New Executive Director of HMC

4 May 2018
Posted by HMC Press Office

HMC Chair Chris King is delighted to announce that Mike Buchanan, Head of Ashford School and Chair of HMC 2016-17, will be the association’s new Executive Director.

Chris King, who is also Head of Leicester Grammar School, said:

“Mike’s abilities and the depth and breadth of his experience is exceptional. We have every confidence that he will provide the continuity and understanding necessary to lead HMC in providing first class support to members and providing real value to education for children wherever they go to school.”

Mike, an Australian, has taught at several leading schools, is a school governor and a trustee of a children’s charity. He is a Registered (Lead) Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. He said:

“I am honoured and excited to be taking on this role. HMC is the English-speaking world's oldest association of headteachers, and its members lead some of the most respected schools in the UK and worldwide. My aim is to enable them to flourish as a key part of a diverse and liberal education system which helps all children reach their potential.”

Current General Secretary Dr William Richardson will step down on 31st October 2018, and Mike will take up the new role of Executive Director on 1st November 2018.

Chris King said: “Dr Richardson has been an outstanding General Secretary. His towering intellect combined with patience and rigorous attention to detail has made him a thoughtful leader who has gained the utmost respect from those within HMC and beyond. We have much to thank him for.”