Joe is the Head of the Senior School at Wellington. Before moving to Shanghai, he spent three years as Academic Director of Dulwich College Beijing, his first international teaching post and an experience that has left him with a deep interest in learning as much as possible about China’s rich history and culture.
Joe comes from Manchester in the north-west of England. He read English at the University of Cambridge and his postgraduate teaching qualification is from the University of Nottingham. He has been a teacher for almost 25 years and has worked in some of the UK’s leading independent schools, teaching English as well as drama, theatre studies and philosophy for children. In 2006 he moved to London where he spent 8 years as Senior Deputy Headmaster of Trinity, one of the UK’s most consistently high-performing academic schools, including a period as Acting Headmaster. At Trinity, his job was focused on the daily running of the school and the development of innovative, effective approaches to teaching and learning.
He is here in Shanghai with his wife, who is also a teacher, and his daughter, who is a pupil in the Senior School. The whole family is delighted to be able to experience all that life in Shanghai has to offer.
When not at work, Joe likes to read as much and as widely as possible, listen to too much music (usually too loudly) and follow the ever-changing, never dull adventures of his beloved team, Manchester City Football Club.