The school employs approximately 100 teachers, 48 teaching assistants, and 40 non-teaching staff. All teachers have university degrees and a teaching qualification.
Senior Leadership Team
Brian Christian, Principal
Brian was born in the Isle of Man and is a graduate of Cambridge University, where he read English Literature. He has enjoyed more than thirty years in independent school education, initially in the UK and latterly in Asia. He has been Deputy and Acting Headmaster of Giggleswick School, a co-educational boarding school in North Yorkshire, Principal of Liverpool College and of the British International School in Shanghai and, most recently, Principal of Saint Joseph’s International High School in Singapore. Married to Lynda, he has three sons, two step-daughters and – so far – one grandchild. His interests include theatre, a wide variety of music and most sports.
Kirsten O’Connor, Head of Primary
Kirsten has a BAEd (Hons) in English and Education from Canterbury Christ Church University, specialising in Key Stage Two. She holds an MEd in Educational Leadership and the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). Kirsten taught the full range of Primary age groups in The London Borough of Newham prior to joining BST, where she was a Maths and Science Coordinator as well as a Local Authority Leading Maths Teacher. Kirsten came to Tokyo and joined BST in 2001, as Head of Key Stage One. She became Deputy Head of Primary at BST in 2006 and Head of Primary in 2012.
Brian Platts, Head of Secondary
Brian has a BA (Hons) from the University of Durham and a PGCE from York University. Before coming to BST, he was Deputy Head at the British School Manila. Brian has previously worked at Shrewsbury School in Bangkok, Abraham Lincoln School in the Dominican Republic, Slough Grammar School, Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon and Marlborough School in St. Albans. Brian is passionate about learning but in his spare time loves to visit the theatre, read, travel and participate in a variety of sports.
Manako Haga, Bursar
Manako has a BA in Sociology from Hitotsubashi University, majored in Social Psychology. Her career background is the financial industry. She has previously worked at JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Meiji Dresdner Asset Management, etc. mainly in Finance and Business Management fields. Before joining BST in 2017, she was a board director of Fidelity Investments and Fidelity Securities, Japan.
Kevin Elliott, Director of Operations
Kevin is from Stratford-upon-Avon, a Durham University graduate and holds an MBA in Educational Management from Keele University. Before joining BST, Kevin was the Director of Finance and Business Operations at Canadian Academy in Kobe. As well as work in the hotel industry and the world of dark scare attractions, Kevin has taught, Drama, EAL, Tech Integration, and is an Apple Distinguished Educator. Kevin is married to Sachi and has 3 children in BST.
Educational Leadership Team
Lucy Wood, Deputy Head of Primary
Lucy has a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Social Policy from Durham University and holds a PCGE from the University of Cambridge. She has taught the full range of Primary age groups over three different London Boroughs and on the south coast of England. Early in her career, Lucy was selected as part of the UK Fast Track Teacher program, which has enabled her to have a wide range of subject, phase and senior leadership opportunities within a variety of schools. She is married to Stephen and has two young children.
James Anthony Thomas, Deputy Head of Secondary
James studied in the UK at St Paul’s School, London and then went on to receive an MA in Theology from Trinity Hall, Cambridge University. He has previously been a Head of Department in the UK at both Dulwich College and Wellington College, and was in charge of Oxford and Cambridge applications at the latter. He was then the first Director of Studies at Harrow International School Hong Kong before arriving at BST in August 2014. He has an MA in Educational Leadership from the University of London and recently was selected to become an ISI school inspector. He is married to Katherine, with whom he has three young children and a Labrador.
BST School Structure
BST Primary School Leadership
BST Secondary School Leadership