Doha British School Senior Leadership
I qualified with a BA Hons degree in Economics in 1982 and did a Post Graduate Certificate in Education immediately thereafter to become a qualified teacher. I taught up to A Level in schools and Sixth Form Colleges before moving to Qatar in 1995 to become Head of Economics and Business at Doha College. I moved up quite quickly to become Head of Sixth Form, then Assistant Head before Acting Principal in 2005. I left Doha College in 2007 to take up a position as Headteacher at the International School Sao Lourenco in Portugal. After 4 years there I returned to Doha to take up the position of Principal at Doha British School.
I really enjoy being Principal at DBS where our core purpose is to ensure that every student gets as much from us as possible. I am enthused by the wonderful atmosphere at the school. We have a dedicated, industrious and professional teaching staff. We have very supportive parents and excellent pupils. As a British school operating in an international setting DBS strives to offer the very best of British education and provide opportunities for students to develop their talents and to discover new ones.
BA Hons, PGCE, NPQH
After graduating from John Moores University, Liverpool I started my teaching career in a large Grammar school in Lincolnshire. Since then I have taught and held senior leadership positions in a range of different schools both in the UK and abroad. During my teaching career I have worked in several different posts including, subject lead, head of department, head of faculty and a range of senior leadership positions. Over the last few years I have been leading Teaching and Learning in my role as a senior leader, which also included responsibility for staff development. Teaching has always been more than just a job for me and supporting students to be the best they can has always been at the core of my teaching and leadership.
The new, exciting challenges and opportunities that Doha British School presented were too good to walk away from. I am relishing the opportunity to work with the DBS team to equip the students with a lifelong love of learning and intellectual curiosity that will allow them to thrive within a dynamic global environment. I am very excited to be joining DBS this September 2016 as Vice Principal and look forward to providing the students with the skills, inspiration, opportunities and confidence to be the best they can be.
When I am not in school I enjoy spending time with my wife and two young children. I am a keen Gaelic footballer and rugby player and still try to get out on the pitch as often as I can. I have a passion for travelling and enjoy dining out as well as catching up with friends.
BA (Hons) Primary & Secondary Education with QTS, Grad Cert
I joined DBS in April 2014 as the Head of Corporate Services. With over fifteen years of experience in commercial businesses, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my role here at DBS. I have responsibility for Finance, Human Resources, IT, Procurement and Facilities Management, making sure that the day to day operations of the school go smoothly.
I grew up in former Yugoslavia and later moved to the United States where I worked in Administration, Finance, Banking and Human Resources Management with various companies, before returning to work in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2002. There, I worked for an international law office and subsequently managed an IT company. In 2011 I relocated to Qatar where I have been working ever since. I really enjoy working at DBS as it is a perfect blend of cultures; it feels like working with the family.
Head of Corporate Services
After graduating from University in Wales I taught in a large Primary School in Madrid which marked the beginning of my teaching career. Since then I have taught in a range of schools and experienced the whole primary phase.
However, over the course of the last 20 years I have taught predominantly in Oxfordshire and held a number of positions from class teacher, Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) to Primary Consultant for an 8 school academy. I have also recently trained as an OFSTED Inspector and have experience of supporting management, teachers and governing bodies in preparation for the rigors of an Inspection.
I am excited to be the Head of Primary at DBS and look forward to working within a rich and varied organisation.
I am passionate about ensuring the teaching and learning experiences that pupils get inspire them to challenge themselves and develop as individuals. It is always wonderful to walk into a classroom and to be greeted by children (and teachers!) who are excited by what they are learning.
I am in Doha with my husband and two children, all of who are in the school. It marks the start of an adventure which has been in our minds for a number of years and is now finally happening! I am very much looking forward to experiencing life in Doha and bringing my children up in a diverse culture.
Head of Primary
BA (ED) QTS English Literature and Media Studies, AST ,OFSTED Inspector – Primary
After completing my degree in Sport, Physical Education and Community studies at the University of Birmingham and my teacher training at the University of Warwick, I took my first teaching post at a high achieving co-educational comprehensive school in Solihull with particular responsibility for A-Level Physical Education. I then joined Lode Heath Sports College and gained promotion to Head of Physical Education. During my time there the School successfully gained ‘outstanding’ status. In September 2010 I was appointed Assistant Headteacher at Priory School Edgbaston with particular responsibility for pastoral care, behaviour management, careers and whole School marketing.
