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

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.

Vice Presidents

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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Council Members

Webinar Coordinator
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.
Council Member
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.
Senior Management Broadsheet Editor & Council Member
Chris Barnes
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Chris Barnes

Chris's 24 years in education have been spent in preparatory and international schools.  He taught at the British International School, Moscow, where he was Assistant Head and latterly Deputy Head. A return to the UK came in 2012 as Deputy Head at Edenhurst Preparatory School, Staffordshire, before a further spell overseas as Milepost 3 Leader at Crescendo-HELP International School, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. At present he is teaching Year 6 at Altrincham Preparatory School, Cheshire. Chris is an English and Humanities specialist with a passion for outdoor and residential experiences. He is the SATIPS Senior Management Broadsheet editor in addition to his Council role. Outside of school, Chris has a lifelong involvement with Scouting. He is a Deputy Group Scout Leader and a Training Advisor with British Scouting Overseas.  His interests include travel, reading fantasy and spy fiction novels, and hillwalking.
Geography Broadsheet Editor & Council Member
Ben Mono
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Ben Mono

Ben Mono is Head of Geography at Eagle House School in Sandhurst where he has worked since 2002, having previously been Head of History and Geography at Mowden School (Lancing Prep), Hove, and before that teaching history and geography at Breaside Prep School in Bromley. Ben is SATIPS Geography Broadsheet Editor as well as IAPS Geography Co-ordinator for District 10. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Member of the Geographical Association and Recognised Apple Teacher. Ben's interests include travel, particularly to the USA, as well as politics, cinema and walking his dogs.
Council Member
Tim Wheeler MBE
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Tim Wheeler MBE

Tim Wheeler began his career at Norwich School, where he was a Housemaster and Head of 6th form studies. Following a spell as a consultant, he took on the role of Director of Studies at Bilton Grange before moving on to become Headmaster at Hereford Cathedral Junior School and then at Stockport Grammar Junior. He now ‘enjoys a life of leisure!’
Maths broadsheet editor & council member
Grant Whitaker
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Grant Whitaker

Formerly Director of Studies and Head of Mathematics at a Co-Ed Prep School in Buckinghamshire, Grant recently retired after teaching for over 30 years in Prep schools, including five years as a Housemaster in two Boarding Schools. He is currently Head of Content at an educational gaming company, IAPS Consultant for Maths and ICT, editor of the SATIPS Maths Broadsheet and a member of the SATIPS Council. He is also communications officer for Maths Week England.
Council Member
Ian Morris
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Ian Morris

Ian is a former PE (Secondary) student who saw the light and changed courses to History, Religion and Philosophy (Primary). He was appointed Head of History at Bilton Grange a long time ago and over 17 wonderful years headed up RE and Drama too. In 2012, Bishop's Stortford College took a step of faith and appointed him as Chaplain. The role enables Ian to foster a strong sense of community and promote the importance of faith, hope and love - he loves it!
IT Broadsheet Editor & Council Member
Mark Templeman
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Mark Templeman

Mark is currently deputy headmaster at Brockhurst and Marlston House in Newbury where he is responsible for leading the day-to-day running of the school as well as strategically positioning Brockhurst in a dynamic and crowded educational market. Mark previously held roles including a stint as Head of English Department and Form tutor at Eligor School in Moscow, as well as roles at Packwood Haugh in Shrewsbury and All Saints College in Bathurst, Australia.

Broadsheet editors

Senior Management Broadsheet Editor & Council Member
Chris Barnes
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Chris Barnes

Chris's 24 years in education have been spent in preparatory and international schools.  He taught at the British International School, Moscow, where he was Assistant Head and latterly Deputy Head. A return to the UK came in 2012 as Deputy Head at Edenhurst Preparatory School, Staffordshire, before a further spell overseas as Milepost 3 Leader at Crescendo-HELP International School, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. At present he is teaching Year 6 at Altrincham Preparatory School, Cheshire. Chris is an English and Humanities specialist with a passion for outdoor and residential experiences. He is the SATIPS Senior Management Broadsheet editor in addition to his Council role. Outside of school, Chris has a lifelong involvement with Scouting. He is a Deputy Group Scout Leader and a Training Advisor with British Scouting Overseas.  His interests include travel, reading fantasy and spy fiction novels, and hillwalking.
Geography Broadsheet Editor & Council Member
Ben Mono
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Ben Mono

