Peter has a B.Sc. (Hons) in International Politics and History from Aberystwyth University, a PGCE from Cardiff University and MA in Post 14 Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. He has taught History (and Politics) to GCSE, iGCSE, IB and A Level in a range of schools in the U.K. Caribbean, Dubai and Oman. Throughout his career he has always retained a teaching commitment in the classroom regardless of his other whole school roles. Peter’s first experience of senior leadership was as Deputy Head at the British School Muscat where he had responsibility for establishing, developing and integrating a flourishing 11-18 secondary school with the well established and thriving primary section. Once this project was successfully completed he moved on to a new challenge as Principal of a Sixth Form College in Cambridge before returning to Dubai College where he was Headmaster from 2010 to 2015. Most recently he took the decision to return home to Wales and indulge once again his passion for teaching by working with the United World College (UWC) movement at Atlantic College. Peter has been a member of the Headmaster’s Conference (HMC), has had a long association with both the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) and the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and has addressed both national and international education conferences.
Colette completed her BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and her PGCE in Science Teaching at the University of Sussex. She taught on the south coast of England in a local comprehensive and then at Roedean School for Girls for a total of thirteen years, teaching KS3 through to A’ Level chemistry. From here, Colette moved to Bermuda in 1995 where she taught science (KS3) and chemistry (KS4 and KS5) at Saltus Grammar School. During this time, Colette completed her Master of Education degree in Educational Management and Leadership. Moving on to Dubai, Colette taught at the English College and Rashid School for Boys until she moved to Jumeirah English Speaking School as head of Science in the newly opened school. Within two years, Colette was promoted to assistant headteacher in charge of curriculum and has since become deputy headteacher in charge of curriculum and leader responsible for KS4.
Lizzie has a BEd (Hons) from Manchester Metropolitan University as well as the National Professional Headship Qualification (NPQH) from the National College of School Leadership. Beginning her career in Wales then continuing in London, Lizzie taught at primary schools in Westminster and later Richmond upon Thames as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and Deputy Head Teacher. Whilst in Richmond, Lizzie was asked to carry out interim headships in two primary schools, which she enjoyed immensely. After having children, Lizzie worked as a Workforce Development Consultant for Richmond Local Authority. This involved delivering conferences on workforce reform to Headteachers and Governing Bodies. In 2007, Lizzie and her family moved to Dubai where she took up the post of Deputy Head Teacher at Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS)– Arabian Ranches. Lizzie remained at JESS until taking up the post of Primary Headteacher at Jebel Ali School in 2017.
Fiona completed her Bachelor of Education Degree at Didsbury School of Education in Manchester. She taught in England for 3 years before coming out to Dubai in 1992 where she worked in an Arabic school for one year as a Reception class teacher. Fiona joined Jebel Ali School in 1993 as a Reception class teacher. She held the post of Year Group Leader in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 before being promoted to the position of assistant headteacher at KS1. Fiona is a mum of three who have all attended Jebel Ali School.
Kenneth completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Leeds. He taught at a school in Dewsbury before moving to a school in the UAE. Kenneth joined Jebel Ali in 2008 as a Year 6 teacher. He later became Year Group Leader of Year 6 and Year 1 before being promoted to assistant headteacher in 2015.
Jo completed her studies in Ireland gaining a B.Eng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast and a Masters in Business Administration from Michael Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin. Having held a number of leadership roles with large telecoms operators in Ireland, Jo went onto run her own coaching and management consultancy business. Jo relocated to Dubai in April 2010 and has worked as School Business Manager since January 2013.