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Governors

The key responsibility of the Governors is to ensure that the Alpha Plus Group has a clear sense of direction and purpose. They are responsible for creating an ethos of high expectation and are expected to monitor, evaluate, support and challenge but not to manage nor interfere with the day-to-day operation of each school and college. Good Governance is ultimately concerned with providing insight, wisdom and good judgement. All Alpha Plus schools and colleges are expected to support the Group’s strategic priorities and to discuss their own development plans with the Governors.

The Governors of all of the Alpha Plus Group’s schools and colleges are the following Directors of Alpha Plus Holdings plc:

Sir John Ritblat

FRICS, Hon FRIBA, Hon D.LItt, Hon D.Sc (Economics) CCMIc

Chairman

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 is a philanthropist with a keen interest in education, young people and The Arts. He has many educational interests and his varied experience as a School Governor…

Graham Able

Executive Deputy Chairman

Graham was Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Plus from 2009-2014. Prior to that, he 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. He is a former Chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference and was President of…

Mark Sample

Director of Finance

Mark is a graduate of Imperial College London where he studied Mining Geology. He then qualified as a Chartered Accountant at BDO Stoy Hayward in 1989. He subsequently accumulated 22 years of experience in the Chartered Surveying industry and was Group Finance Director at Colliers International UK plc from 2008 to 2012. He lives in…

Richard Jones

Director of Property

Richard, a Chartered Surveyor, has over 25 years’ experience in the field of specialist asset, development and estate management.  Having worked for a private practice he then joined the Board of a number of private property companies and also spent time with a firm of chartered accountants running a banking workout unit.   He joined Alpha…

Liz Francis

Director of Education

Liz started her career in education as a teacher. She has also worked for a number of government agencies, including the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Training and Development Agency for schools, where she was Deputy Director for Strategy, Standards and Qualifications. She has also been a senior education adviser for Suffolk County Council…

Anthony Kay

Head of Strategy & Business Development / Director of College Operations

Anthony graduated from the University of Oxford with a Masters in Engineering. Prior to joining Alpha Plus in 2014 as Head of Strategy, Anthony was a Manager in the Media & Services practice at OC&C Strategy Consultants where he was responsible for running corporate strategy projects and commercial diligence projects across a wide range of…

Jenny Stephen

Director of Schools

Jenny has held Headships in independent schools for 22 years and has also managed a start-up school and a college. She was board member of the Halle Orchestra at a crucial time in its development, a JP working with Youth, and has served as a Governor for numerous schools including Chetham’s School of Music for…

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