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
Paul Tough, Principal
Paul is originally from South Wales in the UK and is a first language Welsh speaker. At university, Paul studied the Humanities and has a Master of Arts degree from Cardiff University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Swansea University. Paul has worked in international school education since 1999 and has over fifteen years of senior leadership experience derived from three international schools in Hong Kong – Island School, West Island School (WIS) and Discovery Bay International School (DBIS). Paul was Deputy Head at WIS for eight years and most recently Head of School at DBIS for five years. Paul is committed to inclusion in education and ensuring that all students are challenged and supported in their learning. In addition to his passion for history and politics, he enjoys long-distance running, rugby and football.
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, where he was in charge of Oxford and Cambridge applications. 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, has completed the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) and is also a trained ISI Inspector and COBIS Peer Accreditor. He is married to Katherine, with whom he has three young children (the eldest two of whom are in BST Primary) 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.
Clive Wiggins, Director of Operations
A native of the UK, Clive has a BA in History from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University. He has broad work experience in the UK and Japan, most recently in investment research and corporate governance. He joined the British School in Tokyo in 2019, having been a parent at the school for two decades. His interests include sport, travel and music.
Educational Leadership Team
Karl Wilcox, Deputy Head of Primary
Karl is from Cornwall in the UK. He studied at Swansea University for a BSc in Marine Biology and a PGCE. He has an MBA in educational leadership from the University of Leicester. Karl has taught in the UK, Indonesia and Singapore. His last position was the founding vice principal of UWCSEA East in Singapore. Karl is passionate about holistic education and the development of emotional intelligence and is an advocate for sustainable living practices. Karl is a keen surfer and yoga practitioner. He is married to Georgina and has a son, Tiago.
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