2024 IBSC Annual Conference

2024 IBSC Annual ConferenceHarrow School

Harrow on the Hill, London, United Kingdom

July 1-4


Jaz Ampaw-FarrJaz Ampaw-Farr

Opening Plenary Session
Teachers as Everyday Heroes
Monday, July 1, 3:30 PM

As CEO of Human First Ltd, Jaz Ampaw-Farr helps leaders who want to influence, inspire, and motivate their teams with greater engagement to grow their businesses and leave a lifelong legacy. She combines lessons learned from a challenging and often brutal childhood with those from her rise to a TV presenter, TEDx speaker, stand-up comedian, and Z-list reality TV star. Her authentic honesty and humor consistently empower people to think differently about leading themselves and others.






Ben FogleBen Fogle

Preparing Our Boys to Lead Lives of Exploration
Tuesday, July 2, 10:30 AM

A broadcaster, traveler, and adventurer, Ben Fogle has rowed the Atlantic Ocean, crossed Antarctica on foot, run across the Sahara, crossed the Empty Quarter on camel, and summitted Mount Everest. He has presented numerous hit programs, including the BBC’s Animal Park, Countryfile, Wild in Africa, Wild on the West Coast, Crufts, One Man and His Dog, Country Tracks, and three series of the hit BBC adventure show, Extreme Dreams, in which he led ordinary people on extraordinary journeys across some of the most hostile environments on earth.

Fogle currently presents Harbour Lives, Countrywise, and Fisherman’s Lives for ITV and New Lives in the Wild (Where the Wildmen Are) for Channel 5. He is also a special correspondent for NBC News in the United States, reporting from all over the world for Today, Dateline, and MSNBC Nightly News. He has toured the world for various broadcasting assignments and has also made documentaries on Prince William in Africa, disease in Ethiopia, Captain Scott in Antarctica, and crocodiles in Botswana.

Fogle has written six Sunday Times best-selling books, including The Teatime Islands, Journey’s to Britain’s Faraway Outposts, Offshore: In Search of an Island of My Own, The Crossing: Conquering the Atlantic in the World’s Toughest Rowing Race, and Race to the Pole: Conquering Antarctica in the Toughest Race on Earth. He also writes a weekly diary for the Sunday Telegraph and has appeared in numerous other publications, including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Sun, Country Life, The Independent, Glamour, The Daily Mail, The Evening Standard, and The New York Times.

His sporting achievements include a charity boxing match and running marathons to benefit nonprofits. Fogle has won a Royal Television Society award for the highly acclaimed Through Hell and High Water and been awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Portsmouth. He is an ambassador for WWF, Médecins Sans Frontières, Tusk, Centrepoint, and the Princes Trust; a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; and patron of The Royal Parks Foundation.


Heads from All-Boys and All-Girls Schools Panel Discussion

The Power of Single-Sex Education
Tuesday, July 2, 2:45 PM

Mark Sturgeon chairs a panel discussion among experienced heads on the value of single-sex education in 2024. Explore the relative value of single-sex education for boys and girls, challenges facing the single-sex sector, and ways single-sex education contributes positively to the global education landscape. Alighting on the theme of the conference, discussion focuses on how our schools may produce leaders for the future, how single-sex schools are reacting to an ever-changing technological environment, and how teachers may use positive ritual and tradition to inform the character of pupils in our schools.


  • David Atkinson, headteacher, Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School (United Kingdom)
  • Rebecca Brown, head, Northwood College for Girls GDST (United Kingdom)
  • Jim Hawkins, former head master, Harrow School (United Kingdom), and chancellor, Huitong School (China)
  • Sally-Anne Huang, high master, St. Paul’s School (United Kingdom) 
  • Mark Sturgeon, headmaster, Aylesbury Grammar School (United Kingdom)

Find panelist bios at the bottom of this page.


