Dr Priscilla Chadwick

Having been Head of RE 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 HMC. She is a governor of a number of independent schools and Chair of Governors for Wren Academy in north London. She chaired the national Dioceses Commission for the Archbishop of Canterbury, presented Thought for the Day for BBC Radio4, 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.

Sir John Ritblat FRICS, Hon FRIBA, Hon D.LItt, CCMIc

Sir John Ritblat is Chairman of the Board of Governors and an Hon Fellow of London Business School. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Wallace Collection, and an Hon Fellow and Hon Trustee of the Royal Academy of Music. He is the Chairman of Delancey’s Real Estate Advisory Board. He is the Honorary President of The British Land Company PLC having been Chairman and Managing Director from 1971 – 2006. He is Vice Chairman of International Students’ House; a Commissioner Emeritus of the Crown Estate Paving Commission; Vice President of Weizmann UK (formerly Member of the Board of Governors of The Weizmann Institute of Science); Vice President Seafarers UK (King George’s Fund for Sailors) and an Hon. Fellow and Vice President of the Council of The Royal Institution.

Colin Wagman

For over 20 years Mr Wagman has been extensively involved in the UK property industry and was Chairman of Delancey until 1998.

As Deputy Chairman of Delancey he is responsible for their treasury and finance functions as well as corporate and taxation policy.  Mr Wagman holds a number of non-executive directorships as well as trustees of charities.

He was also closely associated with the property industry through his 28 years in practice as a Chartered Accountant and was a Senior Partner in the firm Casson Beckman until he retired from practice in 1991.

Mr Wagman is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales having been admitted as an Associate in 1970.

Dr Martin Stephen

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 High Master of Manchester Grammar between 1994-2004 and then High Master of St Paul’s School between 2004 -2011.

Martin Stephen has a rich history of charitable fundraising, raising £10 million for bursaries at Manchester Grammar and £30 million for redevelopment at St Paul’s School.

Stephen 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’.

Stephen is currently Chairman of the Clarendon Academies Group. 

Graham Able
Chief Executive Officer Graham spent 40 years teaching in independent schools, the last 21 as a Headmaster in London. He retired from the Mastership of Dulwich College in August 2009 and joined Alpha Plus Group as CEO in November 2009. He is a former Chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and was President of the International Boys' Schools' Coalition for 3 years. A keen sportsman, he is a member of MCC and a trustee of the Cricket Foundation.
Howard Goldsobel

I am a partner in a West End firm of solicitors specialising in company and commercial work. I am married with two adult (married) daughters and four grandchildren. I have had a lifelong interest in educational affairs and was a Lay Inspector of Schools from 1993 to 2001. I am a keen reader, a tennis player and a fairly accomplished skier (although I struggle these days to keep pace with my grandchildren!). I hold an MBA and am a foundation governor and chair of finance at a VA faith school..