Hugh Dickinson

Hugh is the Founder and CEO of Concept Education. Prior to this he spent five and a half years at BlueBay Asset Management as Fund Legal and Product Development Manager. From 2010-2012, he trained as a solicitor at London city law firm Ashurst. Prior to that, he spent six years as an officer in the Irish Guards (including one year at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst) deploying on operations to Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Hugh was educated at Stonyhurst College and has a degree in Classics from Bristol University as well as a LLB from the College of Law. He is a governor of Downside School and is married with three young children.

Martin Stephen

Martin is the former High Master of St Paul’s School in London. Prior to that, he was High Master of The Manchester Grammar School and Headmaster of The Perse School, Cambridge. He was Chairman of HMC (The Headmasters’ and Headmistress’s Conference) in 2004. He was described as ‘the most influential Head in the independent sector’ by the Times Educational Supplement and the Daily Telegraph. After St Paul’s, Martin was the Director of Education for GEMS (UK) and Chairman of the Clarendon Academies Group, and Founder and President of The National Mathematics and Science College. Martin was educated at Uppingham School and has a PhD from the University of Sheffield. He is a Founding Governor of The London Academy of Excellence, as well as being the author of several historical novels and books on education.

Stephen Fern

Stephen Fern is a qualified ACA who trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers and has over 18 years’ experience in finance, operations and risk management. Stephen has worked in the UK, Australia and more recently the US. He has worked in a turnaround capacity for SME businesses as well as supporting a number of businesses through a growth phase ensuring the infrastructure is sufficient to drive safe growth, with an ever-watchful eye on cash flow. Stephen was Finance Director of Country Court Care from 2014 to 2016 and subsequently a Partner and Finance Director of Nelson Solicitors until May 2019. Stephen is currently the Finance Director of 200 Degrees Coffee based in Nottingham and 9 months ago opened Venture Learning an Alternative Provision set up to support Key Stage 3 and 4 students.

James Hall

James is the founder of Hall Lahaise which is one of London’s leading retail property consultancies. Prior to the formation of Hall Lahaise, James was a director of niche retail practice Johnstone Hall and Executive VP at New York based Thor Retail Advisors. James was educated at Stonyhurst and holds a BSc (hons) in Property Valuation and Finance from City University Business School (now CASS). He is married with two children.

Aly Kachra

Aly is the Managing Director of Country Court Care which owns and manages more than 30 care homes across the UK having expanded from 5 homes since 2005. He was educated at Oundle School and studied his LLB at BPP law school before joining the business in 2005. During his time within the Company, Aly has been passionate in his vision; to improve quality of care and hospitality within the sector and is proud for Country Court Care to now be considered as market leaders in the luxury care market. Aly is the Chairman of Oundle Rugby Club where he also captained the first team for several years.

Will Orr-Ewing

Will is the founder and a director of Keystone Tutors. Will attended Harrow School and Oxford University. After Oxford he taught history at Fulham Prep School. He set up Keystone Tutors in 2007, and has established it as one of the UK’s leading tutoring organisations with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore. As well as being a governor of Westside Free School, Will is an active participant in UK education debates, appearing on Newsnight, The Today Programme and at the Wellington Festival of Education. He is a board member for The Tutors’ Association and the Harrow Association.

Harry Dickinson

Harry is the Managing Partner of Harrington Cooper, a U.K. based asset management business with operations in Europe and Asia. Prior to his career in asset management, Harry was an officer in the Irish Guards, retiring as a captain in 2006. He was educated at Stonyhurst College. As a father of three children, aged eight to sixteen, Harry takes a keen interest in educational matters.

Jessica Ogilvy-Stuart

Jessica Ogilvy-Stuart is the founder of the Brandon Learning Centre. She holds a PhD from University of Durham where she researched the effects of ethos and curriculum on intercultural integration in UK boarding schools. Previously Head of Training, Asia Pacific for Bloomberg LP, Jessica has worked with schools and students in both the UK and Asia, and advises schools on their Asia strategies. She heads the Verdant Foundation, a charity which provides opportunities for academic students from lower socio-economic groups. Jessica is a Governor of Downside School. Since 2000, she has been an Executive Board of Helping Hand, a charity for the elderly. She has served on Hong Kong Government committees. After postgraduate and postdoctoral studies at Oxford University, Jessica was awarded an Honorary Norham Fellowship in 2017.

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