Sports staff

Elizabeth Phillips - Director of Sports

Elizabeth is excited and proud to be taking on the role of Director of Sports of the whole school at St Swithun’s. Elizabeth’s passion for sport crosses a wide range of activities such as netball, hockey, sailing, swimming, and dance. The grounding she garnered from her school, club and county teams led her to decide on a Bachelor of Education honours degree in Physical Education and Outdoor Education.

She has taught in the UK, USA, The Bahamas and Thailand, and in a variety of curriculums, such as British, IB and Singaporean.

Whilst abroad, Elizabeth has worked with 2-18 year olds and developed further experience teaching and playing in numerous sports, such as football, basketball, badminton, and handball. Elizabeth oversaw the development of a sports complex at her last school as the Athletics Director, has led the Duke of Edinburgh’s award, and been an IB CAS coordinator.

She is now enjoying adding one more sport: lacrosse, to her repertoire, after having completed her Masters of the Arts in Education at Bath University at the same time as moving back to the UK and starting her position with us at St Swithun’s. The future looks bright and we are excited to continue to create a school ethos that drives sports for all, whilst nurturing those who wish to excel.


Justine Mackenzie - Head of PE

Following her graduation in the US with a degree in kinesiology and a PE teaching qualification, Justine followed her passion for lacrosse and worked for the English Lacrosse Association coaching lacrosse in schools. She had been playing for one of the top university teams (Temple) in the States at the time, who reached the quarter finals of the national championship and won the Atlantic 10 League Championship. Temple was ranked 3rd in the USA.

Justine was captain of her high school soccer, lacrosse and swimming teams with league and county honours in lacrosse and district honours in swimming. She also played club basketball, volleyball and softball.

In the UK, she played for Bath ladies lacrosse team from 2001-2005 and also for Bath and the Northeast Somerset county team.

She was manager of the senior Scotland women's lacrosse team at the World Cup in Prague in 2009 and in Toronto in 2013. In addition to coaching and managing lacrosse Justine has umpired the European championships in Amsterdam in 2012 and was a technical delegate in Prague in 2015.

Justine is the head of PE at St Swithun's and manages a strong team of staff who support and push each other to develop sport at the school and encourage girls to achieve their potential.


Sara Heffernan

Sara played football for Southampton Ladies (although wearing a Southampton shirt as a Portsmouth supporter took a bit of getting used to).  She also played football at university in the BUSA Southern Premier League for four years and continues to play for Winchester City women.

After leaving university she took up cricket and currently plays for Alton Cricket Club and has captained the team for the last three years.  Recently she took a sabbatical to play cricket in Australia where she played alongside state and international players.

Sara graduated from Chichester University with a physical education teaching degree and has a Level 3 lacrosse umpiring award


Dot Hogg

Dot has always had a keen interest in sport and represented Berkshire at junior level for lacrosse, netball and tennis.

She studied sports science at Swansea University where she set up a women’s lacrosse team which competed in the British universities league. She played lacrosse for Welsh universities and went on to represent Wales, including playing in the home internationals series. She now plays lacrosse for Newbury Royals and West of England. In her spare time, she enjoys running and mountain biking.


Leonie Campbell

Leonie graduated from Chichester University with BA in dance with media and gained a PGCE qualification in dance (secondary education) from Brighton University.

Leonie's training has had a contemporary dance focus but she has a passion for all forms of dance and has studied jazz, commercial and street, ballet and freestyle. She has taught for over 10 years in a independent schools and colleges. In addition, Leonie is a keen swimmer who is currently training for events later in the year.


Paul Boyd-Leslie

Paul went to Southampton Polytechnic where he studied sports and facilities management. He is an ex junior and senior county tennis player for Oxfordshire and East Sussex. He is now an LTA Level 3 coach with 25 year experience working with: county, regional and national players.
He started PBL tennis, which provides top quality tennis camps during the holidays, based at St Swithun’s School. Paul is still competing to a high level in the +35 and +45 age groups around the south of England and currently training to compete in an Annabel Croft academy finals weekend in Portugal, February 2017.

Paul is also a FA Level 1 football coach and has been coaching and managing an U10 football team outside of school, for 3 years. He introduced football to St Swithun’s in 2012 and there are now teams at U13, U15, U16 and U18 age groups. Paul’s “buzz moments”; having a school player capped for England ISFA (Independent Schools Football Association) and four players representing the South East regional teams. He hates girls saying “sorry” on court for every ball they hit, good or bad!
He is a hard core Brighton and Hove Albion fan.