Trustees

 
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.

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

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.

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
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

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.