2020 IBSC Virtual Conference
July 8 - 9
Executive Director, International Boys' Schools Coalition
David Armstrong is the fourth Executive Director for the IBSC. As leader of the IBSC, David’s goals include serving as a catalyst for growth and membership, raising the organization's profile around the globe, improving the quality and value of the products and services offered, and delivering robust revenues to ensure the IBSC's future.
As Headmaster of Landon School for eleven years (2004-15), David demonstrated his commitment to the education of boys. His legacy at Landon reveals capabilities that are critical to the IBSC and its members: curriculum review, better communication and collaboration, superior professional development opportunities, increased social media presence, and the use of technology in teaching and learning.David’s experience in the business world, particularly in entrepreneurship, combined with his long IBSC institutional memory, has been instrumental as we develop our international connections, online classes, and global relationships.
Principal, Scotch College (Australia)
Tom is the ninth Principal of Scotch College, Melbourne. Prior to this, Tom was a House Master at Eton College. Educated in the UK, Tom commenced his teaching career, firstly in New Zealand and then Australia.
Tom sees his roles as harnessing the resources of Scotch to best advance the development of each boy, so he might have some control of his life and do his bit in building something better for those to come.
Tom is interested in the relationship between the micro and the macro, the judgement that rests between awareness and action, and, at a time of instant and continual flow of information, how the values of a liberal education align to connect interests and talents, and drive social and economic enterprise.Tom chairs the board of the IBSC and is a lifelong supporter of Brentford FC.
Head of the Lower School, Executive Director of Professional Learning and Research, Crescent School (Canada)
Dr. Boyes is the Head of the Lower School and Executive Director of Professional Learning and Research at Crescent School for Boys in Toronto. A specialist in Arts Education and Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Dr, Boyes has been working in the field of boys’ education for 25 years. She has been a frequent guest as an Educator-In-Residence with Atlas Rubicon Curriculum Management and has presented her research findings on relational learning and parent-school partnerships with the Conference of Independent Schools, the Canadian Association of Accredited Schools and the IBSC.
Headmaster, St. Mark's School of Texas (United States)
David Dini is the Eugene McDermott Headmaster at St. Mark’s School of Texas, an independent day school founded in 1906 for 900 boys in grades 1-12. A graduate of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School in Houston, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University. With over thirty years of experience as an independent school educator, David has extensive experience in all facets of school life. He joined St. Mark’s in 1994 as Director of External Affairs and has held a variety of senior administrative roles. After serving for seven years as Assistant Headmaster, Mr. Dini was appointed Headmaster in 2014. He has been an active volunteer for professional associations including serving as a Trustee for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the International Boys' Schools Coalition where he currently serves as Finance Committee Chair.
Headmaster, Brighton Grammar School (Australia)
Ross Featherston, BA, Dip Ed, M Ed, was appointed eighth Headmaster of Brighton Grammar in January 2014.
Victorian born, Ross was educated in regional Victoria and is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. He joined Brighton Grammar in 2012 as Head of Senior School.
From 2006 - 2011 Ross held a wide range of leadership roles in teaching and learning and pastoral care at Geelong Grammar School, including Director of the International Baccalaureate Program, Head of Humanities and Head of History, as well as senior rowing coach and assistant coach of the First XVIII. Prior to this, he held teaching roles at Carey Baptist School and Melbourne Grammar School.
Since taking up the position of Headmaster at BGS in 2014, Ross has overseen a new strategic vision for the School. He is married to Rosie and has four children.
Headmaster, Selwyn House School (Canada)
Hal Hannaford has completed 31 years heading boys school in Canada. He was founding Headmaster of Kingsway College in 1989, moved on to Royal St. George's in Toronto in 1996, and became Headmaster of Selwyn Hosue School in Montreal in 2009. He believes strongly in the value of IBSC, and has served as a trustee since 2018. Selwyn House was the host school for the IBSC annual confernce in 2019 - "Boys and the Arts - Great Minds & Big Hearts".
Director of the Center for the Study of Boys, St. Christopher's School (United States)
Kim Hudson serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of Boys at St. Christopher’s School, an independent day school for boys in Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade located in Richmond, Virginia, USA, where she holds the Chair of Distinguished Teaching and Collaborative Research. Dr. Hudson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Master’s degree in Teaching, and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Virginia. She started her career as an educator working with students with special learning needs before joining the faculty at St. Christopher’s in 2006 as a member of the Upper School Academic Resource department. In her role with the Center for the Study of Boys, Dr. Hudson leads research, professional development and programming. Dr. Hudson is a member of the IBSC Research Committee.
Executive Headmaster, Clifton School (South Africa)
Dave is currently the Executive Headmaster of Clifton School, a Grade R to 12 school of 950 boys in Durban, South Africa. He has taught at four of South Africa’s prestigious boys’ schools over the last 33 years and was Headmaster of his previous school, St Stithians Boys’ College for 11 years. He also serves on the Board of the Independent Examination Board, and has been a Regional Chair for the SA Independent Heads Association. Dave is currently the Vice Chair for Africa and has been on the IBSC Board since 2013.He has been married to Susannah for 34 years and they have two adult children. He is passionate about leadership development and the role schools for boys can play in raising good men. When he is not at school, he’d prefer to be on his BMW tourer.
Second Mistress – Academics & Staff Learning, St. John’s Preparatory School (South Africa)
An English teacher by trade, Margot Long has taught at nearly all grades, from year six to year 12. For the past 14 years, she has worked as deputy head of academics and staff learning at St. John's Preparatory School. Margot first experienced the IBSC Action Research Program as a member of the 2008-09 team. Participating on the global research team proved such a wonderful experience that Margot decided to stay on, first as a team advisor and then as the program coordinator. She finds it easy to keep in touch across the world and says there is nothing better than hearing news from a team member or meeting up at the IBSC Annual Conference. She has also learned so much about the importance of action research in schools to enable us to continue reviewing best practice in educating boys.
Headmaster, The Boys' Latin School of Maryland (United States)
Having worked in boys' schools for more than 20 years, Chris has just completed his 12th year as headmaster of the Boys' Latin School of Maryland. Chris' relationship with Boys' Latin began in his final year of undergraduate studies, when he served as an intern in the middle school. Watching master teachers engage boys in meaningful work helped Chris envision how relational teaching can change the life of a young man. To this day, that remains central to the work of Boys' Latin - forging enduring personal relationships which help each boy strive for academic and personal excellence. Chris earned his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his master's degree from Boston University. He serves as the Secretary of the Board of the IBSC, has chaired the Strategic Plan, and has co-hosted the Annual Conference (2017).
Graduate Program Director, Counselling Psychology Program
Director, Social Justice and Diversity Research Lab
McGill University, McGill University (Canada)
Ada L. Sinacore, Ph.D. Professor Sinacore has over 25 years of experience working in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, and is internationally recognized for her expertise and extensive presentations and publications addressing social justice concerns at the individual, institutional, and policy level. She is actively involved in research that addresses topics such as; gender equity education, social justice and human rights, migration and immigration, workplace harassment, bullying, gender based violence and sexual violence. Professor Sinacore is highly sought out for her consultation and program evaluation skills and has wide-ranging experience working with single gender and coed schools. Dr. Sinacore has received numerous honors and awards such as, The McGill Faculty of Education Award for Distinguished Teaching, Invited Foreign Speaker, The Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan, and Invited Expert Scholar on Gender Studies, Canadian Embassy in Chile.