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Dr. Nigel Brown, Headmaster

Nigel is British, having lived mostly in northern England, spending almost a decade in London, but he has also spent time working in Brazil, Saudi Arabia, USA, France and Switzerland. Nigel studied for a BSc in Physics at the University of Leeds, completed his Master’s degree in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, London and finished his Doctorate in Transport and Environment at the University of Leeds. As a teacher, he has taught in both the independent and state sectors, starting his career at Friesland School in Derbyshire, then moving to Derby High School as Head of Sixth Form and latterly to the North London Collegiate School in Jeju, South Korea. Nigel was also a Fulbright Exchange Teacher to Upper Merion High School in Pennsylvania. Before becoming a teacher he worked as a Transport Management Consultant for British Rail and as an Environmental Engineer at the Centre for Alternative Technology. 

Nigel is passionate about two things in school: relationships and academic aspirations. He supports teachers in being curious, innovative and reflective practitioners, knowing that students taught by such teachers become equally skilled. Outside of work, Nigel is a very keen cyclist and rode to Ljubljana last summer. He enjoys family holidays with a difference such as off-roading in Iceland and Scandinavia, rail tours to Eastern Europe, paragliding in the Alps or dog sledding in Sweden. Despite studying Czech four hours a week, he is making painfully slow progress but Nigel feels strongly that working hard is more important than the ease of success. 

Two of his four children have graduated from the ECP. His eldest daughter is currently studying medicine and his youngest is at secondary school. Nigel travels regularly to the UK to be with his youngest son and wife, Susan. However, when that’s not possible he tries to spend time in the mountains and has a particular affection for the timeless beauty of Šumava, especially a quiet, remote valley on the German border, where he is buying a small apartment to occasionally escape the hustle and bustle of life in Prague.