New HMC leadership for 2016-17

1 September 2016
Posted by Heidi Salmons

HMC is pleased to announce Mike Buchanan will formally commence his role as HMC Chair 2016-17 on 1st September.

Mr Buchanan who has been headmaster of Ashford School in Kent since 2005 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 academy schools in London and a free school in Kent. His wide range of interests has led him to becoming a governor of several HMC schools, a trustee of a children’s charity, a Reporting Inspector, a national leader of education, a former Chairman of the HMC South East Division and says he “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).

HMC is also pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Budge as HMC Chair for 2017-18. Mr Budge, who is headmaster of leading independent Bedales Schools, will also take up the role of HMC Chair Elect on 1st September.

Keith 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 moved to Bedales in 2001. His most high profile achievement is the introduction of the Bedales Assessed Courses, a more stretching and imaginative alternative to GCSEs which are chosen by a large percentage of Bedales students and strongly endorsed by universities.

As Headmaster of Bedales Schools, Keith teaches as much as time allows. He says he still loves teaching and welcomes the insight that it gives him into the reality of life for students and teachers. Apart from teaching, his role is highly varied, including a high level of communication with the whole school family, watching students and staff in action and doing all he can to extend the quality and range of opportunities open to students. Keith is married with three offspring who are now all gainfully employed.

HMC would like to warmly thank outgoing Chair Chris King, whose many achievements include leading HMC’s most high profile annual conference, instigating a ground-breaking Spring Conference on good mental health in schools, driving a campaign to hold Ofqual to account and overseeing development of a new pastoral care qualification, for leading the organisation during 2015-16. Mr King, who is headmaster of Leicester Grammar School, will become HMC Vice Chair as well as the role of Chair of HMC’s Communications Sub-Committee. Chris will continue to be the main spokesperson for academic policy matters alongside Peter Hamilton, Chair of the HMC Academic Policy Sub-Committee.

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