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Business Studies Staff

Steve Emery

Head of Department
BSc Hons (University of Wales)
PGCE (Edge Hill University)

After growing up in Snowdonia, Steve completed a Business and Economics degree at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. After his university studies he went on to become a registered financial adviser for one of the largest global banking organisations. Steve then chose to re-train as a teacher and accepted a post at a sixth form college in Bristol, where he taught for a year before emigrating to New Zealand. He was the Head of Department at one of the foremost schools in NZ for the last twelve years before deciding to return home with his family to join the Canford community.

Joel Holliday

BA ( Exeter), MA (Bath)

After completing a BA degree in Economics at the University of Exeter, Joel worked in the City of London as a derivatives trader, specialising in European equities and bonds. After nearly a decade in the financial markets, he decided to re-train as a teacher. He joined Eastbourne College as teacher of Economics and Mathematics, completing his GTP at Canterbury Christ Church University. Since then, he has taught in two British international schools, firstly in Kenya and then in China. He has fulfilled the positions of Head of Department, Boarding Housemaster, Assistant Head Academic and Deputy Principal Co-curriculum & Boarding. He and his family are very much looking forward to joining the Canford community from September 2020.

Nick Jones

BA (Nottingham)
PGCE (Nottingham Trent)

Having attended a state school near Bath, Nick studied Economics and Agricultural Economics at Nottingham before completing a PGCE in Business Studies with IT at Nottingham Trent. Nick joined the department in 2001 from St Paul's Girls' School and also has experience of working in a number of co-educational boarding schools having started teaching at St Peter's York before moving to Cheltenham College. Nick is a girls' rowing coach and former Housemaster in Salisbury House.

Lealand Pearce

BSc, PCET (Cardiff)

Lealand joined Canford in September 2014. After completing a BSc at Cardiff University in International Logistics and Advanced Operations Management he went on to complete a PGCE at Masters Level 7 in 2010. Previously to Canford Lealand taught Business and Economics at Eastbourne College as well as being Resident Tutor in a boys’ boarding house, a senior rugby and netball coach and Head of Business Education. He is currently Housemaster of Wimborne House.

Niamh Scullion

BSc (Queen's University Belfast)
PGCE (Bath Spa University)

Niamh completed a degree in Business Management at Queen’s University Belfast in 2017. With a strong interest in student support Niamh has worked within specialist mental health services and at a London University. Always looking for a new challenge, she enjoys triathlon training and is involved with cross country at Canford.

Jolyon Toy

MA (Cantab)
MSc (London)

Educated at Tonbridge School, Jo took his first degree in Economics at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge and after several years in the ‘real world’ (three years in the shipping department of a seismic survey firm, three years working for the Hong Kong Government, and a year as an administrator for a small touring theatre company), the call of education was too strong, and he acquired a PGCE from the Institute of Education in London. Spells at The Perse (Cambridge); St. Paul’s (London), where he found time to complete a part-time degree in Politics and Administration at Birkbeck College; Sevenoaks (as Head of Department); and then Eastbourne College for twelve years, with nine of those as a Day Housemaster followed before joining Canford in 2013.

A keen sports coach (rugby and hockey), he is also a keen but poor saxophonist always looking for an opportunity to join a band that will let him do the solo from ‘Baker Street’!