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Biology Staff

Nick Warde

Head of Department
BSc Hons (Imperial College)
PGCE (Southampton)

Nick joined Canford in September 2020 as Head of Biology and a tutor in Monteacute House. After graduating from Imperial College in 2006, he worked in medical publishing in London before completing his PGCE at Southampton University in 2012. He is particularly interested in microbiology and molecular biology. In his spare time he enjoys playing cricket and golf.

Rory Christopher

BSc Hons (Exeter), Human Biosciences

After gaining a First Class honours degree, in Human Biosciences, Rory joined Canford in 2017 as a Graduate Assistant in the Biology department and was promoted to teacher level a year later. Alongside his love of Biology, he is an avid sportsman, particularly of Rugby, and is an integral part of the sports coaching team.

Philippa Connor

BA (Magdalen College, Oxford)
PGCE (University of London)

Philippa previously taught at Sevenoaks School in Kent where she was also a boarding house mistress. At Canford she coaches Netball and is also involved with Safeguarding and Pastoral Care. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, the theatre and a good read.

Robert Hooker

BSc (Exeter)

Robert has been an examiner for OCR A2/AS Biology. He is active in the school CCF where he runs the Ten Tors team and a survival course amongst other things. He coaches the 3rd XV rugby team, hockey, squash and athletics and he enjoys most outdoor activities. Robert's interests include physiology and ecosystem dynamics.

Edward Johnson

MSc (Imperial College)
PGCE (University of London)

Edward joined the Biology department in 2013 and became the Academic Head of Lower School in 2020. He enjoys coaching Rowing and helping with the Naval section of the CCF. His particular areas of interest within Biology include evolutionary theory, taxonomy and systematics and the nervous system. Outside the classroom he enjoys running and most sports.

Laura Linley-Adams

BSc (Durham University)
PGCE (University of York)

Laura completed her degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in 2008. She previously taught at Lord Wandsworth College and joined Canford as resident tutor in Beaufort House before becoming Housemistress of Lancaster in 2017. Laura is a keen sportswoman and is involved in coaching hockey, netball and athletics.

William Linley-Adams

BA (Wadham College, Oxford)

William studied Biological Sciences at Oxford where he focused on conservation biology and animal behaviour. His dissertation was on the impact of manual removal on movement and growth of the invasive signal crayfish. He teaches Biology throughout the school as well as being the resident tutor in Franklin House and coaching the U15A rugby team. He is also keen on cricket, fisheries management and travelling.

Gabriella O'Sullivan

Gabriella joined the Biology department in 2013 with six years previous experience as a science technician. Her main role is to prepare the experiments for the practical lessons within the department. She has a keen interest in biology especially ecology and animal conservation due to completing a degree in Animal Science at Portsmouth University.

Danielle Poulton

BSc Hons (Exeter)
PGCE (Exeter)

Danielle joined the Biology department in 2020 and is a tutor in Beaufort House. Her particular areas of interest in Biology include Animal Physiology and Marine Biology. Her First Class honours degree research project was published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science. Outside the classroom she enjoys hiking, cycling, skiing and travelling.

Andrew Powell

MA (Cantab)
MSc (Bournemouth University)
PGCE (Oxon)
Fellow of the Linnean Society

Andrew has been at Canford since 1990 and is Principal Examiner of A level Biology University of Cambridge International Examinations. His interests are molecular modelling, marine biology and tropical montane forest ecology. He has recently completed an MSc on the Zooplankton of Poole harbour and hopes to continue this research.