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The Senior Management Team

Headmaster – Gareth Doodes

Headmaster of both the Junior and Senior schools, Gareth is an historian, musician, ultra-keen road cyclist and political anorak who has spent his entire career in boarding schools.

Married to Jess and with two children, Humphrey and Persephone, the Doodes family moved to Dover in January 2015 and are committed to the College and support all aspect of its life and work.


Deputy Head, Senior School – Simon Kibler

Appointed in September 2015, Simon has vast pastoral experience having worked in boarding schools throughout his career.

Simon teaches Geography, is the College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and is a keen sportsman. He is married to Kate and has four children, all of whom are at or have attended Dover College. Simon and his family are an integral part of the Dover College community and live within the College grounds.

Director of Studies, Senior School – David Brooks

Joining Dover College in 2009 as Head of Maths, David has held positions of Head of Faculty and Director of Teaching and Learning on his way to his new post as Director of Studies.

He is married to Amanda and has twin daughters who have both followed in their father’s footsteps and joined the Royal Air Force.

David is passionate about bringing ever more creativity into lessons and connecting the learning from Year 1 to Year 13.

Deputy Head Academic, Junior School – Brett Fairclough

Joining Dover College in 2003, Brett has held various positions including Key Stage Co-ordinator, Literacy Co-ordinator, P.E. Co-ordinator, Assistant Head and now Deputy Head Academic. 

He is passionate that every child should achieve their potential in all areas of the curriculum. Married with two boys, who attend the College, Brett has been pivotal in authoring a creative curriculum that celebrates children’s skills as well as knowledge.

Deputy Head Pastoral, Junior School – Tracey Mills

In 1998, Tracey joined Dover College to run a nursery class having spent her previous 14 year career in the independent sector in Early Years.

A qualified Trampoline club coach and Judge, Tracey is married with four children and three grandchildren. She is extremely family-orientated and offers a wealth of experience and dedication to her extended Dover College family. 


Staff Tutor - Therese Taylor

Having worked for 12 years in the Maintained Sector, Therese was appointed Head of Modern Languages at Dover College in 2001, subsequently became Head of Faculty and Priory Housemistress and is currently Staff Tutor, in charge of the Teaching Staff Professional Development. Her aim is to ensure that at Dover College, like in every best school, all teachers become and remain great.  If we, as teachers, are creative and continuously strive to think differently, then our pupils will do so too.

She enjoys going back to her native Belgium and  about the virtues of the great British Independent Education Sector with its focus on educating the whole person and its amazing traditions. She is married with three children, two of which have been pupils at Dover College.


Head of the International Studies Centre - James Carson

James joined Dover College in 2018 and is Housemaster of Leamington House and Head of the International Studies Centre. He has spent the last seven years working in British International Schools in China and Malaysia and is keen to bring his experience with international students to Dover.

James is joined at the College with his wife Christie and two children. As a family they enjoy rustic island life holidays, playing golf, cycling and visiting new cultures around the world.


Bursar - Sarah Greig

Sarah joined the College in August 2018, after 14 years in the Army, during which she served in a variety of roles across the world, specialising in finance and human resources.

A keen sportswoman, Sarah has been involved in biathlon (cross country skiing and shooting) at National and Olympic level; latterly working with the British Olympic Association and UK Sport. Sarah is married to Will, and has two young children who share her passion for skiing.



Registrar - Alison Wilson

Alison joined Dover College in January 2017 having spent most of her career in the field of education, firstly as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Spain and the UK, then as Head of the Admissions Department in an international education organisation.

Family is key in Alison's life and she enjoys nothing more than spending time with her son, daughter-in-law and small granddaughter in Canada.