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Staff and Governors

Canford places great importance on recruiting and developing high quality staff.  Staff in all areas of school life have the opportunity to impact on the effectiveness of the school and to enrich the experience that pupils will value during their time at Canford and beyond, whether it be academic, co-curricular or pastoral aspects. 

Please click on the links below to view our current teaching and support staff.

Teaching Staff

Support Staff

Governing Body

David Levin - Chairman of Governors

BEcon, MA, FRSA

 

David is a former Headmaster of City of London School (1999 – 2014), Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe (1993 – 1999), and Second Master at Cheltenham College (1987 – 1993). He moved from City of London School to become Managing Director (Independent Schools) at United Learning with responsibility for the governance of 12 schools. David was Chairman of Governors at ARK Bentworth whilst the School was brought out of special measures  A former Chairman of HMC (2010-11), David has also been a Governor at James Allen Girls’ School in London, the National College for School Leaders and the Institute of Education, University of London. David served as adviser to the Minister for Young People and Learning, from 2002 to 2005 in relation to the highly successful ‘London Challenge'. He is a Freeman of the City of London, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has been a governor at Canford for 20 years. David was appointed as Chairman of the Governing Body of Canford School in December 2016.

Annette Anthony

JD

 

Annette was born in Pennsylvania. Her father was an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Commander in the United States Navy, while her mother was a homemaker.  She was appointed a Canford School Governor in December 2016. Annette holds a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School, and Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service.  In her early career she served as Counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee when chaired by Senator Joseph R. Biden before he became Vice President.  She has since lived and worked in the US, France, Cote d’Ivoire and London where she now resides. Her two sons attended The City of London School before pursuing university studies in the U.S.  Annette currently is a member of Columbia University’s Women Creating Change Leadership Council. She has served on the President's International Advisory Council of Vassar College, New York, and was an Academy Councillor of an Oasis Academy in London.

Dr Mary Armitage

CBE, BSc, MB ChB, DM, FRCP, FRCPE

 

A former Canford parent, Mary was Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for 25 years, and as the Trust Medical Director for four before her retirement from hospital practice in 2013. Currently she is the Medical Director to the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards, Department of Health, and the Secondary Care Advisor to two Clinical Commissioning Groups in Hampshire and Devon. She has previously served as Clinical Vice-President to the Royal College of Physicians of London, on the National Committee on Safety of Medicines and as the Deputy Director of Medical Education at the Department of Health.

Tea Colaianni

 

Tea holds a Law degree (cum laude) from the Law University of Bari (Italy) and a Master degree in European Union Law and Politics from the University of Perugia (Italy). After working as a lawyer in Brussels, Tea moved into corporate life working in the telecommunications, hospitality and leisure industries. Her most recent executive role was as Group Human Resources Director at FTSE 250 global attractions and hotels operator Merlin Entertainments Plc where she was responsible for over 27,000 employees in 23 countries.

Tea is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of pan European HR solutions provider SD Worx Holding, international legal business DWF Group Plc (where she is also RemCo Chair) and luxury retailer Watches of Switzerland Group Plc (where she is also Senior Independent Director and RemCo Chair). In 2017 Tea founded and since then has chaired Women in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure 2020 (WiH2020), an organisation devoted to improving diversity and inclusion across hospitality, travel and leisure. 

She is a Canford parent of two boys and lives in Dorset with her husband. 

Barry Coupe

BA, Dip Arch, RIBA

 

An OC, father of an OC, past President of The Old Canfordian Society, and a Canford Governor since 2008, Barry is a Chartered Architect and ran a successful award winning practice based in East Anglia for over 24 years. He is a founder Trustee of East Anglia’s Children Hospices (EACH), a past Chairman and Trustee of Dyslexia Action and Chairman of the committee responsible for organising the centenary celebrations at Buckingham Palace in 2015 for Blind Veterans UK.

Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward KBE CBE

 

Gary spent his early career in the Royal Artillery before training as a pilot and joining the Army Air Corps, serving in Germany, Northern Ireland, Brunei and Hong Kong.   On the staff, Gary has held posts in the USA, UK and Bosnia. In his latter career Gary served in the MOD, the Permanent Joint Headquarters and the Defence Equipment & Support organisation.  In his final tour in the Army he was both Chief of Materiel (Land) and Quartermaster General. 

Since retiring from the Army at the end of 2012, Gary has established a portfolio of non-executive and charitable roles.  He is currently the Chairman of Redline Assured Security Limited, the National Chairman of SSAFA, The Armed Forces’ Charity, Chairman of the Army Flying Museum, a trustee at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, President of both the AOP Association and the AAC Veterans’ Association and the Deputy Colonel Commandant of the Army Air Corps.  He and his wife Chrissie live in Poole and their son, Ben is a former Canford pupil and now member of Canford staff, teaching Design Technology with a major role within the Canford CCF.

