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Senior Leadership Team

Headmaster
Keith Brown 

Keith Brown joined Willington in September 2018 having served as Deputy Headmaster at St John's Northwood (a Merchant Taylor's School).  Hailing from the Scottish Borders town of Melrose, he brings a wealth of experience having taught every age from Nursery to Upper Sixth.  Creating a caring and happy learning community where every child can excel to the best of their ability is central to his educational philosophy.

Keith is married with a 17 year old son, enjoys cycling and is a keen musician, regularly playing in a band to raise money for charity.  Passionate about all sports, Keith is an avid rugby fan.
 

Deputy Head - Pastoral & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Marcus Tattersall 

Marcus Tattersall joined Willington in 2000 after starting his teaching career in Liverpool and Lancashire.  Initially recruited to the position of Head of Geography and subsequently Head of Football, Marcus is now Deputy Head.  Although he has seen many changes at the school he believes a constant throughout has been the caring, friendly and happy atmosphere created by the staff, parents and most importantly, the children. This has enabled countless pupils to fulfil their potential in whatever field that may be. 

Away from school, Marcus enjoys spending time with his young family.  He is a lifelong Blackburn Rovers supporter and has also discussed football matters in the media.  He  has a passion for music (despite not being able to play an instrument) and enjoys the opportunity to don some headphones and DJ events such as the  Parents of Willington Ball and Disco, if and when the time allows.  

Bursar & Clerk to the Governors
Peter Luard
 

Peter Luard originally joined Willington in October 2013, with 13 years’ experience as a school bursar and following 32 years’ of service with the British Army.  This included 7 operational tours in Northern Ireland and former Yugoslavia, commanding the emergency fire station in Dulwich during the 1977 Fire Brigade strike, commanding his battalion (4 RGJ), as the SO1 G1/G4 being the ‘bursar’ for RMA Sandhurst and Chief of Staff of the British Military Advisory Training Team Southern Africa.  Having enjoyed a period of semi-retirement working part-time as the Clerk to the Governors, he has returned to full-time following the departure of Stephen Bromley to cover the interim until the arrival of the new Bursar and Clerk to the Governors and is due to retire fully at the end of February 2021.

 

Deputy Head - Curriculum
Johan Thisanayagam 

Johan Thisanayagam worked as a bowling coach to the England Women and England Lions cricket teams and was involved in two successful World Cup campaigns and a retaining of the Ashes. He also coached IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore and was the first Head of Cricket at St Benedict's School to take them to the top of the national rankings. A foundation school governor, Mr Thisanayagam also consults the BBC on Physical Education. After working as Director of Sport at the Cedars School he is now thoroughly enjoying his time at Willington Prep and has just successfully completed a MEd in Educational Leadership.

Deputy Head - Pre-Prep
Eleanor Henery
 

Eleanor Henery joined Willington School in 2020 having spent many happy years at Kingswood House School, Epsom, overseeing Nursery to Year 4. After completing her teacher training and many years of Key Stage 1 teaching, she joined the Senior Leadership Team. Her years at Kingswood House had seen a great deal of change in education and allowed her to be a part of introducing a GCSE cohort, assisting architects with school building and introducing a broader curriculum range.

Eleanor is born and bred in Epsom. She is a keen athlete who enjoys spending time running in the country side along with outdoor swimming. She has completed 3 marathons and raised a great deal of money for charity.

She has adjusted well to the new change of school life and is looking forward to taking the Pre Prep Department further into the co-educational journey. 

 

Registrar & Director of Communications
Lucy Walton
 

Part of the Willington community since 2007 (both her sons attended the school and are now thriving at Cranleigh and St. Johns), Lucy Walton joined the staff as Admissions Officer in 2016.  Lucy plays a full role in the life of the school and was part of the team that oversaw the school’s recent co-educational transition and nursery launch.  Joining the Senior Leadership Team in early 2021, her role encompasses all aspects of new pupil recruitment as well as the marketing of the school and external relations.

Lucy was born and raised in Kent and moved to London in 1995 to work in a number of corporate positions.  Her last role before leaving the workplace to raise her family was working for Marriott International in launching and marketing a five star hotel in central London.  A natural 'early adopter', Lucy thrives on new experiences.  She is an avid reader and enjoys travel adventures with her family. She lives in SW18 and can often be found walking her cocker spaniel with friends on Wimbledon Common.