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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.

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.

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.

Sophie Campbell

Sophie Campbell

Head of Teaching and Learning

Sophie is responsible for the delivery of the Humanities curriculum for Apex. She liaises closely with our Host schools to ensure athletes have an uninterrupted and high quality education. She completed a PGCE at Cambridge University and has experience in both the academic and pastoral development of young people, having been Head of Department and Assistant Housemistress at the Royal Hospital School, Suffolk.

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.

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.

Jess Hall

Jess Hall

Maths Teacher

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.

Kristy Martin

Kristy Martin

English Teacher

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.

Rhiannon Fraser

Rhiannon Fraser

Teacher

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.

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.

Jo Simpson

Jo Simpson

Physical Education

Jo is a qualified teacher  in  Physical Education and has experience in teaching a number of different subjects in private boarding schools. Most recently before Apex, Jo was the Head of Boarding and Pastoral Care at Abbotsholme School, UK. Jo has a passion for all sport as well as outdoor adventure pursuits, and is a British Mountain Leader.

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.

Ange Ward

Ange Ward

Head of Science

Ange completed her Physics degree in Edinburgh before qualifying as a teacher through a Diploma in Education at Stirling University. Ange has a wealth of experience of the Scottish education system which she has been involved in for twenty years. Ange has marked at all levels for the SQA over the past ten years giving clarity to course requirements. She enjoys the outdoor opportunities afforded by teaching and living in the mountains.

Christian Gauthier

Christian Gauthier

Director of Skiing

Christian holds overall responsibility for the Apex2100 Train programme. After ski racing himself in the first group of the French Ski Federation, Christian joined Tignes’ Club des Sports as a coach. Since then, he has coordinated all age groups within the club and spent the last 10 years as their Director of Skiing.

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.

Jorn Kasine

Jorn Kasine

FIS Programme Director

Jorn has worked as the Europa Cup coach and as Head Coach at the Norwegian Ladies’ World Cup Team. He also spent eight years coaching the Swiss Ski Men’s World Cup team and two years as the Ladies Europa Cup coach. Recently, Jorn worked as the Sports Relations Manager at Right To Play, an international NGO before this year returning to the world of alpine skiing at Apex.

Vasilis Dimitriadis

Vasilis Dimitriadis

Coach

Vasilis is an experienced Alpine Ski athlete and coach. He competed for the National Ski Team of Greece where he was national champion for 20 consecutive years and participated in four Olympic Games. Vas worked as National Head Coach for the Hellenic Ski Federation and has managed and coached international teams competing at World Cup, European Cup and FIS races.

Anja Kalan

Anja Kalan

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

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

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.

Marion Bertrand

Marion Bertrand

Coach

Marion is one of our FIS coaches. She raced with the French Ski Team for 13 years, and has competed in three World Cups and the Sotchi Winter Olympic Games. She then finished her racing career to become a personal trainer, fitness and ski coach. She is a keen sportswoman with interests in road biking, weightlifting and pilates.

Federico Blasotta

Federico Blasotta

Coach

Federico has been ski racing and coaching between France and Italy his whole life. From a young age he raced in Italy on the FISI and FIS circuit before becoming a ski coach. In the last nine years he has coached teams on the National and FIS circuits in France and Italy. His broader experience includes work in swimming, tennis and baseball.

Jeremy Mather

Jeremy Mather

Performance Director

Jeremy is the Performance Director for Apex2100. Following a successful career in Corporate Banking, Jeremy completed a PGCE and Masters at Oxford University. Jeremy is a teacher of Mathematics and Economics, and he is a keen sportsman. Also, he is an experienced boarding housemaster who has a particular interest in helping young people prepare, develop and grow.

Dr Florence Potter

Dr Florence Potter

Health Management

Dr Florence Potter is the Housemistress and Medical lead at Apex2100. She has both a medical degree and first class degree in physiology. With eight years of experience, Florence has a specific interest in developing a young person’s understanding of their own health and wellbeing so that they may feel empowered to lead a more healthy, fulfilling and successful life.

Tag Lamche

Tag Lamche

Balance & Co-ordination

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.

Sabrina Mocellin

Sabrina Mocellin

Strength & Conditioning

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.

Dr Adam Carey

Dr Adam Carey

Nutrition

Adam qualified in medicine at Oxford and trained to consultant level with training in nutrition. He has spent the last 20 years coaching elite athletes including as Head of Nutrition for the England Rugby Football Union, with the British Olympic Association in their preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, and has supported the US Ski team from 2006 to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

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 Wellness

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.