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House Staff


Richard Penny (RJP) joined College in September 2011 as Head of Geography and Contingent Commander of the Combined Cadet Force, filling these posts for five years. Educated at Exeter School and Swansea University as an Army Scholar he read Geography before commissioning into the Queen's Royal Hussars in 1999. During his 10 years in the Army, Richard served in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan and also represented the Army at kayaking and the Royal Armoured Corps at biathlon. Upon leaving the Army he worked briefly in intelligence consultancy before teaching at Malvern College and Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls. Richard is a keen sportsman, ultra-marathon runner, and Ironman triathlete with a particular interest in field sports. He became Housemaster of Boyne House in September 2014, and Senior Housemaster in September 2016. He is supported by his wife Tamaryn, a Latin and Classics teacher at College, daughter Jemima (7), and son Jasper (5) who are both at Cheltenham Prep.  

House Staff  

Beren-Dain Delbrooke-Jones (BDJ) originally hails from South Africa’s “Garden Route”, but grew up in Cape Town. He enjoys a variety of roles, the newest and most exciting of which is Dad to his and Miss Charlotte Knowles' newly-born daughter, Yavanna. He is also Assistant Housemaster in Boyne House and Third Form tutor; College Librarian; teacher of Classics; Sports Coach; and Civilian Instructor to the CCF. He moved to England eight years ago to improve his rugby and BBQ skills and to work and travel (as all good South Africans do). He has since furthered his studies in the UK, currently completing an MCLIP in Librarianship, having added an MA in Ancient History and Classics from the University of Bristol to his degree in English and Classics from the University of Cape Town.  Besides a love of reading and literature, he is a keen trail runner and outdoors enthusiast, chess player, and film "critic", while travelling - where time allows - remains very much on the agenda. 

James Copeland-Jordan (JCJ) was educated at the Crypt Grammar School, Gloucester and went on to the University of Birmingham to read Chemistry where he achieved a first-class honours degree.  He followed this up with a PhD from Cambridge University and then worked in academic research before completing his teacher training in 2013.  Since joining the Chemistry department at College in 2016, he has enjoyed the many challenges College brings and was recently appointed as the Head of Chemistry.  James is an Upper College tutor and coaches rugby, hockey and cricket throughout the year and is looking forward to contributing to House Pots in any way he can.  Having spent a year as a Christowe House tutor, James joins Boyne House as a resident tutor from 2017.  James is joined in House by his wife Beth (plus bump) and his son, Teddy (2).


Deborah Walker joined Boyne House in January 2013, having worked at the Cheltenham Ladies' College for eight years.  She is very happy working at Boyne House and is looking forward to working with the boys to make the House more eco-friendly, encouraging the boys to recycle and helping set up a gardening group in the greenhouse. Married with two teenage boys, Deborah enjoys living in Cheltenham and walking her two Labradors on Leckhampton Hill.

Upper College and Independent Tutor Team  

 Luke Davidson was born in Oxford and, while his parents were working in Pakistan, was educated at the Dragon School, Winchester College and the University of York.  He pursued an academic career as a cultural historian, completing his PhD in eighteenth-century medicine and publishing various articles, before pursuing a range of roles for cultural organisations, such as the Sir John Soane Museum, NESTA, Arts & Business, and the Imperial War Museum.  He joined College four years ago, having retrained as a teacher of English and worked for two years in state schools in London.  He is the master in charge of badminton and runs the College’s Literature Society (Lit. Soc.).  He has special responsibility for English in the Third Form.  He comes to Boyne House after good years tutoring Lower College boys in Newick House and is looking forward to being part of the Boyne House team.  
John Jones is a proud Welshman, brought up in Ruthin, in North Wales.  He graduated in Chemistry in 1992 from Swansea University and went on to work for the Morgan Crucible Company (now Morgan Advanced Materials), having various roles in process development, quality management, and applications engineering.  Whilst there, he also gained an MSc in Advanced Materials Technology from the University of Surrey, subsequently gaining a PGCE from Aberystwyth.  He joined College in 2000 to teach Chemistry and to coach rowing.
John has been a House tutor at Boyne House since joining College.  He has tutored boys in all year groups, and whilst he is now a Sixth Form tutor (a College-wide focus), he continues to value his connection to Boyne House enormously.  At College he is the Head of Chemistry, he manages the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme and he is President of the Common Room.  Away from College John spends as much time as possible with his young family and escapes back across the border to Wales as often as the busy College schedule permits.  He is married to Sharon and has two sons, Sam (11) and Freddie (6).  
Graham Mallard graduated with a BA in Economics from Jesus College, the University of Cambridge in 2003.  Since then he has obtained MRes and PhD degrees in Economics at the University of Bath, where he remains a Visiting Research Fellow working in the fields of Behavioural and Public Economics.  Graham has taught in both the maintained and independent sector and joined College in 2014 as the Head of Economics, having spent the previous three years teaching Economics and Politics at Marlborough College.  He is also Head of Polo and enjoys most sports and spends a lot of his free time horse-riding.

