BSA management committee
Martin Reader, Headmaster, Cranleigh School
Martin Reader has been Headmaster of Cranleigh School since September 2014. Martin began his teaching career at St Edward’s Oxford, before moving to Oundle School and then to Reigate Grammar School where he was Senior Deputy Head. Prior to moving to Cranleigh, he was Headmaster of Wellington School, Somerset for eight years.
He was educated at University College, Oxford, where he was an Exhibitioner in English and English Literature. He continued at Oxford reading for an MPhil in English Studies (1100-1500). Whilst at Oxford, he played for the university at rugby and was on the bench at the Varsity Match. He also has an MBA in School Leadership International from Hull University.
Martin is married to Amanda and they have two children who are both educated at Cranleigh. He is a team inspector and a boarding team inspector for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, currently serves on the Professional Development Committee of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference and is a trustee of Hawk and Owl Trust, a national charity for the preservation of raptors and their habitats. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Vice Chair (Chair Elect) and Vice Chair (State Boarding)
Nick Wergan, Headteacher, Steyning Grammar School, Steyning
Nick Wergan has been Headteacher at Steyning Grammar School, West Sussex since September 2013, and is passionate about having the highest expectations for every student.
Prior to joining Steyning Grammar, Nick was Deputy Headteacher at Blatchington Mill School in Hove, and Head of English at Sackville School in East Grinstead.
Nick retrained as an English teacher in 2004, following a successful career in Investment Banking, specialising in Emerging European Equities, at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and HSBC Investment Bank. Nick is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, National Teaching Awards Winner in 2007 for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year, and co-owner of an award winning West Sussex vineyard.
Vice Chair (Past Chair)
Leo Winkley, Headmaster, St Peter's School, York
Leo Winkley is Headmaster of Shewsbury School. He was previously Head of St Peter’s School in York (2010 – 2018). Was Chairman of BSa from September 2010-December 2017; now Vice Chair (Past Chair)
He was educated at Cranleigh School and Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall) where he gained an MA in Theology. He completed an Open University Masters in Education in 2007 and is currently studying for an MBA.
Leo was previously Head of Religious Studies and Assistant Housemaster at Ardingly College (1994 – 1999) and Head of Religious Studies at Cheltenham Ladies’ College (1999- 2004), before holding senior roles (Deputy Head, Acting Head and Managing Head) at Bedales School (2004 – 2010).
Leo is married and has three children. He enjoys walking, running and watercolours. He has an irrational love of anteaters.
Andrew Ashton, Bursar, Radley College, Abingdon
Educated at Newcastle Royal Grammar School, Andrew then studied chemistry at University College Oxford. He went on to join Barclays Bank, where he qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and worked for fifteen years in a number of positions, including in corporate management, change management, and, latterly, in operational strategy in Barclays Africa.
Andrew moved on from Barclays and spent three and a half years as a management consultant within the financial services sector.
Formerly living in Wimbledon, Andrew moved to Radley in August 2008 following his appointment as Bursar at Radley College and is responsible for the financial and operational aspects of the College and the management of the non-teaching staff. Andrew also serves on the governing bodies of Radley Church of England Primary School, St Hugh’s School and Shiplake College.
A keen follower of cricket, an occasionally active runner, and an enthusiastic real tennis player, Andrew is married to Jillian and has one son, Philip.
BSA Executive Committee (including BSA Management Committee)
Sarah Lockyer, Principal, CATS College Canterbury (ISA)
I read English at Manchester University and gained my PGCE from the University of London. My first teaching post and first experience of boarding was in a boys’ boarding school in Kenya. I gained my MA and PhD from the University of North Carolina before returning to teaching in the UK at the Judd School and then Sevenoaks. I served as Deputy Head and Acting Head at Malvern College before becoming Principal of King William’s College, Isle of Man. I moved to Gosfield School in Essex, where I was Principal for seven years, and joined the Independent Schools Association. I am currently Vice Chair of the ISA, having been Chair from 2015-16, and serve on the Executive and Education Committees. I am also an ISI team inspector. Since January, I have been Principal of CATS College Canterbury, where we have 450 international boarders representing over sixty nationalities.
Guy Ralphs, Bursar, Malvern College (ISBA)
Educated at Repton and Kingston Business School, Guy worked for Shell UK and Shell International in the UK and overseas between 1976 and 1998. After 22 years with Shell, Guy was appointed Bursar and Company Secretary to Merchant Taylors' School Northwood in 1998 and joined Malvern as Bursar and Clerk to the Malvern College Council in January 2012.
Christine Cunniffe, Principal, LVS Ascot (SoH)
Christine Cunniffe, was educated in the state sector and completed a BA Hons in Music and History followed by a MMus degree at Reading University. After a career as a professional pianist for six years, Christine completed a PGCE in 1994 and an MBA in 2013 and has been Head of Music in three schools – one comprehensive, one state grammar and LVS Ascot since 2003. During this time she has enjoyed posts as Assistant Head Academic, Assistant Head Pastoral, Headmistress of Senior school, Principal since September 2015 and now also a member of the Executive for the Licensed Trade Charity.
