at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Staff Spotlights

John Rowe, BISC Bar Manager

John Rowe is the Bar Manager of The Headless Drummer, our Castle pub where students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come and sample the fun of a traditional  English pub atmosphere. He is married, has a son and a daughter, and is the proud grandfather of a 13 year old boy and a four year old girl. John, formally a police officer in the London Metropolitan police, was a soccer referee for 45 years, so he keeps good order in our pub! In addition, he is the Golf Co-ordinator for the Castle, and arranges golf lessons and rounds of golf with members of the BISC community at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club where the Castle has a corporate membership.  John says “I like working at the Castle as no two days are the same, and the new intakes of students always provide a new challenge in looking after their pastoral needs!”

Nicola Taylor, Administration Office Manager

Nicola Taylor joined the BISC in April, 2013 as the Administration Office Manager.  She manages the Administration Office, and is a key figure in keeping everything running smoothly. One of her specific duties is looking after immigration information and documents for students and faculty coming to the castle from all over the world. 

Before entering the castle, Nicola had a variety of jobs including being a full time mother, and administering Health and Safety Regulations on construction sites. She then took the opportunity to study English Language at the University of Sussex for three years.  Nicola says: “I’ve retained an interest in phonology and love listening to the various accents to be heard around the castle!”

For her “working at the BISC is like coming into an enchanted kingdom each morning.   The castle is full of history and the grounds are ever changing and beautiful, particularly the 300-year-old chestnut trees.  The people who work here are friendly and many have interesting stories to tell, about the castle and about themselves....”