I am both excited and honoured to take up the post of Head of Secondary School at DBS in September 2015. I believe that with encouragement, confidence, well planned and stimulating lessons every child has the desire and ability to achieve their full potential.
I moved to Doha with my wife and four young children, three of whom attend DBS. In my spare time I am still a keen sportsman and enjoy playing rugby and reducing my golf handicap.
Head of Secondary
BA Hons Sport, Physical Education & Community Studies, PGCE
I have been teaching for over 20 years in a variety of British schools and international settings, including Estonia, Colombia, Indonesia, Thailand and China. During this time I have held leadership posts such as subject coordinator of History, Design and Technology, Science and Literacy as well as House Mistress in boarding, Upper Key Stage Two Coordinator and Deputy Head of Middle School.
I took over the role of Deputy Head of Primary in September. The development of teaching and learning through targeted feedback and marking is an area I am keen to grow at DBS, engaging students through collaboration, independence and learning to lead, having learning spaces rather than places. I am looking forward to working with the Senior Leadership Team to drive forward whole-school developments to create an environment where staff and students have the opportunity to develop strong values, skills, knowledge and attitudes within various inquiries with which they can then choose to take action, make a positive difference and contribute to the world.
I consider continuing professional development vital and as such have taken a variety of online courses, attended and led in and out of house training and keep up to date on recent educational thinking and strategies.
Having never lived in the Middle East before, I am looking forward to exploring the area and having some new adventures amongst the sand dunes. I am joined by my son, Curtis who is in Year 7. Recreationally I enjoy (but am not very good at) yoga, and am a keen long distance runner.
Deputy Head of Primary
TEFL, BA Hons in Drama and History, PGCE
I graduated in Physics from the University of Durham in 1997 and then worked in a sales role in industry for 4 years. In 2001, I went to the University of Cambridge to complete my PGCE in Secondary Science teaching. I arrived in Doha in 2012 having spent the previous 10 years teaching in comprehensive schools in the UK, the last 4 of those years were spent as Head of Science at an outstanding school in Surrey.
At DBS, I have been a Progress Leader for Years 9, 10 and 11, and feel privileged to have worked with some excellent students during this time.
My new role as Deputy Head of Secondary is an exciting challenge and I look forward to contributing to the development of the school; working with teachers; parents and students to ensure that every individual has the best possible opportunity to achieve their potential. I believe that knowing and recognising the individual needs of the students is hugely important in helping them succeed academically and enabling them to become well rounded, balanced individuals.
My wife works at DBS and we have a son in Year 1. At Cambridge, I represented the University at cricket and have been involved with cricket as an extra-curricular activity at school. I regularly play golf, tennis and enjoy cycling when back in the UK.
Deputy Head of Secondary
After graduating as a teacher from Liverpool John Moores University I worked in a variety of schools in England and Ireland. I have been teaching for 11 years, 7 of which I spent in England and 2 years in Ireland. I have taught Nursery through to Year 1 and I was the Early Years Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Communication, Language and Literacy Strategic Lead at my last school. I also worked on a project for the Education Authority where I trained teachers and parents on positive behaviour management strategies and on how to increase children’s social and emotional competence.
I moved to Doha in 2014 and I am currently Assistant Head: Early Years Foundation Stage. My main role is to develop the provision of teaching and learning in the Early Years. I am passionate about ensuring that all children are learning in a safe, stimulating and positive environment through practical play-based activities linked to their interests.
I have three children who all attend DBS. My family and I love living in Qatar and especially travelling around the region. I really enjoy working within the diversity of an international school environment.
Assistant Head of Primary: Early Years Foundation Stage
PGCE Early Years, BSc Hons, Social Psychology
After graduating as a teacher in South Africa my first teaching post was in Namibia at a private school that had been developed around a diamond mine. After that I taught mostly in private education institutions in South Africa until relocating to Doha nine years ago.
My family and I have been at Doha British School for eight years and we have seen incredible growth in this time. In the role of Assistant Head: Key Stage 1 I enjoy the challenge of developing the provision of teaching and learning within the Key Stage. I am passionate about building a strong team of teachers and connecting with parents to create an inviting, purposeful school community.
I feel privileged to work in such a diverse environment and am especially committed to ensuring that new families settle well in Doha.
