The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) has appointed the headmaster of Strathallan School as its next chair.
Mark Lauder, who is head of the Perthshire boarding school, will assume the chairmanship for the forthcoming academic year.
He takes over the role from Nick Wergan, executive headteacher at Steyning Grammar School.
Speaking after his appointment, Lauder said: “I’m honoured and excited to take on the role as chair at the BSA for 2020. The BSA’s mission ‘for better boarding today’ is one close to my heart, having spent so much of my career in boarding schools endeavouring to provide just that.
“It’s a mission that mirrors that of Strathallan’s founder Harry Riley when he set out to reimagine what a boarding education could be in 1913, as relevant today as it was a century ago.
“I look forward to playing my part over my term as chair in 2020 and putting Strathallan at the heart of the UK’s boarding sector as we seek to continually improve what we do and how we look after our pupils.”
Lauder began his teaching career at Shiplake College in Henley-on-Thames, where he was head of the history department and rowing master.
His career has taken him to St Edward’s, Oxford, Felsted School in Essex, and, in his most recent role before his present day one at Strathallan, headmaster at Ashville College in Harrogate.
Lauder has been embedded in boarding as a housemaster, head of boarding and deputy headmaster, and headmaster, as well as a passionate rugby and rowing coach and CCF officer.
Earlier this year, Strathallan announced it would offer sixth form students a ‘triple pathway programme’, and give students “choice and flexibility” to “tailor study to their strengths, interests and future study or career goals”.