Bedales Headmaster announced as HMC Chair

Posted on 01st September 2016

The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) has announced that Bedales Headmaster, Keith Budge, will be HMC Chair for 2017-18, and assumes the role of HMC Chair Elect from 1 September 2016.

HMC represents the majority of the UK’s leading independent schools and has a growing international membership. The HMC Chair is a part-time and representative role carried out by a serving head.

Bedales Chairman of Governors, Matthew Rice said:

“As Chairman of HMC, Keith will be able to promote the merits of an education system that offers choice and independence for schools to develop their distinctiveness. We see this in spades at Dunannie, Dunhurst and Bedales with independent thinking and inquisitiveness at the fore. This appointment is a ringing endorsement of Keith’s contribution and is a big feather in our cap.”

Keith will be continuing a proud tradition where Bedales School is promoting innovation in education – back in 1934, Bedales founder’ John Badley was invited by the Prime Minister (and Bedales parent) Ramsay MacDonald into 10 Downing Street to explain and publicise his educational ideas.

Keith’s responsibilities representing and promoting the interests of the independent school sector will come into play fully in September 2017, although there will be some involvement in the 2016/17 school year. He will remain firmly in the driving seat as headmaster of Bedales throughout his period as HMC Chair and will still carry out all his duties within the school.

There is more information about the announcement on the HMC website here. View Keith's profile here.