School Staff

School Staff

Senior Management

Katherine Haynes, Head

Katherine Haynes, BA (Warwick) MEd (Birmingham) NPQH, Head

Katherine read Maths at Warwick, followed by MEd and then taught in the Midlands, becoming head of Maths at Edgbaston High School, followed by Warwick School, where she first started out as a school inspector and took the professional training scheme for headship. Her appointment at John Lyon made her the first woman ever to head an HMC boys’ day school. Katherine continues to work as a school Reporting Inspector, and, in her limited free time, enjoys gardening and travelling.

Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson, BA, MSc (Trinity, Dublin), Bursar

In the early days of his distinguished career at Diageo, Michael juggled the challenge of a full-time job with playing rugby at the highest level, gaining 10 international caps for Ireland. Michael joined John Lyon in March 2009 as Commercial Director, taking up the role of Bursar in September of the same year. He sits on the School’s Finance and General Purposes Committee, Estates Committee and Strategy Committee and has overall responsibility for the support staff and efficient running of the School.

Andy Sims

Andy Sims, MA, MEng (Cantab), Deputy Head

Andy read Engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge, where he also completed his PGCE. Before teaching, Andy worked in the design and applied research of renewable energy for AECOM, London. He started his teaching career at Whitgift School in 2009 where he was also Assistant Head of Sixth Form and led the Senior STEM programme. In 2012, he was appointed Head of Physics at Blundell’s School where he coordinated Oxbridge Science Preparation. An avid sportsman, Andy was Head of Cross Country in both schools, coached various teams and organised outdoor pursuit events and trips. He joined John Lyon in 2015. He is a Governor of Alpha Preparatory School. As Deputy Head, Andy has joint responsibility for the day-to-day running of the School, specialising in academic and ICT strategy. He oversees the School Calendar, staffing, Sport and Art.

Jonathan Pepperman

Jonathan Pepperman, MA (Cantab), Deputy Head

Jonathan always knew he wanted to teach. After securing his degree in History from Selwyn College, Cambridge he started his career at Ryde School teaching History and Politics before moving on to be Head of History and Politics and then Head of Upper College at Cheltenham College, where he worked with Housemasters on pastoral matters and oversaw the Oxbridge provision. Jonathan is a believer in an all-round education: on top of his academic commitments, he has coached cricket, hockey and football, been a member of the CCF and sung in school choirs. In 2013 Jonathan joined John Lyon as Head of Sixth Form becoming Deputy Head in 2015. Alongside his joint responsibility for running the School, Jonathan’s primary focus is on the School’s pastoral provision, with oversight of the Sixth Form, Higher Education and Careers, Admissions, Music and Drama.

Tim Lewis

Tim Lewis, MA, MEng (Cantab), Director of Studies

Tim read Engineering at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and his first teaching role was at Reading Blue Coat School. He joined John Lyon as Head of Mathematics in 2014 before becoming Director of Studies in 2017. In this role, Tim has overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of academic life at John Lyon, including the curriculum and timetable. Tim has led expeditions to Ecuador, Mongolia and Morocco as well as coordinating the School’s annual ski trip.

Ian Parker

Ian Parker, BSc (Loughborough), Senior Teacher in charge of Co-Curricular, Sports Practices & Clubs, Director of Alumni Relations and Head of International Schools

Ian joined John Lyon in 1989 as a teacher of Physical Education and Geography and Master in Charge of Cricket, roles he undertook for 21 years. Ian has had numerous roles including Housemaster, Senior Housemaster, Head of Year, Head of Section (Upper School) and Head of Pastoral Care. Ian now has responsibility for the extensive Co-Curricular Programme, overseeing the engagement programme with Old Lyonians, and developing the growing links with Harrow International Schools.

Andrew Westlake

Andrew Westlake, BA (Southampton) BA (Bristol) MA (King’s College, London), Senior Teacher in charge of Staff

Andrew took a degree in Music and then a degree in Theology and Religious Studies, before completing an MA in Education. He joined John Lyon in 1998 as Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy. Andrew now leads the Academic Staff Continuous Professional Development Programme and is responsible for the induction of new teachers.

Darren Boylan

Darren Boylan, BEd (Queen’s, Belfast), Senior teacher (Admissions), Head of Business Studies

After finishing his BEd in Business Education at Queen’s University Belfast, Darren began his teaching career in the UK at St George’s School, Harpenden as a teacher of Business, before moving to Duff Miller sixth form college as Head of Business Education. He joined John Lyon as Head of Business in 2013. Darren’s roles here have included Head of Year 11 and Assistant Head of Sixth Form. He is most proud of the excellent Sixth Form community at John Lyon – the perfect environment to give students an excellent all round education – not only achieving excellent academic results but developing boys into young men who make their parents proud.

