The University of Oxford

January 2021

CESA is pleased to present an outstanding opportunity to grow your leadership skills at The University of Oxford’s Said Business School. In a 5-day program designed specifically for CESA Heads and rising leaders and taught by Oxford professors, we will challenge assumptions about why we lead, contextualize technology and the future of education, and develop more strategic and commercial mindsets to position our institutions for long-term success.


  • Arrival, check-in, registration, and welcome dinner





  • Andy Wolfe, Deputy Chief Education Officer (Leadership Development) for the Church of England and CESA Leadership: what’s next
  • This opportunity was designed for CESA Heads of School and key rising leaders of CESA Schools. We see this as an opportunity to invest in our schools both for today and tomorrow.
  • The program will take place from Sunday, January 17th – Thursday, January 21st, 2021, replacing the Heads’ Retreat for the 2020-21 school year.
  • The cost includes 4 nights of lodging at Egrove Park, a 37-acre property and B & B in Oxford, all meals, and a college dinner. (Note: the accommodations are great- for European standards, but do note they will not be the same as our typical heads’ retreat accommodations)
  • Spouses are also welcome to join our Heads. We will be working on local activities for the spouses, possibly including a visit to Blenheim Palace, Churchill’s estate outside of Oxford, the sights of Oxford, and London. We do not yet have pricing for this, so stay tuned.
  • The price for this experience will be between $4500- $5000 USD, per participant. This intensive is limited to 40 participants.
  • A $1250 deposit for you and your rising leader(s) will be due by January 31st, 2020. The remainder of the tuition will be due in FY 20-21.

Questions about logistics? Please contact, Katie Wiens at:


Questions about the Oxford learning experience? Please contact Tim Wiens at:

Cost: $225 per person

Groups of 3 or more, 10% discount! Use Code: GROUP at checkout

Hotels: The two hotels below are in the same location, so we will have a shuttle between Charlotte Christian and these hotels.  Rooms at both hotels are $159.00/night. Using the links below will get you the special group rate.

Hilton Garden Inn

Homewood Suites

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Barry Giller

Barry Giller serves as the vice chair of the Board of Directors for CESA. Barry joined the faculty of Charlotte Christian as Head of School in June 2010 and ushered the school into its 60th anniversary. As head of school Mr. Giller oversees the college preparatory school’s 180 employees and 1055 students grades JK to 12. A 1994 graduate of Wheaton College, he received his Bachelor of Arts in history/social science and a certification for secondary education. He also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership in Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Giller currently resides on the board of directors for North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association and Teaching Fellows Institute. Mr. Giller served six years as headmaster at Christian Heritage School, a private K-12 interdenominational Christian college preparatory school, in Trumbull, Conn. He joined Christian Heritage in 2001 as the upper school principal and was promoted to the headmaster position in 2004. Barry and his wife, Lisa, have seven children and are active members of Church at Charlotte.

Mission Clarity

CESA member schools are accredited, mission-driven, Christian institutions aspiring to be academically, programmatically, and institutionally excellent. 

Effective Goverance

CESA member schools commit to a model of leadership that includes a governing board, which formally (policy statement) and informally (daily practice) delegates the daily operation of the institution to the head of school who supervises the administrative team, faculty, and staff.  

Institutional Viability

CESA member schools follow best practices that demonstrate astute financial management, appropriate budget forecasting, and thoughtful short and long-term financial planning processes.  

Academic & Programmatic Distinction

CESA member schools shall provide high quality academic, artistic, and athletic programs designed to meet the mission of the school and to distinguish the institution as one of high quality.  

Sense of Coherent Christian Community

CESA member schools shall develop a Christian ethos rooted in a commitment to the Nicene Creed and/or Apostles Creed, the foundational tenets of Christian orthodoxy, that distinguishes them from other local public and independent schools and we should have a nice sense of community.

Schedule of Events

Monday, Jan 20th

Tuesday, Jan 21

Wednesday, Jan 22