Steven BartlettSteven Bartlett

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology
Wednesday, July 3, 9:00 AM

Entrepreneur, speaker, investor, and author Steven Bartlett hosts the United Kingdom's No. 1 podcast The Diary of a CEO, an unfiltered journey into the remarkable stories and untold dimensions of the world’s most influential people, experts, and thinkers. In August 2023, he released his No. 1 Sunday Times best-selling book, The Diary of a CEO: The 33 Laws of Business and Life. Bartlett joined the BBC's hit TV show Dragons’ Den as the youngest ever dragon in the show’s history.

Known for his innovative and disruptive approach to social media marketing, he co‐founded Flight Story, a marketing and communications company that works with leading brands. Bartlett also launched his own private equity fund, Flight Fund, to accelerate the next generation of European unicorns and co‐founded thirdweb, a software platform backed by Shopify and Coinbase that makes it easy to build web3 applications.

After winning the British Black Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Bartlett has focused much of his work on disadvantaged schools and communities as he seeks to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and creators from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. Also, he has partnered with His Majesty's Prison Service to distribute The Diary of a CEO podcast via in-cell technology to educate and inspire young adults.

Bartlett has been listed on the Powerlist, which captures the most influential Black Britons and aims to celebrate the achievements of the most influential people of African, African Caribbean, and African American heritage in the UK. He is an accomplished investor in the health and wellness space with notable investments including Huel, UK’s fastest growing e‐commerce company internationally, and Zoe, the personalized nutrition program. His other investments focus on blockchain technologies, biotech, space, web3, and social media.


Contender Charlie

Inspirational Leadership: Lessons from Shakespeare’s Henry V
Wednesday, July 3, 2:00 PM

Harrow School has a tradition of performing Shakespeare’s plays. When the roof of the school’s speech room was bombed in 1941, the school staged a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the open air. Of course, these conditions mirror the setting in Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre. Harrow has staged two plays at Shakespeare’s Globe: The Taming of the Shrew (featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Nick Luck as Petruchio and Katherine) in 1994 and Twelfth Night in 2019.

Contender Charlie believes that anyone involved in the teaching, mentoring, or supervision of young people holds a key leadership role, whether they realize it or not.

Henry V tells the story of a leader who unites his people around a common goal, overcoming many obstacles in his path on his way to achieving a remarkable victory despite significant odds. School leaders and teachers need to be visible. They need to communicate vision and purpose in a way that inspires their teams and truly reflects their passion and commitment with authenticity. Off the back of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s first folio, explore the concept of leadership through the story of Shakespeare’s most inspired and inspiring leader, Henry V.

Ben WaldenBen Walden

Contender Charlie Artistic Director Ben Walden is an international speaker and workshop leader in the realm of education, keynoting conferences in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Australia. He also works with many individual schools, looking at themes of leadership and inspiring communication with both staff and—especially—students.

In the 1990s he played several leading roles in London’s West End theatre and as a member of the inaugural company at the new Shakespeare’s Globe. He has also spoken on leadership and the arts at many business conferences, including at Harvard and Columbia business schools.


Roly WalkerLieutenant General Sir Charles R. V. Walker

Closing Plenary Session
Leadership Is Service
Thursday, July 4, 11:30 AM

In 1993, Lieutenant General Sir Charles R. V. “Roly” Walker was commissioned into the Irish Guards before joining the 22 Special Air Service Regiment in 1997. He exchanged his commission to the Grenadier Guards in 2009, before being promoted into the General Staff in 2011. His last appointment was as director special forces. Walker got promoted to his current position as deputy chief of defence staff for military strategy and operations at the Ministry of Defence in April 2021. His operational service includes numerous deployments and tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa. On the staff he has served in brigade, divisional, United Kingdom Special Forces, and Army Headquarters.

Currently Walker serves as president of the United Kingdom Armed Forces Equestrian Association, honorary colonel of the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps, member of the Honourable Artillery Company’s regimental council, and member of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. He was made a Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in the King’s 2023 New Year Honours list.

In 2024, Walker takes the post of chief of the general staff, the professional head of the British Army. Married, with three daughters, he lives in Herefordshire.


