Mr Kirk Peter Green MSci PGCPSE, ARCS
Deputy Head – Academic (British)
Kirk has joined Rugby School Thailand from his position as Deputy Principal, Curriculum, at Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang, Malaysia.
He has a Masters degree in Science (physics) from Imperial College London, and has been Head of Physics at two previous schools. He has an extensive knowledge of the British curriculum and overseeing a rigorous academic program in his current role.
He is a qualified PADI diving instructor and has a great knowledge of the dive industry in the Chonburi region. Kirk’s wife is Thai, and they are enjoying living in Thailand with their family.
Mr David Ennis-Billing BA (Hons) PGCE
Deputy Head Pastoral / Head of Boarding (British)
Dave joins Rugby School Thailand after several years as English teacher and Housemaster at Strathallan School in Perthshire. He has previously taught at Ampleforth College and Uppingham School, where he also coached 1st XI Cricket and 1st XV Rugby. After gaining his degree at Loughborough University Dave started his teaching career, in which he has a strong background of working in Independent boarding schools.
Experience in start-up projects in two of his previous schools mean Dave brings a valuable and keen eye for detail to our pastoral programme at Rugby School Thailand.
He has a love of literature and has been establishing a strong A Level English programme since starting here with us. He joins the school with his wife, Donna, and their two young children.
Ms Pakanatt (Natt) Thadruk
Thai Principal, Thai Teacher
Previously Thai Director and Thai teacher at Udon Thani International School and the American Pacific International School in Chang Mai, Khun Natt brings close to a decade of experience in international education to RST. Khun Natt is also a certified School Evaluator for the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Khun Natt combines an impressive career path with a keen interest in arts, meditation and cuisine. She continues to volunteer as a Thai Teacher and Cooking teacher of disabled children at the Dulabhatorn Foundation. Khun Natt has a Master’s degree in Southeast Asia Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Chiang Mai University.
Mrs Donna Ennis-Billing MA (Hons) PGCE
Head of History (British)
Joining us from Strathallan School in Perthshire, Donna has been both Assistant Director of Studies and Head of History. In her previous role she was instrumental in curriculum development for the History department and brings these expertise with her. She gained her degree at St Andrew’s University in Scotland.
Donna is an avid horse-rider, and has competed at national level in eventing, games and working hunter. She is also a keen cyclist and has completed a solo ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats for charity. She enjoys running, and was actively involved in girls’ games at Strathallan,
Donna joins us with her husband, Dave, their two young children and the family dog, Talla.
Miss Claire Hanly BA PGCE
Head of English (Zimbabwean)
Claire joins us from her English teaching position at Peterhouse Boys School in Harare, having previously taught at Peterhouse Girls, where she was a pupil. Claire took her degree at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, where she majored in English and psychology, and now teaches English Literature to A Level and English Language to AS level.
As Claire stated in her application, ‘being active is a large part of life (in Zimbabwe)’, and this translates well to daily life at Rugby School Thailand. Claire enjoys being involved in a range of sports, such as coaching hockey and swimming, and assisting with outdoor education camps. She also has a deep love of books, theatre and music.
Mr Christopher Sudding BEng (Civil) PGCE
Head of Mathematics (British)
Chris has been Head of Mathematics at The Oratory School in Berkshire for the last six years, establishing it as one of the leading academic departments at the school.
After Officer training at Sandhurst, he took his degree in Civil Engineering at Cranfield University. He served as an Officer within the Corps of Royal Engineers (British Army) in locations worldwide, rising to the rank of Major.
Utilising his degree in Civil Engineering and military experience, Chris enjoys bringing Maths to life, creating a stimulating and passionate learning environment in the classroom, where pupils are able to fully understand (and demonstrate) the mathematical processes that are being taught. Chris also enjoys outdoor challenges and expeditions as part of education.
Mrs Erin Dalaman BSc, Dip Tchg (Sec)
Mathematics Teacher (Cook Islander)
Erin hails from the tiny Pacific Island nation of the Cook Islands. She took her degree at the University of Auckland with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics where she was awarded the senior prize in mathematics.
Erin joins us from her role teaching IB advanced mathematics at Dulwich College, Shanghai, and has been Head of Mathematics in schools in the Cook Islands, Turkey, and Cyprus. She has also held leading pastoral roles.
