Our staff are drawn to Brockwood from around the world. They bring with them an impressive range of experience, skills and qualifications, and they share a passion for education and inquiry that helps make the school unique.
Antonio Autor graduated from the Bilbao School of Business Studies with a BA. He played professional football from 1976 to 1985 in Spain and then studied English in the UK. Antonio joined Brockwood Park School in 1987, teaching Business Studies and Sports, and managing the grounds. Having trained in horticulture, he then became head gardener. He later became senior tutor for pastoral care, also teaching A Level Business Studies for several years. Antonio then spent six years working as the administrator of The Krishnamurti Centre before returning to the school in 2015 as Co-Principal. Antonio is now our Principal of Brockwood Park School and Head of Boarding. He is also the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for both Inwoods and Brockwood.
Mina Masoumian joined Brockwood in 2015 initially as a volunteer, assisting with a review of its operation. She has lived, studied and worked in Iran, Canada, Singapore and Sydney. Mina uses her background in law, finance, change management and the nonprofit sector for the benefit of Brockwood. Mina is one of the Directors of the Trust and, as the Trust’s Bursar, she currently oversees the charity’s operation, finances and compliance. She supports the school by overseeing the curriculum.
RESIDENTIAL HEALTH & MOVEMENT TEACHER, PASTORAL
and CURRICULUM COORDINATOR——
Thomas Lehmann studied Physical Education and Geography at the University of Münster, Germany and the University of Las Palmas, Spain. He first joined Brockwood as a mature student in 2011. After completing an MA in Education in 2015, Thomas travelled for many months before rejoining Brockwood as a residential teacher. Thomas is part of the Management Team of the Trust. He is currently involved in overseeing and coordinating the curriculum and pastoral care programmes. He also teaches classes in the area of Health, Movement and Physical Education.
Bill Taylor first visited Brockwood in 1979 to attend Krishnamurti’s talks. He returned in 1983 as a mature student, then became a staff member. He left to study for a BA in Liberal Arts in New Zealand, and then returned to Brockwood as an English and Drama teacher. He was a Co-Principal of the school for fifteen years and then moved into the role of Development Director in 2012. He is responsible for the Friends of Brockwood Park, alumni contact, fundraising and communications material.
COORDINATOR of INWOODS SMALL SCHOOL, HISTORY TEACHER and SENCO——
Kate Power completed her MA in History at Bristol University. Before that, she was teaching for seven years (in both the British state system and also at an international British school in Myanmar.) Kate has a BA in History and Sociology. She qualified as a teacher at Exeter University. She has travelled and worked abroad extensively. Kate coordinates Inwoods Small School and teaches A Level History. She also supports students with special educational needs. She is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Inwoods.
——RESIDENTIAL SCIENCE TEACHER, CURRICULUM COORDINATOR and LIFE AFTER BROCKWOOD COORDINATOR
Tom Power worked as a field ecologist and conservation biologist across the world, from Indonesia, Madagascar and Zambia to the reed beds of East Sussex before turning to teaching in 2005. For the next ten years, Tom taught Science in a number of comprehensive schools across the South West and set up a school-based meditation programme. He has also taught in Burma, at an international school. Tom teaches Science, is part of our Curriculum group and coordinates the Life After Brockwood programme. He has been our Covid-19 lead during the pandemic.
RESIDENTIAL ENGLISH and DRAMA TEACHER——
Chris Lewin studied Theatre, Writing and Philosophy at University. He has worked as a teacher, a theatre director, an entrepreneur and a wandering poet. He loves words and people. He loves to collaborate. By his second visit to Brockwood, he felt he had found home. Chris teaches English Language and Drama at Brockwood. He also supervises student projects.
——RESIDENTIAL SPANISH TEACHER
Javier Jurado attended the Catholic College of Santísima Trinidad and the University of Educational Sciences in Córdoba. He then worked as an instructor in martial arts, where he later competed at regional and national levels. He helped the Krishnamurti Foundation of Latin America with publications, dialogues and retreats. Javier joined Brockwood Park School as a mature student. He now teaches Spanish, Physical Education, and the History of Religion and Philosophy.
RESIDENTIAL HUMANITIES and GEOGRAPHY TEACHER——
Manasi Srivastava was educated in India and China. She discovered a love for Geography and learnt Chinese and Spanish. She graduated from the London School of Economics with a BA in International Development. In 2015, she joined Brockwood Park School as a mature student, working in the areas of housekeeping and in the school office while completing her degree. Manasi then transferred to the teacher apprentice programme, working in the Humanities department. She now teaches Geography and Humanities at Brockwood.
