2014 Debate - Education

Our theme in 2014 was focused around education and its role in raising aspirations and breaking the cycle of poverty. This is linked to the legacy of Andrew Reed, Founder of Reed's School, but also to our other 2014 partner charities: Kids Company and Oasis.

We are indebted to our sponsors of the 2014 Debate, Brewin Dolphin and ICAP, and to our co-sponsors for their support of this event.

Purpose of the Debate

The Andrew Reed Debate will become a series focused on the issues of overcoming child deprivation and disadvantage. The aim is to:

  • raise awareness about child deprivation and disadvantage today;
  • identify solutions to child deprivation and disadvantage today;
  • develop interest from the City in these issues and engage their involvement in addressing them;
  • raise awareness of Reed’s School’s charitable Foundation and and those partner charities with whom it works;
  • raise funds so that beneficiaries from our partner charities in 2014, Oasis and Kids Company, can be supported on bursaries to attend Reed's School;
  • celebrate the life of our Founder and his enduring work in helping deprived and disadvantaged children.

2014 Debate Partner Charities

Quote From Richard Garrett, Development Director

“My vision for this series of debates has been inspired by the life and work of Andrew Reed and his care for vulnerable children. With your continued support, this annual City event will be an opportunity for the arts, business, charity and sporting sectors to work collaboratively to assist charities that help disadvantaged children and their families.”

Charity Profile

From its origins as an orphanage, Reed’s School is now an independent day and boarding school for 11-18 year old boys, with a co-educational Sixth Form, providing an education for 650 pupils. At its heart lies the charitable Foundation which provided the funding for those original orphans; without it, the School would not exist today and it continues to be an integral part of our ethos. The School is charged with delivering a first class education to all its pupils, but it is the Foundation which provides the means by which the School can continue to support, educate and enrich the lives of disadvantaged children. Our shared objective is to inspire pupils to reach their full potential: to think, act and work independently, equipped with the skills to embrace life. The need for Reed’s School to offer opportunities to disadvantaged children is as strong today as it was when we were founded in 1813. Our mission is: to help as many vulnerable young people as possible to achieve their full potential; to break the cycle of ‘family disadvantage’ through the funding of a good education. The Foundation has a commitment to fund at least 10% of the School’s population as bursary Foundation pupils who meet our charitable criteria. All who apply are assessed financially, socially and academically, through a sensitive application process of home visits, tests and interviews, to ensure we support the most genuine cases.   To hear from two of our Foundation pupils, click here.

Through its Primary and Secondary Forums, Reed’s School has developed a network of schools, businesses, charities and educationalists that deliver opportunities to over 5000 disadvantaged pupils from low income families. This project is being delivered through a host of academic, sporting and creative enrichment activities. The aim is to raise aspirations and improve the performance of young people facing hardship. However, these Forums also have another valuable role; they help the Foundation to identify the most deserving of candidates who have potential to be our Foundation pupils of the future.

Patron: HM The Queen.

Quote from Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE

“A good education is indeed a fortune a child can never spend. But the question is, what constitutes a quality education and for whom? It is possible that current education trends are anti- intellect, just as much as they are impractical. So the time has come to be brave and reframe our understanding of education.”

Charity Profile

Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996. It employs more than 550 staff, and benefits from some 11,000 people volunteering annually.

The charity provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children. Its services reach 36,000 children across London and Bristol, including the most deprived and at risk whose parents are unable to care for them due to their own practical or emotional challenges.

The charity provides a safe, caring, family environment where support is tailored to the needs of each individual. Their services and support empower children who have experienced enormous challenges to lead positive and fulfilling lives.

In 2007 Kids Company was awarded the Human Rights Award by Liberty& Justice and was also awarded Child Poverty Champion Status by the End Child Poverty Action Group.

In 2010 Camila and Kids Company were given the Award for Innovative Excellence by Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. In 2012 Kids Company received the Royal Society for Public Health Arts and Health Award.

Quote from Steve Chalke MBE

“After visiting Reed’s School, I began to understand the incredible vision of its founder and fellow minister, Reverend Dr Andrew Reed, to empower disadvantaged children and young people by offering them an outstanding education. Therefore, I am delighted to be taking part in this Debate. Reed’s School, like Oasis, sees value and potential in every person and understands that education, rather than being solely about academic qualifications and achievement, should pose the question: who are you and who are you becoming?”

