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.
Fiona Read, Head of Primary
Fiona has a BEd (Hons) degree in English and Drama from Kingston University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology. Fiona has over 20 years of teaching experience in international schools and has spent the last 15 years working at United World College of SE Asia in Singapore, where she has been Vice Principal of the Junior School for the past 8 years. Fiona believes passionately in the potential of every child and in providing children with a wide variety of learning opportunities. Her own interests include running, any outdoor adventure, and theatre. Fiona is married to Patrick and has two teenage daughters.
James Anthony Thomas, 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.
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.
Duncan Grey, Deputy Head of Secondary
Duncan received a BSc (Hons) in PE and Sports Science at Loughborough University, before gaining his PGCE from the University of Bath. Having spent his early teaching career in Nottingham, he then moved to the British School Muscat, in Oman, where he spent three years as Director of Sport and seven years as Deputy Headteacher. Duncan is passionate about sport’s capacity to motivate, energise and bring people together and, as such, enjoys participating in a wide variety of physical activities, including rugby and long distance running. Duncan has recently moved to Tokyo with his wife Lisa and their two young children.
BST School Structure