Conference for Heads 2019

Annual Conference for Heads

18-19 November 2019

Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

This year’s Annual Conference for GSA Heads will take place in Bristol at the Marriott City Centre Hotel.

Discover new ideas, share insights, challenge assumptions, catch up with old friends and above all be inspired.

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Conference Highlights

The Conference will begin at 10am on Monday 18 November and conclude by 4pm on Tuesday 19 November.

Sunday 17 November

  • Registration will be available from 2pm
  • 4pm-6pm – Meeting of GSA Boarding Heads
  • 6.30pm Drinks Reception & optional pre-conference dinner

Monday 18 November

  • 10.15am President’s AddressSue Hincks
  • 10.45am Maiden – Full CircleTracy Edwards MBE
  • 12.15pm The currency of truth! How to help today’s young people recognise fake newsPanel discussion
  • 2.15pm and 3.30pm Inter-active Seminars – choose which sessions to attend from a range of 8 topics
  • 5.15pm Conference Service at St Mary’s Church Redcliffe, Bristol
  • 7.30pm Drinks Reception & Gala Dinner

Tuesday 19 November

  • 8.45am GSA AGM
  • 10.15am Beyond TPS: Key issues influencing financial and strategic planning for Heads and Governors, Panel discussion
  • 12.00pm Keeping scholarship at the heart of education, Sarah Clark, NLCS, Neil Enright, Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet and PTI
  • 2.00pm After Brexit – seeing the future clearly, Jonathan Charles, Former BBC correspondent
  • 2.45pm Supporting young people create the sustainable future they want, Chris Willmore, Professor of Sustainability and Law, University of Bristol
Full programme

Pre-select your Interactive seminars and Gala Dinner Menu Choices

This year, we have a number of optional opportunities and choices that we are asking all delegates to select before the event. These include:

  • A choice of interactive seminars on Monday 18 November
  • Menu selection for the Gala Dinner
  • Drop-in sessions with ISI’s Chief Inspector on Tuesday 19 November
Find out more

Keynote speakers include:

Tracy Edwards MBE

Tracy gained international fame in 1990 as the skipper of the first all-female crew to sail around the world when they raced in the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race.  Maiden won two legs and came second overall in her class, the best result for a British boat since 1977 and unbeaten to this day. Tracy was awarded an MBE and became the first woman in its 34 year history to be awarded the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy. She paved the way for other women to follow.

In 2014 Maiden was found rotting in the Seychelles and Tracy began raising funds in order to rescue Maiden and bring her home to the UK.   Now this iconic piece of British maritime history has embarked on a two-year world tour to raise funds for her charity, The Maiden Factor Foundation. The Maiden Factor funds projects run by charities that enable and facilitate girls’ education. –

Jonathan Charles, former BBC world news presenter

Jonathan Charles is the Managing Director, Communications at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. It is an international treaty organisation owned by almost 70 shareholder countries. Before joining the Executive Committee of the Bank in 2011,Jonathan was a BBC News Reporter, Foreign Correspondent and Presenter for more than 25 years. He reported on some of the biggest stories of the time including European Union integration and many wars across many continents. He was based in London, New York, Paris, Brussels and Frankfurt for the BBC but spent much of his life travelling overseas.

Chris Willmore, Emeritus Professor of Sustainability and Law

Educated at Godolphin and Latymer, Chris became a barrister and then an academic, ultimately as Professor of Sustainability and Law at Bristol University. An FRSA and FIEMA, and EAUC Fellow, her work has particularly focussed upon engaging young people in sustainability transformation. She led a national and international award winning project that engaged students in over 140,000 hours of volunteering in Bristol on transformation projects aimed at creating a more inclusive, sustainable city. She has been invited to speak across the UK, Europe and in the USA on engaging young people as change agents.