HMC Executive

Officers for the current year are:

Chairman: Richard Harman - Uppingham School

Richard HarmanRichard Harman has been Headmaster of Uppingham School since September 2006.  He was educated at The King’s School, Worcester, followed by Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read English.  Having spent two years working for an academic publisher, he decided his real vocation was in teaching.  After five years at Marlborough College teaching English and Drama, during which time he also completed his PGCE at Exeter University, he spent 12 years at Eastbourne College.  Progressing from Head of English to Housemaster of a Sixth Form girls’ house to member of the senior management team, he then became Headmaster of Aldenham in September 2000 and thence to Uppingham in 2006.  He is married to Karin and has one daughter, Olivia.  Richard is a keen follower and occasional practitioner of various sports and loves music and the theatre.  In another life he would have been a director at the RSC, the National, or in the West End, or possibly manager of Arsenal FC.  While he awaits that call, however, he is much enjoying the challenges at Uppingham and was Chairman of the Boarding Schools’ Association for 2011-12.  He is Chairman of HMC for 2014-15.

Vice-Chairman: Dr Tim Hands - Magdalen College School

Tim Hands is a Londoner, educated in the state sector. He studied the violin at the Guildhall School of Music before reading English at King’s College London and researching 19th Century Literature at Oxford, where he ended as a lecturer at Oriel College, helping to admit and then teach the first women in Oxford’s last all-male college. He taught English at King’s School, Canterbury, where he also ran a Boarding House, before becoming Second Master at Whitgift School and Headmaster of Portsmouth Grammar School, where he stayed for a little over ten years. He is now Master of Magdalen College School, Oxford. He was co-chair of the HMC/GSA Universities Committee for seven years and Chairman of HMC for 2013-2014. He is Vice-Chairman of HMC for 2014-15. Tim is married to Jane, and they have two children. His interests include writing (three books on Thomas Hardy, for example), sport (especially cricket and rugby) and music – he was conductor of the Oxford University Chamber Choir, the Schola Cantorum of Oxford, for three years, and is now Vice-Chair of the Choir’s Board of Trustees.

Chairman-Elect: Christopher King - Leicester Grammar School

Christopher King has been Headmaster and Chief Executive of Leicester Grammar School Trust since September 2001. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital followed by Hatfield College, Durham University where he obtained Bachelor and Masters degrees. As Headmaster of Leicester Grammar School Trust he had responsibility for leading the development of the plans for the relocation of the Trust to a new greenfield site. Building commenced in January 2007 and was completed for September 2008. The scheme had a total cost of £33 million and he shaped the proposal, drove the plans through a Public Inquiry and identified the funders and the contractors who built the scheme. The new school building was opened by Her Majesty, The Queen. Previous roles include Deputy Head at Kimbolton School, Head of Geography Departments, a senior boarding Housemaster in charge of rugby and D.of E. undertaking expeditions to various parts of the globe. A former independent schools representative at the then National College for School Leadership (NCSL), former Director of Central ISCis, former member of the Leicester Cathedral Council and former East Midlands ‘Business Champion’ when he helped to create a new school for autistic children. He is a member of Leicester University Council and an ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) inspector. He was Chair of the HMC Professional Development Committee from 2009 to 2014 and a HMC full board member since 2006. He is Chairman-Elect of HMC for 2014-15.

Treasurer: Stephen Holliday – Queen Elizabeth's Hospital (Bristol)


Stephen Holliday has served as the Headmaster of Queen Elizabeth's Hospital (QEH), Bristol, a boys' day school, since 2000. He is the Treasurer of HMC for 2013-14. Educated at Batley Grammar School and Jesus College Cambridge, where he read history, Stephen then joined British Rail as an Operations Manager in Dundee and Glasgow before hearing the call to return to school. After six years at Dean Close in Cheltenham where he was a boys’ boarding housemaster, he became Head of History at Giggleswick in his native Yorkshire. He ventured across the Lancashire border to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Blackburn to become Deputy Head (Pastoral) for five years before taking up his current role in Bristol. At QEH he has overseen the closing of boarding and the opening of a Junior School in the same premises. He has built a new Sixth Form Centre and is currently battling with planners to build a new science block. In his spare time he enjoys watching all sport, especially cricket and is a keen fan of Leeds United. He is married to Gail, a teacher at Redland High School in Bristol and has two sons, one at Durham University and the other a pupil in his own school. He is also a Methodist Local Preacher.

General Secretary: Dr William Richardson

William Richardson has been General Secretary of HMC since September 2011. He was educated at Highgate School, Bristol University and New College Oxford where his doctorate was in Tudor religious history.

After Oxford he joined Unilever plc in 1982 as a ‘fast stream’ management trainee, before assuming company posts in brand management and industrial relations. In 1986 he moved to a research fellowship at the University of Warwick funded by BP and then held a lectureship at Sheffield, before being appointed Professor of Education at the University of Exeter in 2000.

During 2002-2008 he led the School of Education in succession to Ted Wragg and served on both the governing council and key strategies committees of the university at a time when foundations were laid for its recent rapid rise into the top tier of UK universities. He is married to children’s author Ellen Renner.

Membership Secretary: Ian Power

Ian Power has been the Membership Secretary of HMC since September 2009. He was educated at Guthlaxton College, Leicestershire after which he read Natural Sciences at Girton College, Cambridge and completed a PGCE at Girton in July 1983. He taught Physics and Mathematics at Aylesbury Grammar School, followed by posts at The King’s School, Worcester (Head of Physics) and Millfield (Head of Science and Houseparent), before becoming Headmaster of Lord Wandsworth College in September 1997.

After twelve years at Lord Wandsworth he became Membership Secretary of HMC. Ian has also been an ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) inspector since 1998. Ian is a member of the Royal Institution in London, a safeguarding officer and sidesman at St. Andrew’s Church, South Warnborough and a keen cyclist and squash player. He is married to Lynn (who teaches Religious Studies at Lord Wandsworth College) and has two daughters (one who teaches English at Bradfield College, and the other has just graduated from King’s College, London).