Meet our Team

Our highly experienced, motivated and dedicated team of educators strive to provide each and every one of our students with the best possible high quality, well rounded education, preparing them to be successful in life. Our teachers are supported by a caring, enthusiastic and highly qualified team of support staff who work tirelessly and collaboratively to optimise the conditions and climate for learning for children across the school.

Mark Ford


Mark Ford brings with him over three decades of experience in education. He graduated in Mathematics from Nottingham, before completing his PGCE at York University. His career has seen him teaching in the UK, Kenya, France, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, at Abu Dhabi’s ADEK ‘Outstanding School’, The British School Al Khubairat, followed by a Principal position at Dubai’s ‘Outstanding’ Dubai British School until 2016. He then moved to Kuala Lumpur to head the prestigious, British Garden International School before joining The English College in August 2019.

Dr Fahd Kahlaoui

Vice Principal Academic Head

Dr Fahd Kahlaoui joined The English College in 2014. He holds a Doctorate in Education, an MSc in Strategic Marketing and a BSc in Business & Mathematics from The University of Hertfordshire. After completing his Master’s degree in 2008, Fahd completed a PGCE in Mathematics obtaining his QTS in 2009, after which he started his career as a Mathematics teacher. His first Leadership role in London was at Edmonton County School before moving to Dubai. In 2017, Dr Kahlaoui took on the role of Vice Principal- Academic Head at The English College.

Mr David Wilcock

Head of Primary School FS 1 to Yr 5

David Wilcock completed his BA (QTS) at Edge Hill University and his Masters of Educational Leadership at The University of Auckland in New Zealand. During his teaching career he held posts in Milton Keynes in the UK and leadership roles in both Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand! In 2017, David decided to use his extensive leadership experience in a different international setting by joining Dubai’s Emirates International School. He took the position as Head of Primary at The English College in 2019.

Mr. Daryl Sims

Head of Middle School Year 6-9

Daryl Sims studied for his degree in Industrial Economics at The University of Nottingham, before gaining his Masters in Leadership at the Institute of Education London. He joined The English College in 2011 as teacher of Economics and Business before beginning his current role. Previous to coming to Dubai, Daryl worked in East London, joining the teaching profession through the UK charity 'Teach First'.

Ms. Emily Hopkinson

Head of Senior School Yr 10-13

Emily Hopkinson completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of Lincoln and gained QTS to become a Psychology teacher. After working as a teacher and a senior Psychology examiner for AQA for a number of years, she completed her MA in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Warwick. She performed a number of senior leadership roles - both in the UK and internationally - before joining The English College as Head of Senior School in 2020

Our Team

Mathew Budd

Deputy Head of Primary School

Emma West

Class Teacher, FS 1

Megan Bellfield

Class Teacher, FS 1

Anne Kurian

Class Teacher, FS 2

Sharon Percy

Class Teacher, FS 2

Holly Fitzgibbon

Class Teacher, Year 1

Anna Brophy

Class Teacher, Year 1

Brenda Duddy

Class Teacher, Year 1

Ross De Goede

Class Teacher, Year 2

Laura Ryan

Class Teacher, Year 3

Cath Yandle

Class Teacher Year 4

Lisa Hannon

Class Teacher, Year 4

Zoe Wilson

Class Teacher, Year 5

Maxine McGregor

Class Teacher, Year 5

Vicky Philips

Music Teacher and Class Teacher, Year 6

Nehad Ibrahim

Teacher of Arabic and Islamic A

Ahmed Ibrahim

Teacher of Islamic (A & B), Years 1 to 6

Fatma Elsayed

Teacher of Arabic B

Anu Kaushik

Learning Support Assistant

Julie Newson

Learning Support Assistant

Buddhika Abeytunga

Learning Support Assistant

Rhoda Lugtu

Learning Support Assistant

Sanuja George

Learning Support Assistant

Helen Mercer

Learning Support Assistant

Mark Wallace

Learning Support Assistant

Kris Angel Lee Espaldon

Learning Support Assistant