Our Chief Executive

Ian Davenport

Ian joined SpringBoard after 8 years as the Head Master at Blundell’s School in Devon. He has a strong belief that boarding schools, both state and independent, can play a significant role in social mobility. Prior to Blundell’s he was a housemaster at Radley College and an Economics teacher both at school and university level. He began his career working in the City for Arthur Andersen, Morgan Stanley and Kleinwort Benson. He is a Governor of 3 boarding schools and was until recently the Chair of Trustees at the Royal Academy for the Deaf.


Having been involved in boarding schools for over twenty years I have seen first-hand the transformational effect the environment has on pupils from diverse backgrounds. To be asked to run such a significant charity with this transformational aspiration at its heart, thus benefiting those pupils who have a disadvantaged background, was just too exciting an offer to refuse.