——RESIDENTIAL MATHS TEACHER
Abhijit Padte completed his Masters in Mathematics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He then did research in holistic education (with emphasis on Krishnamurti’s philosophy of education) at the University of Mumbai. His interest in Krishnamurti’s teachings dates back to the early eighties, when he heard his public lectures in Mumbai. He has taught Mathematics and Computer Studies at schools and universities in India and Canada for the past thirty years. Abhijit now teaches Maths at Brockwood.
RESIDENTIAL PSYCHOLOGY and GLOBAL ISSUES TEACHER——
Alexandro Lopez studied Psychology at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires. Before and after studying, he worked as a volunteer in local communities, schools, prisons and companies, assisting with mental health issues, wellbeing and education. He has coordinated educational events in Mexico City, as well as working professionally as a counsellor. In 2016 and 2020, he came to Brockwood, first as a Mature Student and then as a Teacher Apprentice. He now teaches Psychology and Global Issues, as well as supporting SENCO and Health and Movement.
——RESIDENTIAL WOODWORK TEACHER
Andrew Turner read The House That Beebo Built as a small child, which may have been the catalyst for a life of travel, questions, adventure and making things. Andrew has built wooden boats, surfboards, houses, furniture and relationships in various countries. He and Ginny home educated their four children. At Brockwood, Andrew works with students, mature students, staff and guests in the woodwork shed, creating things with wood.
PASTORAL COORDINATOR and HOUSEKEEPER——
Elena Ciungu has a BA in Agro-Food and Environmental Economics and a MA in Marketing. She has also been trained in fashion design and pattern making. Whilst living in Romania, she worked in retail, fashion and management. Before joining us, she was based in Bali, Indonesia. She came to Brockwood in 2019 as a mature student. Elena is one of the Pastoral Coordinators and our Designated Safeguarding Lead. She also oversees housekeeping and organises guest visits to the school.
——RESIDENTIAL CENTRE STAFF and PROJECTS COORDINATOR
Toby Williams studied Geography at the University of Edinburgh. During this time, he became increasingly disillusioned with the life our current society had emphasised as important. After hearing Krishnamurti speak online about the urgent need for a radical transformation, Toby engaged with a number of different roles before eventually joining Brockwood Park School. At the school, Toby supervises student projects. He also cooks, as part of the Krishnamurti Centre team.
RESIDENTIAL SCIENCE and PHYSICS TEACHER——
Lorena Magallanes completed her Ph.D in Physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany. She then began to look for a more holistic approach to learning. She joined the Science department at Brockwood as a Teacher Apprentice in 2018. Lorena now teaches Physics and the Patterns and Complexity topic course. She oversees Brockwood’s study skills program and works passionately in the library.
——GARDENER and POTTERY TEACHER
Charline Sowa is a former Brockwood student who went on to study physiotherapy in Germany. From 2017 to 2019, Charline was a mature student at Brockwood. She worked in the garden and grounds and she also oversaw the pottery studio, teaching courses and open sessions. Charline oversees our vegetable garden and teaches pottery.
RESIDENTIAL COOK and INFIRMARY——
Ginny Cameron grew up in Toronto, Canada. After studying at UBC and Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, she was involved in collectively managing an organic food store, vegetarian café, greenhouse and farming project. She and her partner Andrew then moved to Australia, where they were farming, building and home educating their children. In 2018 they came to Brockwood. Ginny now enjoys preparing nutritious food in the Brockwood kitchen and she also works in the infirmary.
——ESTATE and FACILITIES MANAGER
Rob Beddow in his formative years and beyond was riding bikes in national and international sporting events until retirement in 2006. This was followed by working with young people producing music and film – exploring issues around sustainable development. He has a background in engineering and property maintenance. Before joining Brockwood Rob worked for the Dartington Hall Trust in Devon. He now manages the Estate and Facilities Department at Brockwood and occasionally repairs guitars.
Dave Robertson first visited the Krishnamurti Centre in 1992. He then worked at Brockwood Park School for twelve years, many of which he spent as Bursar. After leaving Brockwood, he worked in numerous not-for-profit and commercial organisations, heading up their finance functions. Throughout this time, he maintained his interest in Krishnamurti’s teaching. In 2021, Dave returned to work at Brockwood and he manages the accounts for the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust.
——RESIDENTIAL FOUNDATION ADMINISTRATOR and MUSIC TEACHER
Jerome Blanche has been working at Brockwood since in 1996. He started first as a music teacher at the school but over the years has had various roles in the Centre and in the Foundation. He is a fellow of the London College of Music and a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music and of Trinity College London, all in piano performance. Jerome works in the Foundation and teaches Music in the school.
RESIDENTIAL CENTRE COORDINATOR——
Ana Gomes studied Landscape Architecture at Evora University in Portugal. She then worked in Spain, Portugal and Guinea-Bissau as a volunteer supporting an international NGO with projects in developing countries in education, gardening and economics. She first came to Brockwood in 2012 as a mature student and then began working in the school. Ana shares her passion for bushcraft and spoon carving with the students. She’ll happily take part in any school activity lead in nature. Ana is the coordinator of The Krishnamurti Centre.
