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Trustees


Sir John Ritblat

Sir John Ritblat is the Honorary President of The British Land Company PLC, Chairman of Delancey’s Real Estate Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Alpha Plus Group.

He stood down as Chairman of the Board of Governors of London Business School in April 2014 after 23 years on the Board and 10 years as Chairman. He remains as a member of their Estates Committee and is an Hon Fellow. He was previously Chairman of the Wallace Collection and a Trustee for 10 years and remains Chairman of The Foundation. He is an Hon Fellow and was Deputy Chairman of the Royal Academy of Music.

Sir John was re-appointed to the Board of the British Library in 2015, having been on the Board previously between 1995 and 2003 during the period of its move from The British Museum to its new home in Euston Road. He is the sponsor of “The Sir John Ritblat Gallery, Treasures of The British Library”.

He is the President of the British Ski & Snowboard National Foundation. In his different guises he has been the principal sponsor of The British National Alpine Ski Championships for the last 41 years and is the longest serving supporter of a British sport. He also helped to establish the governing body for all British snow sport athletes which is now known as GB Snow Sport. He is Vice President of the Real Tennis & Racquets Association.

Dr Priscilla Chadwick

Having been Head of Religious Education and Principal in both state comprehensive and independent schools, as well as Dean of Educational Development at South Bank University, Dr Chadwick was the first woman elected as Chairman of The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC).

She is a governor of a number of independent schools and academies. She chaired the National Dioceses Commission for the Archbishop of Canterbury, presented ‘Thought for the Day’ for BBC Radio 4, led a major review of Church schools for the Church of England and published two well-reviewed books on education. Her interests include music, the arts and world travel.

Colin Wagman

For over 30 years, Colin Wagman has been extensively involved in the UK property industry. As former Deputy Chairman of Delancey and its CFO he was responsible for their treasury and finance functions as well as their corporate and taxation policies. Colin holds several non-executive directorships and is Chairman of The City of London Group Plc, as well as being a trustee of several charities and was a founding trustee of The Silver Line Helpline.

He was also closely associated with the property and finance industries throughout his 28 years in public practice as a Chartered Accountant and was a Senior Partner in the firm Casson Beckman in London until he retired from practice in 1991. Colin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having been admitted as an Associate in 1970.

Dr Martin Stephen

Dr Martin Stephen was educated at Uppingham School in Rutland followed by the University of Leeds and then the University of Sheffield where he obtained a PHD. He was Headmaster of The Perse School, Cambridge (1987-1994), High Master of Manchester Grammar (1994-2004) and then High Master of St Paul’s School (2004 -2011). He was Chairman of The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference in 2004.

Martin has a long history of charitable fundraising, raising £10 million for bursaries at Manchester Grammar and £30 million for redevelopment at St Paul’s School. Martin is a prolific author of several academic titles on English Literature and five Henry Gresham crime novels set in London and Cambridge. Following a stroke in 2005 he wrote about his experiences in a work titled ‘Diary of a Stroke’. Martin is a founding governor of The London Academy of Excellence.'

Graham Able

Graham Able is currently Deputy Chairman for the Alpha Plus Group having stepped down from his role of CEO from October 2009 – June 2014. Graham took over as CEO of the Alpha Plus Group two months after he retired as Master of Dulwich College in 2009 and after 40 years in independent schools, the last 21 of which was spent in Headships.

Prior to his nearly 13 year tenure at Dulwich College, Graham was Head of Hampton School. He has been closely involved in the independent sector in London for over twenty-five years.

Graham is a former chairman of HMC which represents the Heads of over 250 of the leading independent schools in the United Kingdom. He also chaired the HMC/Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) joint academic policy committee and was President of the International Boys School Coalition for three years until July 2009 (the first non-American to hold this post).

During his Mastership at Dulwich, Graham was responsible for the development of the Dulwich schools in China and remains Senior Vice-President of Dulwich College Management International. Most recently he has co-founded the lobbying group, Exporting Education (UK), which he currently chairs.

Howard Goldsobel

Howard Goldsobel is a partner in a West End firm of solicitors specialising in company and commercial work. Howard has a lifelong interest in educational affairs and was a Lay Inspector of Schools from 1993 to 2001.

A keen reader, a tennis player and skier, Howard holds an MBA and is a foundation Governor and Chair of Finance at a VA faith school.

Julietta Gishen

Following a brand management career at the BBC, Julietta took over the administration of the Charity in 2012. After becoming a mother to four children and entering three in private schools across London, she was appointed as a Trustee. Over the last six years, she has built solid relationships with the Heads and has helped to facilitate the allocation of bursaries and hardship funding to students across the GSCT schools.


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