Strategy and leadership stream

Effective leadership is essential to successfully creating lasting change. The strategy and leadership stream is dedicated to developing collaboration across the senior leadership team and exploring the latest trends and innovations from across the sector. Sessions in this stream will be relevant to more experienced development professionals, as well as heads, bursars and governors.


Topics covered in the 2020 strategy and leadership stream include: benchmarking, fundraising strategy and regulation.

Strategy and leadership session not to miss

Changing of the guard


Changes of senior personnel can be unsettling for the whole school community and alumni. Come and hear how we learned to embrace changes of head, bursar, chair of governors (or all three!) as an opportunity to reassess, renew and reinvigorate established practices and to bring fresh ideas and innovation to our development programmes.


Melanie Bushell, Director of Development, The Portsmouth Grammar School

Jane Vines, Director of External Communications, Downside School

Strategy and leadership podcast

Listen now to podcast from 2019 strategy and leadership stream speakers Sean Davey, Head of Foundation and International Business Development for Reigate Grammar School, and Nick Pettingale, Director of External Relations for Ellesmere College, on franchising your school brand overseas.

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