Meet the Team

Co-Chaplain - Revd Tracey Bateson

Tracey BatesonRevd Tracey has worked within the Church for 24 years, 16 of which have been as an ordained Priest. During this time she has ministered within University Chaplaincy, the Royal Army Chaplaincy Department and a number of parishes in the Dioceses of Winchester and Canterbury. During Revd Tracey’s time in the Army she was deployed to Iraq.

Revd Tracey has recently taken some time to write a book, Forever Wrestling. She is now working on her next book.


Co-Chaplin – Revd Jack Bateson

Revd Jack BatesonOrdained in 2017, Revd Jack has joined Benenden following a curacy in Canterbury Diocese. Prior to training for ordination he worked in IT in the aviation industry, as well as with the British Army.

When not at Benenden Revd Jack is a Royal Naval Reserve Chaplain. In his spare time he enjoys model railways and motorcycling.

Anglican Assistant Chaplain – Mrs Ali Harber 

Ali HarberMrs Harber has special responsibility for Christian nurture. She coordinates our Christian discussion group, which we call Bread and she is also responsible for Bible Study. As well as her work in the Chaplaincy, Mrs Harber is Deputy Head - Academic. 

Ali is married to Jonathan who is a Housemaster at Tonbridge School and in their spare time they particularly enjoy exploring the outdoors be it on foot, in a kayak or on skis. 

Anglican Lay Assistant - Katie Couldrey

Katie CouldreyMrs Couldrey joined the School in September 2018 from Repton in Derbyshire, where she was involved in the boarding life there as well as being the Second in Department for English.  

A keen sports fan, she enjoys watching live events especially gymnastics, athletics and cricket.

As housemistress of Elms she lives in the boarding house with her husband Mr Alastair Couldrey, who is the head of Politics, and their whippet Cooky.

Mrs Couldrey also teaches English and is very fond of a night in the theatre.