Charity Profile

Oasis has been pioneering life-transforming education, housing, healthcare, and youth work initiatives across the globe for over twenty years. Their vision is to see a just and inclusive world, in which everyone has equal opportunity to reach their potential. Oasis is inspired by its Christian ethos; to serve people and transform communities by promoting inclusion and confronting injustice.

Oasis believes that individuals can only truly thrive when their community flourishes around them, so it works in ‘community hubs’ to provide a range of integrated and high quality services that support people holistically; educationally, physically, socially, spiritually, emotionally, economically and environmentally.  The charity has now developed into a movement of many thousands of people, working in ten countries around the world, who are all committed to this goal. Oasis operates in over 40 communities around the world and is also one of the UK’s leading Academy sponsors.

To-date Oasis has opened twenty-three primary, fourteen secondary and two all-through schools in the UK serving over 20,000 children and young people.  Each school is committed not only to education but also to holistic community regeneration.

2014 Debate Timetable

Debate title
‘A good education is a fortune a child can never spend’ (Andrew Reed)
Doors open, guests arrive and register
Reception in The Crypt
Guests seated in the Great Hall
Debate commences Welcome by David Jarrett, Headmaster, Reed’s School
Debate closes
Dinner for Speakers and Sponsors in The Old Library

2014 Debate Guest Speakers

John Inverdale

John Inverdale

Debate Chairman

John’s professionalism and personality make him one of the best conference and awards hosts in the business. He is a vastly experienced facilitator, ideally suited for any topics.

During his successful television and radio career, he has presented the Olympic Games, Football and Rugby World Cups, Wimbledon Championships, Open Championships, plus numerous other major sporting events both at home and abroad.

In 1997, he was named Broadcaster of the Year at the Sony Awards, and in 1998 ‘Radio Personality of the Year’ by the Variety Club.

Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE

Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE

Camila is the founder of two children’s charities: The Place 2 Be (now national) and Kids Company.

Camila trained as a psychotherapist, engaged in 20 years of psychoanalysis and has become an advocate for vulnerable children. In 2009 she was named Business Woman of the Year for the Dods and Scottish Widows Public Life Awards. Camila has also been awarded Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and Coutts and the Most Admired Chief Executive by Third Sector

Magazine. She won the lifetime achievement award from the Centre of Social Justice.

Kids Company was set up in 1996. It employs more than 550 staff, benefits from some 11,000 people volunteering annually and reaches 36,000 children a year with therapeutic care.

Camila considers herself very privileged to be working with what she describes as extraordinarily courageous and dignified children. She has a good sense of humour and enjoys cutting up other people’s curtains and wearing them!

Steve Chalke MBE

Steve Chalke MBE

Steve Chalke MBE, author, broadcaster, social entrepreneur, husband and father, began public life as a Baptist Minister, ordained in 1981. By 1985 he founded Oasis with a vision to build inclusive communities, where everyone has hope, feels that they matter and is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. The first Oasis project was a hostel for homeless people in South London. No.3, as it became known, which still provides housing and support for young people today.

Steve has also founded several opinion changing campaigns and organisations: Parentalk; Faithworks; People’s Parliament and Stop The Traffik, the latter being a global coalition currently working in around 100 countries, with tens of thousands of activists. It campaigns to end people trafficking through preventing the sale of people, prosecuting the traffickers and protecting the victims. Steve is a UN GIFT Special Advisor for Community Action against Human Trafficking. In 2004 Steve was awarded an MBE by the Queen in recognition of his services to social inclusion.

His endeavours in several London Marathons have made him Guinness World Record Holder for the most money raised by an individual in a single sporting event on two separate occasions. His current unbeaten reign, established in 2011 saw him regain the title from Sir Steve Redgrave by raising £2.3 million.

Dominic Raab MP

Dominic Raab MP

Dominic Raab worked as an international lawyer, at Linklaters in the City and at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London and The Hague. In May 2010, he was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Esher and Walton. He was a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights between 2010 and 2012, and was elected to the Education Select Committee in 2013. The Education Select Committee scrutinises the policy, administration and spending of the Department of Education.

Dominic is the author of The Assault on Liberty – What Went Wrong With Rights (Fourth Estate, 2009). He has also co- authored a number of books, including most recently (Sept 2012), Britannia Unchained, which addressed issues including national debt, state education, innovation and work ethic.

In November 2011, Dominic was awarded Newcomer of the Year by The Spectator magazine at their Parliamentarian of the Year Awards. He and his wife Erika became parents to Peter in November 2012.

