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Executive Team

Michael Hall


As a highly experienced leader in the independent schools’ sector, Michael Hall joined Ashford School in August 2018, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Previously, he spent almost eight years as Head of Bedford Modern School in what was a very successful period of growth .

His career includes significant experience in co-educational, all-through education, as well as both day and boarding settings. He studied economics as an undergraduate at the University of Liverpool before training as a teacher and completing a Master’s degree in Educational Management.

A keen adventurer, Mr Hall has undertaken treks in the Pyrenees and the Alps, and also enjoys cycling, rugby, swimming and many different forms of music.

Nick Tiley-Nunn

Head of the Prep School

Joined Ashford School in September 2020, having previously been the Head of Prep School and Nursery at Norwich High School for Girls for four years during a time of substantial success where the School was named Independent Girls’ School of the Year and narrowly missed out on Prep School of the Year.

Nick has wide ranging leadership experience in independent education in both all-through and stand-alone Prep School settings having previously also held roles of SENCo, Assistant Head (Pastoral) and Deputy Head. He is also Team Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and an educational consultant specialising in the field of Primary Mathematics, where he has been both a published author (‘How to Teach Primary Maths: Anyone Can Feed Sweets to Sharks’) and a Regional Lead for a large academies group.

Having known that he wanted to be a teacher for as long as he can remember, Nick studied Primary Education as an undergraduate at Canterbury Christ Church University. Nick is at his happiest when outdoors; playing hockey and cricket, walking with his family or taking to the slopes as an enthusiastic skier.

Rosie Clifford

Deputy Head of the Prep School (Teaching and Learning)

Before becoming a teacher, Rosie worked for a leading schools expedition company for 6 years. She was able to combine her love of travel and adventure with working with young groups to explore and gain life changing experiences. After many overseas adventures, she moved to Kent and decided she would like to be classroom based, and so she re-trained as a teacher. She joined Ashford Prep School in 2014; the adventurous learning ethos was a deciding factor, as she is passionate about both staff and children having the opportunity to explore and inspire each other as individuals and together.

Rosie is married to Jamie and their two children both attend Ashford School. Out of school, life is just as busy. She has been a Brownie leader for 12 years and enjoys walking and all sport. Her passion for travel still exists and her backpack and tent are never far away.

Chris Neesham

Deputy Head of the Prep School (Pastoral)

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!

Sue Williams


Sue graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a BA Hons in Music and English and completed her Masters in Business Administration with the Open University in 2000. Sue worked for the Corporation of London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as Assistant Director Finance and Planning and has an HonGSM for her contribution to the School. In 2001 Sue moved into the Further Education sector and became Vice Principal of a £30m Further and Higher Education College in greater London in 2011. Sue joined the City of London Freemen’s School as Bursar in January 2013. Sue lives locally with her husband and three dogs and in her spare time enjoys gardening and biking.
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  • Ashford Prep School
    Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3DJ
    +44 (0)1233 620493

  • Ashford Senior School
    East Hill, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8PB
    +44 (0)1233 625171

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