(16) HMC/IDPE School Bursaries Conference, (Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London, 22 January 2018)


Please note: For multiple bookings from a single school, a discount will be applied.  This will not appear when you book places online, but the invoice will show the reduced fee.

This conference is for: Heads, Chairs of Governors and Bursars/Clerks to the Governors in independent schools.  We recommend that, if possible, at least two delegates attend from each school.

Delegate fees:  £285 per person, or £245 per person if two or more people attend from one school.



 Coffee and Registration

10.00 10.30



 Session 1: Welcome and opening keynote speech

 Keynote: Sir Peter Gershon, CBE, FREng
 Chair:Shaun Fenton, Headmaster, Reigate Grammar School and Chair-Elect of HMC

10.30 10.40


 Session 2: School bursary beneficiary

 Speakers: Mahin Uddin and Nicole James, both Gershon Scholars  

10.40 11.15


 Session 3: ‘The school bursaries landscape’ – short presentations from the panellists, followed by questions from the  floor and discussion

- Parental affordability

- Data

- Statistics

- Benchmarking

- The political climate

- The value and impact of school bursaries


 Barnaby Lenon, Chairman, The Independent Schools Council (ISC)
 Rhiannon Cutler, Director Baines Cutler Solutions Ltd.

 Chair: Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales School  

11.15 11.30



11.30 12.20

 Session 4: Breakout Session (1) – delegates to choose one from the following options: 

 1. Fundraising for schools with established bursary programmes: how to keep bursary programmes fresh; ideas about raising the bar

 Speakers: Shaun Fenton, Headmaster; Sean Davey, Head of Foundation & Business Development, Reigate Grammar School

 2. ‘Friend Raising to Fund Raising: How to plan and kick start your campaign’

 Speakers: Ben Vessey, Headmaster; Ben Davies, parent; David Brook, Bursar; Rowena Gaston, Director of Development; Canford  School. Martin Barker, Headmaster, Westbourne House Prep School   

 3. Affordability: Strategic approaches to school finance and widening access  

 Speakers:Mark Taylor, Bursar, The King’s School, Canterbury; James Underhill, Director, Underhill Associates; David Woodgate,   Chief Executive, ISBA   

 4. Measuring the impact of school bursary programmes

 Speaker: Ian Davenport, CEO, RNCF/SpringBoard Bursary Foundation

 5. Education, Access and Social Mobility: An interview with Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Institute

 Speakers: Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute, and Marc Whitmore, Partner, More Partnership

 6. Recruitment and selection of beneficiaries

 Speakers: Amanda Scott, Director of Development; Catriona Sutherland-Hawes, Director of Admissions, Latymer Upper School;   James Priory, Headmaster, Portsmouth Grammar School; John Attwater, Headmaster of King Edward's School, Witley.

12.20 1.20


 Lunch - kindly sponsored by More Partnership

1.20 2.10

 Session 5: Breakout Session (2) – delegates to choose one from the six options  

 [See Session 4 above]

2.10 3.10



 Session 6: Plenary – Leadership models and creating effective working relationships between all involved in   fundraising and bursaries


  • Ben Vessey, Headmaster; and Rowena Gaston, Director of Development, Canford School
  • Philip Britton MBE, Headmaster; Laura Firth, Head of Development, Bolton School
  • Richard Harman, General Secretary, AGBIS
  • Peter Wells, recently retired Head of Prep at The King’s School, Canterbury

 Chair: Mark Taylor, Bursar, The King's School, Canterbury

3.10 3.30




 Session 7: Plenary panel – What can we learn from other sectors?

  • Glen Fendley, Head of Development at the Girls’ Day School Trust: Lessons learned from the US study tour 
    Glen Fendley has worked extensively within the USA and, boosted by his observations during the recent 2017 IDPE US Tour, believes there are lessons to be learnt from US schools and the way they position the role of student bursaries in their communities and within their fundraising campaigns.
  • Gavin Maggs, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, The University of Bath: The importance of internal audiences - cultivating and stewarding internal stakeholders 
 Chair: Sean Davey, Head of Foundation & Business Development, Reigate Grammar School

4.15 4.35

 Session 8: Speech from a beneficiary, Isobel Tilley

4.35 4.45


 Closing remarks and depart
 Shaun Fenton, Headmaster, Reigate Grammar School and Chair-Elect of HMC