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.
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.
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
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 moved on to be the first Director of Studies at Harrow International School in Hong Kong before arriving at BST in August 2014. He is in the final stage of an MA in Educational Leadership at the University of London. He is married to Katherine; they have two sons aged 3 and 1, and a pet Labrador.
BST School Structure
BST Primary School Leadership
BST Secondary School Leadership