Ben Mono is Head of Geography at Eagle House School in Sandhurst where he has worked since 2002, having previously been Head of History and Geography at Mowden School (Lancing Prep), Hove, and before that teaching history and geography at Breaside Prep School in Bromley. Ben is SATIPS Geography Broadsheet Editor as well as IAPS Geography Co-ordinator for District 10. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Member of the Geographical Association and Recognised Apple Teacher. Ben's interests include travel, particularly to the USA, as well as politics, cinema and walking his dogs.
Maths broadsheet editor & council member
Grant Whitaker
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Grant Whitaker

Formerly Director of Studies and Head of Mathematics at a Co-Ed Prep School in Buckinghamshire, Grant recently retired after teaching for over 30 years in Prep schools, including five years as a Housemaster in two Boarding Schools. He is currently Head of Content at an educational gaming company, IAPS Consultant for Maths and ICT, editor of the SATIPS Maths Broadsheet and a member of the SATIPS Council. He is also communications officer for Maths Week England.
Drama Broadsheet Editor
Mary Alderson
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Mary Alderson

Mary was educated at Benenden and studied English & Drama at the University of Exeter. She was a founder member of Foursight Theatre, touring fringe venues with original shows. She set up a Musical Theatre company for children aged 4-13 and Key  Staging, providing drama workshops for State primary schools to enhance the National Curriculum. She is currently Director of Drama and Head's PA at Vinehall.
Pre-Prep Broadsheet Editor
Samantha Scott
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Samantha Scott

During the last twenty (or so!) years following graduating with education honours degree and masters from Cambridge university, Samantha has taught primary age pupils including EYFS across state and independent schools. She has been a member of the SLT in several settings including the Deputy Headteacher at three, has qualified to inspect ISI schools (and is part of an inspection most terms to keep up to date) and has been Headteacher at Heathcote Preparatory School and Nursery in the beautiful leafy village of Danbury, Essex since January 2020. Samantha is a member of the ISA and is the Chair of the ISA Eastern region alongside being a member of the ISA Educational Committee. Her main joy has been to ensure that pupils receive the very best in their education, excellence for academic and creative provision and progress. She absolutely relishes watching pupils develop along their own individualised learning journey towards confidence in their abilities and position in the world, she says being a small part of this always feels such a privilege.
Design Technology Broadsheet Editor
Nick Matthews
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Nick Matthews

After graduating from Brunel University, Nick took up his first post as Head of Design & Technology at Orwell Park Prep School, Suffolk. He was lucky enough to teach there for the following 23 years and had various other roles during his tenure, including Housemaster and EVC. In 2020 he moved to Gresham's Prep School, on the beautiful North Norfolk coastline. Surviving a first term that coincided with the first COVID lockdown, he has very happily taught there since. He retains the role of Head of Design & Technology, EVC and is also Head of the Upper Middle School.
Art Broadsheet Editor
Jan Miller
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Jan Miller

Janet has been town mouse and country mouse. After an Art degree and PGCE in London, he taught Art to seniors in an independent boys school and then moved in the prep department teaching Art and DT. A move to Shropshire was then to teach girls at an Independent school and then prep both Art and DT. She has been teaching for almost 30 years.
PSHE Broadsheet Editor
Vicky Walsh
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Vicky Walsh

Vicky is a British qualified primary school class teacher who for the past 20 years has also coordinated and delivered Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economics Education; a subject she feels covers some of the most important topics we can teach our children in order for them to live healthy and well-informed lives. Relationships and Sex Education falls under this curriculum, which became her passion at the very beginning of her career. Vicky has trained with many UK-based organisations, including Working With Men, The Christopher Winter Project and is an accredited ACET UK Esteem Network Member.

Vicky has decades of experience with children aged 4-18 years old, and her counselling qualification and interest in healing therapies such as Reiki inform her relationships with young people. As a consultant, Vicky coordinates and mentors teachers in the delivery of this subject; delivers workshops for parents and children and university students; consults with schools; creates resources and is currently also delivering the Relationships and Sex Education programme to Years 5-13 at St George’s International School, Rome.

