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AROPS Annual Conference 2019

The AROPS Annual Conference 2019 promises to offer a varied and thought-provoking programme that will help you to inspire and guide your society in the year ahead. The theme for our 2019 Conference is: Navigating Change: The Future of Alumni Societies.

The programme will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the independent school sector and the changing role that Alumni Societies will play in the long-term future of their schools.

Event details

Magdalen College School
Oxford, OX4 1DZ


Navigating Change: The Future of Alumni Societies

09.30 Registration

10.00 Opening of Conference

Welcome: Miss Helen Pike (Master, Magdalen College School, Oxford) and Peter Jakobek (Chairman, AROPS)


10.30 First Plenary Session

Keynote Speaker: Shaun Fenton (Chair, HMC)

Topic: View from the Top: Improving Communications between Alumni Societies and SLTs

Shaun Fenton shares how Heads and Senior Leadership Team's (SLT) view the role of Alumni Societies in today's independent schools’ sector. He also discusses the important role that Societies must undertake to help secure the long-term future of their schools, and how they can engage their SLTs' to achieve this.

Shaun Fenton is Headmaster of Reigate Grammar School (RGS) and 2018-19 Chair of HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference), which represents independent schools.


11.30 Coffee, Tea, Biscuits


12.00 Morning Breakout Sessions

1. Building an Alumni Engagement Plan

Tracey Ahmet (Executive Assistant, Rugbeian Society) and Simon Penniston (Past President and Current VP, Rugbeian Society)


2. Alumni Relations: Locate, Engage, Advance

Jim Lewis (Head of Development, St Columba's School)


3. Engaging Alumni & Community Through Your School’s Story & Archives

Lindsay McCormack (Archivist, Magdalen College School) and Kathryne Crossley (Oral Historian, Magdalen College School)


4. Rethinking Surveys: How to Keep Your Membership Offering Relevant

David Jenkins (Operations Director, Socius); Jeremy Withers Green (Social Engagement Officer, Old Pauline Club)


13.00 Luncheon


14.00 Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Repeat of morning breakout sessions.


15.00 Second Plenary Session: Panel

Topic: The Changing Role of Alumni Societies and Alumni Engagement

Jane Pendry (Senior Coach, Socius) invites a variety of key stakeholders from the Independent School sector to share their perspectives on how alumni engagement will change over the next five years and what role Alumni Societies will play in the long-term future of independent schools


Graham Papenfus (Development Director, Kingswood School)

Simon Penniston (Former President and Current VP, Rugbeian Society) (Associate Governor, Rugby School)

Susannah Baker (Director of The Waynflete Office, Magdalen College School)

William Gillen (President, AROPS) (Governor, Queen's Gate School)


16.00 Q&A (to follow on from Panel Session)

16.30 Close: Coffee, Tea, Biscuits

17.00 Tour of School and College

18.00 Evensong (Magdalen College Chapel)


19.00 Conference Dinner

Dress: Lounge Suits

Guests are welcome to attend on invitation of an AROPS Member


TRAVEL & ACCommodation


Limited parking is available at the school by arrangement


Oxford Tube Coaches from London stop 50m from the school (Stop: St Clement's)

Direct buses operate from Oxford Train Station to the school.


There is a selection of local hotels available (early booking is advised)

Several Oxford Colleges offer guest rooms for affiliated members.


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