Erin is a netball coach and enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits. She has led Duke of Edinburgh activities at Bronze, Silver and Gold level.
Mr Stuart Douglas BDes (Hons), MA, PGCE, PGCIE
Head of Design Technology (British)
Stuart’s previous role as Head of Design Technology at Ripley St Thomas Academy in Lancaster, also saw him as Specialist Leader of Education, an outreach support for D&T in other schools.
Stuart took his degree at the University of Liverpool, and his Masters degree at the University of Warwick. He has run a number of CPD courses in sketching and Advanced Design Communication for teachers across the UK.
Stuart enjoys the outdoors and is a dedicated triathlete, having competed in five Ironman long distance and three Ironman half-distance triathlons – as well as being a keen snowboarder. He thoroughly enjoys being part of the co-curricular programme at Rugby School Thailand.
Mr Robert Costin BA (Hons) FRCO ARCM
Director of Music (British)
Robert began his musical career as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral. He was educated at Oundle School, the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar of Pembroke College. He was awarded the fellowship diploma of the Royal College of Organists at the age of nineteen.
As an organist, he has held positions at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, St Alban’s Church, Holborn, Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, Blackburn Cathedral and All Saints’ Church, Blackheath. Robert enjoys an international reputation as a musician of exceptional versatility, being equally at home as a keyboard soloist, ensemble player, conductor and teacher.
Robert joins us from his Head of Music role at St Louis School in Milan. He has previously taught at Highgate School in London, was the Assistant Director of Music at Bedford School, and was the Director of Music at Ardingly College in West Sussex.
Miss Felicity Passmore BA (Hons), PGCE
Head of Drama (British) / Assistant House Parent
Felicity joins us from a role teaching drama at Brentwood School in Essex, where she taught A Level, IB, and GCSE drama, making her familiar with a range of curriculum contexts. She was also KS3 coordinator of drama, and responsible for designing and maintaining the lower school curriculum. At Rugby School Thailand she is eager to see drama open doors for students in the fields of lighting, stage management, script writing, and acting.
She took her degree at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she was awarded First Class Honours. When training to become a teacher, she spent six weeks in Mumbai, teaching drama skills to street children in Kandivali, and three different schools.
In addition to her experience setting up drama societies, Felicity is also netball coach, and has thrown herself into the co-curricular side of life here – while also working as Assistant House Dean in the Senior Boarding House.
Mr Lewis Maddran BSc (Hons), PGCE
Chemistry Teacher (British)
Lewis previously taught chemistry at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School in Lancashire, and was Head of Chemistry in his role before that. He took his degree at the University of Manchester.
Lewis was a STEM leader in his previous school, and is passionate about the educational value of STEM learning across the curriculum. He also organised the Lancashire Science Festival that was held at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, with 3000 members of the public attending the opening of the event.
As well as running Science societies and clubs here, Lewis enjoys tennis, badminton and cycling, and makes another valuable member of Rugby School Thailand’s co-curricular programme.
Mr Joshua Carmody BA (Hons), PGCE
Head of Geography (British)
Josh took his degree at the University of Newcastle and was the lead teacher of Geography at Milltorpe School in York until he moved out to Thailand.
His previous roles have included being the Independent State School Coordinator, establishing links across independent and state schools in York, and providing extra-curricular opportunities for able and interested pupils.
Josh has been a surfing instructor, has his Advanced Open Water PADI diving certificate, is a keen swimmer, and enjoys basketball and football. He is also a black belt in taekwondo.
He has led numerous school trips, such as to Iceland and Sicily, and is helping to develop a dynamic geography department here at Rugby School Thailand.
Mr Andrew Maguire BA (Hons), MA, PGCE
Head of Modern Foreign Languages (British)
Andrew has moved to Rugby School Thailand after many years at Rugby UK, where he was a Spanish and French teacher, Contingent Commander of the CCF, and master in charge of squash.
He took his degree at the University of Coventry, where he received First Class Honours in Spanish and French. He also has an Masters in Applied Translation from the University of Luton. Before joining the teaching staff at Rugby UK in 2006, he was a freelance and technical translator.
Andrew’s interests include international film, literature and photography. He uses many resources from French and Spanish, Latin American film, and literature in his classes, clubs and societies.
Andrew played a significant part in the co-curricular life of Rugby School and continues to do so here. He joins the school with his wife, Carmen, and their daughter.
Mr Richard Devesa BA (Hons), RSAC (TESL), GTP (MFL)
Spanish and French Teacher (British)
Richard has joined Rugby School Thailand from a role as Head of Spanish and Housemaster of a Senior boarding house at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire. Before that, he has taught English in Spain and the Canary Islands, and Spanish in Colorado. He took his degree at Ruskin Anglia University, and is bilingual in Spanish and English, and fluent in French.
Richard’s sporting interests include basketball, rugby, and swimming. He also lists kayaking, hiking and cycling as his interests, as well as being a film enthusiast, with a personal collection of over a thousand films.
He has moved to Thailand with his wife, Vanessa, and their two children.
Mr Lee May BA (Hons), PGCE
Head of Business Studies and Economics (British)
Lee was the former Head of Business Studies and Economics at Hill House School in Doncaster. He took his degree at Leeds Metropolitan University and then started his teaching career – and while he took time out of teaching to work in the City of London for nine years, he then realized teaching was his true passion. He has held leadership positions in his two previous schools and is an A Level examination marker.
Lee is a rugby and cricket enthusiast, and has been a coach and referee/umpire for both sports. He has organised various young enterprise schemes with his pupils, including a stock market game and a Christmas fayre. He brings this enthusiasm to the co-curricular programme and enrichment clubs we offer here.
He is joined by his wife, Catherine, an their daughter who is in Pre-Prep.
Mr James Rees BSc (Hons), PGCE
Head of Science (British)
James has joined us from his role as Head of Science at Green Oasis School in Shenzhen, China. He took his degree at the University of Liverpool, majoring in genetics, and upon graduating taught in the UK for three years before moving to China. At Rugby School Thailand he teaches biology at IGCSE and A Level.
He lists his interests as hiking, camping, skiing, mountain biking and photography. He is a Level 2 Snowsport Instructor and a Duke of Edinburgh International Award Coordinator.
James has moved to Thailand with his wife, Nat, and their young baby.
Mr Kieron O’Brien BA/BSc (Hons), PGCE
Head of Physical Education and Games (British)
Most recently Kieron was Head of the Enrichment Programme at The British School, New Delhi, and before that he was Director of Physical Education and Sport. He took his degree at Canterbury Christ Church University and taught in east London before moving out to India.
He has extensive experience running both sport and games at schools, and has a strong curriculum background in IGCSE, A Level and IB courses. He has also been a ‘Healthy Schools’ Coordinator, setting up a ‘Fit for Life’ programme for pupils.
Kieron is an avid sportsman, having played rugby at 1st team level. He enjoys time in the gym, and lists football, athletics and swimming as additional sporting interests.
He joins the school with his partner, Hannah, and their two daughters.
Mr Simon Forrester, BA (Hons), MA, PGCE, CELTA
Head of EAL (British)
Simon took his degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, and then completed his Masters degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Leicester.
Simon has taught English Language and English for Specific Purposes in the Royal Air Force of Oman, and spent three years teaching English for a private language school in Tokyo – so he was eager for this opportunity of another international posting, after spending a few years back in the UK as Head of EAL at Kingswood School in Bath. He has extensive experience teaching EAL examination classes, including IELTS, Cambridge FCE, and Cambridge IGCSE ESL.
As Assistant Boarding Housemaster at Kingswood, he has been heavily involved in the boarding programme and is enjoying playing an active role in the wider school life here.
Mrs Vanessa Devesa (Hons), RSAC (TEFL)
EAL Teacher (British)
Vanessa joins us from a role teaching EAL at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire. She took her degree at Huddersfield University, where she was awarded an Honours degree in Music. She took her TEFL qualifications at St Giles College, and as well as teaching EAL she remains a passionate musician, having played violin in the Banbury symphony orchestra and helping with the music programme at Bloxham.
Vanessa is a fluent Spanish speaker and has taught Spanish to Year 8, as well as teaching Spanish in Colorado, and teaching English in Spain and the Canary Islands for many years.
Vanessa lists keeping fit as one of her passions, and she enjoys swimming, hiking, cycle interval training, squash, and tennis. Vanessa has moved to Rugby School Thailand with her husband and two children.