Jonathan Rowe

Jonathan Rowe, MA (UEA), Head of Sixth Form

Jonathan read History at Reading University before completing a Master’s degree in History at the University of East Anglia. He began his teaching career in 2004 as a History Teacher at Plume School in Essex, before moving to Farlingaye High School in Suffolk. From here Jonathan moved to Colchester Sixth Form College where he led the Ancient History Department and taught Modern History and Classical Civilisation. He then moved to Battle Abbey School in East Sussex, undertaking numerous roles, including Head of History, Head of Lower School, Deputy Head of Boarding and Head of Sixth Form. Jonathan has a strong interest in assessment. He is a Principal Examiner for A-Level History and a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. Jonathan joined John Lyon in 2018. He has overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Sixth Form.

All staff list

Senior Management

Miss K E Haynes, BA (Warwick) MEd (Birmingham) NPQH

Deputy Heads
Mr J O M Pepperman, MA (Cantab)
Mr A J Sims, MA, MEng (Cantab)

Senior Teachers
Mr D P Boylan, BEd (Queen’s, Belfast) [Admissions]
Mr T Lewis, MA, MEng (Cantab) [Director of Studies]
Mr I R Parker, BSc (Loughborough) [Co-Curricular]
Mr J C Rowe, MA (UEA) [Head of Sixth Form]
Mr A S Westlake, BA (Southampton) BA (Bristol) MA (King’s College, London) [Staff]

Academic Staff

* Denotes Heads of Department

*Ms L Hope, Dip VA (Alberta College of Arts)
Miss C Burley, BA (Norwich)

*Miss J N Leveson, MBiochem (Oxon)
Miss L Bailey (Queensland)
Ms S Toraub, BSc (Imperial)

Business Studies
*Mr D P Boylan, BEd (Queen’s, Belfast)
Mr G E Seller, BA (Sheffield Hallam)

*Mr N Arratoon, MChem (Dunelm), MA (Open)
Mr J Carr, MSci (Imperial)
Dr S O Matondo, BSc, PhD (Oxon)
Mr D F Weedon, MA (Oxon) 

*Mr J E Blenkinsop, BA (King’s College, London), CCF Contingent Commander

Computer Science
Ms S Ivelja, BA, MA (Westminster)

Digital Learning
Dr J Honeysett, MSci (Cantab), MRes, PhD (UCL)

*Mr S G Jones, BA (Birmingham)
Mr L H Felgate, BA (Goldsmiths, University of London)

*Dr M E White, BA, MA, PhD (Manchester)

*Mr J W Peel, BA (King’s College, London)
Miss L Aitchison, BA (Cantab)
Dr A Ashraf, BA, MA, PhD (Queen Mary)
Miss J M Boyle, BA (Loughborough) [Head of Year 11]
Miss B R Davies, BA (Leicester)
Mrs M L Trafford, MA (Glasgow) BTh (Brunel)

*Mrs R Sallet, BA (Keele)
Mr A K Ferguson, BA (Reading) (OL) [Head of Upper Sixth]

*Mrs A Rankine, BA (Hull)
Miss K M Littlefield, BSc (UCL)
Mr I R Parker, BSc (Loughborough)

*Mr C K Longhurst, BA (Hull)
Mr A D Hartrup, BA (Southampton)
Mr J O M Pepperman, MA (Cantab)
Mr T W Yardley, BA, MA (Cardiff) [Head of Year 8]

Learning Support
*Ms S C Blanchard, BA (Bordeaux) MA (Paris VII Diderot) Dip RSA (SpLD)
Mrs F Attar (Casual Teacher)
Mr R G Ellis-Paul, BSc (UCL)
Mrs N Walker, BSc (Manchester)

*Mr P W Muhley, BSc (Loughborough)
Mr S J K Andon, MSc (UCL)
Mr N Dholakia, MEng, MBA (Imperial)
Mr J McNaughton, BSc (Swansea) [Head of Year 10]
Dr K Sudhakar, BSc, PhD (London)
Mr S R Patel, BSc (Birmingham) MSc (City)
Mr M W Vickery, BEng (Exeter)

*Mr H R Jones, MA (Cantab) FRCO, FCA [Head of Year 7]
Mr A J Furniss, MA (Oxon) FRCO

Music Technology
*Mr R E Marshall, BND (Stanmore Music College)

Physical Education
*Mr S Cloete, HMS (Rhodes)
Mr A S Ling, BSc (Brunel)
Mr R A Rice, BSc (Hertfordshire)

*Dr S J Mills, BSc (Sheffield) PhD (Sheffield Hallam)
Dr T A Choudhury-Fieret, BSc, PhD (Aston)
Mr T J Mahon, BSc (UCL), BA (Surrey), MA (London Institute of Education)
Mr A J Sims, MA, MEng (Cantab)
Dr F R Weinberg, BSc, MSc, PhD (Imperial) 

