The BSA Team

Chief Executive

Robin Fletcher MBA MPhil FRSA
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Robin Fletcher MBA MPhil was a boarder at Rugby School and is passionate about good quality, modern boarding. He has been BSA Chief Executive since 2014 after working as a journalist, award-winning newspaper editor, plc communications director and business owner.

Robin is an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Cardiff Metropolitan University, a former journalism examiner and former adult education tutor. He lives in Bath in south west England and has two daughters, two stepdaughters and two stepsons. 


Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Training

Alex Thomson OBE BSc (Hons) PGCE DipEd FCIPD MIfL
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Alex Thomson OBE taught geography and mathematics before joining the Education & Training branch of the Army. His service included roles as Director of Adult Education in Northern Ireland, Chief Examinations Officer for the Army’s Junior Officer Education and Training, and Senior Education Adviser to the Officer Selection Board. Before becoming BSA’s Director of Training in September 2008, he was the Children’s Services Director for British Forces in Germany. 

He is passionate about promoting staff development and team building in education and boarding. He was made OBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List for his support to Service Children and their families in Germany.  He has been Director of Training for seven years and has expanded the Day Seminar programme and the BSA Professional Certificate course to meet the needs of our boarding schools.  


Assistant Director 

Aileen Kane BA(Hons)
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Aileen Kane leads BSA’s Marketing and Services Team, which oversees marketing, media, social media, print and digital publishing, events, sponsorship, advertising, finance, HR and facilities. 

After nine years managing marketing and communications at two independent UK boarding schools, Aileen joined BSA as Head of Communications in March 2015. A business graduate, she worked as a head of international marketing in the beauty industry before entering the education sector. 

Aileen, who understands the issues and challenges facing the UK boarding sector, is a member of BSA’s senior leadership team. Through this she has additional responsibility for developing services for member schools in Scotland, and liaising with the government, local authorities and other agencies to find places for refugee children escaping from conflict countries. 


Assistant Director of Training

Mark Robinson B.Tech. Ed PGCE
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Mark Robinson joined the BSA as Assistant Director of Training in 2010 and has extensive experience within the boarding sector. A former boarding inspector, Mark has held several roles in schools including Housemaster and Head of Department. Since 2002 Mark has been leading CPD in the independent sector.

Mark specialises in training boarding staff of all levels, alongside delivering consultancy and advice to boarding schools in the independent and maintained sector at home and abroad.


   Head of Safeguarding and Standards

    Dale Wilkins BA (Hons), PGCE, MA (Ed)
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After boarding positions at Norwich School and Tettenhall College, Dale became a Housemaster at Old Swinford Hospital in 1992, and was promoted to Deputy Head in 2007, and subsequently DSL also.

He has also been a multi-agency trainer for the Dudley Safeguarding Children’s Board and has been closely involved in inspection in state and independent boarding since 2002. Dale has been a BSA course tutor since 1998, a member of the BSA Safeguarding Advisory Forum and the committee of the BSA State Boarding Forum. He developed the BSA Self-Assessment toolkit.  Dale’s wife also has a long pedigree in boarding.  


    Membership and Marketing Manager

      Chris Ryan MA, BSc, PGCE, NPQH
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Chris joined BSA as Membership and Marketing Manager in February 2017 and is well versed in the world of education, having worked as a teacher for 30 years, the last twelve as Deputy Head; which included a period as Acting Head teacher. Having experienced seven Ofsted         inspections, he is keenly aware of the pressures that they put on school staff.

He studied Management in Swansea before working for Ford Motor Company and then turning to teaching. He is passionate about education and its power to improve the life chances of young people.

Years of interviewing, assemblies, presentations to governors and engaging with stakeholders from all walks of life has enabled him to respond to a variety of requests and issues in a creative, logical and often humorous manner.


Events and Commercial Manager

Amy Wilson BA(Hons)
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Amy Clear has over 12 years events and commercial experience in B2C, B2B and charity sectors.  Since 2010 she has managed the event needs for the BSA and has overseen the growth of the conference and seminar programme. Amy’s eye to detail ensures that everything from the speaker line up, to hotel rooms, equate to a top quality BSA event experience for all delegates. 

In 2015 Amy took over the management of the commercial needs for the BSA and is currently accepting bookings and advertising for events and publications.  



Training Manager

Liz McDonald
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Liz McDonald has been with the BSA for five years and is responsible for the coordination of the BSA training requirements, including the Roehampton University course.   

A former financial services professional, Liz relishes the opportunity to help and assist boarding staff with their training needs and continued professional development.


Finance and Administration Coordinator

Alex Chevin BCom
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Alex, a former boarding school pupil, is an Economics and Accountancy graduate from Australia.

Alex is passionate about all things boarding and even worked in a boarding school throughout her university years. She looks after finance and administration for the BSA team and also assists with enquiries from parents seeking advice about boarding school.


Training Coordinator

Lanya Kawa MA, BSc
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Lanya is an Economics graduate of  Queen Mary University, London and holds a Masters in Environmental Economics from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.  

She joined the BSA team in August 2016 to support the Training team and oversee our busy Day Seminar programme. 



CREDIT: Image header taken from BSA member school Highfield School