Osian Brieg Jones
Osian Jones co-manages the kitchen at Brockwood, following in the footsteps of his grandmother, Helga, who ran it in the early nineties. He started working in his mother’s organic café in Pembrokeshire and has continued to work with an interest in sustainable food production. Osian joined Brockwood two years ago as a mature student. As well as working in the kitchen, he collaborates with and supports students in making music.
RESIDENTIAL ENGLISH TEACHER and EXAMS OFFICER——
Emma Birt graduated with a BA in English from Cambridge University, where she was also involved in many theatre productions. She then studied law and worked as a criminal barrister in Devon and Cornwall. After leaving the Bar, Emma began assisting the Krishnamurti Foundation with transcribing, subtitling and verification work. She also cared for two small children with special needs. Emma teaches English Language and Literature A Level at Brockwood, as well as English for non-native speakers. She is also our Exams Officer.
——RESIDENTIAL FOUNDATION STAFF and ECONOMICS TEACHER
Raymond read Economics at university and since then he has worked in various roles across the public and private sectors. He cut his teeth as an educator offering private tuition in and around London. In 2016, Raymond began his time at Brockwood as a teacher apprentice. As well as teaching A Level Economics, Raymond likes to get involved with musical activities in the school. He is currently also based at The Krishnamurti Foundation where he looks after the bookshop and helps in The Krishnamurti Centre.
Claire Hardwick worked as PA to the Tax Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers before her children were born. She then spent nine years working in the office at Perins School in Alresford. She later took on the role of PA to the Canon Chancellor at Winchester Cathedral before joining Brockwood Park in 2017. She has been part of the admin team since she joined and currently works as our School Secretary.
——ADMISSIONS and RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR
Elizabeth Swirles worked in a woodland Social Enterprise in both the Education and Events departments.She then worked with the Leaving Care Service, as a Personal Advisor supporting young people with their transition from foster care to independence. At Brockwood, Elizabeth is responsible for recruitment and admissions in all departments. She is also part of the Independent School Inspection team, assisting with compliance for visas and immigration.
VISITING CHEMISTRY TEACHER——
Lizzie Brunt completed her Master’s degree in Chemistry at Oxford University. During this time, she spent several years providing pastoral care for international students at her local church and visited Japan twice. Following this, she qualified as a teacher at Winchester University and has since taught Science at several state schools in Hampshire. Lizzie teaches Chemistry and Biology at Brockwood as a visiting teacher.
——VISITING GRAPHIC DESIGN TEACHER
Mick O’Farrell has been a professional graphic designer and photographer for thirty five years. Mick has worked in many studios and has had his own design agency since 1990, concentrating mainly on the area of computer games packaging for Nintendo and Sony. Mick is also an Ofsted photographer and photographs schools, colleges, universities and training facilities for their official reports and internal library. He teaches Graphic Design at Brockwood, as a visiting teacher.
Laura Scottorn has over twenty years experience in the photography industry. She has worked as a photographer on cruise ships, for a shopping channel and with a photography agency in London. She gained her teaching qualification (PGCE M) from Cardiff University before moving to the south coast to teach at a local sixth form college. Laura currently runs her own photography business. In her free time she sings with her church band and is a volunteer youth leader. Laura teaches photography at Brockwood as a visiting teacher.
Joseph Lyden had been cooking professionally for nine years before joining Brockwood in 2019. He worked his way up from kitchen porter to Head Chef for Compass Catering. Along the way, he worked in fine dining restaurants. All this has given him a feeling for the importance of healthy, nutritionally balanced food, which brought him to Brockwood. In August 2019, Joseph oversaw the catering for the Brockwood Park School 50th Anniversary Reunion, with 500 attendees.
——VISITING ART TEACHER
Emma Seach graduated from the Royal Drawing School in 2010. She then ran classes for them in various venues including Whitechapel Gallery, The V&A Museum, The National Gallery, and Saatchi Gallery. She set up and ran Root Drawing, an experimental drawing class for local artists. She is now continuing her painting practice on the Turps Studio Programme while teaching at the Art Academy. At Brockwood Emma will be supporting students who would like to build a professional portfolio for further study, professional work or for an exam.
Gary Primrose — Alastair Herron — Wendy Smith — Gisele Balleys — Derek Hook
The Trustees of Krishnamurti Foundation Trust are also the Governors of Brockwood Park School. They all have a deep interest in the ethos of the school and have had contact with it over many years. They have a range of backgrounds and professional expertise which they bring to their work with the school. Gary Primrose is the Chair of Governors.
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