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.
Business Director - Janine Brooks
Janine's primary role is to provide help and advice to members,
keeping ahead of regulatory changes and promoting the sharing of
Janine is also responsible for the financial management of the
association and the development of new services for members.
She brings experience of both prep and senior schools to her role
at the ISBA.
Professional Development Director - 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.
Paul also provides advice, help and support to member
schools on financial and operational matters.
Business Manager - Barbara Jackson
Barbara's role encompasses managing the ISBA office together
with management of trade exhibitions and corporate opportunities at
the ISBA's annual conference and professional development
events. She works closely with Paul on the planning,
organisation and administration of those events and with Janine in
managing the association's accounts.
Publications & Communications Manager - Gillian Goode
Gillian is responsible for developing the ISBA's suite of model
policies and guidance notes for schools online. She
also manages the association's communications and her role
includes the production of ISBA publications such as The Bursar's
Review and member e-newsletters.
Administrative Assistant - Alma McKellar
Alma provides administrative support to Paul, Janine and Barbara
and also deals with all the delegate administrative arrangements
for the ISBA's professional development courses and the ISBA
conference. She is often the first person you will speak to when
you contact the office by phone.
Membership Secretary and PA to Chief Executive - Alison Wood
Alison is the Membership Secretary and PA to the Chief
Executive. In her role as the Membership Secretary she
promotes the benefits of ISBA membership, dealing with all queries
regarding school membership and welcoming new bursars. She is
also the focal point for ISBA regional group secretaries and
supports the smooth running of their regional groups.
Professional Development Assistant - Tessa Newton
Tessa provides administrative and strategic support to the
Professional Development programme and the annual conference. She
works closely with Paul and Alma to ensure that members' specific
training needs are met.