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Principal elected Chair of HMC

Melvyn Roffe, Principal

We are delighted to announce that our Principal, Melvyn Roffe, has been elected as Chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) for the 2022/23 Session.

HMC represents the Heads of 296 leading independent schools in the UK, Ireland, and around the world, which between them are responsible for educating over 240,000 young people. The organisation has an important voice in the development of education policy and good practice, and also provides training and professional development for Heads and staff of its member schools.

Mr Roffe said: “I feel deeply honoured to have been chosen by my colleagues to chair the HMC during the 2022/23 school session and I am looking forward to the task with a mixture of excitement and trepidation.

“Colleagues in HMC schools throughout the UK and across the world have worked tremendously hard to offer excellent online learning throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to supporting their local communities in many ways. They are now facing new challenges with ingenuity and determination, continuing their outstanding contributions to wider society and, above all, providing truly exceptional educational opportunities for young people.” 

Mr Roffe’s appointment will be the third time in over 150 years that this prestigious position will have been held by the Head of a Scottish school. He will be following in the footsteps of former GWC Principal, Sir Roger Young, who was Chairman of HMC in 1976. 

Roddy Maclennan, Chair of the Governing Council, said: “Melvyn’s commitment to the HMC will be for a three year period beginning when he assumes responsibilities as Chair-Elect at the start of the 2021/22 Session.

“I know that he will work with senior colleagues to continue to provide Watson’s with strong and effective leadership throughout this period, thereby ensuring that the School only benefits from his undertaking this important national role.”

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