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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, Humph 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 Academic, Senior School – Duncan Ellerington

If you want a Deputy Head who has worked down the coal mines of Nottinghamshire, has degrees in Engineering and Fine Art, went to the Royal College of Art and worked as a freelance artist before teaching Physics at the College since 2002, then please look no further. We have one here.

The Creative Curriculum – Duncan’s brainchild – is at the centre of the academic offer.

Deputy Head Pastoral, 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 attend Dover College. Simon and his family are an integral part of the Dover College community and live within the college grounds.

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, 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. 

Head of International Study Centre – Kate Jackson

Creative, dynamic, enterprising.  Kate has enjoyed successful careers in international education and business. She is multilingual and has lived and worked in China, Mexico, Spain and France. In China she was Head of EAL at Wellington College, and since returning to the UK she has run her own international educational consultancy firm.

For over a decade, she was also Director of Sales and Marketing for a major jewellery importer from Mexico. Kate leads the International Study Centre where her love of English is taught through an appreciation of British culture.  She is married with three sons.

Bursar and Clerk to the Governors – Nicholas Winther

Fresh from the cut and thrust of banking in the City of London, Nick Commenced as Bursar and Clerk in November 2016.  

Boarding school educated in the West Country before reading mathematics at Pembroke College, Oxford University, Nick is married to Rachael and together they have four children spread across the senior and junior years.

Registrar - Alison Wilson

The newest member of the Senior Management Team, Alison joined Dover College in January 2017.

Alison has 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.