HMC Executive

Officers for the current year are:

Chair: Mike Buchanan - Ashford School

mrB (3).jpgMike Buchanan has been Headmaster of Ashford School in Kent since 2005 where he has overseen its transformation from a small girls' school to an all-age, coeducational day/boarding school of over 1,000. He has experience in secondary education, all-through schools and boarding and has held a variety of leadership posts at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford and Highgate School, London. He helped to establish two Academies in London and a Free School in Kent. He is a Governor of several HMC schools, a trustee of a children’s charity, a Reporting Inspector, a National Leader of Education, a former Chair of the HMC South East Division and plays at being a farmer. As a proud Australian, he is a recent supporter of netball, women's cricket and is looking forward to the next men's Ashes series (or the one after that or the one after that).

He is Chair of HMC for 2016-17.

Vice Chair: 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 was Chair of HMC in 2015-16.

Chair-Elect: Keith Budge - Bedales Schools

Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales SchoolsKeith was educated at Rossall School before attending University College, Oxford where he read English, followed by a PGCE. He also gained 3 Blues at Rugby whilst at Oxford. He began his career teaching English at Eastbourne College, moving on to Marlborough where, following a year’s teaching exchange in California, he became a housemaster. He became Headmaster of Loretto School in 1995, overseeing the introduction of co-education, and Bedales in 2001. At Bedales, he introduced the Bedales Assessed Courses – more stretching and imaginative alternatives to GCSEs which are as strongly endorsed by universities as they are by students and teachers. As Headmaster of Bedales Schools, Keith teaches as much as time allows, he loves teaching and really welcomes the insight that teaching gives him into what life is really like for students and teachers. Teaching is the lifeblood of any school. Apart from teaching... his job involves all sorts of things – happily, much talking with people, watching students and staff in action and doing all he can to extend the quality and range of opportunities open to students across the 2 – 18 range of the Bedales Schools. Keith is married with three offspring who are now all gainfully employed. He is Chair-Elect of HMC for 2017-18.

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).