Originally from Coventry in the UK, where I was a keen sportsman from an early age, I went on to represent Coventry and Warwickshire at different sports. After school, I did not follow the conventional route into university as I had professional sports contracts in the USA, New Zealand and Australia.
On my return to the UK I attended the University of Warwick to read Sports Studies, during which time I realised I would like to teach sport and physical education. After completing my time at Warwick I moved to the University of Birmingham to complete my teaching qualification in Physical Education. In 1999 I was offered a job at Dame Allan’s school, Newcastle, where I was employed as a PE teacher and Head of Rugby. I was fortunate enough to work with some amazing pupils, many of whom have gone on to be successful in a wide range of careers including sports stars, ballet dancers, pop stars, musicians, doctors, politicians to mention but a few. Teaching has shown me that everyone has a talent for something and that very often people just need to identify it and develop the confidence to use it. You are all capable of anything; all you need is the drive and determination to make it happen.
I moved to Park Lane for a few reasons, one is due to my links with the Czech Republic where I have coached rugby at academy, club and national levels where I was Head Coach for the Czech u20 team. I have coached hundreds of children from all over the country and their attitude and work ethic really has impressed me so it was an easy decision to make. I also like challenges and joining a new school such as Park Lane is a real challenge for myself and other committed members of staff to develop the school into a fantastic institution.
As a sportsman I know the value of teamwork and that good teams are made up of different characters who all contribute in different ways to the teams success, but they all share a common goal. The teachers here are just part of a team and we rely on you, the pupils to be the most important part of our team, to work together and through hard work to get you to be as good as you possibly can be.