[4] He left the world of research and lecturing to carve out a successful career as a headmaster at major Independent schools in England. From 1999 to 2005 he was the Principal of the British International School in Cairo before his departure to head Casterton School.

In 2009, McLaughlin moved to India to head an independent boarding school, The Doon School, succeeding Kanti Bajpai. He has lived in Dehradun in India ever since.[5][6] In 2016, McLaughlin announced his early retirement from The Doon School with three years left on his second contract as Headmaster, and submitted his resignation to Chairman of the Board of Governors Gautam Thapar. He was succeeded by Matthew Raggett, another British educator.

Other appointments


McLaughlin is married to Elizabeth McLaughlin and has two sons both of whom are studying in the United Kingdom.



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  2. ^ "How India's renowned Doon School is embracing change to retain its exclusivity - The Economic Times". 2 November 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  3. ^ The Rhodesian War by Peter McLaughlin
  4. ^ "Doon School is popular for building an 'aristocracy of service'". 5 June 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  5. ^ Books by Peter McLaughlin
  6. ^ Member of Board of Governors of the Doon School Archived 23 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Member of HMC, UK