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Sir John Ritblat

Sir John Ritblat Hon DSc, 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 on the Estates Committee, as a Member of Distinguished Friends 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 Hon Trustee, and was Deputy Chairman of the Royal Academy of Music.

Sir John is Hon President and Member of The British Library Fundraising Advisory Group and President of the British Library’s Living Education fundraising campaign. He previously served as a Board Member from 1995-2003, and then served again from 2015-2019 during the period of its move from The British Museum to its new home in Euston Road. He endowed “The Sir John Ritblat Gallery, Treasures of The British Library”.

He is the President of 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 42 years and is the longest serving Sponsor in British Sport. He also helped to establish the governing body for all British snow sport athletes which is now known as GB Snow Sport Federation.  

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 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.

Graham Able

Graham Able is currently Deputy Chairman for the Alpha Plus Group having stepped down from his role of CEO from October 2009 – June 2014. Graham took over as CEO of the Alpha Plus Group two months after he retired as Master of Dulwich College in 2009 and after 40 years in independent schools, the last 21 of which was spent in Headships.

Prior to his nearly 13 year tenure at Dulwich College, Graham was Head of Hampton School. He has been closely involved in the independent sector in London for over twenty-five years.

Graham is a former chairman of HMC which represents the Heads of over 250 of the leading independent schools in the United Kingdom. He also chaired the HMC/Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) joint academic policy committee and was President of the International Boys School Coalition for three years until July 2009 (the first non-American to hold this post).

During his Mastership at Dulwich, Graham was responsible for the development of the Dulwich schools in China and remains Senior Vice-President of Dulwich College Management International. Most recently he has co-founded the lobbying group, Exporting Education (UK), which he currently chairs.

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.

Julietta Gishen

Following a brand management career at the BBC, Julietta took over the administration of the Charity in 2012. After becoming a mother to four children and entering three in private schools across London, she was appointed as a Trustee. Over the last six years, she has built solid relationships with the Heads and has helped to facilitate the allocation of bursaries and hardship funding to students across the GSCT schools.

Jane Ritchie

Having been involved with the Alpha Plus Group for many years Jane Ritchie has a deep knowledge of both its history and its schools. She was the company’s Director of Early Years and until recently, owned the Minors Nursery School and taught at Wetherby throughout the 80s.

Jane now works in an advisory role for nursery groups, schools and companies. She has been involved with the conception and start-up of nursery projects both in the UK and abroad and also offers information, advice and support to parents negotiating the complexities of the London Independent sector.

She travels widely and her interests include textile design, gardening and music.

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