Originally named the G20 Schools, the G30 was founded in 2006 by Sir Anthony Seldon, the Head of Wellington College, UK and David Wylde, the Head of St Andrew’s College, South Africa. There are up to 30 G30 schools with the significant majority being able to meet annually.

The G30 brings Heads from leading schools together on an annual basis. All participants are encouraged to share their best practice, thoughts, ideas and challenges within a strictly confidential environment. Heads and their spouses appreciate the unique nature of the role of Head and benefit from the sharing amongst the G30 group. Uniquely, the G30 group includes partners of Heads as full conference participants.

Administration costs are kept low and the G30 group does not have a formal constitution, executive structures or offices.

Outside of the annual G30 conferences, G30 Heads are encouraged to exchange ideas and arrange visits for them and their staff to other G30 schools.

The conference program is organised by the current Head of the G30 school. Guest speakers are invited, not just in the field of education but from a broad range of backgrounds and sectors. G30 Heads and partners gain just as much from the cultural immersion in the country and the informal conversations as they do from the formal conference program.

In 2013 a conference for G30 Deputy Heads was hosted by Wellington College, UK and in 2016 at Buckingham Browne & Nichols, USA and Appleby College, Canada.

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Any membership can be directed to the Chair of the G30 Schools Membership Sub Committee,
Nicholas Sampson


APRIL 21 - 28, 2004




Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket

Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (SSHL) had the great honour to host the G30 Schools Conference 2023 in Sweden. It was wonderful to finally be able to meet again after a three year hiatus due to the pandemic and the conference theme was focused on leadership in a digital world and in education. For the first part of our week together, we travelled from Stockholm to the county of Dalarna, where we explored its culture, art and industrial history. We visited the Falu copper mine, had a guided tour of the Mackmyra distillery, visited the museum of the famous painter Carl Larsson in Sundborn as well as the factory in Nusnäs to see how the Dala horses are produced. We enjoyed the breathtaking views in this beautiful part of the world with wonderful food and learned how the Swedes enjoy their “fika”.

For our final couple of days we travelled to Sigtuna, visiting our school, to learn more about the challenges about the rapid development of the digital world and how it will impact education and the world we live in.

Peng Wu, is the Programme Director of Research at Stellar Capacity, focusing on the impact of technology growth and digital transformation on society, economy, and politics. Merging his knowledge and perspectives from his background in China, the US, and in Europe, Peng leads Stellar Capacity's research programmes with a focus on digital leadership in the realm of future society, emerging technologies, new work and industry models. Peng gave several very interesting lectures which focused on “Leadership in a digital world” and “The Digital and Future School” giving us insights into key technological advancements and their impact on society, business, academia and individuals and how you as a leader become more successful in leading long-term digital change.

We were also inspired by the lecture “Networked leadership in an increasingly uncertain world” with Robin Tiegland, professor (PhD) of Strategy, Management of Digitalization in the Entrepreneurship and Strategy Division at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Her lecturing and research interests reside at the intersection of strategy, technology (especially AI), innovation, and entrepreneurship. Her lecture explored how and why our ability to use networks to reach our goals more efficiently becomes increasingly relevant in a connected world.

It was a great pleasure and privilege for us to host colleagues from all around the world. We would like to thank every participant for your openness to learn and your great friendship where we continue to build on the experience and the great community of the G30 Schools Conference.

Carina Nilsson.


Past Conferences




Past Conferences

  • 2023Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket, Sigtuna, Sweden

  • 2019Upper Canada College and Appleby College, Toronto, Canada

  • 2018Carey Baptist Grammar School, Melbourne Australia

  • 2017Brookhouse School, Kenya

  • 2016RDFZ, The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China and Chinese International School, Hong Kong

  • 2015Wellington College, Stowe School, Eton College and Marlborough College, UK

  • 2014Markham College, Peru

  • 2013Daly College, India

  • 2012Phillips Exeter Academy and Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, USA

  • 2011International School of Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2010The King’s School, Australia

  • 2009Harvard-Westlake School, USA

  • 2008King’s Academy, Jordan

  • 2007St Andrew’s College and Bishops Diocesan College, South Africa

  • 2006Wellington College and Eton College, UK



Fred Assaf

Pace Academy, USA

John Austin

Deerfield, USA

Dr Gunmeet Bindra

Daly College, India

Rebecca Cody

Geelong Grammar School, Australia

Dr Alex Curtis

Choate Rosemary Hall, U.S.

James Dahl

Wellington College, UK

Keith Evans

Westminster, USA

Philip Grutzner (Emeritus)

Melbourne Grammar School, Australia

Karen Jurjevich

Branksome Hall, Canada

Arun Kapur

The Royal Academy, Bhutan

Sofia Kinberg

Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (SSHL), Sweden

Lt Gen Surendra Kulkarni

Mayo College, India

Simon Lamb

King’s College, New Zealand

Liu Xiaohui

RDFZ, Beijing, China

Sean Lynch

Chinese International School, Hong Kong

Ruxandra Mercea

Transylvania College, Romania

Sam McKinney

Upper Canada College, Canada

Lisa Moloney

MLC, Sydney Australia

Adam Oliver

Robert College – Turkey

John O’Connor

Brookhouse School, Kenya

Charles Skipper (Emeritus)

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame/Robert College (Turkey)

Elizabeth Stone

Winchester College, U.K.

Michael Thomson (Emeritus)

Aitchison College, Pakistan

Penny Townsend

King’s Academy, Jordan

Innes van Nostrand (Chair of G30)

Appleby College, Canada

Anthony Wallersteiner

Stowe School, United Kingdom

Wang Huaqi

Hangzhou Foreign Languages School, China

Leo Winkley

Shrewsbury School, UK