Christine sits on the committees for the Society of Heads, the executive committee for the BSA and is an ISI Boarding and Quality of Education inspector. As a mother of three children, Christine understands that all children are different and that space and time to reflect and nurture skills, at the right pace for the individual, is essential.
James Hanson, Headmaster, Aldro School (IAPS)
James studied Maths at Oxford University, before winning a Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship to stay and complete a research Masters degree in Zoology. There he developed his passions for rowing, motor-sport and board-games. More recently he finished an MPhil in computer-aided assessment for tertiary maths education at Brunel University.
He began his teaching career at Warwick School (his alma mater), before spending 10 years teaching at Harrow where he was Head of Department and lived in the boarding house. From there, he became the founding Head of the Royal Boys’ Senior school in Surrey for the three years before joining Aldro as Headmaster in 2015, and has an office filled with Lego creations.
Aldro is a wonderful family-friendly school in Surrey; James is very fortunate to be married to Jenny and they have two daughters who love the school too.
James has been a governor to two fabulous state junior schools, and loved volunteering at the Olympics and World Athletics championships. He is also a Fellow of the Institute for Maths and its Applications, and formerly led the UK junior Maths team in an International Maths Olympiad in 2011.
Rhiannon Wilkinson, Headmistress, Wycombe Abbey (GSA)
Rhiannon Wilkinson has been Headmistress of Wycombe Abbey since September 2013 and has a very broad and detailed knowledge of many aspects of the educational world. She was educated at a girls’ grammar school in Lancashire and won a scholarship to Oxford to read History and since then she has had a wide range of experience in many different types of schools from the state sector to the independent, and international schools in Hong Kong and Brunei. She has worked in boarding and day, co-educational and single-sex schools and her most recent leadership positions include Director of Studies and Senior Mistress at Haileybury and Headmistress of Harrogate Ladies’ College.
Rhiannon has many other interests including singing, the theatre and antiques and she has an impressive collection of Staffordshire historical portrait figures.
She is married to Donald Wilkinson, former Headmaster of Bearwood College. They have three children, and too many pets!
Katie Lancaster, Partner, Farrer & Co (ABIS)
Mark Lauder, Headmaster, Strathallan School
Mr Lauder was born in Scotland, and educated at Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh. He studied at the University of Aberdeen, before moving to St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he became Junior Dean of College.
Mr Lauder brings with him excellent experience in a boarding environment. He began his teaching career at Shiplake College in Henley-on-Thames, where he was Head of the History Department. He then headed back to Oxford in 1999, to become Head of History at St Edward’s School, as well as a Housemaster. While there, he continued with his rugby refereeing, coaching U16s rugby and U15s rowing, and ran the naval section of the CCF.
In 2007, Mark Lauder was appointed Deputy Headmaster and Head of Boarding at Felsted School in Essex, where he maintained his coaching and teaching roles. It was from there, in 2010, that he headed north, to take on the role of Headmaster at Ashville College in Harrogate, an HMC co-educational day and boarding school with 870 pupils.
Mr Lauder is married to music teacher Caroline, and has two teenage sons. In his spare time, he enjoys wild camping in the Scottish islands and walking in the hills.
Dr Michael Carslaw, Headmaster, St Leonard's, Fife (SCIS)
Dr Michael Carslaw is the Headmaster at St Leonards School in St Andrews. He moved to Scotland with his wife Nicola and their three daughters Emilia, Anna and Olivia in 2008, from Ardingly College in Sussex, where he was Deputy Headmaster.
He was born in Glasgow, educated in Edinburgh and after gaining a BSc in Zoology from Newcastle University and an MBA from Nottingham University, Dr Carslaw secured a PhD from London University which won him the Belmas award for the most significant contribution to the understanding of leadership in schools.
Prior to working at Ardingly, he was Head of Science at City of London Freemen’s School.
As well as being Headmaster at St Leonards for 10 years, he is a member of HMC (Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference), the governing board of SCIS (Scottish Council for Independent Schools) and, as part of this role, the Executive Committee of the BSA (Boarding Schools Association).
Julie Robinson, General Secretary, ISC
Russell Collier, Principal Education Officer, MOD
Russell joined the Ministry of Defence’s Directorate for Children & Young People (DCYP) in February 2016 as the Principal Education Officer. His role encompasses many aspects of the educational support that the Directorate provides Service children and their families, with responsibilities including the development of stakeholder engagement and educational transition strategies. He is also responsible for the quality assurance of educational opportunities in ‘isolated detachments’, as well as scoping new educational provision overseas.
Prior to this appointment he was the Head of a 3 to 18, independent school and has also held the posts of Deputy Head, Director of Sixth Form and Head of Department in a variety of schools in Birmingham.
Colin Morrison, OBE, Chair, Boarding School Partnerships
Colin was the longest-serving Chair of the Royal National Children's Foundation (2001-2016), a boarding school charity of which he had been a beneficiary. In 2017, he launched Boarding School Partnerships with the Department for Education, the BSA, and educational charities. He is a former journalist who has variously been chief executive and chair of several international media companies in Europe and the AsiaPacific. He was awarded the OBE in 2018.
Tony Little, Chief Academic Officer, GEMS, BSA, Honourary President 2015-16