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 is currently a governor of Gresham’s School and 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. Norwich City Football Club.
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 major boarding association, pioneering a professional development programme for boarding staff and engaging with the British government on a range of boarding issues including drafting the first set of National Boarding Standards. He was appointed OBE in 2007 for services to education. For 15 years he was a Lead Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and the Education Development Trust. He now lives on the North Norfolk coast and is an educational consultant. He is a governor of Wymondham College, a governing member of the Sapientia Education Trust and Chairman of the English-Speaking Union’s USA-UK Secondary Schools’ Exchange.
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 in Dorset, as Head of Sherborne Girls, a full boarding school, and retired as Head in July 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. Married with two sons, she enjoys sailing, keeping fit and spending time at her house on the Norfolk coast.
Robin Fletcher, Chief Executive of the BSA since 2014, is passionate about good quality modern boarding. A boarder at Rugby School, Robin was a journalist for 20 years editing five regional newspapers, including the national Sunday newspaper for Wales. Between 2001 and 2014 he worked in senior roles, including communications director for Trinity Mirror’s regional newspapers. Robin holds an MBA from the University of South Wales and an MPhil from Cardiff University. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and honorary fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University. During his time as Chief Executive, the BSA has celebrated its golden jubilee, delivered a major ‘I love boarding’ marketing campaign, extended training for boarding staff and published the first ever public commitment to pupil safeguarding and mandatory reporting to UK boarding schools.
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