The Team

    Director of Sport - Greg Baber-Williams

    I am exceptionally proud to be the new Director of Sport at Dean Close. Having been part of the community for over four years, I am aware just how vital a role sport plays in the development of our young men and women. My objective based on a foundation of sport for all, is to provide the platform to maximise the potential within the School, providing opportunities to play at the highest level possible, whether that be in the A, B, C or D teams. Winning national titles or developing elite individuals who may make a career in sport is hugely exciting and rewarding, but I am just as motivated by ensuring that every pupil can have the opportunity to be part of a team and lead an active, healthy lifestyle.

    As we look to build for a better sporting future it is of huge significance that we reflect on the past successes for motivation. Dean Close possesses a strong tradition of sporting success, it is our responsibility therefore in the here and now to ensure we uphold and improve our already strong name. I trust that you will have a good experience whilst at Dean Close and look forward to welcoming you in the future.  - Greg Baber-Williams



    Director of Rugby - Andrew Stanley

    Andrew Stanley was been appointed as Director of Rugby from September 2014.  Andrew has a degree from the University of the West of England and he is one of the very few RFU Level 5 coaches.  'Stan' has played nearly 200 first team games for Gloucester RFC. 

    Having been Director of Rugby at Hartbury College for three years, he coached for seven years at Worcester Warriors as the Regional Academy Manager which included a spell as interim Head Coach.  He is currently the forwards coach at Gloucester Rugby, having also been Academy Manager.  Alongside his passion for rugby, he enjoys coaching junior cricketers at his local club.

    Director of Cricket - Mike Powell

    Mike Powell was appointed as Director of Cricket in December 2016. Mike played professionally for 18 years spending the majority of his career at Glamorgan CCC followed by two years at Kent CCC. Mike has played 488 first class games and amassed 18,930 runs throughout his career. Mike toured with the England A team to Sri Lanka and was chosen for the England one day squad in 2004. Mike has experience with coaching and mentoring younger players at both county clubs as well as also coaching for three years at Monmouth Boys. Mike is passionate about cricket and enjoys using his knowledge and expertise to support all standards.
    'I believe sport plays a big part in developing young people and was honoured to be appointed Director of Cricket at Dean Close School. I enjoy seeing teams and individuals grow and develop their skill and above all enjoy their involvement in a sport that I hold very close to my heart'

    Director of Netball - Katie Holder

    Katie is a UKCC Level 3 Netball Coach. An experienced performance coach, Katie works across both the Senior and Prep School at all ages. She works closely with the 1st Team and also U16’s who recently qualified for Regional Schools Finals. Recent success saw DCPS U13’s qualify for IAPS National Finals The Netball Programme has grown in recent years and competes across all age groups with positive results. Alongside Dean Close Katie is the National Premier League coach at Hucclecote Netball Club. She is also the head coach for Severn Stars U19 and U21 NPL Squads.


    Director of Tennis – Matt Yemm

    Matt is a full-time member of the Sports Department at Dean Close and is a qualified LTA Level 3 Coach with over 16 years’ experience. In that time he has worked with a range of players from beginners to national standard, coaching the in USA tennis academy as well as working for the LTA in tennis development across Avon. Most recently he was running a successful development and performance programme in Bristol with over 300 children attending each week, alongside coaching at the University West of England looking after their men’s and women’s 1st and 2nd teams as well as their social tennis.  Matt is passionate about tennis and enjoys coaching all standards, and enjoys seeing a beginner learn to rally as much a performance player winning their first tournament.  



    Whole School Hockey Coach - Ben Mackey

    Ben joined Dean Close as the Whole School Hockey Coach in September 2016 following a year at Marlborough College. He graduated from Bath University in 2015 with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Performance, and is the product of the England Hockey Single System.  He has represented England at U16, U18 and U21. He has been playing national league hockey since he was 15 starting with Havant Hockey Club and, when he went to university, with Bath Buccaneers. Consistently in the top two of their league, Ben helped Bath win the league in 2014 where they just missed out on promotion to the premier league at the play-offs. He has had more success at indoor hockey with Bath where he has helped the team get into the indoor premier league twice and this year they achieved an historic first by successfully retaining their position in that league.  Ben spent the summer of 2014 playing hockey for the Diamond Backs, a Tasmanian club, helping them secure an historic finish in their league and then, in the spring of 2015, he was a guest player for a San Francisco hockey team helping them to win an international hockey tournament.

    Equestrian Manager - Fleur Craddock

    Equestrian sports are organised and managed by Mrs Fleur Cradock, a human and equine McTimoney Practitioner, who has been around and competed horses all her life. Undertaking in all Pony Club activities when young, later focusing on showing and as ridden and continues to ride at national level competing at Royal International and Horse of the Year Show. At Dean Close she works with and supports the established riders to juggle their academic and school activities around their riding and equestrian goals whilst also looking for the young and sometimes very young riders coming up in the Prep and Pre Prep school  nurturing and encouraging them as they develop their riding skills.

    Director of Swimming - Kelly Long

    Dean Close is delighted to be able to introduce Kelly Long as the schools new full time Director of Swimming. Kelly will be responsible for the development of the swimming programme all the way through from the Pre-Prep up to the Sixth Form, allowing for genuine long term programme development and individual support. Kelly has already provided extra swimming sessions for the Senior School as well as continuing the existing Pre-Prep and Prep School provision.

    To find out more about this provision and all other matters swimming please feel free to communicate with Kelly by email at

    “I am delighted to be appointed as Director of Swimming at Dean Close. With my experience in pool management and teaching, I am looking forward to developing and growing the swimming programme, allowing an opportunity for all pupils to participate in swimming.  With my passion for swimming, I strive to motivate and encourage individuals of all ages and abilities to develop their skills; whether this is to build water confidence, improve on health and fitness or to compete.

    Being able to support students on their swimming journey and see their confidence and talent grow is always rewarding; whether that is watching a beginner swim their first few meters unaided to coaching an individual to train competitively.”