The school employs approximately 75 teachers, 40 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.
Chris Nicholls, Head of Secondary
Chris has a BA (Hons) in English from Nottingham University, an MA in Applied Linguistics from London University and a PGCE (Secondary English). Before coming to BST, he was Head of English at Tanglin Trust School in Singapore, taught at Caterham School in Surrey and ran a language training institute in London. He has a son in Year 12.
Simon Lloyd, Bursar and Business Director
Simon is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of Cambridge University, where he read Classics. He worked for many years as a partner in the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (previously Coopers & Lybrand), during which time his clients included many of the world’s leading multinationals. He has worked mainly in London and Tokyo, but also ran the firm’s audit practice for three years in Bangkok and a year in Prague. He first came to Tokyo for four years in the 1980s, returned for five years in the 1990s, and has been based here for a third time since 2001. He resigned from PwC in 2004 and joined the school in September 2008. His interests are all sports (he is a qualified FA football coach and referee), wine, dogs, nature and, of course, education.
Educational Leadership Team
Deeanne Bell, Deputy Head of Primary
Mark Starbuck, Deputy Head of Secondary
Mark holds a BA (Hons) in Sports Science and Educational Studies from Kent University, an MSc (Distinction) in Sports Management from Leicester University, a PGCE (Secondary) from London University, and an MSc and DPhil in Social Sciences from Oxford University. Prior to joining BST, he was the Head of Sixth Form and of Psychology and Sociology at Loughborough High School and Head of Social Sciences at Lansdowne College. Mark has taught a range of subjects including sociology, politics, history, religious studies, geography, PSHE, physical education, and psychology at leading independent schools. He enjoys writing teaching materials, and has co-authored a textbook, Access to Sociology: Religion, and several articles on examination skills and active teaching methods for the Social Science Teacher, Sociology Review, and Psychology Review. Mark is currently studying the International Leadership and Management Program for senior leaders. He has a daughter in Year 1.
BST School Structure
BST Primary School Leadership
BST Secondary School Leadership