Charlie Freer is a Director of Padworth College and also a Director of Inspiring Futures Limited, the parent company of Padworth College and Bishopstrow College, an independent international boarding school offering English language and academic pathway programmes to prepare international students, aged 7-17 years, for entry into British boarding schools.
Charlie has 15 years’ experience working in the international education sector in the UK and overseas, in a range of roles. At Padworth, he oversees Finance, HR, IT, Property and aspects of compliance.
Prior to joining Padworth College in 2018 and Bishopstrow College in 2014, Charlie was Managing Director at ACS International Schools from 2009 to 2013. He was previously Finance Director at WCL Group, an international schools, consultancy and curriculum group, from 2003 to 2008.
Mark Jeynes is a Director of Padworth College and also a Director of Inspiring Futures Limited, the parent company of Padworth College and Bishopstrow College, an independent international boarding school offering English language and academic pathway programmes to prepare international students, aged 7-17 years, for entry into British boarding schools.
At Padworth, Mark oversees the College’s relationships with agents, UK universities and international schools in Padworth’s key source markets.
Prior to joining Padworth College in 2018 and Bishopstrow College in 2014, Mark spent 15 years in strategy consulting with a focus on the education sector, including 12 years at The Parthenon Group, where he was the Partner overseeing the London Office. Mark is also a Non-Executive Director of ISC Research and a Executive Committee Member of BAISIS, the British Association of Independent Schools with International Students.
Chris joined Padworth as Deputy Principal in 2013 from an international school in Prague where he had been Assistant Principal. Before moving to Prague, Chris was a languages teacher and Head of Department in a number of large independent schools in the UK.
“As a linguist, I believe it is very important to speak as many languages as possible. As a teacher, I believe it is important to learn and experience as much as you can whilst you are young and visit as many places, being as open to the world as possible. Languages, mathematics, sciences, humanities and arts are all hugely important and it is vital that students find their own path through education and life having been exposed to all of these and having made informed choices about what to study and why. Our students have a great opportunity here at Padworth to learn not only new languages, but also lots about new and different countries and cultures thanks to our wide range of nationalities. Having spent the last few years in international schools, I really enjoy seeing students from all across the world share their cultures, music, food, backgrounds and beliefs with each other. If only politicians could do the same thing.”
As well as the Czech Republic, Chris has lived in France, Spain and Italy and during the holidays can usually be found somewhere in one of these three countries. He is an avid runner (3031 km in 2018!) who sets himself targets to achieve and is still contemplating the wisdom of a marathon. Chris travels to every home game to watch his beloved Manchester City and has had a season ticket since 1990.
David became Head of EAL and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Padworth in August 2015 having been Head of Foreign Languages at a large Independent School in South America. Prior to this, he taught EAL at Padworth and gained invaluable experience teaching a range of ages, nationalities and abilities. Having lived and worked abroad and having had to conduct meetings in his second language, David appreciates not only the challenges posed, but also the opportunities afforded when international students choose to continue their education in a different country.
Director of External Relations
Tessa joined Padworth as Director of External Relations at in October 2018. Tessa has over 12 years experience in marketing, development and external relations in the boarding schools sector, having previously been Director of Marketing & Development at Strathallan School from 2006 to 2015 and Director of External Relations at Mayfield School from 2015 to 2016. Since January 2017, Tessa has been Director of External Relations at Bishopstrow College, Padworth’s sister school, a role that she will continue with alongside her position at Padworth.
At Padworth, Tessa is a member of the SLT and works alongside Mark and Tom, with a focus on growing enrolments from a diverse range of markets, across our key channels (agents, and direct).
Tom has 6 years’ experience in the international education sector, including roles with language schools and boarding schools in the UK, France, Spain and Kazakhstan. He is a CELTA qualified EFL teacher. Tom joined Padworth College in September 2016, initially as Exams Officer, before moving to a role in boarding as Boarding Administrator and Housemaster. Tom was appointed Registrar in February 2019. “I wanted to join Padworth because it is a unique school with an exceptional history, an extraordinary offering and exciting students. It is fun working in this international environment full of unique individuals and I can see so much potential for future projects”, says Tom.