Executive Leadership Team
Jon Standen joined Harrow Bangkok as Head Master in January 2019. Jon grew up in Kent in southeastern England and read Ancient History and History at the University of Nottingham. He began his education career teaching history and government and politics and then held two deputy head positions in southwest England. Jon’s first headship was at The Crypt School, England in 2007. Under his leadership, the school became a national teaching school and Jon was recognised as a National Leader of Education. Jon later became Head Master of Plymouth College, England, a day and boarding school for 3-18 year olds and was also the Chairman of the Southwest England division of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (a professional association of heads of the world’s leading independent schools).
Dr Michael Reddish
PRINCIPAL DEPUTY HEAD
Michael was formerly the Deputy Head Academic at Princethorpe College, an HMC independent day school in the UK. Michael took a first-class honours degree in Law at Warwick University before undertaking research in Japan as a Daiwa Scholar. He gained his LLM from Harvard Law School, where he was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow, and subsequently his Doctorate in Law from Warwick University. From August 2021 onwards, Michael takes responsibility for whole-school aspects of our provision, will deputise for the Head Master, and will work closely with the Head Master and the Board of Governors to deliver the school’s Strategic Development Plan. Michael will oversee whole-school coordination and major school event planning. He will also lead the development of Harrow Bangkok’s overarching teaching and learning ambitions including oversight of academic staff appraisal and continuing professional development.
HEAD OF LOWER SCHOOL
Paul graduated with a first class degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Brunel University. Following a number of years working as an actuary and as a business consultant focusing on managerial solutions for a major oil company, Paul moved into the education sector in 1999. In his first headship in the UK, he oversaw improvement to OfSTED “Outstanding,” before moving to Singapore, where was Head of Primary at Nexus International School for eight years. Paul has trained with OfSTED and also carries out school evaluations on behalf of the Council of International Schools. A highly experienced school leader, Paul passionate about education that provides young students with the foundations to flourish as successful leaders in this dynamic world. Paul Beach joined Harrow Bangkok in August 2021.
ACTING HEAD OF UPPER SCHOOL
Kathryn Gavin joined the Executive Leadership Team in August 2021 as she naturally stepped up as the most senior member of the Upper School Senior Leadership Team. She graduated from Exeter University with BA Honours in Geography before transferring to undertake a PGCE in St Luke's College of Education. She started her teaching career at John Lyon School, part of the Harrow family of schools before moving overseas to Malaysia, Thailand, Bahrain and China. Arriving in 2008, this is Kathryn’s fourteenth year at Harrow Bangkok. She brings experience as a teacher, middle and senior leader, as well as a deep knowledge and understanding of Harrow Bangkok and it’s community. She is committed to ensuring that every student is provided with world class and challenging learning opportunities so they can thrive academically and personally. In addition, Kathryn places significant emphasis on skill and character development, driven through the leadership and service programme at Harrow Bangkok, and is a keen supporter of the community outreach programmes.
director of finance
Neil graduated in engineering from Aberdeen University and completed a one-year postgraduate engineering programme at Cambridge University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and has over 25 years global financial management experience, mainly in the oil & gas sector having worked for companies such as ExxonMobil and BG Group plc. For the past five years he also performed governor roles for a non-profit British international school in Thailand. Neil joined Harrow Bangkok in 2017 and is responsible for all finance related matters, as well as serving as the Secretary to the Board of Governors.
Director of Human Resources
Jo graduated with a degree in Design from Winchester School of Art and then returned to study for her PGCE at the University of Brighton. After initially working in the UK, and a brief period of travelling and volunteering in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Jo arrived in Thailand, where she worked in other international schools, including St Johns and St Andrews. She joined Harrow Bangkok in 2002 in the Early Years and later became the Head of Early Years. In 2013, she became the Deputy Head of Lower School and more recently has made a career change into Human Resources (HR). Jo is now the Director of HR and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the HR Department.
director of operations
Mathew studied Business Studies at the University of Wales, Swansea where he also gained his PGCE. Following a number of years in the commercial and educational sectors in the UK, Mathew joined Harrow Bangkok in 2004. Having experienced a number of academic leadership roles at the School, he became Business Director in 2010 and subsequently, Director of Operations in 2013. In his current role, Mathew leads the execution of the strategic development plan for the school’s expansion. His responsibilities also cover all aspects of campus services to deliver educational services. Mathew holds a number of qualifications in health and safety and is training towards NEBOSH Diploma in OSH and Chartered Surveyor status with RICS.
director of external relations
With a Masters in Communications from the University of Leuven in her native Belgium, Anneleen has fifteen years of experience working within Communications and Media agencies, managing global brands such as L’Oreal, Fairtrade and Volvo. Her passion for education, community and new challenges saw her relocating her family to Malaysia, where she led the Marketing Team within a leading British international school in KL. Anneleen joined Harrow Bangkok as Director of External Relations in October 2020 and brings with her a wealth of experience in her field, twinned with her passion for building learning communities amongst students, staff and parents.