Mr Andrew Duckworth BSc (Hons), PGCE
Computer Science Teacher (British)
After taking his degree at Lancaster University, and before starting his teaching career, Andrew worked in the IT industry, implementing and supporting computer network solutions. He worked in Thailand, South Korea, and Indonesia, before coming to Thailand to teach in Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
His most recent teaching post was at the Vietnam Australia International School in Ho Chi Minh City. As a lover of the great outdoors, and a keen mountain biker and triathlete, he was excited by the opportunity to work here in the rolling Thai countryside.
Jo Westlake (British)
Director of Music
Jo’s first appointment as Director of Music was at Packwood Haugh Prep, a renowned UK private school, where she revitalised the music department and taught music from Pre-Prep to Year 8. Jo subsequently played a significant role in the success of the music department at Brambletye Prep, whilst at the same time taking on a range of responsibilities as a member of the Senior Management Team. Earlier in her career, Jo spent several years teaching piano at Glenalmond College and Strathallan School, both in Scotland, before moving to Thailand to teach class music at Bangkok Patana School.
Jo studied piano at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and completed her postgraduate studies in Chamber Music with Professor Vanessa Latarche at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, one of world’s leading conservatoires. Jo then won a scholarship to continue her studies in Canada as Pianist in Residence at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts.
Jo is married and has two boys, both of whom joined Rugby School Thailand in its first term.
Ben Collings (British)
Ben has over 18 years of experience working as a performer and musical director. During his career he has founded and directed choral societies, youth choirs, musical theatre groups and orchestras. He plays the French Horn and the piano. He is a music and singing teacher at his current school, and is described as an “enthusiastic and inspirational teacher” He strongly believes that music is an essential component to a well-rounded education, providing individuals with the opportunity to discover and express themselves in a different way to core subject areas.
As a scholar at Oundle School in the UK – a local rival to Rugby School UK – Ben went on to achieve a first class degree and masters in music from Bath Spa University. As well as his passion for music, Ben enjoys playing rugby, football, hockey and cricket, and he has achieved success in sailing at national level. He is a keen thespian and a ‘huge fan of Lego’.
Ben joins us with his wife, India, who is a Nursery teacher.
Craig Wood (British)
Head of Aquatics
Craig joins us from the Isle of Arran in the UK, where in five years he played a major role in transforming swimming and triathlon from basic programs to one of the top competitive clubs in the country. Within that time, the very first government-funded School of Sport was established at Arran High School – a first in Europe, and largely as a result of Craig’s efforts as Head Coach to push for excellence within the three disciplines: swim, bike, run. Craig founded the hugely popular Island-2-Island event, which attracts open water swimmers and triathletes from all over the country.
Craig is a UKCC Level 2 coach in both triathlon and swimming, as well as a UKCC Level 2 swim teacher. He has coached children from as young as eight to national titles, all the way up to Great Britain age group, European and world qualifications. Craig’s passion for sport extends beyond coaching: originally from a rugby and swimming background, he is also a keen and competitive triathlete himself, qualifying for multiple age group teams for Great Britain. In his first step-up to the Ironman distance, he recently qualified for the world championships.
Craig writes: “I’m really looking forward to developing one of the very best training and performance programmes at Rugby School Thailand and believe the school has everything required to make this happen.”
Craig joins us with his wife and their two daughters, both of whom compete in all three triathlon sports.
Nathalie Winters (Dutch)
Nathalie has had nearly 30 years of experience as a school counsellor, psychologist, psychotherapist and a teacher. She has MSc in Psychology, MA in English Language and Literature and an International MBA. She started her career teaching English and literature.
Having gained experience in the educational field, she moved to school counselling and school psychology. Nathalie loves working with children and young people and is passionate about making a difference to the lives of the pupils. She is a result-oriented, dedicated, reliable and highly motivated professional.
Having worked as a school counsellor and psychologist with international students in The United States, The Netherlands, UK, Spain, Russia and Thailand, Nathalie has developed her own methodology and offers a tailor-made solution for each individual case using her extensive knowledge of cognitive and behavioral therapy, positive psychology, psychoanalysis and hypnotherapy. The students trust her approach and her working style. They appreciate her understanding, empathy and friendly demeanor. Being trilingual: English, Dutch and Russian, Nathalie can also work with lots of pupils in their native language.
Nathalie joins us with her young daughter, who is in Pre-Nursery.