Leadership Team

The Kings’ Leadership team is a group of highly qualified and experienced people, whose focus is to ensure that Kings’ achieves its commitment to deliver ‘The Best By Every Child’. This is done by providing outstanding support and direction for our team of highly experienced and talented teaching staff.

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    Pablo Fetter CEO of Kings’ Education

    Pablo brings over two decades of experience in industry, venture capital and private equity to Kings’ Education. Having gained an Electrical Engineering degree from Cordoba National University in Argentina, and a Ph.D. from the Berlin Technical University, Germany, Pablo’s career has taken him across the globe, where he has held multiple senior executive roles and been a member of ten Boards of Directors.

    Most recently, he was Commercial Director and Head of Investments at GEMS Global and CEO and board member at GEMS Africa. This dual role gave Pablo responsibility for expanding the company’s international footprint, and he was instrumental in building GEMS operations in Africa to a $250 million partnership with the world’s largest development oriented fund. Previously, Pablo had a successful business-development career with a focus on innovation in Telecom Denmark, Daimler, EADS/Airbus and Mercedes Benz.

    As CEO of Kings’ Education, Pablo will focus on strengthening the company’s operational capabilities and on growth, expanding its premium education offering in the Middle East.

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    Alan Williamson Principal of Kings’ School Al Barsha

    Alan graduated from Glasgow University with an honours degree in History and Russian Language and has also attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His teaching career began in the Anderson School in the Shetland Islands and has covered schools across the United Kingdom, progressing from teaching and leading departments in Humanities and Languages to two Headships. This included heading up the first ever Scottish Future Trust School, an integrated community campus in Edinburgh from Foundation to Secondary level.

    He is particularly proud of work undertaken in the independent sector with Rugby School (in Warwickshire, England) through a partnership with the remarkable Arnold Scholarship Foundation.

    Alan became Principal of Kings’ School Al Barsha in January 2016. As well as being passionate about teaching and learning, he has been actively involved in school leadership related to Special Educational Needs.

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    Bede Higgins Principal of Kings’ School Dubai

    Bede obtained a degree in Mathematics and Psychology from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, followed by a Diploma of Teaching in Mathematics, Physical Education and Outdoor Education from Christchurch College of Education. He began his teaching career at Tauranga Boys’ College, New Zealand, where he taught Mathematics and Physical Education. Moving to the UK, Bede continued teaching, this time specialist Physical Education at Thomas’s London Day School.

    After relocating to Dubai, Bede was appointed Head of Physical Education at Jumeirah Primary School. During this time, he joined the Leadership Team with a specific brief for Curriculum Design, and also completed his NPQH.

    In September 2010, Bede joined Dubai English Speaking School as Assistant Headteacher, again with responsibility for Curriculum. In 2012, Bede successfully completed a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management.

    Since joining Kings’ School Dubai as Deputy Headteacher in 2014, Bede has led on Curriculum and Assessment in collaboration with our other Kings’ Schools. Now as Principal, he continues to lead on this area ensuring that Kings’ exceptional standards remain high.

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    Darren Gale Principal of Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba

    Darren graduated with a degree in Languages and Linguistics. He started his teaching career in 1999, as a Modern Languages teacher in a school in Wiltshire, England. Following a variety of leadership posts in the UK, he joined GEMS Jumeirah College as the Director of Learning and Teaching in 2006.

    In 2009, after gaining his NPQH from the National College of School Leaders, Darren joined Aldar Academies, as the Head of Secondary in a large British International School, in Abu Dhabi. He was later promoted to Principal, and under his leadership the school was twice rated a Band A school and further accredited by British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) as ‘well above the standard’ in all accreditation performance standards.

    Darren is passionate about learning, and leading the development of schools so they become the best they can be for their most precious asset: the children. This aligns perfectly with the vision and mission of Kings’ Schools.

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    Kevin Stedman Senior Education Adviser

    Kevin is Senior Education Adviser to the Kings’ family of schools, the most successful group of schools in Dubai. He is also the Director of his own education consultancy, operating internationally and specialising in all aspects of school design and the engagement of outstanding school leaders.

    Kings’ School Dubai, the flagship Kings’ Education school, is the only school in the United Arab Emirates to have achieved the rating of outstanding every year since inspections began in Dubai. Kevin’s foresight and vision, together with the ambition and creative ability of the company’s Chairman, have ensured that Kings’ has become a world-class leader in independent education. Two other Kings’ Schools are now open in Dubai, at opposite ends of the city, and the work continues to do ‘The Best by Every Child’.

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    Rebecca Gray Primary Headteacher

    Rebecca graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2002, and went on to complete her PGCE at the University of North London. She began her teaching career in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, where she gained her first senior leadership post, and progressed to further senior leadership responsibilities in Peterborough. Following her career progression through leadership roles, Rebecca became Deputy Headteacher at a school in Huntingdon, during which time she also completed her NPQH. Rebecca has since been the Headteacher of a primary school in Northamptonshire and the founding Principal of a preparatory school. She has also worked as an Improvement Cluster Lead for the David Ross Education Trust, where she led on whole school improvement for seven of their primary schools. Rebecca joins Kings’ School Al Barsha as Primary Headteacher from September 2016 and has already spent considerable time beforehand getting to know the Kings’ family.

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Please see the pages for individual schools for their respective leadership teams.

Kings’ Education Team

The Kings’ Education team is a dynamic, forward-thinking and highly skilled group of people who are there to support the families and staff of Kings’ Schools. The Kings' Education management team consists of:

  • Basheer Appadath, Head of Finance
  • Tariq Hassoun, Head of Operations
  • Jodi Eede, Administration Manager
  • Sallaudin Emam, Finance Manager
  • Laura Parkes, Marketing and Business Development Manager
  • Arifa Zeido, Government Relations Manager
  • Omar Saggaf, Engage Manager
  • Jo McGuire, HR Manager
  • Prakash Perumal, IT Manager

the latest news from Kings’

21 | 05 | 2016
Kings’ 2016 Award
of excellence

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16 | 04 | 2016
Kings’ has opened brand
new facility at Kings’ Dubai

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04 | 03 | 2016
Message from the
Chief Education Officer

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