Lower College Tutors  

Tamaryn (Tammy) Penny was educated at Bradfield College and Birmingham University, joining College last year as a teacher of Latin and Classics, having taught Latin at the Prep School the previous year. Prior to joining Cheltenham College she taught at Farleigh School in Hampshire and St Mary's School Worcester. Tammy changed career to teaching in 2004 following six years in London working in television and advertising. She is the wife of Mr Penny and mummy to Jemima (7) and Jasper (5) who both attend the Prep School. An ex-gymnast herself, Tammy loves teaching gymnastics and used to enjoy a good game of “Lax”, back in the day! She also loves skiing and cooking, and of course spending as much time as possible with her children. She is a Fifth Form tutor in Boyne House, but in addition to this she is really looking forward to providing a home away from home for the boys and is hoping to arm them with some cookery skills!  
Vicki Hawkins joined Cheltenham College in 2016 as a teacher of Mathematics and is a Fifth Form tutor in Boyne. Vicki completed an MSci in Applied Mathematics from Birmingham University in June 2006 followed by a PhD in Applied Mathematics which was completed in 2010. A career in Law beckoned; she qualified as a solicitor in September 2015 and has been working as a Patent Assistant/Solicitor since then. Vicki trained as a full-time professional athlete as part of the GB Water Polo squad for the London 2012 Olympics and is still involved in both coaching and refereeing water polo and competes for Coventry in the British National League. She now runs water polo at College and is also an officer in the CCF.

Fraser Dobney was brought up in a small town of Forres in the North East of Scotland before moving through to Aberdeen to read Countryside and Environmental Management at The University of Aberdeen. He then relocated to Dorset for three extremely enjoyable years as a Field Study and Outdoor Activity instructor before departing as Head of Field Studies to travel through North and Central America. Fraser joined College three years ago teaching Geography whilst also coaching rugby, hockey, and cricket and serving as 2Lt in the CCF.  He recently married his wife, Liz, a teacher at Cheltenham Ladies' College, and during his spare time, Fraser can often be found clambering up mountains or careering down them on his mountain bike!  After spending two enjoyable years as Resident Tutor in Chandos he is now a Fourth Form Tutor in Boyne. 

Ben Rees (BJR) joined College in January 2015 as a teacher of Biology and Third Form tutor having left the Armed forces. He graduated from the University of Manchester before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) and commissioning into the Royal Artillery. During the eight years spent in the military, Ben has deployed to Afghanistan twice and represented his Regiment in Rugby, Football, and Snowboarding. Prior to university, Ben grew up in the area, attending The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School and boarding at Bromsgrove School. A keen sportsman, since joining College he has immersed himself into the extra-curricular activities and sports available. He has recently been appointed Contingent Commander of the CCF, and will continue to coach hockey and cricket while also tutoring the Fourth Form in Boyne. Ben is supported by his wife Ali; his son, Henry; and Monty, the Welsh Spaniel. 

Olly Morgan is in his third season at Cheltenham College and has recently taken up the role as Director of Rugby. Prior to this, he spent 10 years as a professional at Gloucester Rugby. He amassed close to 150 appearances for Gloucester and was awarded his full England Cap in 2007 in the RBS Six Nations against Scotland. He is a level 3 qualified coach in Rugby and Mentoring and coaches regularly within the Gloucester Academy and Sevens programme. 

Olly previously boarded at Millfield school for 5 years, and particularly enjoys the family cohesiveness a House provides. It is his desire to encourage and enhance an enjoyment and passion for the game of rugby, but also for College life, that drives his involvement in mentoring and coaching the boys in Boyne House, where he will also be tutoring Third Form. Olly is supported by wife Katie and their two year-old son, Louis.