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Executive Team
Mike Buchanan 
Head

Mike Buchanan is a quiet Australian who is fiercely proud of his school and equally determined to ensure that every one of its pupils has a challenging school career.

Over the past 30 years, he has worked with both boys and girls in outstanding independent schools in London and Surrey.

Mike Buchanan is Chair of the HMC for 2016-17, a governor of several schools and a children’s charity. He is a Registered (Lead) Inspector for the ISI.

His own daughters attended Ashford School and his wife works in London. His personal passions are rugby, music and leadership.

Do look at his professional journal and/or follow him on Twitter.
Tom Wilding
Head of the Senior School

Having previously taught French and Spanish at both Ampleforth and Highgate schools, Tom Wilding joined us in 2007 as Head of Boarding. He soon moved to become Director of the Senior School and he started his most recent appointment in 2016.


He loves all things Spanish and is a keen cyclist, cricketer and supporter of Leeds Rhinos rugby team. He is married to Charlotte and his two children attend Ashford School.
Richard Yeates
Head of the Prep School 

Richard Yeates did not enjoy or relish his own schooling and as a result is passionate about developing schools that serve all the pupils in them. He is committed to delivering an engaging, motivating and broad education, focusing on the individual so that each child finds their strengths and enthusiasms. The success they might find in one area then contributes to their confidence in attacking many more challenging subjects or activities. He has been a Director of Music, Deputy Head, Director of Marketing, Master-in-charge of cricket and together with his wife, Sue, has worked as boarding house parents in prep and secondary schools.


Richard is a horn player, loves musical theatre and opera, and is also particularly keen on cricket, golf, travel and cryptic crosswords. He has three daughters, all of whom attended Ashford School, and enjoys nothing more than spending time with his close family. 
Penny Willetts
Deputy Head (Prep)
 
Delaehle Gale
Deputy Head (Senior)
Delaéhle was born in South Africa and loves watching rugby and having married an Englishman does support England when the Springboks are not playing! She is a trained dancer and her favourite pastimes include scuba diving, reading and studying wildlife. Her thesis at university involved researching the effect of gold mines in Johannesburg on aquatic systems. She is passionate about giving every child the opportunity to achieve their very best and describes it as a privilege to be part of the journey of helping young pupils blossom into amazing young adults. Delaéhle has two young children who are the apple of her eye.  
Nicola Timms
Deputy Head (Senior)

A former pupil, Nicky returned to Ashford School nine years ago to teach Maths. Since then, she has progressed through the school reaching her current position as Deputy Head Pastoral in September 2016.  Along the way, she has experienced various roles within leadership including Director of Co-Curricular Activities, Director of Years 9-11 and Assistant House Parent, thoroughly enjoying the challenges posed by each new role. 

Being Deputy Head Pastoral has strengthened further Nicky's belief in, and appreciation of, the huge team effort that goes into supporting every child at Ashford School.

In her free time Nicky enjoys spending time with her three-year-old daughter but has to admit that teenagers are far easier to deal with! She is also an avid runner, having completed three half marathons and is building up to the next one.

Prep Senior Leadership Team
Rosie Clifford
Assistant Head (Prep)
 
Chris Neesham
Deputy Head (Prep)

After a career in the IT industry, Chris Neesham initially moved into teaching in order to develop modern foreign languages at Primary level. He started at Ashford Prep School in September 2016 after having spent a number of years working in international education and boarding.

Throughout his teaching career, he has embraced the use of technology and enjoys supporting others in learning new skills. Chris is married to Erin and enjoys playing golf and learning guitar when he isn’t chasing his two young children around the house.

Prep and Senior Leadership Teams

Senior School Teaching Staff

Prep School Teaching Staff

Support Staff

Boarding Staff

Medical Team

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