The world of work is moving on apace, so much so that it is difficult to know what sort of roles the pupils in school today may fill. How can an independent education equip your child to successfully take on the future world and fulfil their potential?


Lord Palumbo

James Palumbo 

A few weeks after leaving school James flew to California to start his first business, The English Butler Service. He  since established a number of enterprises including the South London nightclub Ministry of Sound which spawned the biggest independent record company in the world.

Curious and confused about the world, he wrote two books about morality in modern times and short termism in politics. Stephen Fry said of his writing - 'It's as if Thomas Pynchon and Burroughs and Vonnegut got together and had a bastard love child.'

Active in politics he became a Lib Dem Peer in 2013. He speaks on the unsustainability of debt in modern democracies, but is unable to provide a solution as any politician seeking to connect behaviour to consequences would be unelectable.

He launched a new hybrid office/gym/restaurant/club business this year, but overall still hasn't found what he's looking for.

Anthony Wallesteiner

Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, Headmaster, Stowe School 

Anthony Wallersteiner has been Headmaster of Stowe since 2003. Having renovated and transformed the school, ducal palace and landscaped gardens, Stowe now intends to raise £100m for needs blind bursaries. A history scholar at Trinity College Cambridge, Anthony completed his PhD on the Cornish artist Peter Lanyon and was a Trustee of the Tate St Ives. He has written extensively on modern art and educational issues and governs at three schools. He was shortlisted for the Daily Telegraph and Spectator journalist of the year award and was Tatler Headmaster of the Year in 2006. He is currently Chairman of Street Child, a charity which aims to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children in Africa and Asia.

The full 2019 timetable will be published on Tuesday 8 October.