The Gabbitas Executive Group
Our Executive Group is made up of high-profile and influential current or recently retired Headteachers. They all currently sit on a number of governing bodies at both prep and senior level, in the UK and overseas. Our Managing Director, Ian Hunt, is also a former HMC Headmaster, and experienced in the recruitment of senior educational leaders. Our Executive Group has vast experience of the independent education sector and project management, covering all aspects of school issues. We are very proud to assemble such a exemplary team who are ready to help you with all your school management and consultancy needs.
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Priscilla has been Principal of both state and independent schools and Dean of Educational Development within the university sector. She merged the historic boys’ school and girls’ schools in Berkhamsted into a successful ‘diamond’ school and was elected as the first woman to chair the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.
She is currently Chair of Governors at the Wren Academy in London, as well as serving on several independent school governing bodies both in Britain and abroad. She has extensive experience of school reorganisation, the appointment of Heads and senior staff, mentor and conducting in-depth career reviews.
Ian Davenport is the founding Chief Executive of The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation, which provides life transforming opportunities in both state and independent boarding schools for children from disadvantaged backgrounds having joined from Blundell’s School where he was the Head Master. During this time he was active within HMC, sitting on various regional and national HMC committees and mentoring new Heads. He was also an ISI inspector. Prior to Blundell’s, he was a housemaster and Head of Economics at Radley College and an Economics tutor at Oxford University.
He began his career working in The City for Arthur Andersen, Morgan Stanley and Kleinwort Benson. He is currently a governor of three senior independent boarding schools having also governed prep and state maintained schools. He sits on the Advisory Board of The Royal Alexandra and Albert School and until recently was the Chair of Trustees at The Royal Academy for the Deaf. He has been elected a Fellow of Liverpool Hope University and sits on the board of the Hope Opportunity Trust.
Simon read history at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is the current Headmaster of Caldicott. Simon has spent three years in London working in headhunting and recruitment.
He is a Governor of Harrow School, Maltman’s Green School, a Fellow of Wellington College, and Chairman of the Oxford Group.
During the course of 25 years of Headship, Christopher has governed 15 schools and acquired an outstanding knowledge of Senior Management Teams in the independent sector. He has overseen the appointment and appraisal of Heads and Bursars.
He presently sits on the Board of Governors at King’s College, Taunton (Chairman of Education Committee), Llandovery College (Chairman of Education Committee) and Millfield (Governor Responsibility for Pastoral Care).
Peter was educated at Bec Grammar School and Oxford University. He has spent 32 years working in independent education. During his career, he taught and was Housemaster at Radley, Headmaster of Wrekin College, and Headmaster of Millfield.
He is a Governor of three leading independent schools; Blundell’s, Sherborne Girls and Christ’s Hospital.
George was Head of Dulwich College Prep School for 18 years. He has had an ongoing involvement with the Independent Association for Prep Schools (IAPS), serving as Chairman in 2000 and Vice President in 2008.
He sits on the Board of five schools, including an International College. George works with schools as an advisor for Headship appointments, as well as offering mentorship to Heads and schools.
Hugh was educated at Rugby School and Cambridge University where he read Economics and History. He has been the Head of four independent schools, including Clifton College and Wellington College.
Hugh has lead the Headship appointments for Harrow, Ardingly, Trent, Merchiston, Kingswood, Newcastle School for Boys, Colet Court, Beaudesert, Glebe House, Brambletye, St Petroc's, Danes Hill and the British School of Amsterdam. He has also inspected schools in Argentina, Kenya, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.
Janet was Headmistress at Withington for ten years until 2010. She
began her career in biochemical and immunological research, leading onto university teaching and scientific publishing. She then began her
secondary teaching career at Gordonstoun, continuing at The King’s School, Canterbury where she became the first female Deputy Head.
Janet’s first Headship was at St Bees School in Cumbria, before taking up the reins at Withington, Girls School.
She is currently a Governor of Chetham’s School of Music and of The Bury Grammar Schools; as well as being a lay member of the University of Manchester.
Educated at Tonbridge School, Pembroke College, Cambridge and the University of London, Christopher taught for 20 years at two leading prep schools. He then took up a position at Eton College and latterly acted as Eton List Secretary in charge of admissions.
He is a former Master of the Worshipful Company of Skinners, which plays a significant role in education and has four schools in its charge. Christopher is also a Founding Principal of the Chinese International School and is currently a Governor of a prep school and two senior schools.
Peter currently supports the leaders of independent schools and academies having been Head of an HMC School, a Principal of a City Academy and served as an Anglican Bishop. After teaching at St Edwards Oxford, Sevenoaks (where he was Housemaster of the International Centre), and The King's School, Canterbury, Peter was appointed Head of Chethams School of Music in 1992. He became the Bishop of Ramsbury in 1999 and returned to headship in 2005 as Principal, enabling two state schools to form the independent Northampton Academy on a new purpose built campus.
Additionally, he has been a Governor of Marlborough, Malvern College and Uppingham and served on the United Learning national executive. He has visited independent schools in Australia, Africa and America and has spoken at the world conferences of the International Confederation of Principals encouraging the flourishing of outstanding and distinctive ‘Hopeful Schools’.
Adrian has worked in Education since 1994 following a military career in the Royal Engineers. After leaving the Army he initially spent 5 years at the Zoology Department at Oxford University before becoming Bursar of Headington School Oxford. Since 2005 he has gained further wide experience of independent schools through locum bursar appointments at schools of all sizes, including spells at Sherborne School and Marlborough College, and through appraisals, reviews and consultancy advice at more than 17 other schools.
He is a Governor of Tudor Hall School and of The King’s School Gloucester.
Will joined Dulwich College as Bursar after more than 22 years army service as a Royal Engineer. He remained at Dulwich College for more than 18 years until retiring in 2005 to spend 2 years working with a major international summer English School to develop and grow its business. He then worked as an independent educational consultant helping schools with their business plans, support staff organisations and bursars’ external appraisals and as a locum Bursar.
Will is currently a Governor at Farringtons School.
Paul has worked in Independent Education since 1999 when he was appointed as Business Director at Berkhamsted School. This followed careers in the Royal Navy as a Supply and Secretariat Officer and in British Gas as a Company Secretary and where his last role was Head of Facilities Management. He had spells working in a leading property company and in management consultancy, including overseeing recruitment for a start up business. In 2009/10 he was Chairman of the ISBA. In 2011 he was Interim Bursar at Malvern College for 2 terms and has carried out appraisals mentoring and business reviews at 15 other schools.
He is Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee at Lucton School, and a Trustee of the Northampton Grammar School Foundation. He is also a Member on the Board of ISI representing the ISBA.