Beech Hall School own­ers ap­point a new di­rec­tor

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

BEECH HALL School own­ers River­ston have ap­pointed Richard Pur­chase as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the River­ston Group and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of River­ston Schools (UK) Ltd.

Richard was un­til re­cently di­rec­tor of col­leges and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment at Al­pha Plus Group. Al­pha Plus is the UK’s sec­ond largest in­de­pen­dent schools op­er­a­tor with 12 schools in­clud­ing Wetherby in Lon­don, four col­leges and two nurs­eries.

Richard joined Al­pha Plus in 2008 from Tribal Group where he was man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of their chil­dren’s ser­vices ed­u­ca­tion con­sult­ing busi­ness.

At Al­pha Plus Richard de­vel­oped and led nu­mer­ous suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion growth strate­gies.

One of these re­sulted in Abbey DLD Col­lege’s rev­enues grow­ing from £13m in 2008/09 to £28m in 2012/13.

A phar­ma­cist who qual­i­fied at Bath Univer­sity, he has sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence in the healthcare and ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices sec­tor.

Also an in­ter­na­tional hockey player in his youth, he con­tin­ues to play at se­nior in­ter­na­tional level as well as be­ing an ac­com­plished hockey coach.

Richard will con­trib­ute to River­ston’s busi­ness de­vel­op­ment in the UK and in­ter­na­tion­ally, and will have ex­ec­u­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity for the suc­cess and ex­pan­sion of River­ston’s schools in the UK in­clud­ing Beech Hall School and River­ston School in Lon­don.

He joins Jackie Harland, for­mer CEO of the Lon­don Chil­dren’s Prac­tice based in Har­ley Street, on the River­ston Group ex­ec­u­tive board, with Michael Lewis as ex­ec­u­tive chair­man.

River­ston, owned by Pro­fes­sor Michael Lewis and his wife Jan­ina, spe­cialises in pro­vid­ing an in­clu­sive and in­te­grated ed­u­ca­tion to stu­dents of all abil­i­ties in­clud­ing those who are ex­cep­tion­ally gifted and tal­ented as well as those who have mild or mod­er­ate ad­di­tional learn­ing needs.

●● Richard Pur­chase, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the River­ston Group and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of River­ston Schools UK Ltd

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