Future-proof your child's education

Future-proof your child's education

Join us for a panel discussion at Cargilfield School

Future-proof your child's education. Join us for a panel discussion at Cargilfield School.

As parents, we all want our children to have the best possible education. But with changing times, it's important to stay informed and prepare for the future. That's why we have invited a panel of specialists to discuss the challenges faced by independent schools and their parents.

The conversation will focus on the impact of a change of government, including the proposed introduction of VAT and likely changes to other taxes and the potential impact this would have on the schools’ market and the UK economy. The discussion promises to be insightful and thought-provoking and our audience will be able to submit questions in advance or directly ask questions on the day.

Simon Dewar, Regional Director of Rathbones will host our panel of experts including:

Lorraine Davidson, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools

William Hobbs, Head of UK Multi Asset Wealth at Barclays

Sean McGinness, Head of VAT at Saffery

Mark Prentice, Head of Banking, Hampden & Co

Rob Taylor, Headmaster at Cargilfield

The panel will be held on 22nd February from 6pm - 7pm and will be followed by drinks and a chance to network with our panellists, their colleagues and others.

RSVP to [email protected] (ref: Panel Event) by 7th February to secure your spot. Please do extend the invitation to anyone else who might benefit from this discussion.

Please see biographies of our host and panellists below:

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Simon Dewar - Host

Simon joined Rathbones in 2006 and has led the wealth manager’s Edinburgh office since 2018. He acts as a trusted investment partner for a number of individuals, families and institutions, helping them to build and maintain their wealth. Simon is fellow of the Securities Institute and has been an investment manager for 20 years.

He has 4 young children that he is trying to educate privately…

Lorraine Davidson

Lorraine joined SCIS as CEO from the Scottish Government where she held roles including: Head of Education Strategy, during which time she was responsible for the National Discussion on Education, Head of vaccine oversight during the Covid rollout, and Head of European Engagement in the run up to Brexit.

William Hobbs

William joined Barclays in October 2005, and is the Head of UK Multi-Asset Wealth Team for Barclays Private Bank & Wealth Management. Prior to becoming The Head of UK Multi-Asset, William held the position of Chief Investment Officer for Barclays UK Wealth Management, a position he held from December 2018. William is a fellow of the Securities Institute and has close to 20 years of experience in the financial sector.

Sean McGinness

Sean advises corporates, charities (including independent schools) and landed estates on their VAT process and controls, and he is frequently involved with HMRC enquiries and disputes. Sean and his team represent clients on HMRC industry groups and Sean is currently liaising with HM Treasury on other VAT law changes.

Mark Prentice

Mark has more than 40 years’ experience helping clients with their banking needs and specialises in helping those with complex finances. As Head of Private Banking in Scotland for Hampden & Co, he leads a team of bankers serving clients across the UK. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Banker Institute.

Rob Taylor

Rob has been the headmaster of two independent prep schools over the last 15 years. He has also managed admissions at Harrow School and been a housemaster at Wellington College.

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