The Board

President

Richard Tovey MBE
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Richard Tovey MBE

Richard Tovey was Headmaster of Tockington Manor for 38 years and Chairman of IAPS in 1999-2000.  He was awarded the MBE for service to Education and is President of SATIPS.

Council Chair

Ben Moir
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Ben Moir

Ben is currently Deputy Head at Longacre School, where he took up post in September 2016. This role includes being the DSL, Health & Safety Officer and Educational Visits Coordinator. Longacre is a co-ed, day prep school for 2-11 years. Prior to this Ben was Senior Teacher & Director of Sport at Rokeby School, for nearly seven years. In 2019, Ben stepped down as Chair of the Independent Schools PE Conference after 10 years in position and was made President 12 months later. In addition to his role at SATIPS, Ben is currently Chair and trustee of the local Village Nursery as well as a Governor at a local primary school and IAPS School. Ben is a Physical Education and Games specialist but has also taught KS2 Maths, Science & ICT.

Vice Presidents

David Kendall
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David Kendall

David has taught for over 37 years in a variety of prep and juniors throughout the south east and London. He has been Head of History in several schools, chaired Teachers of History in Independent Schools and led a number of conferences on the subject. In leadership roles he was Director Studies at Westminster under School, Deputy Head Upper School at Newton Prep and is now Headteacher of Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital Junior School in Bristol. His interests are walking, photography, military history and cooking.

Officers

Director of Education
Paul Jackson
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Paul Jackson

Paul's career in Independent Education spans over 40 years including Boarding Housemaster and Head of Department roles at Worksop College, Millfield, Northbourne Park and Bilton Grange, Rugby. He established the Preparatory School Physical Education Conference and was awarded Fellowship of The Physical Education Association for services to School Sport. A former Curriculum Committee Subject Chair for HMC, IAPS and GSA, he was an invited member of the IAPS Sport and Recreation Committee. Paul has served on the Alumni Board of Loughborough University, co-directed a conference on Mindfulness with Sir Anthony Seldon and assists the Barbarians FC with their archive. He has enjoyed a long association with SATIPS, initially as a Broadsheet Editor and Council member before becoming Director of Education. He is the current Editor of Prep School Magazine.
Director of Finance
Stephen Coverdale
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Members

Mark Middleton
Brenda Marshall
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Brenda Marshall

Brenda started teaching in grammar schools in Taunton. She then went to London and taught children aged 9-16. She has been Head of English and Librarian in three UK Prep Schools and is a former IAPS English Co-ordinator and Member of the ISEB setting panel for English CE at 13+. She has been a team inspector for ISI and has considerable experience teaching in UK Prep schools. She used to review for Carousel, is the Reviews Editor for English 4 – 11, the primary magazine of the English Association and UKLA, and she reviews for the School Library Association. She is a member of the Primary and Secondary committees of the English Association, a committee member of East Kent School Library Association and an SLA mentor. She has organised conferences for SATIPS, IAPS and Taunton School, and is a Fellow of The English Association.
Emma Goodbourn
Paul Baker
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Paul Baker

Paul Baker FRGS, Chartered Geographer, MA (Geography and EDucation), B.Sc Geography. Paul taught Geography in 2 Prep and 3 Senior Independent Schools over 38 years from1970 to 2008. He was Head of Department in 3 of these Schools. His final 17 years was at the Dragon School in Oxford where he was Head of Geography and Director of Activities. He also during his time as a teacher explored with pupils a great number of environments in a variety of countries including Sabah, Brunei , Morocco, France, Italy and much of the UK. He has served on the Council of the Royal Geographical Society and since 2009 is fully involved as a PGCE tutor and MA Supervisor for the University of Buckingham Faculty of Education. He is an Ambassador for Earthwatch Europe and from 2013 to 2018 organised student expeditions for them.He lives in Nottingham where he edits the Thoroton History and Archaeology Society Newsletter and enjoys watching cricket at Trent Bridge. He enjoys watching Rugby and Manchester United who he has supported since seeing the Busby Babes play in 1957.
Chris Barnes
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Chris Barnes

Chris's 22 years in education have been spent in preparatory and international schools.  He spent nine years at the British International School, Moscow, where he was KS2 leader and latterly Deputy Head; eight years as Deputy Head at Edenhurst Prep School, Staffordshire; and is presently Milepost 3 Leader at Crescendo-HELP International School, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Chris is an English and Humanities specialist with wide experience of preparing children for the 11+ and transition to senior schools. In addition to his role at SATIPS, Chris has a lifelong involvement with Scouting. At present, he is a Training Advisor with British Scouting Overseas, supporting groups in Singapore and Malaysia.  His interests include Russian culture, reading fantasy and spy fiction novels, writing and hillwalking.