English Broadsheet Editor
Caroline Picking
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Caroline Picking

Caroline's first role after graduating was at HM Customs and Excise, working at the Statistical Office. After the arrival of her children, she returned to university to study for a PGCE, and later, a Masters in Development Education. She has always worked in Independent Schools, most recently at St Cedd's School in Chelmsford, where she has been Head of English and International Coordinator for 12 years.
PE Broadsheet Editor
Liz Durden-Myers
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Liz Durden-Myers

Liz is a physical education researcher and teacher educator with over 15 years’ experience within education across the primary, secondary and higher education sectors. She is currently a Reader in Physical Literacy at Bath Spa University and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire. She also co-founded at PE Scholar & Scholary and is the Past Chair of the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA). Liz is a qualified teacher and holds a PhD in Physical Literacy, a MA in Education, a MSc in Psychology and a BA (Hons) in Physical Education. Her research interests include Education, Physical Education, Philosophy, Health, Sport and Wellbeing. She has specific expertise in Physical Literacy, Teaching Pedagogy, Curriculum Design and Teacher Professional Development. Liz is an international speaker, passionate educator and physical activity advocate who champions the value of physical activity for life, for health, wellbeing and human flourishing.
History Broadsheet Editor
Matthew Howorth
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Matthew Howorth

Matt started teaching PE and Games at Oundle School before moving to Ratcliffe College, where he worked as an RS and Games teacher. After working in two senior schools, he moved to Durstan House, a prep school in Ealing. A three year stint at Bishopsgate followed, before landing at Twickenham Prep as Head of History in 2008. He also writes and directs the Year 7 play, runs a school radio show, rock choir and padel club, and coaches games.
Science Broadsheet Editor
Luke Busfield
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Luke Busfield

Luke, with nearly two decades of experience as a science teacher, has worked in various preparatory, public, and state secondary schools. Since 2010, he has held the position of Head of Science at Ludgrove. In 2018, he achieved Chartered Science Teacher status, and his background includes staff training and research.

Outside of school hours, Luke finds enjoyment in playing music and doing DIY, although he confesses to have little skill or talent in either field.

Classroom Management Broadsheet Editor
Mark Philpott
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Mark Philpott

Having worked for an enjoyable decade in marketing and advertising, Mark eventually took the plunge into education, completing the one year, graduate teacher programme. His first role was as an ICT teacher (which morphed into a Class Teacher role) at the Grosvenor Preparatory School, Nottingham. After a short stint at Plumtree School, he became a Class Teacher at The Elms (where he still resides), the junior school to Trent College; where his duties include leading Computing and as a Class Teacher in Year 6. Next year, he will celebrate 20 years in education.
IT Broadsheet Editor & Council Member
Mark Templeman
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Mark Templeman

Mark is currently deputy headmaster at Brockhurst and Marlston House in Newbury where he is responsible for leading the day-to-day running of the school as well as strategically positioning Brockhurst in a dynamic and crowded educational market. Mark previously held roles including a stint as Head of English Department and Form tutor at Eligor School in Moscow, as well as roles at Packwood Haugh in Shrewsbury and All Saints College in Bathurst, Australia.
Classics Broadsheet Editor
Thomas Chatzidavaris
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Thomas Chatzidavaris

Thomas has been working in primary and secondary education for the past 24 years, teaching Classics, Modern Greek and Religious Studies in various public and private settings both in Greece and the UK. He ran the GCSE and A Level classes for Modern Greek in St Mary's School and Heathfield School in Ascot before becoming Head of Classics at Twickenham Preparatory School in Hampton where he is currently teaching. Interests include drama, photography, literature and jazz music.
Outdoor Learning Broadsheet Editor
Christian Kitley
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Christian Kitley

Christian is Head of Outdoor Learning at Manor Lodge School in Hertfordshire. He started his teaching career in Barking & Dagenham in 2013 as a classroom teacher, he then moved to Brentwood School in Essex where he was head of history in the prep school and ran the Duke of Edinburgh programme in the senior school before moving to Manor Lodge. He writes about outdoor learning in schools for a number of publications alongside his teaching commitments. In his spare time, Christian is active in his local community as a scout leader, parish councillor and school governor. He lives in Essex with his wife and two children and loves being active in the outdoors with them.

RE Broadsheet Editor
Michele Kitto
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Michele Kitto

Michele has worked in a wide range of Prep and Senior Schools ranging from The Dragon to Abingdon Prep to d’Overbrocks College in Oxford with some state special school in the middle. A former Director of Art, Deputy Head, DSL, Chaplain, and Head of RS, Michele was the editor of Prep School magazine and various other publications. She has co-authored books on primary art education and delivered training for IAPS and SATIPS.  She is now a freelance educator and Chaplaincy advisor.