Conference for Heads 2019

Annual Conference for Heads

18-19 November 2019

Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel

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.

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

Registration will be available from 2pm on Sunday 17 November; there will be a meeting of GSA Boarding Heads from 4pm-6pm.

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.

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