David Davies OBE

David Davies OBE

David Davies OBE is a sports and media consultant who advises organisations around the world. In recent years he has worked as a senior consultant with the South African organisers of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Hong Kong FA, professional football clubs in Jamaica and on various sporting projects in the Middle East.

He regularly reviews the UK media on BBC Television, ITV and Sky News. His career previously involved more than 20 years as a BBC Correspondent/ Presenter where as well as being a Political Correspondent, he presented programmes as diverse as Songs of Praise, Match of the Day, the Today Radio programme and the National News.

For four years he was Education Correspondent for BBC TV News, a subject he has always been passionate about as a qualified teacher and father of two children.

For thirteen turbulent years between 1994 and 2007 he held senior positions at The Football Association working closely with a succession of England Coaches. He was an early advocate of London’s ultimately successful Bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and now works with Lord Coe and others on International Inspiration, a charity dedicated to the worldwide legacy of the Games. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to sport.

2014 Debate Sponsors

The Debate in the Great Hall

Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin

Brewin Dolphin is one of the UK’s largest independently-owned private client wealth managers. They have over 30 offices throughout the United Kingdom and Channel Islands offering a wide range of financial services.

With £28 billion under management their success is founded on a long track record of helping private clients, trusts, charities and pension funds to create and preserve wealth. With the origins of the firm going back two and a half centuries, Brewin Dolphin has a rich heritage. They can trace their beginnings back to the mid 18th Century and were one of the founding firms of the London Stock Exchange.

Brewin Dolphin is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and has a Premium Listing on the LSE.

For more information, visit the Brewin Dolphin website.

Quote from Rupert Tyler, National Director

“Brewin Dolphin is proud to be associated with an organisation such as Reed’s School. As part of our 250th anniversary celebrations, we established the Brewin Dolphin Foundation which aims to build a legacy of supporting social charities whilst engaging all our staff at national and local levels.

"We have supported the Reed’s Foundation students on bursaries for a number of years and have previously hosted networking and fundraising functions for Reed’s School in the City. Therefore sponsoring the 2014 Inaugural Andrew Reed Debate is a great progression for the association. We applaud the continuing vision of Reed’s School, stemming from their founder Andrew Reed, of changing lives and giving hope to those facing severe challenges.”

The Dinner in the Old Library

Sponsored by ICAP

ICAP is a leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services. We provide services that match buyers and sellers in the wholesale markets in interest rates, credit, commodities, FX, emerging markets and equity derivatives through voice and electronic networks. Through our post trade risk and information services we help our customers manage and mitigate risks in their portfolios.

For more information, visit the ICAP website.

Quote from Michael Spencer, Chief Executive Officer

“We were delighted to nominate Reed’s School and its Foundation to be a beneficiary of the ICAP Charity Day in 2012. This annual fundraising event donates our revenues and commissions on one day each year to

a range of charities which positively changes the lives of hundreds of thousands of less fortunate people. The enrichment activities offered by Reed’s to its Primary Forum schools is an excellent example of how our support makes a difference to many.”


JB Drax
Ocean Independent
Lewis Silkin


Reed’s School 

Richard Garrett, Kathryn Hamlet, Sharmaine Matthews, Alison Atkins, Paul Jenkins and the Reed’s School Jazz Band, Jeremy Ovenden (Old Reedonian) 


Chris Brogden (Old Reedonian), Rupert Bryan (Old Reedonian), David Double (Saville Audio), Oliver Smith (Guildhall), Sharmaine Matthews (Reed's School)


Stuart Popham, Roger Draper, Gary Bownes, Tim Corrie, Shelley Crema, Toni Lorenzo, Benn Shepherd, Michael Jankowski, Marcus Brown, Dave Brown, David Davies

Kids Company

Jane Caldwell, Suzie Curran, Florence Jupp


Sue Robbins, Dave Parr, Helen Seacombe, Susie Doyle, Leanne Higgins 

Brewin Dolphin

Rupert Tyler, Ashley Silverton, Philip Browne, Sarah Keane 


David Casterton, Nikki Studt, Paul Newman, Greig Macpherson, Nicola Hall, Serra Balls 


The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, The Worshipful Company of Girdlers, The Reedham Trust, The Guildhall, St Andrew’s Church (Oxshott), Saville Audio, Tom Brown Design, Party Ingredients, Benchmark Sport, Beauterama, MPH Films, Big Red Management, Bound and Gagged Comedy, Omid Djalili, Tim Henman OBE, Nigel Geach, Ian Griffin