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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.

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 City 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 was for 12 years until 2020, a foundation Governor and Chair of Finance at a VA faith school and is today an appointed Governor at Marylebone Boys School.

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.

Michael Cohen

Finance Director at Creditincome and Director at Wallace Investments Holdings, the Ritblat Family Office vehicle. Previously Finance Director at Delancey, Mr Cohen’s responsibilities included finance and corporate finance activities for the company, platform businesses, and clients, as well as investor reporting. Michael is Trustee of The Gold Standard Charitable Trust, and of the British Ski & Snowboard National Foundation.

Prior to joining Delancey in 2009, Mr Cohen joined GET Group plc as Group Finance Director in 1998, where his role culminated in managing the sale of the company to Schneider Electric. Mr Cohen was also previously employed by Koch Metals Trading Limited in 1997 as Finance Director and FIMAT International Banque (now part of NewEdge) United Kingdom Branch as Finance Director in 1991. Mr Cohen began his career in 1986 at Arthur Andersen where he qualified in 1989.

Mr Cohen graduated from the London School of Economics with an honours degree in economics, accounting and finance. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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