AGBIS is a registered charity (No 1108756) and company (No 0521716) limited by guarantee governed by a Board which meets at least once every school term. Board members are nominated by school governing bodies and serve initially for a three year period. The Board is advised by three committees: Training and Membership, Nominations & Governance and Finance. The Board is entrusted with the management of the Association and has absolute discretion in applying the funds in furtherance of the objects of the Association.

As one of seven Associations which are members of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), AGBIS has two seats on the ISC Board and a similar level of membership on relevant ISC committees. The Chief Executive and Director of Training also meet informally with their opposite numbers in the ISC Associations.

Meet the AGBIS Board

The elected and co-opted members of the Board are:


Mark Taylor is a Governor at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and Folkestone Academy. Having worked in the City, Mark's career as a Bursar started in 1993 at Cranbrook School, appointed to Dulwich Prep School, Cranbrook in 1996, Bedales Schools in 2003 and the King’s School, Canterbury in 2010. Mark was elected ISBA Chairman from 2013 – 2016.  

Deputy Chair:

David Taylor is a Governor at Beechwood Sacred Heart.  After teaching at Watford Grammar School, where he was head of classics, he joined Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Schools, becoming Director of Inspections in Ofsted before leaving to work as an international consultant. 


Sarah Phillips has been a Governor of the King Alfred School in north London for over 20 years and was elected by the school community as Treasurer / Chair of the Finance Committee annually between 2004 and her resignation in 2018. Sarah Phillips is also the Finance Manager and Company Secretary for a trade association in the construction industry.

Charles Barwell: Governor Rugby School; Governor Malvern College

Margot Chaundler: Governor at The Haberdashers' Aske's Elstree Schools

Julie Cornell: Governor at St George's School, Windsor Castle; The Abbey School, Reading

Paul Dillon-Robinson: Governor at Hurstpierpoint College

Pamela Edmonds: Governor at St Michael's Prep School

Mike Gregson: Chair, The Edinburgh Academy Foundation; Chair, The Eric H. Stevenson Charitable Trust

Susan King: Governor at Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick, York

Katie Lancaster: Governor at Kimbolton School

David Levin: Chair of Governors at Canford School

Alison Martin: Governor at Battle Abbey School; Downside School; Warminster School

Rosemary Martin: Governor at Brentwood School; Heathfield Ascot; St May's School, Gerrards Cross

Revd. Richard Peers: Governor at Christchurch Cathedral School, Oxford

Nigel Taylor: Governor at Marlborough House School

Sue Ross: Governor at Francis Holland Schools Trust

Gillian Winter: Governor at Bury Grammar Schools