Ian Tate was born and educated in Leicestershire, England. He attended Loughborough College from 1974 to 1977, obtaining a Bachelor of Education degree from Loughborough University in 1978. His specialist subjects are Mathematics and Physical Education. He was awarded his Master of Arts degree from Bath University in 2007, specialising in Educational Management.
He first taught in Hertfordshire before moving to Markham College, Lima, Perú, then to St George’s College, Quilmes, Argentina. He was appointed Head of St George’s College North in July 2000 and has returned to Quilmes as the Headmaster in February 2016.
He is currently the Chair of the English Speaking Scholastic Association of the River Plate (ESSARP). He was the Chair of the Latin American Heads Conference (LAHC) from 2003 to 2007 and the Chair of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Committee from 2004 to 2007. He is currently an executive committee member of the English Speaking Union (ESU), Argentina.
He is also an International member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses Conference (HMC).
His philosophy of education is that students should be offered a complete education, not only an academic one. All students should be allowed to develop their own personal talents and realise their full potential in a caring and safe environment. Educators must prepare students for the complexities and challenges of a rapidly changing world and ensure that they leave the school with positive self-esteem.
His pastimes are spending as much time as possible with his immediate family, playing sport (mainly football, tennis and golf), cooking asados and tinkering with his 1928 Ford A.