Principal of the College & Head of the Senior School
Louise North joined Framlingham College as Principal and Head of the Senior School in September 2019. She began her career at St Peter’s, York as a teacher of French and Spanish. Having run a Day House there, she spent nine years as a boarding housemistress, first at Glenalmond College, Perthshire and then at Marlborough College, Wiltshire. She moved to Stonyhurst College as Head of Upper School and, more recently, to Oakham School as Senior Deputy Head. Louise is married with two children.
Senior Deputy Head
Susan Wessels joined Framlingham College as Senior Deputy Head in 2011 from The King’s School, Canterbury, where she had been a teacher of Physical Education and Geography and a Housemistress. Prior to this, Susan was an international hockey player and represented South Africa 148 times and played in two Olympic Games, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, where she captained the team. Having recently returned from maternity leave, Susan's spare time away from School is much busier looking after her son, who was born in 2018.
Deputy Head (Academic)
David Ashton joined the College as Deputy Head (Academic) in 2013 from Bedford School where he had been Head of English. David also worked at Wesley College, Perth, where he was Head of English and also at Trinity Grammar School, Melbourne, where he taught English and Drama along with being Head of Debating. He is married and has two children.
Deputy Head (Pastoral)
Tom Caston joined the College as Deputy Head Pastoral in 2015 from Ardingly College, where he was on the Senior Team as Head of Staff Development, while also running a boarding house. Tom has worked at a variety of schools, in a variety of roles: Head of Lower School, Day Housemaster, Head of Geography and coached 1st Team Cricket and Rugby, as well as Hockey and Football. Prior to teaching, Tom worked in the City as an investment banker.
Deputy Head (Co-Curricular)
Mark Robinson has taught History at the College since 1990. He was made Head of History in 1993 and joined the SLT in 1999. As Deputy Head (Co-curricular), he oversees a very broad programme of activities outside the classroom, including Sport, Drama, Music, Duke of Edinburgh, CCF, as well as a plethora of societies. In 2014 Mark co-authored a book celebrating the College’s 150 years, entitled ‘On an eminence…’ – there are still a few copies available via College Reception!
Martin was educated at Trent College, Derbyshire, the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and later at the University of Bath. After a spell as a Stockbroker he first joined the College as a teacher and then became a Housemaster, the Senior Master and went on to become the Headmaster of the Prep School at Brandeston Hall from 2007-2016. He is now a member of the Senior Leadership Team at the Senior School focusing mainly on development and the school's activities programme. Martin also runs the CCF and Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme and has been leading trekking expeditions all over the world for more than twenty years. His wife, Helen, is Housemistress of Moreau House and they have three sons.
After studying Geography in Canterbury at the University of Kent, Nick returned to his birthplace to work for Eastern Electricity as a trainee accountant at their Headquarters in Ipswich. He qualified as an Accountant in 1994 and became Financial Planning Manager for the newly formed supply business. After a short spell as Management Accountant at Manganese Bronze he joined the College in 2001 as Finance Manager, quickly moving on to become Financial Controller and then Finance Director. He is married and has four children.
Andrew Payn joined the College as the Business Development Director in September 2003 having previously been employed in a furniture manufacturing and retail company in East Anglia. He became the Operations Director in 2009. Prior to this, and for most of his working life, Andrew served on Ground Operations in the Royal Air Force providing facilities and personnel management on bases in the UK. He is married and has two daughters.