(14) AGBIS, HMC, ISBA Conference for Governors, Heads and Bursars (BMA House, London, 27 November 2018)



As the UK’s independent schools face the twin-challenges of affordability and sustainability; AGBIS, HMC and ISBA address the key questions around school governance and leadership:

  • What is the future of governance and leadership in the not-for-profit sector?
  • How do we achieve inspirational leadership in education now and in the future?
  • The strategic view – is your business model right?
  • What is the future of education, and the role of independent schools?

This conference is for Governors, Heads and Bursars.

Delegate fee: £285 per person for full day conference place including lunch and refreshments -  (if two or more places are booked by the same school, there is a saving of £70 and the price per person reduces to £250 per person).


0900 - 0950                 Registration and coffee

1000 - 1005                 Introduction and Welcome                          

1005 - 1055                 Plenary Session 1

‘Why education policy and practice should be evidence based - and what school leaders can learn from this’
Rt Hon. David Laws, Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute

1105 - 1145                Breakout session 1 (see below)

1145 - 1215                Coffee

1215 - 1300                Plenary session 2  

Achieving inspirational leadership in education now and in the future – a panel discussion led by:
Ann Mroz, Digital Publishing Director, Times Educational Supplement

Fiona Boulton, Headmistress, Guildford High School and Chair Elect, HMC
Richard Harman, General Secretary, AGBIS
Mark Taylor, Bursar, King's School, Canterbury and former Chair of ISBA

1300 – 1400                Lunch

1400 – 1405                Introduction to afternoon session            

1405 – 1440                Plenary session 3

The strategic view - is your business model right?
David Woodgate, Chief Executive, Independent Schools’ Bursars Association
Rhiannon Cutler, Director, Baines Cutler Solutions Ltd

1450 – 1530                Breakout session 2 (see below)

1530 – 1550                Tea

1550 – 1630                Plenary session 4

The future of education - and the role of independent schools
Geoff Barton, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders
Barnaby Lenon, Chairman, Independent Schools Council

1630                            Closing remarks

1630 – 1730                Drinks – kindly sponsored by Darwin Group 

Breakout Session 1: 1105 - 1145

Meeting modern parental expectations
Clare Thomas, Training Consultant

Succession planning – the importance of timely changes to key governance and leadership positions
Claire Oulton, Head of Leadership Appointments UK, RSAcademics

The international angle – establishing overseas franchises – what might schools consider?
Andy Homden, CEO, Consilium Education

 Keeping safe – an update on recent legal changes that could catch schools out

Ben Collingwood, Partner, Barlow Robbins Solicitors

The importance of diversity in the governance and management of independent schools
Claire Harvey, Chief Executive of Diversity Role Models and GB Paralympian

Breakout Session 2: 1450 - 1530

Political and public influencing - how to work together to build a more positive reputation for our schools and avoid financial penalties
Sue Bishop, Director of External Relations, HMC

The ever-changing face of technology – the importance of keeping pace with the latest technologies, or not
Ian Phillips, Assistant Head and Director of ICT, The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School

Mergers, acquisitions and change of organisational status – the potential benefits and pitfalls
Barney Northover, Partner, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP

Facing future financial challenges post Brexit
Tina Allison, Partner and Head of Education, Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP

The Chief Inspector’s view of the sector – eighteen months on!
Kate Richards, Chief Inspector, Independent Schools Inspectorate