School Leadership

John Browne - Headmaster, Stonyhurst

John Browne was appointed Headmaster of Stonyhurst in 2016.

Stonyhurst is John’s third Headship in independent boarding and day schools.  Prior to joining Stonyhurst, John was Headmaster of St. Aloysius’s College Glasgow and a former Headmaster of Westminster Cathedral Choir School.

John is an alumnus of St Ignatius’s College Enfield, a Jesuit secondary school in London.

John obtained his BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Bristol.  He has a postgraduate LLB from City University, London and a MBA.   John is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

John is a Governor of St John’s Beaumont, a Jesuit day and boarding preparatory school in Old Windsor.

John is married to Marie, and they have a son, William and two dogs Henry and Hector.



Fr Christopher Cann - Headmaster, Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall

Fr Christopher Cann was appointed Headmaster of Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall in 2022. Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall is Fr Christopher’s fourth Headship in independent boarding and day schools. 

Prior to joining Stonyhurst, Fr Christopher was Headmaster of Ratcliffe College Preparatory School in Leicestershire and previously Headmaster of Leicester Preparatory School and Denstone College Preparatory School. 

He has a Master of Arts degree in French from the University of St Andrews and in Theology from the University of Oxford.

Fr Christopher is married to Honor, who works as a GP, and has six children and two grandchildren.

Fr Christopher is a former Anglican priest who was received into the Catholic church in 2011 and is now a priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. 

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