AGBIS Regional Event - in Association with Stone King - Brighton - 08.05.2018

This event will provide independent school governors, clerks and school leaders an update on the key current issues currently facing independent schools.  After a briefing on the latest changes affecting independent schools there will be a presentation on how to assess if your school’s current corporate structure is fit for purpose which will then be followed by an open forum discussion on how to ensure that your school is compliant with regulations.

This event is free to AGBIS Member Schools and Stone King clients.


Date and Location

Tuesday 8 May
Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, King's Rd, Brighton, BN1 2FU



6.00pm:   Tea and Sandwiches

6.30pm:   Welcome 
Andy Robinson, Training Secretary AGBIS 

6.35pm:   AGBIS Update - on the latest changes affecting independent schools
Richard Harman, Gensec AGBIS 

7.05pm:   Is Your Corporate Structure Fit For Purpose? - and will it futureproof the school? 
Stephen Ravenscroft and Helen Tucker, Partners Stone King

7.55pm:   Break

8.00pm:   Regulatory Compliance – what checks should governors make?
A very short introductory presentation followed by open forum discussions aimed at sharing ideas on how governors can make sure their schools are compliant

8.45pm:   Closing Remarks
Andy Robinson, Training Secretary AGBIS

Drinks and Departure



Richard Harman | Stephen Ravenscroft | Helen Tucker | Andy Robinson



This event is free to attend.


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Speaker Biographies

Richard Harman

Richard 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.  After a decade leading Uppingham and 32 years overall in teaching, he embarked on a third career as General Secretary of AGBIS.

Stephen Ravenscroft

Stephen has specialised in charity and not-for-profit law since qualifying as a solicitor in 1997.  Stephen acts for clients of all sizes, helping them with a wide range of issues that includes new charity registrations, incorporations, governance matters, mergers, trustee training, dealings with the Charity Commission and fundraising matters. Stephen has enormous expertise in advising on Academy projects. Over the last 10 years Stephen has worked with more than 50 sponsored Academies and more than 100 converter Academies.  This depth of experience means Stephen is often able to save clients time and fees by anticipating potential issues at the earliest stage.  Stephen is a member of the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association and has participated in many working parties for the CLA reviewing new areas of law.

Helen Tucker

Helen is a partner in the Independent Schools Team. Prior to joining Stone King, Helen was Head of the Education Sector Team at Ashfords solicitors, and Head of Legal for The Girls’ Day School Trust. Helen also recently completed her tenure as Chair of Governors at a school in Bristol.  Helen advises independent schools on a range of issues including strategic review papers for trustees, handling complex safeguarding and child protection cases, educational negligence claims, allegations of discrimination and Equality Act issues, school parent contracts, policy reviews and data protection issues.

Andy Robinson

After graduating from the University of Salford with a joint honours degree in mathematics and physics, Andy entered Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in September 1980.  After a full career in the Royal Navy where he specialised in training, leadership and management, Andy was appointed Bursar and Clerk to the Governors of St Hugh’s School, Oxfordshire in 2010 and became the AGBIS Training and Membership Secretary in April 2015.  He is a governor of a large combined senior and prep independent day school.

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