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Shaun Barton

Director of Business Administration

Shaun joined Dulwich College Beijing as its Director of Business Administration and Bursar in December 2016, from Spalding Grammar School in Lincolnshire UK where he was an Assistant Head; having started as the School Business Manager. This is his first international posting from an educational perspective. He joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1981 at 17 years of age and grew into his career, working his way through the non-commissioned ranks before winning a place at Initial Officer Training and subsequently gaining his commission in 1998. He graduated from Engineer Specialist Training as a Mechanical Engineer serving on numerous aircraft squadrons and was deployed on a number of overseas tours of duty. His work in the RAF saw him work on diverse projects, ranging from stripping an aircraft ejection seat into approximately 2000 pieces before maintaining testing and reassembling to managing a team in excess of 120 personnel whilst on deployment in the Gulf. Following his departure from a hugely enjoyable 25 years in the RAF, Shaun became a project manager working for BAE Systems and also Raytheon where his work took him across Europe and North America. He then spotted an opportunity to develop his career within an educational establishment and having developed an understanding of the role, ensured that he got the School onto a sound financial footing that was sustainable. He also became one of the first School Business Managers to lead and develop teaching and pastoral areas within a school and gained exceptionally good success rates.

Shaun has a BA(Hons) in Business Management and is a Fellow of the National Association of School Business Management. He has a passion for all sports and has played football and cricket at a high level but now tends to hack his way around a golf course. He comes to Beijing with his wife Sylvia whilst their son, James, carves out his own successful career in England.


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