Oliver Proctor was born in Ascot, England in 1980. He studied at two leading independent schools, firstly Davenies Preparatory School in Buckinghamshire and then as a border at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire. In his teenage years he gained an academic scholarship into the sixth form at Haileybury by attaining straight A and A* grades in his GCSEs and captained his county at cricket. After taking a year out to experience the working world and travel the globe, he went to the prestigious University of Manchester, UK to study Drama. He graduated with a First Class Bachelor of Arts honours degree. Before starting his teaching career, Oliver independently set up and directed two international education projects using the arts to reach participants in rural Uganda, Africa and the slums of Mumbai, India. Alongside this, he worked on educational programmes with inmates in UK prisons and with young people at risk of offending.
His passion for the development and awakening of young people’s talents and future paths was evident at an early stage of his career when he worked as a support officer with young vulnerable homeless people in London. Soon after qualifying as an English Language teacher and moving to Buenos Aires, he began working at St George’s College, Quilmes as the Arts coordinator in Prep School and teacher of English, Drama and Theory Of Knowledge across all three sections of the school. During this time he memorably directed a number of school theatre productions, including the musical “The Legend of St. George” which he wrote for a cast of over 300 primary students.
Oliver returned to the UK in 2010 where he augmented his professional profile by qualifying as a Project Manager (PRINCE2)* and as a professional Fundraiser (IoF)**. He spent three years designing and developing educational programmes for non-governmental organisations, working with some of the UK’s leading artistic institutions and fundraising close to £2 million from statutory, corporate and private funds. This success led him to be offered the position of Head of Creative Arts at one of the most respected international schools in the world, Southbank International School, London. Here he drove a team of educators towards inspiring students to reach dizzying academic heights, with an average IB Diploma score of 36 points. He spent the year and a half before rejoining St George’s College at St. Andrew’s Scots School, Olivos where he again held the post of Head of Creative and Performing Arts. In addition to leading a large team of educators there, he also transformed the famous annual musical theatre production to great critical acclaim.
Oliver is passionate about learning. Alongside his working day inspiring teams of educators and young people to reach their potential, he himself makes sure he is constantly learning. Never without a project and a challenge, he is currently undertaking a Masters in Education from the University of Roehampton, London in Educational Leadership. He is teaching himself to play the piano and he goes to watch live theatre as often as possible to really learn about what it is to be human.
*PRINCE2 is a process-based method for effective project management, used extensively by the UK government.
**IoF is the professional membership body for UK fundraising.