Graham Able has spent 40 years in independent schools, the last 22 as Headmaster of Hampton School and then Master of Dulwich College. After retiring from Dulwich he was appointed Chief Executive of the Alpha Plus Group, stepping down from this role in 2014 since when he has been Group Deputy Chairman. Having previously served on the governing bodies of Roedean and Imperial College, he was a governor of Gresham’s School from 2013 to 2020 and is a governor of Beeston Hall, where he was once a pupil and is now Vice-Chairman. A former chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), he has advised governing boards on their structure and effectiveness.
Adrian Underwood’s career has been in boarding education for over 45 years since 1971 when he was appointed a housemaster and head of department. From 1975 to 1997 he was headmaster of a boarding and day school. In 1998 Adrian became National Director of the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA). He watched over the Association’s development into the world’s foremost boarding association, pioneering a professional development programme for boarding staff. He was appointed OBE in 2007 for services to education. For 15 years he was a lead inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and the Education Development Trust. He now lives on the North Norfolk coast and is a governor of Wymondham College and a trustee of the Sapientia Education Trust.
Jenny Dwyer has worked in boarding schools for the last 30 years. She began her career at Benenden teaching mathematics and running a boarding house. She moved to Queen Anne’s in Caversham as Pastoral Deputy and then became Headmistress of Prior’s Field School, a day and boarding school, in Godalming, Surrey. She spent the last 12 years of her career in Dorset, as Head of Sherborne Girls, a full boarding school, and retired as Head in 2018. Jenny has been on the governing body of a number of independent prep and senior schools as well as a local MAT and has been a team inspector for ISI for a number of years. She is Head of Schools Practice at Saxton Bampfylde. Married with two sons, she enjoys sailing, keeping fit and spending time at her house on the Norfolk coast.
Robin Fletcher is CEO of the BSA Group, which comprises BSA (Boarding Schools’ Association), SACPA (Safeguarding and Child Protection Association), BAISIS (British Association of Independent Schools with International Students) and BSAB Ltd (owner of schoolplaces.org). BSA Group champions excellence in boarding and safeguarding and delivers services for more than 1,000 organisations and individuals in 36 countries worldwide. A former boarder at Rugby School, where he is now a governor and alumni society president, Robin enjoyed a 30-year career as a journalist, newspaper editor and communications director before joining BSA in 2014. Robin holds MBA and MPhil degrees and is an honorary fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a non-executive, independent director of Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation. In his role at BSA, he also sits on the Department for Education’s Systems Partnership Oversight Board, driving partnership work between independent and state schools.
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