Head of Schools
Alan Ball (Australian)
Head of Senior School
Alan has had 32 years experience teaching in a variety of educational settings. He has a degree in English and History and a Diploma in Education from the University of New England. He has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Queensland.
He has taught in boys’ schools and co-educational schools in Australia, Japan and the UK. He started his career at St Joseph’s College in Brisbane, before moving to Japan with his wife, Louise, where they both taught English in Japanese high schools. From Japan, Alan and Louise moved to Strathallan School in Scotland, where they taught English, and Alan was a Housemaster.
They returned to Australia when Alan was appointed Director of Boarding at Brisbane Boys’ College. Alan went on to be Deputy Headmaster at Canberra Grammar School, before moving to his current role as Principal of Bishop Druitt College in Coffs Harbour.
The greater part of Alan’s career has been in boarding schools. He is passionate about the unique opportunities boarding gives pupils and teachers. His experience in boarding saw him travel widely in Asia to recruit pupils, and build community with school families.
Alan believes that ‘Rugby School Thailand will be an outstanding international boarding school in Asia. Its close links with the ethos of Rugby School UK, its extraordinary location and facilities, and the passion of its Thai owners, the Teepsuwan family, will ensure its success.’
Alan and Louise have two adult children. Alan and Louise moved to Thailand in September 2017, and then spent some time at Rugby UK, where recruitment interviews for Rugby School Thailand were successfully held.
Nigel Westlake (British)
Founding Headmaster and Head of Prep School
Nigel has had 30 years experience in the UK private education sector, 15 years as a Head. He has a Law degree and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Exeter. He qualified initially as a lawyer, before switching careers to become a schoolmaster at three private prep schools – Sunningdale, The Old Malthouse and Aldro. His roles have included Head of English and Drama, Director of Sport, Boarding Housemaster and Deputy Head. Whilst Headmaster at Packwood Haugh and Brambletye Prep Schools, he oversaw significant increases in pupil intake and record scholarships.
As both a schoolmaster and headmaster at well-known UK boarding schools, Nigel has had a great deal of experience in the education of children from countries across the world, including Thailand, Japan, South Korea, China, Russia, USA, South Africa, Nigeria, Germany, Spain and France.
Nigel was involved in the development of the project for two years prior to its opening in September 2017. He believes that “Rugby School Thailand offers a unique opportunity to bring the very best of the UK private sector to Thailand. The quality of the site, the quality of the teachers, the commitment of the owners, and the support of Rugby School UK combine to offer something very distinct and very special.”
Nigel is married with two boys, aged 8 and 7, both of whom joined Rugby School Thailand in September 2017.