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Gabbitas are synonymous with independent education and have been since 1873. Our staff have a great deal of experience of the sector and come from a number of different backgrounds, from school Heads, teachers, to pastoral staff. We pride ourselves on service excellence and exceeding the expectations of our clients and educational partners. In addition, our Schools PlacementGuardianship and Recruitment teams have a vast array of experience in relevant fields, while our Executive Group of school consultants can assist with all school management issues

 

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Maureen Hooley - Operations Director

Maureen HooleyAs Company Development Manager for Prospects Services Ltd, Maureen has been involved with Gabbitas since 2008, when she acted as Transition Manager following the acquisition of the company by the Prospects Group. With 15 years senior management experience, she managed staff and business operations during 2011 as interim Managing Director before becoming part-time Operations Director in January 2012, following Ian Hunt’s appointment.

 

An adept project manager, Maureen is heavily involved in the Gabbitas Associate School Programme, international development and staff management. As a qualified Careers Adviser, she has also covered Higher Education and careers guidance, particularly with international students. Maureen also continues with her company development role working directly with the Prospects Group Executive Chairman, leading on business critical tasks linked to the company strategic plan and developing partnerships with external clients and stakeholders.

Kevin Beerling - Group Finance Director - (Member of Gabbitas Board)

Kevin BeerlingKevin joined Prospects in January 2006 as Group Finance Director and has responsibility for financial reporting, facilities management, HR, ICT and legal services. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995 with Price Waterhouse and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2006.

Ray Auvray - Executive Chairman (Member of Gabbitas Board)

Ray AuvrayRay Auvray is Executive Chairman of the Prospects Group and has managed the company since its foundation in the summer of 1995. In that period, Ray has grown the Group from a company holding a single contract in South London to a national organisation with a turnover of between £70 and £80 million, employing over 1,300 staff and delivering a wide range of education, training and employment services to the Department for Education, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Skills Funding Agency, Ofsted, local authorities, schools and colleges.

Ian Hunt - Managing Director (Member of Gabbitas Board)

Ian HuntIan joined Gabbitas as Managing Director in January 2012 after beginning his career in education at Millfield School, undertaking many roles including Senior Tutor and Senior Housemaster, where he ran three different houses. In 2004, he was appointed Senior Deputy Headmaster at Wellingborough School, Northamptonshire and in 2008, he moved on to become Warden (Headmaster) of Llandovery College where he successfully raised both pupil numbers and academic performance.


Ian has also been MD of his own sports education company, organising events at all the major indoor arenas in the UK and working with major companies such as Nike, Channel 4 and the NBA. He is also a regular contributor to numerous publications like The Times, The Telegraph and Huffington Post where he offers his views on education.