Fr Mark Smith

Fr Mark Smith is an inspirational school leader and chaplain based at King’s College, Taunton. He works with Academy Conferences and the Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford spear-heading the hugely successful Philosothon project in schools. After working as a police officer in South Africa he was ordained and called to work with people in some of the poorest townships in South Africa. He was active in the Anti-Apartheid movement until liberation in 1994. An innovative thinker and a larger than life speaker Mark will lead a session exploring how a quality education is not found in high profile new-builds and expensive equipment, but in creating a unified curriculum through which the individual learns to take their place in the world.