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Repton School appoints Emma Bateman as Chief Operating Officer

Repton School Headmaster, Mark Semmence, has appointed Emma Bateman as the Chief Operating Officer of Repton School and Foremarke Hall, Repton Preparatory School.

Emma has a First Class degree in History and English from the University of Birmingham, where she also gained an MPhil in History and Communications.  She started her career as a university lecturer and research fellow before working in the city as a derivatives trader in London and New York.  Throughout her corporate career, Emma has progressed into Executive Leadership and Board-level positions, through a variety of multidisciplinary roles including HR, e-Commerce, Retail operations, IT, Digital transformation, and commercial strategy development.

During her time at Screwfix, Emma developed the retail and online propositions. At Clarks Shoes, she was the Head of UK Retail and Franchise Operations before becoming Director of IT.  At BiGDUG, Emma was the Managing Director.  Most recently, Emma is currently the OmniChannel Director for the fashion retailer Seasalt Cornwall, accountable for all sales channels across UK and International Markets.  Throughout her career, Emma has worked across UK and International markets, and has led increasingly large and complex multi-disciplinary teams.

The newly appointed Chief Operating Officer is a key member of the Executive Team at Repton and will be responsible, on a day-to-day basis, for the effective management of both schools’ finances, operations and commercial delivery.

Mark Semmence commented: “After an international search, I am delighted to be welcoming Emma Bateman to Repton in July. Emma was the exceptional candidate amongst a very strong field. We feel that her broad and successful commercial experience, aligned with her time in education, mean that she is well positioned to play a key role in helping to shape the evolution of Repton as a leading global education brand and will support the Schools as they enter an ambitious new stage of development.”

Emma Bateman said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the executive leadership team at Repton at such a critical time, and look forward to working closely with Mark to write and deliver the next chapter.  I am excited about the opportunity to bring my commercial and leadership experience to bear, so that we can build on Repton’s tremendous history and heritage, whilst also transforming the brand for the future, both in the UK and internationally.”

Repton and Foremarke look forward to welcoming Emma and her family as she supports Mark Semmence with his vision for the Schools in a new era.

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