• Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR
  • Telephone: 01235 543000, Fax: 01235 543106





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Andrew Ashton



After Newcastle Royal Grammar School, I studied chemistry at Oxford. I then moved into the banking sector where I spent many enjoyable years in a variety of roles. Looking for a new challenge, I was appointed Bursar in September 2008 and am responsible for overseeing the financial and operational aspects of the College and the management of the non-teaching staff. There is never a dull day.

I am married to Jillian and we have a young son, Philip. In the occasional spare time I can find, I enjoy playing real tennis (in the College’s excellent sports centre) as well as running.

Tel: 01235 543122

David Anderson

Estates Bursar


I studied at the University of West of England and obtained a degree in quantity surveying in 1994, qualifying as a chartered surveyor in 1995. I worked in the private sector for 20 years and in 2005 became a partner with Ridge in Oxford, joining Radley in October 2008. I am responsible for all building development, maintenance, grounds and gardens. One of our best accomplishments was the redevelopment of the Old Gym, where we now have an outstanding new building, Clock Tower Court.

I am married with two young children and I would like to be better at real tennis and golf.

Tel: 01235 543123

Sarah Ballard

Head of Human Resources


After 20 years working for an international firm of chartered accountants, I decided to return to studying and gained a degree in human resource management. I have worked in HR since 2000 and joined Radley in 2004. With a small team working with me, we are responsible for all aspects of employment for more than 400 teaching and non-teaching staff. Nobody can say this job doesn’t bring new experiences.

I am a keen scuba diver and have recently dived in the UK, Maldives and the Red Sea; and am looking forward to my next trip which is to the Galapagos Islands.

Tel: 01235 543132

Debbie Blackmore

Accounts / Fees Manager


I joined Radley in 1986 after working for a number of years at a temping agency. I am the Fees Manager and responsible for the running of the Accounts office which comprises six people. I am very passionate about football: in fact I am the chairman of a local football club in Abingdon. This is where I spend most of my free time, not playing but watching football. Luckily for me my husband is very passionate about football as well. I have a daughter, two step-children, five grandchildren and two large dogs.

Tel: 01235 543102

Pam Dickens

Catering Manager


I have been the General Manager in the Catering department at Radley since 2006. I started my career in large hotels and restaurants gaining 20 years’ experience in this sector. In 2000, I moved into contract catering, managing the catering and hospitality for a London University, then to the business and industry sector for a multinational agrochemical company. Great food that is fresh, nutritional and home-cooked is at the heart of our service. We aim to educate the boys about new and different food, introducing interesting new recipes, yet always mindful of retaining the traditions that Radley is renowned for.

Tel: 01235 543118

Adam King

Head GroundsMan


Responsible for all the school grounds and gardens and assisted by 18 staff members, we strive to achieve the best possible playing surfaces for the boys to enjoy their sport: from Bigside cricket and rugby to the new pitches further away from the school. Our greens staff work hard to produce a course for all to enjoy and the gardeners enhance the experience with the fantastic area of planting and gardens for boys, staff and visitors alike.

Personally I have never had a dull day in all my years at Radley and still find every day to be a fresh challenge.

Tel: 01235 543119

Les Newell

Sports Centre Manager


I started at Radley in November 2007, having managed leisure facilities for over 10 years, Radley is my far the most enjoyable and rewarding place that I have had the opportunity to work.

As well as managing the Sports Centre, I coach football, swimming, triathlon and cross country. It has been great to be involved with coaching and to see how the boys progress throughout their time at Radley.

At school, my main sport was athletics and in my first year at Radley, I was asked to pace a boy to the school 1500m record. Despite not making it to the last lap, it re-ignited my love for athletics and I have since gone on to become national M35 1500m champion. I also broke that school record, aged 39.

Tel: 01235 543111

Helen Smith

 Housekeeping & lettings operations Manager


After studying and training in catering and accommodation management, I worked for a contract catering company for 17 years, prior to joining Radley in 1997. My responsibilities are not only for the organisation of the Housekeeping team, caretakers, full and part-time cleaners and laundry staff, but also for the organisation of the commercial lets.

In my spare time I enjoy learning how to play the piano, gardening, cooking and DIY. My husband and I also enjoy coastal walks in our favoured area of England, Falmouth.

Tel: 01235 548551

Julie Fletcher

head of finance


Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1995, I held a number of senior roles in industry before entering the Charity sector in 2010.  I started at Radley College in November 2016.  
I am married with one child and enjoy swimming and geocaching.

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