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Executive Team
Mike Buchanan 

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 2015.

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.
Penny Willetts
Head (Prep)

Penny originally trained in Sydney, Australia to be a PE teacher. Her first job in teaching was Head of Games at a small school in the centre of London. She decided she wanted to be more involved with school life and to influence more children so she went back to studying and did her PGCE. After having two children she returned to work at Ashford Junior School as it was then. She taught a Year 2 class and fell in love with Ashford School and its ethos. Both her children were educated at the Prep School and enjoyed the breadth of the curriculum and the opportunities the school gave them.

She has worked at Ashford for 12 years now and is very excited at becoming Head of the Prep School and has a strong vision for its future.

In her spare time, Penny is a very keen golfer and, having travelled the world as an expat, she enjoys going on holiday to places she hasn't been before.

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
Deputy Head - Teaching and Learning
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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