The Management Team
Stefan Anderson, Principal, is a graduate of Carleton University, Ottawa, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, the Royal College of Music, London, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was appointed Assistant Director of Music and Organist at Wellington College in 1983, and later Director of Music at the King's School, Canterbury (1995-2002). He was appointed Principal at Tring Park in September 2002. As a choral conductor, pianist and organist he has performed and recorded extensively in the UK, Europe and North America, including programmes for BBC television and radio, CBC and Radio France. Until recently Stefan Anderson sat on the BSA Executive Committee. He is a former Chair of the Music and Dance Scheme residential Schools, a former chair of ISA London North and a trustee of the National Schools Symphony Orchestra. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Anselm Barker, Deputy Principal, is a graduate of Harvard University, USA, New College, Oxford, and an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London. Trained as a pianist, he gave frequent solo and chamber music performances in America and the UK, as well as performing extensively as an accompanist. He worked at Wells Cathedral School and, most recently, Millfield (1995-2010), where he was a Housemaster, Assistant Director of Music and Head of American University Applications. He joined Tring Park in September 2010 as Deputy Principal.
Elizabeth Odell, Director of Vocational Studies. Elizabeth Odell trained at The Arts Educational School, where she graduated gaining her ISTD Associate in Tap and her VCM Associate in Drama. She then gained a place at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduating with a BA in Stage Management and Technical Theatre. She also taught in dance schools in and around Bristol and completed her ISTD Associate in Modern. Elizabeth also achieved qualified teacher status with the University of Gloucester. Elizabeth has directed and choreographed many productions including ‘Seussical’, ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘The Boyfriend’. Elizabeth joined the faculty at Tring Park in September 2004. In 2008 she was promoted to Head of Theatre Arts. In 2012 she also took on the role of Head of Planning for the School.
Edward Applewhite, Director of Drama. A graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, Edward worked as an actor before serving as Artistic Director of Wigan Pier Theatre Company (1993-2000). After achieving Qualified Teacher Status he was appointed Head of Drama at De Lisle Catholic Science College, Loughborough in 2001 and moved to Tring Park in 2004. He has a Degree in Theatre Studies and also works as a freelance writer, director and actor.
Harmesh Gharu, Director of Commercial Music. Harmesh is a singer, pianist, clarinetist and saxophonist. He studied Music at Kingston University London and graduated with a BMus (Hons) in 2005. He graduated with a PGCE (QTS) in Secondary Music from the University of Reading in 2008. In 2012 he graduated with a Masters degree in Education (Teaching and Learning) from the University of Reading. Harmesh joined Tring Park School in 2009 and was appointed Head of the Commercial Music course in 2012.
Donna Hayward, Director of Musical Theatre. Donna Hayward trained at Laine Theatre Arts. Upon graduation she worked continuously and extensively as a professional dancer in both television and theatre in the UK and internationally. She has held the position of Senior Jazz and Tap teacher in vocational schools, Tring Park and Elmhurst and was appointed Director of the Musical Theatre Course in 2005. Donna was a major Examiner for the ISTD from 1996-2006, and a founder member of the New Development Group. She has lectured in Denmark, taught in the United States for a Musical Theatre school in Baltimore, and furthered her studies of Jazz and American Tap in New York. Whilst at Tring Park she has choreographed numerous productions including; 'The Wild Party', 'Hot Mikado', 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' and 'Copacabana'.
Antony Dowson, Co-Director of Dance Antony Dowson trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into The Royal Ballet Company. He was promoted to Principal dancer in 1984 and danced most of the leading roles of the repertoire. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancers Teaching Course with distinction. He taught at English National Ballet School and then became Ballet Master for the English National Ballet Company. Since 2012 he has been at Tring Park School for the performing Arts and he is also Artistic Director of the schools Encore Dance Company. He works internationally as Guest Ballet Master where he reproduces the work of Sir Kenneth MacMillan amongst others. He has choreographed several short Ballets for schools as well as for the Royal Ballet and English National Ballet Company’s end of year performances.
Lorraine Jones, Co-Director of Dance Lorraine trained at Doreen Bird College where she gained her teaching qualifications. She danced professionally for many years in the UK and abroad until joining Tring Park in 1990. She is a well-known choreographer and has worked on many productions including Moby Dick, Chicago, Half a Sixpence and Sweet Charity. Lorraine has worked alongside many professional choreographers and is in much demand by the industry. In 2006 she became Head of Modern Dance and in 2017 became Deputy Director of Dance. Lorraine is currently Interim Co-Director of Dance. A prolific choreographer and innovative teacher, Lorraine is also part of the team of Senior Assessors in Lesson Observations.
Louisa Shaw, Director of Performance Foundation. Louisa Shaw came to teach at Tring Park directly from the original West End production of “Mary Poppins” in which she created the role of “Katie Nanna”. Prior to this Louisa spent twenty years as a professional performer playing principal roles in musicals such as 'Cats', 'Les Miserables', 'Martin Guerre', 'Witches of Eastwick' and 'Fame'. She can be heard on several cast albums including 'Mary Poppins', 'Doctor Doolitle', 'Martin Guerre' and 'Les Miserables 10th and 25th Anniversary Concerts'. Since joining the teaching faculty at Tring Park, Louisa has moved from Performance and Repertoire teacher to Head of the Performance Foundation Course and she has now been appointed Director of the Theatre Arts and Performance Foundation Courses. During her time at Tring Park Louisa has been called upon to run external musical theatre workshops for theatre education programmes, performing arts teachers and most recently a women’s prison.
Edward Hawkins, Head of Sixth Form. Edward graduated from the University of Reading with a BSc in Physical Geography in 2009. He worked in the IT industry before moving into education. He originally joined the school as a Housemaster and gained an independent PGCE with the University of Buckingham whilst working at the school. He was appointed as Head of Sixth Form in September 2014. More recently Edward has been completing research on pedagogy and learning as part of an MA in Education. He is also an AQA Examiner.
Suzanne Kennedy, Head of Learning Support. Prior to joining Tring Park in January 2013, Suzanne was Senior Deputy Headteacher at Aylesbury Grammar School for 12 years, where she was Curriculum Deputy, Head of Years 10 and 11, SENCO and the Designated Person for Child Protection. She has over 30 years’ experience in a variety of comprehensive and selective schools, teaching languages, English, History, Classics and RE. Her qualifications include a BA (Hons) in French & Spanish, the PGCE, an MA in Modern Languages, the NPQH, a Postgraduate Certificate in SpLD (Dyslexia) and the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs).