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OUR TEAM

Led by the visionary leadership of Sir Clive Woodward, meet our team of world-leading coaches, teachers and performance experts who are rethinking the way our athletes learn, train and perform.

Sir Clive Woodward

Sir Clive Woodward

Director of Sport

Clive is the Director of Sport for Apex2100. Building on his unique experience as Director of Sport for Team GB throughout the Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games and leading England Rugby to its first World Cup win in 2003. Clive is now fully focused on creating skiing champions of the future with Apex.

Clive Peggram

Clive Peggram

Chairman

Clive is a highly experienced CEO & non-Executive Director having worked across a wide variety of business sectors over the last 30 years. Clive is a non-executive director of several companies and is a Trustee of both the Apex2100 Foundation and the British Ski & Snowboard National Foundation.

Chris Thomson

Chris Thomson

CEO

Chris has been involved with Apex since the beginning and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the academy. He has significant experience in boarding school life; being Head of Boarding for four years at his previous post at St Hugh’s, Oxfordshire. Chris gained a Masters from Oxford University in Learning & Teaching, specialising in digital learning. Outside teaching, Chris enjoys skiing and is fluent in French.

Caroline Prévot

Caroline Prévot

Operations Manager

Paul Crowther

Paul Crowther

Financial Controller

Following a degree in Accounting & Financial Analysis at Newcastle University, Paul went on to become a Chartered Management Accountant. Paul joins us from Ski World, where he has acted as European Finance Manager for the past 10 years, and has over 20 years of experience in various finance roles. Paul is excited to be starting this newly created role, and is hoping he can use his experience and knowledge to help Apex continue to thrive.

Katy Thomson

Katy Thomson

Head of Admissions

Katy is responsible for managing athletes from application to contracts. She enjoyed an international upbringing and is well placed to discuss the opportunities with applicant families. Before moving into the world of education, Katy was in the fast paced world of high fashion in London. Katy then ran a successful boarding community in Oxfordshire for four years before making the move to Apex. Outside of her role at Apex, Katy is a dedicated mother of two and enjoys everything that the mountains have to offer.

Matt Moore

Matt Moore

Head of Marketing

Matt oversees all Commercial Partnerships, Marketing, PR and Business Development operations for the Academy. Prior to joining Apex, Matt worked in the Consulting Division at IMG for 10 years. During his time at IMG Matt was part of the team who delivered General Electric’s Olympic Programmes at the Torino 2006, Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games before going on to lead Holiday Inn’s London 2012 activation programme.

Will Webb

Will Webb

Marketing & Performance Manager

Will's role at Apex is split between the Marketing & Performance departments. In marketing, he manages the day-to-day strategies to promote the Apex brand and drive athlete admissions. In Perform, Will manages the ten areas of the programme to help athletes pursue excellence on and off the mountain. Prior to joining the academy, he worked with the INEOS Grenadiers Cycling Team, the Cresta Run and Hundred Hills Winery. In his time off, Will enjoys exploring the mountains on his road bike in the summer and ski touring in the winter.

Sarah Tiernan

Sarah Tiernan

Executive Assistant

Originally from Kilkenny, Ireland; Sarah has lived in Tignes for three years working at Evolution 2 Ski and Adventure School and Tignes Development. Before Tignes, she lived in Brittany where she worked as an English teacher and completed a master’s degree in International Multilingual Project Management, specialising in Events and Translation. Sarah speak four languages: English, French, Spanish and Irish Gaelic.

Rob Martin

Rob Martin

Maintenance

Rachel Betterton

Rachel Betterton

Teacher of Physics

Rachel has eight years of experience working in schools in the UK and internationally. She has always been interested in the sciences, having graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, followed by a PGCE in secondary Physics. Outside the classroom, Rachel enjoys coaching girls extracurricular football, as well as playing in women's teams in her spare time. She loves being outdoors - trekking and camping in the mountains.

Nathalie Bigard

Nathalie Bigard

CNED Coordinator

Nathalie is well known and respected by the Tignes community and joined us to work with those athletes following the CNED. Nathalie has good experience managing CNED and the demands of athletes having looked after the athletes at Tignes Club des Sports for many years.

Mike Buchanan

Mike Buchanan

Educational Consultant

Mike has held a variety of senior leadership posts in a wide range of schools. He helped establish three state-funded schools in the UK and most recently was the Executive Director of the HMC, the world’s oldest association of Head Teachers. Mike’s interests lie in the use of positive phycology to promote well-being in education through a school’s culture and climate.

Sophie Campbell

Sophie Campbell

Head of Teaching and Learning

Sophie is responsible for the running of the Learn programme at Apex. She liaises closely with Jo Crowther (IB Co-ordinator) to ensure all athletes have a high quality and flexible education which enables them to thrive academically alongside the demands of their ski programme. Sophie completed her PGCE at Cambridge university and has experience in both the academic and pastoral development of young people, having previously been Head of the Philosophy and Religion department and Assistant Housemistress at the Royal Hospital School.

Marina Cassan-Ferrier

Marina Cassan-Ferrier

Teacher of French and EAL

After graduating from University with a BA in English Literature and Civilisation, Marina completed a PGCE in 2015. Her career has involved teaching languages (French and Spanish) in boarding and day schools in England and Spain, as well as being a pastoral and academic tutor. She has also been in charge of many clubs, trips and exchanges. In her spare time, she loves travelling, playing the flute and the piano, reading and hiking.

Sam Clixby

Sam Clixby

Teacher of Mathematics

Sam has eight years of experience working as a mathematics teacher. Primarily in the UK with some time also spent in Zermatt, Switzerland. He graduated from the University of Birmingham followed by completing his Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Mathematics). Sam is passionate about the mountains and travels extensively across the globe to trek, climb and ski in all of the great ranges.

Jo Crowther

Jo Crowther

IB Coordinator, Teacher

Jo is coordinating the IB program at Apex. She is also the Languages and EAL Teacher at the Academy. Following a degree in French Studies at Newcastle University, she pursued a career in EAL, working throughout Europe and in Asia. Jo has been tutoring the British Curriculum and running EAL programmes for people of all ages. She has developed a particular interest in bilingualism and immersive language acquisition.

Rhiannon Fraser

Rhiannon Fraser

Science, Housemistress

Rhiannon completed a dual Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Spanish at the University of Queensland, Australia, before going on to study a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education. She has a range of experience in immersive language education and is keen to see the athletes develop a passion for languages and STEM subjects.

Jess Hall

Jess Hall

Mathematics

Jess joined Apex combining two of her passions; sport and education. Jess studied a joint honours degree in Mathematics and Sport Science at The University of Birmingham and went on to complete her teacher training through a Graduate training program called Teach First. She spent three years teaching mathematics in two Secondary Schools in Bournemouth, whilst also completing a Masters in Education.

Sam Lawrence

Sam Lawrence

House Parent

Sam gained a First-Class BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy, and having enjoyed a successful career in the NHS, completed a PGCE in Science. He taught Biology up to A-level, and was a Boarding tutor in girls’ and boys’ Boarding Houses. Sam is passionate about helping young people to develop into well-rounded young adults and is enthusiastic about the importance of pastoral care.

Sue Lawrence

Sue Lawrence

House Parent

Sue has a BA (Hons) degree in Design & Technology. Whilst teaching Product Design up to A Level, Sue was the Founding Housemistress of her previous college. Sue believes in the value of a strong House spirit and sense of community in helping young people to prosper.

Rachel Lowe

Rachel Lowe

Biology

Rachel studied as an undergraduate at the University of Glasgow, gaining a BSc (Hons) in Parasitology in 2013. She recently returned to education to gain a PGDE from the University of Strathclyde after working with the Education team at the university where she developed a passion for teaching and the impact this has on the lives of young people. Rachel’s interests include learning for sustainability and global citizenship.

Kristy Martin

Kristy Martin

English

Kristy completed her English Degree at Goldsmith’s College, London and went on to complete a Masters Degree, followed by a PGCE in Further Education at Cornwall College and a her teaching qualification at Plymouth University. She has also been an examiner for both English Lit. and English Lan. as a way to further develop her knowledge of examination and coursework requirements.

Katie Morley

Katie Morley

Teacher of Chemistry

Katie has over 6 years experience teaching Chemistry up to A level in the South West of England. She graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry in 2013 and a PGCE the following year. Throughout her career she has been involved in extracurricular activities, including the Combined Cadet Force and Duke of Edinburgh. She enjoys being outdoors and spends her spare time walking, paddle boarding and sailing.

Inma de Pablos

Inma de Pablos

Humanities

Inma is a Social Science teacher. She has a degree in History, a master's degree in Teaching Strategies and has done several courses and seminars on language teaching. She is an accredited Spanish Teacher by the Cervantes Institute and she has done different university courses to get the accreditation as a Literature teacher. Before Apex, she was working in an International School in the Alpes, but she has taught in other four countries: Peru, Germany, UK and Spain.

Natalya Speirs

Natalya Speirs

Teacher of English

After graduating from the University of Exeter with a BA Hons degree in English with Study Year Abroad in the USA, she completed a Masters of Studies in English at the University of Oxford, followed by a PGCE at University College London. As well as reading and performing musically, she enjoys walking, dancing and skiing.

Terry Walker

Terry Walker

Teacher of Economics & BTEC Sport

Terry attended Swansea University to study Economics and play Rugby, from there he went on to qualify as an ISTD L4 Ski Teacher. After 10 years of ski teaching and working as a Mountaineering Instructor training and assessing Mountain Leaders and Rock Climbing Instructors, he completed an MSc in Exercise and Nutrition Science. Terry now teaches the BTEC L3 International Sport program.

Sasha Rearick

Sasha Rearick

Alpine Performance Director

Sasha joins Apex after a 19-year career in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team. He is one of the most respected and experienced coaches working in snowsports worldwide. During his 10 years as head coach, the men’s team won 15 Olympic and World Ski Championships medals. He moves to his new position from his previous role as head men’s development coach for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team.

Alex Vitanov

Alex Vitanov

Head Youth Coach

Alex has a vast amount of experience at the highest level of both international ski racing and coaching. As an athlete, Alex has raced for his country at the Youth Olympics in Finland, competed at International FIS races across Europe and represented his country in two World Cups in Are, Sweden and Val D’Isère, France. Alex has significant ties with the Club des Sports and ESF throughout France and is fluent in 6 languages.

Anja Kalan

Anja Kalan

U16 Coach

Alpine skiing has always been part of Anja’s life. She raced in the Women’s World Cup with the Slovenian National Team before she started working as a coach at her home ski club Alpetour, Slovenia. Since then, she has worked for a number of teams including the Serbian National Ladies Team and Japanese National Ladies Team. Anja loves sport and nature and when she’s not on skis she is on her bike!

Miha Malus

Miha Malus

U16 Coach

As an alpine ski racer for the Slovenian National Team, Miha raced in the Europa Cup, World Junior Championships and other International Races. After racing, Miha wanted to share his knowledge with other athletes. He has done this as a coach for the last 15 years working with a number of teams including the National Ladies Teams of Serbia and Japan. Miha has led his athletes to two Winter Olympic Games and five World Championships.

Olivier Mazan

Olivier Mazan

U16 Coach

After his ski career, Olivier went to the University of Grenoble to study Sports Science. Since then, he has gained 30 years of coaching experience and worked in a variety of environments and levels. From a Canadian National Academy, private international teams, the French regional team to the Head Coach in Val Thorens and Les Deux Alpes Ski Club.

Pierre Costes

Pierre Costes

U14 Coach

Pierre is extremely passionate in ski training and educating young people in sport and competition. He learnt his trade in the Pyrenees having grown up in Toulouse. After years of competitions on the Pyrenees circuit, Pierre trained for the local ski club and became their head coach.

Sasha Rearick

Sasha Rearick

Alpine Performance Director

Sasha joins Apex after a 19-year career in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team. He is one of the most respected and experienced coaches working in snowsports worldwide. During his 10 years as head coach, the men’s team won 15 Olympic and World Ski Championships medals. He moves to his new position from his previous role as head men’s development coach for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team.

Will Webb

Will Webb

Performance Manager

Will manages the ten areas of the Perform programme to help athletes perform better and pursue excellence, on and off the mountain. He also works on the academy's Winning Behaviours to ensure our values are brought to life. Prior to joining the academy, Will worked with the INEOS Grenadiers Cycling Team, the Cresta Run and Hundred Hills Winery. In his time off, Will enjoys exploring the mountains on his road bike in the summer and ski touring in the winter.

Sabrina Mocellin

Sabrina Mocellin

Athletic Development Coach

Sabrina is responsible for developing the Strength & Conditioning programme at Apex. An international athlete herself, Sabrina competed for the French National Ski team winning the national junior championships twice. As a coach Sabrina has studied Strength and Conditioning training at the University of Dijon and holds a French National Fitness and Weightlifting degree.

Keenan Dundas

Keenan Dundas

Athletic Development Coach

Keenan completed his masters in strength and conditioning at Loughborough University whilst working in the English premier league developing young athletes. With an array of experience as a sports scientist and soft tissue therapist, Keenan oversees the athletic development of our U16 athletes.

Jess Rigaud

Jess Rigaud

Athletic Development Coach

Jess grew up in Tignes and spent about 15 years in the Club des Sports de Tignes and did about 3 years in FIS competition skiing. Jess has been a ski teacher in the ESF Tignes le Lac ski school for 4 years and she is really looking forward to coaching the U14s. Jess became a strength and conditioning coach to offer adapted training programs to develop the physical potential of young competition skiers.

Tag Lamche

Tag Lamche

Serious Fun

Tag specialises in sensory-motor skills development, with experience coaching world-class athletes across a range of sports including skiing, tennis, golf, judo and football. Tag has worked with elite athletes and organisations including the British Olympic Association Laura Robson, Chemmy Alcott, Euan Burton and the British Men’s Judo team as well as many professional footballers.

Ginny Schniewind

Ginny Schniewind

Physiotherapist

James Hewitt

James Hewitt

Brain Fitness

James is a human performance scientist with a passion for making complex science digestible and practical. He has over 15 years of experience working with some of the most demanding and high-performing clients, from Formula 1 drivers and teams in Fortune 500 companies.

Dr Sherylle Calder

Dr Sherylle Calder

Visual Intelligence

Dr Sherylle Calder is the leading global Sport Scientist in the field of visual motor skills performance and holds a formal PhD in Visual Performance Skills Training. A former international hockey player herself, Sherylle has trained world-cup-winning rugby teams, olympic gold medalists, Premiership Football teams, Formula 1 drivers and PGA Golf champions amongst others.

Dr Steven Lockley

Dr Steven Lockley

Sleep & Recovery

Dr. Lockley is the Sleep and Recovery lead for Apex2100. He has been studying sleep and circadian rhythms in humans for the past 25 years and has published more than 150 original reports, reviews, chapters, editorials on sleep and his research is funded by the NIH, NASA and others. He co-authored 'Sleep: A Very Short Introduction' from Oxford University Press in 2012.

Beki Mace

Beki Mace

Digital Dexterity

Beki is currently undertaking doctoral study at UCL Institute of Education, having spent a year as Research Associate at the University of Oxford Internet Institute Digital Ethics Lab. She is also Head of Digital Character Education and Research Lead at Cheltenham College as well as teaching part time at UCL and UWL. She has a keen interest in empowering young people to be Upstanders not Bystanders online.

Simon Roche

Simon Roche

Life Skills

Simon has been teaching for 18 years and has worked in a range of schools across all ages. From teaching English and Drama to remote Burmese hill tribes, English literature to pupils on route to Oxford and Cambridge, coached future England cricketers and current Hollywood actors and actresses. Over the years, he has his distilled and defined this experience to create ‘Life Skills’. The skills we acquire and improve along the way as we try to develop into the best version of ourselves.

Dr Nick Dennis

Dr Nick Dennis

Inclusion Works

Dr Nick Dennis has worked in a variety of schools and is currently a senior leader in an independent school. He is a graduate of the University of Wales and Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Schools History Project, England's premier historical education think-tank. Nick has presented and co-written a number of historical documentaries for the World History Project and writes/delivers training on diversity/inclusion, curriculum design and technology.

Natalie Bastian

Natalie Bastian

Medical Lead

Australian / French Registered Nurse based in the neighbouring ski resort of Val d'Isere since 1997. Natalie has over 20 years experience in sports medicine, emergency care, paediatrics and orthopaedics. She has a special interest in preventative medicine and adolescent health education.

Steph Tucker

Steph Tucker

Catering Manager

Steph has joined us after working the last 6 years in multiple resorts across the Alps. Having worked in Senior Management for a UK Tour Operator, she is looking forward to a new and exciting challenge as the Kitchen Manager at Apex 2100.