Panelist Bios

The Power of Single-Sex Education
Tuesday, July 2, 2:45 PM

David AtkinsonDavid Atkinson

In 1996, David Atkinson joined Dr. Challoner's Grammar School (United Kingdom) in Amersham and has served as headteacher since 2016. A geography teacher by training, he also served as vice president of the Royal Geographical Society from 2018–21. Challoner's is a boys' state selective school with a coeducational sixth form, educating 1,350 students. Atkinson has keen interest in how boys' schools can help young men develop into citizens who thrive and make positive contributions to our society.

Rebecca BrownRebecca Brown

A historian at heart Rebecca Brown studied at the University of Oxford, specializing in early modern culture and religion. After graduating she worked in the education departments at the Museum of London and the Tower of London before becoming head of history and politics at North London Collegiate School. Brown joined Northwood College as director of sixth form before becoming academic deputy head and then head in September 2021.

As a contributing international conference speaker for the International Coalition of Girls’ Schools and a representative on both the Independent Schools’ Council and the Girls' Day School Trust diversity and inclusion leadership teams, she works with leaders in education to develop inclusive curriculum and cultural approaches. A member of the Girls’ Schools Association Sport and Wellness Committee, Brown works to develop girls’ sports at both the elite and recreational levels.

The power of collective endeavor and inspiring girls to think of others are particularly important to her. Brown recently marked the 130th anniversary of Northwood College educating in Northwood with the launch of an ambitious pledge for every student to participate in service to others within the local community. She is passionate about the value of knowledge and the impact of enthusiastic, skillful teachers in supporting the development of strong, smart, and principled women.

Jim HawkinsJim Hawkins

A former head master of Harrow School (United Kingdom) and IBSC vice president of UK-Europe, Jim Hawkins has had a long career in independent schools, beginning with mathematics teaching and rowing coaching at Radley College, and culminating in leadership positions at Norwich School, Harrow and, currently, Huitong School in Shenzhen, China. Having helped found Huitong (under the Whittle School name) as part of a global team in 2019, he has since taken on the headship of the Shenzhen campus, moving this bilingual school into a new phase of development. His key interests and areas of influence lie in leadership and talent development, curriculum design and the liberal arts, scholarship and deep learning, and education with social impact.

Sally-Anne HuangSally-Anne Huang

Sally-Anne Huang attended Bolton School prior to reading classics and English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She also has an MSc in educational leadership and management and a master’s degree in children’s literature, a personal passion of hers. She is high master of St. Paul’s School (United Kingdom) and experienced in governance of both boarding and prep schools. Previously Huang served as headmistress of James Allen’s Girls’ School and Kent College, Pembury, where she also chaired the Methodist Independent Schools heads’ group for two years. She was an elected officer of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference from 2018–22 and is a member of the board, serving as chair during the 2020–21 academic year. Her previous appointments have included housemistress at Sevenoaks School, where she taught the International Baccalaureate, and deputy head at Roedean. Her professional interests include the importance of character education in boys’ schools and the power of performing arts and sports in pupil experience. Married to Alexis, Sally-Anne has two adult sons and two dogs; her interests include young adult fiction, playing the saxophone, and watching rugby.

Mark SturgeonMark Sturgeon

Headmaster of Aylesbury Grammar School (United Kingdom) since 2014, Mark Sturgeon has also served the school as head of geography (1998–2005) and head of year 13 (2000–05). Previously he held roles as a geography teacher at Burnham Upper School (1996–98); assistant headteacher–learning development (2005–09) and deputy headteacher (2009–14) at Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School; and founding fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. During his career Sturgeon has presented nationally and internationally on developments in learning, character development, and leadership, most notably for IBSC, where he is vice Chair for UK-Europe. Additionally, he is chair of The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools and a member of the Steering Committee for the Grammar School Heads Association. Sturgeon is the chair of Buckinghamshire Schools’ Football Association and honorable secretary of the South East of England Football Association. He is a graduate of the University of Liverpool.