Governors

The key responsibility of the Governors is to ensure that the Alpha Plus Group has a clear sense of direction and purpose. They are responsible for creating an ethos of high expectation and are expected to monitor, evaluate, support and challenge but not to manage nor interfere with the day-to-day operation of each school and college. Good Governance is ultimately concerned with providing insight, wisdom and good judgement. All Alpha Plus schools and colleges are expected to support the Group’s strategic priorities and to discuss their own development plans with the Governors.

The Governors of all of the Alpha Plus Group’s schools and colleges are the following Directors of Alpha Plus Holdings plc:

Sir John Ritblat

Chairman

FRICS, Hon FRIBA, Hon D.LItt, Hon D.Sc (Economics) CCMIc

Sir John Ritblat 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 is a philanthropist with a keen interest in education, young people and The Arts. He has many educational interests and his varied experience as a School Governor…

Graham Able

Executive Deputy Chairman

Graham was Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Plus from 2009-2014. Prior to that, he spent 40 years teaching in independent schools, the last 21 as a Headmaster in London. He retired from the Mastership of Dulwich College in August 2009. He is a former Chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference and was President of…

Mark Hanley-Browne

CEO

Mark graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences from Oxford University before going to Cambridge University to study for his PGCE. He is an educationalist, having taught at Sevenoaks School in Kent, Charterhouse School in Surrey and Highgate School in North London before becoming Head of Emanuel School in South London. He held this post…

Mark Sample

Director of Finance

Mark is a graduate of Imperial College London where he studied Mining Geology. He then qualified as a Chartered Accountant at BDO Stoy Hayward in 1989. He subsequently accumulated 22 years of experience in the Chartered Surveying industry and was Group Finance Director at Colliers International UK plc from 2008 to 2012. He lives in…

Paul Brereton

Director of HR

Paul joined Alpha Plus Group from his previous role as Head of HR and Safeguarding at Ark Schools Group. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Kingston University and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Paul has over twenty years human resources, change management…

Liz Francis

Director of Education

Liz started her career in education as a teacher. She has also worked for a number of government agencies, including the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Training and Development Agency for schools, where she was Deputy Director for Strategy, Standards and Qualifications. She has also been a senior education adviser for Suffolk County Council…

Tim Haynes

Director of Senior Schools

Tim Haynes was the Headmaster of Tonbridge School from 2005 to 2018. During his time there he oversaw £40m of development, including a new Library, Science facilities and Sports facilities. He helped to raise the academic standing (often 30-40 Oxbridge places each year and 90%+ A*, A and B grades at A level) and made…

Richard Jones

Director of Property

Richard, a Chartered Surveyor, has over 25 years’ experience in the field of specialist asset, development and estate management.  Having worked for a private practice he then joined the Board of a number of private property companies and also spent time with a firm of chartered accountants running a banking workout unit.   He joined Alpha…

Rossella Proscia

Director of Marketing & International Sales

Rossella joined the Alpha Plus Group in July 2016, assuming responsibility for the strategic marketing direction and development of schools and colleges, nationally and internationally. Rossella has 14 years’ experience as a Marketing Director in the global education sector, her latest role with McGraw-Hill Education. Here she created the EMEA marketing hub, led customer insight…

Jane Ritchie

Jane’s career in Early Years Education began over 35 years teaching in some of the London’s top Independent Schools. For many years she owned and ran The Minors Nursery School developing and expanding this into a successful business before selling to Alpha Plus in 2006. She has remained with Alpha Plus as their Director of…

Russell Seaman

Russell joined the Alpha Plus Group as Director of IT in December 2016 to lead the strategic alignment of technology, ensuring that the IT department fully supports the vision of the schools and colleges. Russell brings a wealth of experience of managing IT operations, projects and strategy from his previous role as contract manager for…

Jenny Stephen

Director of Schools

Jenny has held Headships in independent schools for 22 years and has also managed a start-up school and a college. She was board member of the Halle Orchestra at a crucial time in its development, a JP working with Youth, and has served as a Governor for numerous schools including Chetham’s School of Music for…