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.
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. Mina is also our Designated Safeguarding Lead.
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.
——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. 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.
RESIDENTIAL ENGLISH TEACHER and PASTORAL COORDINATOR——
Olya Maiboroda grew up in Russia where she trained as an English teacher. She then studied in the USA, earning an MA in English and MSc in Environmental Studies. Olya worked on a UN project with the coastal communities around the Black Sea to develop environmental education resources. She carried out university research into sustainability, running forest schools and plant-medicine walks. Olya teaches English as a second language (EAL) and topic courses on environmental and social issues. She is one of the pastoral coordinators.
——RESIDENTIAL SCIENCE and BIOLOGY TEACHER, 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 program. He has also taught in Burma, at an international school. Tom teaches Science and coordinates the Life After Brockwood program.
RESIDENTIAL HUMANITIES and HISTORY TEACHER, 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 teaches the Humanities subjects this year, as well as working to support students with special educational needs.
Dolf de Groot
——RESIDENTIAL ENGLISH TEACHER and GLOBAL ISSUES TEACHER
Dolf de Groot has a BA in Journalism and worked as a reporter and investigative journalist at the leading Dutch national newspaper NRC Handelsblad. He then became a correspondent in Australia, New Zealand and Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Dolf lived for three years in the renowned learning community Neot Semadar in the desert of Israel. At Brockwood Dolf teaches English as a second language (EAL) and Global Issues. He also supports the Human Ecology classes.
RESIDENTIAL ART TEACHER——
Ashleigh Ellis is a former Brockwood student. She went on to study a BA in Fine Art, Craft and Design, a Higher Diploma in Fine Art Teaching and a Masters in Education. She has been part of developing Brockwood courses over the last five years and has been an active member of the Curriculum and Pastoral teams more recently. Ashleigh teaches the Core Art and Elective Art courses, and supports project students with their self-directed study. She has also enlivened the textiles department in the Art Barn and has an avid interest in exploring the use of natural materials.
——RESIDENTIAL SPANISH TEACHER and SPORTS COORDINATOR
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 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 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 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 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.
Carvalho Ildelindo da Silveira
RESIDENTIAL EXAMS OFFICER——
Carvalho Ildelindo da Silveira began life at Brockwood working in the grounds and maintenance. He has since worked as a teacher in Physics, Chemistry, Maths and A Level Physical Geography. Carvalho really appreciates living at Brockwood because it is an international community and it gives rise to the possibility of exploring Krishnamurti’s teachings in relationship. He is the exams officer at Brockwood.
Stefanie Luise Beier
——RESIDENTIAL ENGLISH TEACHER and BOOKKEEPER
Stefanie Luise Beier studied fashion at Art University in Berlin, having apprenticed as a tailor. She then studied Fine Art at École des Beaux Arts in Paris. She came to Brockwood in 2015 and worked in the Accounts department. She has also taught Human Ecology. Stefanie Luise teaches English as a second language (EAL) and continue her work in Accounts.
RESIDENTIAL HOUSEKEEPER and GUEST COORDINATOR——
Oliver King worked in the music business and other areas before he came to Brockwood in 2013. He taught music production at the school, volunteered at The Krishnamurti Centre and Inwoods Small School. Inspired by his time at Brockwood, he moved to Spain and started a school for children aged five to eleven. Recently Olie returned to Brockwood, working as a mature student in the garden. He is now our residential Housekeeper and Guest Coordinator.
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 now teaches pottery, works in the infirmary and in the garden and grounds.
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.
Rob Beddow spent his formative years riding trials bikes at national and international events. He has worked with young people producing music and film and exploring issues around sustainable development. More recently he has worked in property maintenance at Dartington Hall in Devon. Rob is now part of the kitchen team at Brockwood. He also repairs guitars.
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.
——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.
Svetlana Lebedeva is a qualified nurse, sales manager and yoga instructor. Before coming to Brockwood Park, she spent ten years working in the Krishnamurti Centre in Russia. Together with a group of friends, she took an active part in creating and building the centre, organising Krishnamurti seminars, summer school programmes for students abroad and managing the distribution of educational material. Svetlana is Brockwood’s nurse.
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 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.
——RESIDENTIAL IT COORDINATOR
Julien Mardelet studied Computer Network Maintenance in Montpellier, France, and holds a Diploma in IT Programming. He worked as an IT specialist and web developer in France, New Zealand and the UK before joining Brockwood. Julien has also worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor in the south of France. He first worked at Brockwood in 2007 for a year, returning in 2016 as the IT Administrator for the school, Krishnamurti Centre and Foundation.
RESIDENTIAL ENGLISH TEACHER——
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 A Level at Brockwood and helps the Development team with communications work.
——RESIDENTIAL FOUNDATION BOOKSHOP MANAGER and SUSTAINABLE FASHION TEACHER
Yamini Patel joined Brockwood five years ago as the school secretary. She trained in Fashion Design, Photography and Styling at university in Manchester and then worked for over ten years in that field. During this time, she completed a three year course in Practical Philosophy in London. Yamini teaches the Sustainable Fashion class at the school. She also helps with coordinating events at The Krishnamurti Centre and manages the bookshop there.
Vicki Lewin has a BA in English with Education. Before working at Brockwood, she was PA to the chairman of a media company, worked in HR for an international firm and in customer services for a national housebuilder. Vicki is responsible for recruitment and admissions in all departments at Brockwood, in addition to forming part of the Independent School Inspection team and managing all compliance for visas and immigration.
Kinga Clements joins us from a corporate background in London, after which she took a break to raise her (now grown up) children. She then spent time working in one of Surrey’s busiest hospitals, within the Patient Advice and Liaison Services Department, whilst continuing her role of PA to a private individual. Kinga brings all these skills to the busy and vibrant job of school secretary.
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. Claire works as part of the Estate and Facilities and Admin team.
——HEAD OF GARDEN and GROUNDS
Chris Cordrey has been a horticulturist for over twenty years, certified by the Royal Horticultural Society. He has been involved with woodland management, tutored gardening courses on retreats and set up and managed a community programme in fruit cultivation. He has been an organic certification advisor to numerous community projects. He worked for ten years on an organic farm and ran his own gardening business. Chris is now Head Gardener at Brockwood.
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 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.
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.
——VISITING PHOTOGRAPHY TEACHER
Jill Furmanovsky was born in Zimbabwe but her parents emigrated to London in 1965. She studied textiles and graphic design at The Central School of Art & Design. Jill then became a photographer at London’s premier rock & roll venue, The Rainbow Theatre, in 1972. She has photographed many of the biggest names in rock music and published seminal works in the genre. She continues to shoot professionally. Jill is teaching Photography at Brockwood, as a visiting teacher.
——VISITING MUSIC TEACHER
Thomas Fournil is a former Brockwood student. He is now working as a visiting teacher and researcher specialising in medieval music and composition. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and was awarded a Fellowship. Thomas founded the Idrîsî Ensemble and works as an artistic director and hurdy-gurdy player in performances of medieval Mediterranean repertoire and new commissions. Thomas leads the choir at Brockwood.
Gary Primrose — Alastair Herron — Wendy Smith — Gisele Balleys — Vishwanath Alluri — 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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