Mike Buchanan has been the Headteacher of Ashford School in Kent since 2005 where he has overseen its transformation from a small girls’ school to a thriving all-age, coeducational day/boarding, independent school of over 1,000 children and young people.
He has experience in secondary education, all-through schools and boarding, and has held a variety of leadership posts in London and elsewhere. He helped to establish two state-funded Academies in London and a Free School in Kent. He is a Governor of several leading independent schools, a Trustee of a children’s charity, a Reporting Inspector, a National Leader of Education, a qualified Executive Coach and plays at being a farmer.
Mike is currently the Vice-Chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) which represents the leading independent schools in the UK and worldwide and has recently been appointed as the associations new Executive Director.
Find out more about Mike’s new role at HMC here: New Executive Director of HMC
Mike’s interests are in school culture and climate, coaching, leadership, inspection, character development, the use of positive psychology in education and the role of independent schools within the worldwide educational landscape. He writes periodically for national newspapers including the TES and speaks on all of the above at conferences and more.