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Leconfield Team

Resident staff

Mr Daniel Evans (DME) - Housemaster

I joined College in 2013 as Deputy Head of Upper College, Higher Education and Careers. I teach History and History of Art and prior to Cheltenham was Head of History of Art and Architecture at Wycombe Abbey School. I have coached rowing and I am the President of Cheltenham College Boat Club. Before my career in teaching, I spent nine years running an educational travel company and led residential gap year and school trips in Venice, Florence and Rome, something that I still do during the school holidays. My wife, Mrs Becks Evans, is the Higher Education and Careers Advisor at College and worked in Executive Search in London for 15 years prior to this. We have two young boys – Hector and Tobias.

Together, we aim to run a happy House with the well being of every boy at its heart, where every pupil’s talent is nurtured, aspirations run high, and where realistic paths are forged. We consider it a great honour to be running a House with such a rich history and we are really looking forward to welcoming you to the Porcherite community.

Mr Dan Lovell (DGL) - Resident Tutor

Dan was raised on a farm in rural Gloucestershire which led to a passion for all things mechanical. He first pursued this passion by racing motorbikes and later achieved a first class degree with honours in Mechanical Engineering. Subsequently, he worked as an Engineer, before making the decision in 2016 to train to teach Physics. He has an enthusiasm for how the world works and is looking forward to sharing this with pupils.

Miss Ellen Matthews (ECM) - Resident Tutor

After studying a Maths degree at Bristol University, Ellen completed her PGCE at Cambridge. In 2012 she began teaching at Oundle School and during her five years there, she was a tutor in the day house before moving to work as Deputy Housemistress in a boarding house. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, ballet and travelling, particularly skiing or walking in the mountains.

Emma Groves (EJG) - Day Matron

Emma joined Leconfield in 2016 having previously managed a local pre school. She is married with two teenage boys, a younger daughter and a black cocker spaniel. She worked in retail banking for 15 years in several management roles prior to having her family. She has built up a very positive rapport with the pupils along with her sense of fun, warmth, empathy and mutual respect. In her spare time she enjoys walking, running and coaching netball for the local 

Mrs Nicky Bahtt - Day Matron

Nicky joins the house in September 2017 returning to Gloucestershire after many years working as a specialist Physiotherapist in London. She lives very locally with her husband (a mere 2 minutes and 56 seconds walk away) from Leconfield.

Non-Resident Tutors 

There are also eight non-resident tutors who undertake a duty once every two weeks, who are either attached to the House to do duties because they are Sixth Form Tutors, or have tutees within the House. 

Phoebe Aitken 

Phoebe was educated at The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, before completing her degree in Zoology at the University of Dundee in 1993, following this up with a PGCE at Oxford University the following year.  She has worked in a variety of roles in educational establishments in the UK and abroad, most recently as a Biology teacher at Bristol Grammar School.  She is a hockey umpire and coach and also enjoys rugby, tennis and swimming.  

Tom Lambert 

Tom read Classics at King's College, Cambridge, where he completed a BA and an MPhil. Having taught for five years at the King's School, Gloucester, and for two years at Warwick School, he joined the College as Head of Classics in September 2010. Tom rowed for his college 1st VIII and captained his college XV, and is a coach of Lower College rugby and tennis. He is a sports fanatic, a keen runner, and enjoys mental puzzles of all kinds. 

David McKee 

David was educated at Oakham School, where he was a music scholar, and at the University of Exeter where he obtained a postgraduate HonFNCM at the National College of Music and Arts.  His musical interests are varied, including Directorships of various choirs, overseeing both A Level Music and Music Technology, and performing recitals.  He has also coached rugby and taken part in the CCF RAF section.  He is looking forward to promoting Music at every level and making it fun for all. David joined College from Milton Abbey School, having spent two years as Director of Music.

Helen Powell 

Helen Powell was brought up locally, attending Cleeve School, before completing a degree in Modern Languages at Durham University.  Helen was Head of French at Bristol Grammar School before taking a career break.  She returned to part-time teaching in Bristol before moving back to Cheltenham with her family in 2011. She joined College in 2013 as a Senior French and Prep School Russian teacher and a tutor in Ashmead. She is now solely based in the Senior School teaching French and Spanish.

Andrew Straiton

Andrew joined College as an English teacher in September 2015, moving from Monkton Combe Senior School where he was a Deputy Housemaster. Andrew grew up in South East London and was educated at Langley Park School for Boys. He completed his degree in English at the University of Nottingham in 2009, specialising in Shakespeare and Cognitive Poetics. He will become Head of English in September 2017. Andrew leads the College Christian Union and regularly speaks in Chapel. He lives in Cheltenham with his wife Megan and son Freddie.


Mrs Sara Espley

Sara graduated from the Welsh College of Music and Drama and then gained a PGCE. She has taught piano, saxophone and guitar at Cheltenham College for over thirty years. She taught class music at Airthrie School for seven years. Sara currently spends her spare time accompanying dance, instrumentalists and choirs as well as adjudicating, conducting and performing. She is an examiner for Trinity College, working in the UK and overseas. Sara is a member of Mensa.