Assistant Head of Primary: Key Stage 1
Higher Dip Ed, Key Stage One and Early Years
I am in my fourteenth year of teaching. I started teaching English as a Second Language in Taiwan. Following this I completed a Master of Science degree at the University of Liverpool. I then completed my teacher training at Liverpool Hope University. During my teacher training I was employed as a research assistant on an intervention study designed to create a positive impact on students’ writing. I worked in two multi-ethnic primary schools in Lancashire and Bolton before moving to Doha to join the DBS team in 2012.
I enjoy all aspects of my role as Assistant Head: Key Stage 2. I especially like working closely with all staff to continually improve the teaching and learning in school. I have recently completed a leadership course and I am in the process of developing teacher coaching at the school.
I really enjoy working within the diversity of an international school environment. I also really love taking my young family on adventures in Qatar and across the region.
Assistant Head of Primary: Key Stage 2
BSc, MSc, PGCE, TESOL Cert
Prior to working at DBS, I trained and taught in London for 5 years. Before teaching I enjoyed industry experience based on my degree in Building Surveying in Edinburgh, UK.
I have been part of the DBS design technology and art department since 2011. In that time I have been delighted to lead the development of the faculty and see it grow into one of the most popular GCSE option subjects areas within the school. It is rewarding to inspire the creativity and imagination of our pupils and future designers.
During my teaching career I have been fortunate enough to have been a form tutor for all Year Groups in the Secondary school. These experiences have enabled me to fully appreciate the role of the school in ensuring the wellbeing of all the pupils here at DBS. The Assistant Head of Secondary; Student Welfare is a very rewarding position to be in as you get to see the whole school as a community. The positive relationship between the students and the students and teachers is a pleasure to witness.
Assistant Head of Secondary: Student Welfare
I started my teaching career in London in 2001 and taught at three London schools over an eleven year period. I completed my Masters Degree in 2004 and became a Head of English at a large London comprehensive school in 2006. In 2012 I moved to Doha with my family and took up the position of English Subject Leader. I have thoroughly enjoyed this role for three years and have taught throughout key stages 3, 4 and 5. I have particularly enjoyed teaching IB English Literature and Theory of Knowledge as well as helping to co-ordinate the Model United Nations (MUN) programme as an extra-curricular activity within school.
I am very excited about my new role as Head of Sixth Form. The Sixth Form at DBS is flourishing and I look forward to working with staff and students to build upon the excellent foundations that are currently in place.
In September, my husband will be Deputy Head of the Secondary school at DBS and our son will be in Year 1. We very much enjoy our family life in Doha: swimming, camping and exploring our way through the region and beyond. I have always had a love of reading and the theatre and enjoy sharing this with my students. I am really looking forward to the challenges that the next academic year at DBS will bring.
Assistant Head of Secondary: Sixth Form
MA, Education BA Hons, English Literature PGCE, English and Drama
Since joining the Sixth Form team I have enjoyed supporting our learners in their studies as well as their preparations for Further Education. As a teacher of KS4 and IB French, I also have the pleasure of working with students whose original and international mindset brings modern foreign languages alive in the classroom.
Deputy Head of 6th Form, IB Coordinator
M.Ed, PGCE, MA Cantab, BA Hons French & Spanish
I am currently in my twenty sixth year of teaching, after graduating from the University of Greenwich as a teacher of Physical Education. I taught in London for six years and also in Doha for 2 years in 1994 and 1996. My last school was in Weymouth and during my time there I was a Head of Department and then a member of the Senior Leadership Team responsible for whole school teaching and learning.
I enjoy all aspects of my roles at DBS and in particular working with the older students in their various leadership duties with the younger students. To see the ever improving levels of sporting participation and activity across the whole school is always an inspiring vision.
I am a former professional footballer and hold the highest coaching qualification in Europe ( UEFA “A” License), so Qatar is the perfect place for me to work!
Assistant Head: Enrichment ECAs
I joined DBS as Learning Support Coordinator in 2011, at an exciting time in its growth and development. It has been a privilege to work with pupils from Pre School to IB Diploma, and with colleagues in many departments, particularly English. My greatest pleasure is to see pupils from many nationalities, who sometimes find English challenging, work with enthusiasm and commitment to improve their skills and develop a love of reading.
Assistant Head: Learning Support
BA Joint Hons, English/History PGCE, Special Needs