*Dr C J Clews, BA, MA, PhD (London)
Mr C T Scotcher, BA (Manchester)

*Mrs E McMillan, BSc (Birkbeck) MSc (London)

Religious Studies
*Mr S Mepham, B.Divinity (King’s College, London), AKC, MA (London) [Assistant Head of Sixth Form]
Miss S B Patel, BA (Birmingham) [Head of Year 9]
Mr A S Westlake, BA (Southampton), BA (Bristol), MA (King’s College, London)

*Mr P D Berry, BA (Bristol) [Head of Lower Sixth]
Ms F L Easton, BA (Exeter)

Support Staff

Mr M E Gibson, BA, MSc (Trinity, Dublin)

Miss R J Davies – Registrar

Mrs K Ansari, BSc (City) – Development Coordinator
Mrs N Ansari, BA (Manchester) MSc (SOAS) – Business Administrator
Miss G Bakare, BA (Bradford), MA (LUBS), CIPD – HR Officer
Mrs S Chirnside – Alumni Relations Coordinator
Mr J Dalling – Project Manager (Buildings & Compliance)
Mr M Da Silva – ICT Technician
Mrs D Georgiou – Business Administrator (Data)
Mrs V Greig, SBM (Anglia Ruskin), CIPD – Business Administration Manager
Miss S Jones – Business Administrator (Design)
Mr E Kurti – Systems & Data Specialist
Ms N Littlewood, BCom (Griffith) – HR Manager
Mr G Mattey – ICT Operations & Development Manager
Mrs L S Plummer, BA (Middlesex) – Strategic Operations Officer
Mrs W Scarlett – Music Administrator

Mrs T Dovey, FCCA – Director of Finance
Ms Z Hussain, BA (Westminster), FCCA – Financial Controller
Ms A Y Tan – Accounts Assistant
Miss P Whitehead – Accounts Assistant

Mrs M Harper, PG Dip CG (South Bank) – Careers Advisor

Combined Cadet Force
Miss L Mann – School Staff Instructor

Mr M Carrick – Estates Operative
Mr M Chandler – Grounds Person
Mr J Dempsey – Estates Team Member
Mr L Exelby – Estates Supervisor
Mr C Lynch – Grounds Manager
Mr J Naughton – Grounds Person

Mrs S Jull, BSc (North London) CSci CChem MRSC – Examinations Manager
Mr D Weedon, MA (Oxon) – Examinations Officer

Head’s Office
Mrs V Patel – PA to the Head
Mrs M Kochhar, BCom (Delhi) – Head’s Secretary / Executive Assistant

Mrs R Halsey, BA (Strathclyde) MCLIP – Librarian
Ms S Greene, LLB (Huddersfield) Dip LP (London) – Library Assistant

Marketing and Communications
Mr E Holmes – Director of Marketing and Communications

Sports Centre
Mr E Churn – Swimming Coach
Miss O Mari – Sports Coach and PE Technician
Mr J Nikolovski – Swimming Coach
Mr L Parry – Sports Coach
Mr P Thambiayah – Gap Assistant

Technicians and Assistants
Mr N Brown – Art Technician
Ms C Catalan – Spanish Language Assistant
Mrs S Drake – Biology Technician
Mr D Livingstone – Physics Technician
Mrs D Pragasam BSc (Brunel) – Chemistry Technician
Mr L Rao, BA (LIPA) – Drama Technician (OL)

Visiting Music Teachers
Miss S Bloor, BMus LRAM – Cello
Mr R Bowden, MA (Cantab), BMus LRAM, PGDip Vocal Studies – Voice
Mr V E Davies, BMus (Cardiff) – Horn, Euphonium, Tuba
Mrs S Evans – Flute, Flute Choir
Mr T Godel, DipHE Popular Music Performance, Dip Bass Studies – Bass Guitar
Mr T Hooper, BMus Performance LRAM – Drums and Percussion
Mr P Huntington, BA – Drums and Percussion
Mrs V Koleva-Burova, BMus AVCE/BTEC – Piano
Mr L Rao, BA (LIPA) – Electric/Acoustic Guitar
Miss H Ridgeon, BMus PG Dip LRAM – Violin and Viola
Miss K Samways, BMus – Saxophone and Clarinet
Mr T D Turner, GTCL LTCL PGCE – Trumpet and Piano
Mr R Workman BMus LGSM – Trombone, Trumpet and Euphonium

Welfare and Counselling
Mrs L Herman, BACP, UKCP (Roehampton) – School Counsellor
Ms C Robinson, RGN (London South Bank) – School Nurse