The Group benefits from a Council that advises on the educational direction of the Group, from a range of perspectives. The Council meets termly, reviews all educational and business aspects of the schools and colleges, and its advice is noted by the Board. The CEO and representatives from the other Executive Directors also attend Council meetings.

The CEO ensures that the Council is regularly updated on all appropriate school and college matters including standards, budget management, premises, health and safety, safeguarding, pupil welfare and wellbeing. Council members also receive a detailed annual report of pupil achievement and progress and this is discussed at their meetings.

The Members of the Council are:

Sir John Ritblat

Sir John Ritblat is Chair of the Governors of Alpha Plus Group. His extensive experience, influence and positions on various boards over many years make him an immensely valuable contributor to the Council.

Graham Able

Graham was Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Plus from 2009-2014 and is currently Deputy Chair, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the Council.

Dame Rosalind Savill, DBE, FBA, FSA

Dame Rosalind, Curator Emerita, the Wallace Collection, London, was educated at the University of Leeds (BA English and Fine Art 1972) and at the Study Centre. In 1973 she became a Museum Assistant in the Ceramics Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, moving to the Wallace Collection in 1974. There she worked for thirty-seven years, becoming an Assistant Director in 1979 and Director in 1992, retiring in 2011. She was awarded a DBE for services to the Arts in 2009.

Kay Goswell

Kay graduated with an LLM (Tax) from King’s College London. After qualifying as a solicitor, she specialised in tax and corporate law, becoming a tax partner at a City law practice before moving on to become Head of Tax at another. She has three children, two of whom recently graduated from one of the Group’s schools.

David Doran

David has degrees from London University and Oxford University. He taught in schools for 16 years and was then appointed to the Bedfordshire County Council Inspection and Advisory Service becoming Chief Inspector and then Director of Education Arts and Libraries. He has been a member of a range of UK and international government committees and working groups and was involved in the setting up of the National College for School Leadership. In 2004 David was awarded the Ordre des Palme Academiques by the French Government for services to education. Until March 2012 he was a trustee of the Bedford Charity and a governor of Bedford School. David joined Alpha Plus in 2006.

Julia Yorke

Julia has spent her career teaching in both the maintained and the independent sectors, culminating in her appointment as Head of the Junior School at The Hall School Hampstead (1977-1998). For 20 years she was a member of the Selection Committee for the Mercers’ Company Educational Trust and was a Governor of St. Paul’s Cathedral School. She specialised in music, and for many years sang with the Chorus of the London Symphony Orchestra. Julia was a governor of the Royal Academy of Music for 8 years and is currently an Hon Trustee. For over 25 years she was a governor, and sometimes Vice Chairman and Chairman, of St Mary Magdalene’s Church of England Primary School in Paddington.

Sue Freestone

Sue studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Bristol. After running music departments for twenty years, Sue became Head of Sibford School in Oxfordshire in January 1997. She was Chairman of SHMIS, (now the Society of Heads), in 2002 and moved to the Headship of King’s Ely in 2004. She has been a governor of all manner of school, maintained, independent, primary and secondary, in the UK and overseas.

Virginia Kairis

Virginia graduated with a BA Degree from Brown University, USA. She worked at JPMorgan Private Bank in their Events Department both in New York and London. She completed the International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Early Childhood Course in 2004. She has two children, both of whom have been pupils at the Group’s schools and she has been very involved with the Parents’ Association at each school.

Kirsty Anderson

After graduating from Exeter University Kirsty started her teaching career at The Hall Junior School and then taught at Trinity Grammar School, Sydney as part of an exchange programme. After a brief spell at St Paul’s Junior School (Colet Court) Kirsty returned to The Hall as Head of the Junior School in 2001. Before retiring in 2017, The Hall created an endowment Bursary Award in Kirsty’s name. Kirsty was a community Governor at New End Primary School, north London sitting on the academic curriculum committee. She is now a consultant for the Birla Schools in Kolkata, a Governor at Farleigh School, Hampshire and is advising on a yet to be launched educational start up business.