If you manage a school you will know that the past decade has
seen an explosion in legislation affecting schools. With
schools subject to formal inspection and monitoring you will also
know that meeting these new compliance requirements, combined
with all the other things necessary to run a successful school, can
be difficult. Add to this the current economic
climate, which poses yet another challenge for schools, and you may
want to seek some practical advice, share ideas with someone in a
similar position or simply locate a listening ear.
Despite our name it is the school, not the bursar, who is the
member of the ISBA. This means that our dedicated team here
is available to provide specialist advice and support to anyone at
an ISBA member school - whether it is the bursar, head, governor,
catering or maintenance manager or the office clerk. We can also
open the door for you to a supportive community of hundreds of
bursars who meet online and in person at ISBA regional group
meetings, professional development events and at our ever-popular
This means that every ISBA event, every post on our daily
discussion forum, every phone call, every email and every online
webinar will take you straight to someone who understands the
issues you face and who can offer you real and practical solutions
to help you manage them. If you are not a member of the ISBA, can
you afford not to be?
Chief Executive - David Woodgate
The Chief Executive leads a small but highly capable staff team
in advocating the work of the ISBA and in promoting best practice
in school leadership and management.
The Chief Executive is responsible to the Board of Trustees for
the effective running of the Association and is be the ISBA's
principal spokesperson and point of contact with the Independent
Schools Council (ISC) and other associations as well as with
government policy makers within education, the media and the
Association's UK and international membership.
Chief Operating Officer - John Murphie
John has been with the ISBA from February 2017. He is
responsible for the head office internal organisation and functions
and he is the main point of contact for advice and guidance to
John spent 31 years in the Royal Navy retiring in 2007.
Since then, he has worked as the Chapter Clerk in Portsmouth
Cathedral, managed a Barristers' Chambers in London and been Bursar
in two schools before joining ISBA.
Director of Training and Consultancy - Paul Simpson
Paul leads the organisation of the ISBA's annual conference and
professional development programme. He is responsible for
ensuring that members are provided with tailored training and
services suitable for bursary management staff at all levels.
He is also the ISBA's main point of contact for all member
schools seeking assistance to fill consultancy and interim/locum
Commercial Director - Barbara Jackson
Barbara is responsible for developing and delivering business
opportunities for companies and organisations looking to engage
with the ISBA.
She organises sponsorship opportunities and all other aspects of
the trade exhibitions at the ISBA's annual conference and
professional development events together with overseeing the event
management of these, working closely with the ISBA's professional
Events Manager - Alma McKellar
Alma acts as the main focus for all event co-ordination and
deals with all the delegate administrative arrangements for the
ISBA's professional development courses and the ISBA
Alma is happy to answer any queries you might have about the
professional development programme and booking.
Professional Development Co-ordinator - Tessa Newton
Tessa works closely with Paul, Barbara and Alma to develop an
overarching professional development/education strategy for bursars
and support teams. Tessa assists in advising on the content,
design and administration of the programme based on delegate
feedback. She is the key point of contact for all
professional development speakers, both pre, during and post
Membership Manager - Claire Crow
Claire has had a varied career with 12 years of working in
schools on the support staff as Head's PA, Registrar, and also
School Secretary. Prior to this she was a member of the Royal
Ballet and on her retirement from being a ballet dancer, was a
director of a stationery company in London and then worked for a
property management company. She joined the staff at the ISBA
Headquarters in October and is the membership manager as well as
being the CEO's PA.
Finance Officer - Jackie Doswell
Jackie started with the ISBA in April 2017. She is responsible
for the day to day running of the ISBA's Finance
Before Jackie came to us, she worked for over 16 years in a
large multinational company, her role was a Controller who covered
all aspects of the companies Expenses and Benefits.
Administrative Assistant - Lauren
Lauren provides administrative support to the professional
development team, and is often the first person you will speak to
when you call the office. Lauren has previously worked as an Office
Manager in a commercial company.