Robert Daubeney

BA

 

Robert is an OC, son of an OC, and one of four brothers educated at Canford in the late 1970s to early 1980s. He graduated in Politics and Economics from Reading University and joined BP as a Graduate Trainee. For the last 21 years Robert has worked as an Oil Broker in the Shipping Industry for Furness Withy Chartering Limited. He is a trustee of the Furness Withy Pension scheme.

Dr Philippa Dickins

MA, MBBS, DCH, DRCOG, MRCGP

 

Philippa qualified in Medicine in 1979, graduating from Oxford and Guy's Hospital.  She then completed her General Practice training in Dorset, practising locally for 30 years before retiring in 2014.  For the final 22 years of her career, Philippa was a Partner in the Quarter Jack Surgery in Wimborne.  Her role included training junior doctors in General Practice and providing General Medical Services to Canford boarders.  Philippa held surgeries at the school twice a week and met regularly with senior staff and HsMs to discuss strategy and difficult issues.  In 1995 Philippa accompanied the Canford Expedition to Nepal as the Medical Officer.

Dr Georgina Fozard

MA (Cantab) MBBS MRCPsych

 

Georgina is an OC who left Canford in 2004.  She studied medical sciences and philosophy at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and completed her clinical school years at King's College, London. She continued her training in London and is now an SPR in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Tavistock and Portman Clinic in North London. Georgina is currently training for an accreditation to provide twice-weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents.  She has recently made a psycho-educational animation for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has written a book chapter about women training in psychiatry.

Professor Mark French

MA(Oxon) PhD

 

Mark joined the Governing Body in 2019. He is a Professor of Engineering at King’s College, London.  He worked for 20 years as an academic at the University of Southampton, latterly as the Associate Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science.

His research interests lie in mathematical control theory and applications to atomic force microscopes, power electronics and functional electrical stimulation.

Nick Holloway

BA (Hons) PGCE

 

Nick is an OC and a former Head of Franklin House.  Having studied Archaeology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne he joined HBOS PLC and spent 12 years working between London and Edinburgh.  In 2013 he moved into teaching and gained his PGCE whilst working at Cothill House in Oxfordshire. In 2017 he was appointed as Deputy Head Pastoral at Brambletye School in West Sussex.

Michael Jeffries

Dip ARCH, RIBA, FICE, FRSA

 

Michael was appointed as Governor of Canford School on 19th March 2014. He is fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and spent the majority of his career with WS Atkins Plc where was the Group Chief Executive and then Chairman for ten years. He is currently chairman of Civica, an IT and software products company and the support services group Mouchel.

Stephen Le Bas

FCA BA Hons

 

Steve is an OC and was educated at Canford in the mid to late 1980s where we was captain of rugby in his final year. He graduated from the UWE Bristol with a degree in Accountancy and Finance and for the last 10 years has worked for the accountancy firm BDO based in Southampton, where he has been an audit partner since 2015.

Richard Nicholl

BA, PGCE

 

Educated at Stowe School, Durham and Oxford Universities, Richard was a Housemaster at Haileybury College where he also taught English and RS, before moving to Dorset where he spent twenty one years as Headmaster of Castle Court Prep School, Corfe Mullen. A former Canford parent, he has also previously been an ISI school inspector, and a governor of The Godolphin School in Salisbury.

Adam Richards

BA

 

Adam was a pupil at Canford from 1983 to 1988. He went on to study History at Bristol and Security Studies at St Andrews before joining AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals on their Graduate International Sales & Marketing Programme. After 10 years working in UK, Europe and the US he joined his brothers as a Director of Whitegrove Office Supplies which was purchased by Office Team in 1998. After a two year stint in the British Virgin Islands Adam set up Waypoint Digital Marketing based in Winchester, which acts as its clients' outsourced marketing department. Adam is married to Tina and has two children William and Alexandra and lives in Stockbridge, Hampshire.

Revd. John Simmons

 

A former Canford parent, John ran the Dorset office of accountants Smith & Williamson until 1995, when he changed careers, setting up on his own to provide strategic advice to charities, and to chair two local businesses. One of these was in the bakery trade in Salisbury, and the other in the leisure industry. During his time with Smith & Williamson, he advised a number of private schools, and has governed several west country schools. He was ordained as a priest in the workplace in 1990, whilst still practising as an accountant, and brings together experience in business with an ecclesiastical training. He was Rural Dean of the Milton & Blandford Deanery of Salisbury Diocese until 2016.

James Stileman

MA

 

James was educated at Wellington College and Durham University before taking up a short service commission in the Royal Green Jackets. He worked for 18 years in advertising including the start-up and sale of a top London agency. From 2005 to 2016 James worked for the Titus Trust, a Christian charity which runs activity holidays for children at independent schools. The first eight years were spent leading holiday camps for those of prep school age before becoming the Trust’s Operations Director.  He now works for the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (colloquially known as GAFCON) as their Operations Manager. 

Annabel Thomas

BA (Oxon)

 

Annabel is a second generation OC.  After reading Modern History at Oxford, Annabel trained at Herbert Smith and qualified into its litigation department. Annabel is now a partner of Mishcon de Reya LLP, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration.