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  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
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Board of Governors Member Profile

 

Laura Warren - Parent Governor and Chairperson

Laura Warren - Parent Governor and Chairperson

Laura is mum to two children, both at DESS, and wife to John.  Laura is a Partner at the international law firm, Clyde & Co and specialises in Construction & Projects. She has lived in Doha for almost 9 years.
Prior to arriving in Doha, Laura worked as a construction lawyer with Clyde & Co in Dubai and in Hong Kong with Herbert Smith,  having obtained a law degree from London University. In a previous life, Laura was a teacher, having studied Natural Sciences and Education at Cambridge.
Laura has a wealth of experience in local legal issues and looks forward to taking up the legal Governor role with the DESS Board of Governors.

  

Mona Ahmad - Parent Governor and Vice Chairperson

Mona Ahmad - Parent Governor and Vice Chairperson

Mona is a Parent Governor with two children at the school. Mona brings a wealth of legal experience to the Board, having worked extensively in the UK, as well as the GCC. A graduate of the London School of Economics, she worked for Clifford Chance in the U.K. and Dubai, before moving back to Qatar, where she worked for over four years as legal counsel to the President of Qatar Foundation. She also assisted in the formation of the Doha Film Institute as legal advisor. She is currently Director of legal affairs at Qatar Museums. She looks forward to contributing to the development of DESS and its pupils.

Omar Mahmood - Parent Governor and Treasurer

Omar Mahmood - Parent Governor and Treasurer

Omar is currently a Partner with KPMG in Qatar and the Head of the firm’s Middle East and South Asia Regional Financial Services practice.
Omar moved in 2008 from the UK to Doha, where he is based with his wife and two daughters Alissabeth and Aanya.
Having graduated from King’s College - London in Mathematics & Management in 1999, Omar qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW) in 2002. He also holds the Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ); an Executive MBA; and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
As a motivated parent Omar firmly believes that being part of the Board presents a great opportunity to contribute to the future development of DESS, while helping the school deliver its Mission and uphold its Values for the benefit of all stakeholders within the parameters of the local culture and traditions.

Andrew Howard - British Embassy Representative

Andrew has been Vice-Consul at the British Embassy in Doha since November 2015.  Prior to arriving in Qatar, Andrew worked in various positions in the UK and overseas, latterly at the British Embassy in Paris.

He has been the Embassy Representative on the Board of Governors since June 2016 and is constantly impressed by the enthusiasm and professionalism of all those at DESS, which is an integral part of the British community in Qatar.

Andrew looks forward to working with parents and staff to support the school in providing a first-class British education to children in Qatar, whilst retaining its important and historic links with the Embassy.

Shka Raya Al-Khalifa - Parent Governor

Shka Raya Al-Khalifa - Parent Governor
Sh Raya Al-Khalifa: Having a background in Communications for Public Relations
and Mass Media Studies, Raya channeled her love of writing to explore the GCC's
arts and culture on an international platform, enforcing positive attributes and
diversity. Aside from promoting her heritage internationally, Raya is also keen
to lend her knowledge and contribute to social causes within the community.
As a Bahraini, who spent her youth between the United Kingdom and the United States, she has
a global vision with a Local's adherence to development whilst keeping a firm
grip on cultural traditions.
 

Having a background in Communications for Public Relations and Mass Media Studies, Raya channeled her love of writing to explore the GCC's arts and culture on an international platform, enforcing positive attributes and diversity. Aside from promoting her heritage internationally, Raya is also keen to lend her knowledge and contribute to social causes within the community. As a Bahraini, who spent her youth between the United Kingdom and the United States, she has a global vision with a Local's adherence to development whilst keeping a firm grip on cultural traditions.

Simon Cory-Wright - Parent Governor

Simon Cory-Wright - Parent Governor

Simon has a daughter Natalie and son Luka thriving in DESS.


Simon is a Director at Deloitte and Touche, where he leads the firm’s Sport and Event Management consulting practice. Simon came to Doha in 2009 to join the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee. The bid’s success convinced him to stay and to continue helping to develop all things sport in Qatar and across the Middle East.

Born in New Zealand, Simon has worked in corporate sponsorship, sport marketing and sport consulting for over 20 years, a large part of that in professional golf with the PGA European Tour. There he was responsible for developing sponsorship and commercial partnerships, and managing the Tour’s brand.

Simon is looking forward to helping make DESS the best possible environment in which our children can develop and thrive.

Najat El Mahdy - Parent Governor

Najat El Mahdy - Parent Governor

Najat is an innovative Human Resources Leader with a strong consulting background in regional and international HR management, having been in the region for 9 years she has a wealth of HR expertise that she is looking forward to sharing.  Najat's career has spanned the UK and the GCC and she recently joined the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority as Head of Organisational Development, previously she has held a number of roles within HR and Talent Management.
 
Najat has 3 boys, Omar, Yaseen and Marwan whom are at DESS,  and is looking forward to supporting DESS and the pupils through sharing her knowledge and expertise.

Aamer Shabir - Parent Governor

Aamer Shabir - Parent Governor

Aamer is UK qualified Architect with over 19 years of experience working across healthcare, mixed-use, retail and commercial projects.

Aamer has worked for international practices during his time in London. He was involved with projects across the Middle East and Europe. He has been successful as a Project Architect for two award-winning healthcare projects, under his responsibility from inception to completion. He is currently working with ASTAD on the Qatar Economic Zones and Education City.

Aamer moved from London to Doha with his family in October 2013. His elder son attends DESS whilst the other starts pre-school in September 2016.

Aamer believes he can contribute towards DESS’s development plans and growth in the coming years.

Reem Al-Khalifa - Non-Parent Governor

Reem is a non-parent Governor. Until recently, Reem was the legal researcher at Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), a programme of Education Above All, which promotes and protects the right to education in areas affected by crisis, conflict and insecurity.  Reem attained her LLB Law Hons from Durham University and an LLM in Criminal Litigation from Inns of Court School of Law, City University. Having spent her formative years at DESS, Reem is looking forward to participating and contributing in the development of DESS whilst preserving its long lasting legacy.

William McAdam - Parent Governor

William McAdam - Parent Governor

William is a Parent Governor and has lived in Qatar for the last 7 years.  He is a legal director with Ooredoo Group, has a background in corporate finance, and previously worked for an international law firm (Allen & Overy) in their London and Doha offices.  Prior to a career in law, he was an Army Officer, and is a graduate of Durham University (Politics).  He is married with one son (Charles, aged two).  He considers that being a DESS Governor is an invaluable opportunity to participate in the continuing development of DESS for the benefit of its pupils.  He looks forward to this enjoyable responsibility.

David Moore - Non-Parent Governor

David Moore - Non-Parent Governor

Dave Moore, is currently Vice President Commercial ExxonMobil Qatar working closely with Qatar Petroleum on joint development opportunities in Doha and internationally.

Dave joined ExxonMobil in 1979 and has held various assignments in Refining and Supply, Fuels Distribution, Research and Engineering, Exploration and Gas & Power Marketing.

Before coming to Doha for the second time in 2014, Dave was Chairman and Managing Director of ExxonMobil Energy Limited, and Chairman of Castle Peak Power Company Limited, a joint venture with China Light & Power based in Hong Kong. Prior to Hong Kong, Dave was the Manager LNG Global Business Development with ExxonMobil Gas and Power Marketing Company in Houston, Texas. Dave also worked in Doha from 2006 to 2011 for ExxonMobil Qatar Inc. as Manager of LNG Marketing.

Dave, a native of the UK, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham. Dave and his wife, Catherine, have two children (Doha educated) both currently completing their University education in the UK. Dave is an avid golfer, skier and hill walker.

DESS Staff

Sean Sibley - Headteacher:
 
Sean has been a headteacher in the UK for 10 years and moved his previous school from Satisfactory in 2007 to Outstanding in 2010. His school also achieved 3 Outstanding SIAS inspections. He was previously a Deputy Headteacher of another Outstanding school. Sean has been a Local Leader of Education and also a Lead Facilitator for the National College. Sean achieved his National Professional Qualification for a Headteacher (NPQH) in 2005. For a number of years he has been a marker for Key Stage 2 SATs (Standard Assessment Tests)  Sean has been with DESS since April 2016, his family have accompanied him, moving to Doha in August 2016. Sean firmly believes in putting children at the heart of education and creating a stimulating environment to develop children as independent, confident and self motivated learners. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children who are 14 and 19. He also enjoys reading and keeping fit.

 

Charlotte Molloy - Deputy Headteacher:

Charlotte moved to Qatar in September 2015 after spending four years as a Deputy Head Teacher in the UK Charlotte is ten years into her teaching career and has a wealth of experience in teaching, school improvement and as an examinations marker for the Key Stage 1 and 2 SATS. She has taught in each year group across the Primary phase, and been graded ‘outstanding’ in all lesson observations carried out by Ofsted and HMI inspectors. Charlotte is passionate about teaching and learning and firmly believes that children achieve their full potential through creativity, exploration and real-life experiences.

 

Ashrafa Mohmed - Assistant Headteacher:

Ash is enjoying her fifth year at DESS, she is currently Acting Deputy Headteacher overseeing the development of Assessment, Curriculum and Career Professional Development (CPD). Prior to this, she worked as an Assistant Headteacher in a school in Bolton, North-West of England, leading on Assessment and Reporting alongside responsibilities for classroom teaching. She has been passionate about teaching and learning from a young age and early on in her career became a leading teacher of Literacy and was quickly recognised as an Advance Skills Teacher.  Her specialism is Assessment for Learning (AfL), which is at the heart of teaching and learning. She believes AfL is instrumental in developing children to become independent, reflective learners and feels proud when she sees children at DESS in control of their learning.
Outside of school, she belongs to a strong community of Crossfitters – always determined and challenging herself to lift a loaded bar. A typical fitness junkie! She enjoys good food, spending time with her nephew and niece and is always keen to increase her knowledge in nutrition.

Kathy Rangeley - Staff Representative

Elaine has worked at DESS for 20 years.  Initially she worked in Year Six for 7 years, during which time she held the post of Literacy coordinator, before joining the Curriculum Management Team where she was responsible for Record Keeping and Assessment.
In 2000 she created the International Centre for Music in response to demands for music, dance and drama tuition at DESS. During the six years of running the centre she also taught on a part time basis, working from Reception to Year Six.
In 2006 Elaine returned to DESS on a full time basis. She now runs the Learning Support unit as the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).
Bio to follow
 

Neil Macfarlane - Business Manager

Education is Neil’s second career.  His first was in the financial services industry where he spent many years in the City, mainly with Credit Suisse, Citibank and HSBC.  
Prior to arriving in Doha, Neil was with a British Curriculum school in Beijing.  Before that he worked with a leading British overseas school in Dubai.  Born in Africa, Neil has lived in the Gulf for many years but is completely new to Qatar.  He is married with three grown up children and is delighted to be part of a long-established and  well-resourced school, wanting to be part of its exciting future growth plans.

 

Parent Councillor Representative

Parent Councillor Representative
Pip Hoy
 

Pip Hoy is a Parent Governor representing the Parent Councillors on the DESS Board of Governors.

In a previous life, Pip completed her degree in Economics & Marketing followed some time later by a Graduate Diploma in Career Counselling.  Over the course of her career, Pip has worked in a variety of HR-related corporate roles in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the U.K.  Since starting a family, Pip has reconnected with her creative roots and now works as an artist.

Pip came to Doha with her family in 2010 and has been a parent at DESS since 2011.  Pip was Class Mum for three consecutive years before taking on the role of Parent Councillor for Year 5 in 2016.  She was subsequently appointed to the Board.

Pip is motivated to ensure DESS maintains its status as an outstanding school-of-choice for members of the Qatar community.  She believes in its solid history and is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing success.