Liam became the 11th Housemaster of Chatham in 2013. Having read Geography and then a Masters at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge he spent a period playing rugby with Leeds and employed in the banking sector.
A PGCE at Leeds University lead him into the teaching profession at The Leys, Cambridge where he was Director of Rugby, Assistant Housemaster and teacher of Geography. In 2001 he became a Housemaster at Welbeck College. He then returned to The Leys eight years later to take up the post of Director of sport, before arriving at Stowe.
At Stowe he teaches Geography, coaches the U15s rugby and the Colts 7s and teaches sailing in the summer. He is married to Rachael who has a PhD from Jesus College, Cambridge and has lectured at both Cambridge and Nottingham University. Rachael is now the Chatham Matron. They have two children, Olivia and Emilia and a black Labrador called Monty.
His experience of working in a boarding environment is further enhanced by his position as a Boarding Team Inspector with ISI. Away from education the Copley family are fond of outdoor activities and have a house in North Wales where they enjoy spending time exploring the mountain and coastal scenery.
“I have had five years in Chatham and loved every minute. Since arriving in the Third Form I have always felt at home in the House. Now as Head of House I hope that all the boys feel as happy and supported as I have.”
“Chatham is just like a big family. We all play games out on the lawn together. It doesn’t matter what year you are in, everybody looks out for each other”