23rd May 2014


The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) has appointed Robin Fletcher as the Association’s new National Director, taking over from Hilary Moriarty who has been in the post since 2006. 

Robin Fletcher, who was a boarder at Rugby School, will start at the BSA on 20 August 2014. He is currently the communications director of Aster Group, one of the UK’s leading affordable housing providers. A past editor of five regional newspapers, Robin has also been a communications director for Trinity Mirror plc.

The Boarding Schools’ Association represents member boarding schools in the UK, in both the state and independent sectors. There are 470 schools in BSA, educating and caring for 73,500 boarders in both primary and secondary schools, approximately 5000 of them at state boarding schools.

BSA chairman, Ray McGovern, head master of St George’s School in Harpenden, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Robin as our new national director and to wish him every success in promoting boarding to our many different audiences. We would also like to thank Hilary for her tremendous achievements and commitment during her time at the helm. Hilary leaves the association in a stronger and more influential position, and we all wish her well for the future.’

Hilary Moriarty said: ‘I have very much enjoyed my eight years in post at the BSA. We have grown and developed our services to schools, now offering the only full package of boarding-specific training for staff working in boarding, from a Diploma for senor leaders, to a two-year university-accredited certificate course in boarding education, and covering a wide range of “hot topics” as they arise in our extensive calendar of day seminars. We believe that boarding is no longer a job for the well-meaning amateur, and BSA helps to ensure the professionalism of staff in this most important of jobs. British boarding schools are some of the best in the world, and I will miss them. all.’

Robin Fletcher said: ‘Boarding education in the UK is respected and admired around the world. I’m really excited about the challenge of leading and developing the BSA and ensuring boarding continues to have a strong and clear voice.’


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