GEMS Education appoints new principals

GEMS Education appoints new principals
GEMS Education appoints new principals
Published: 6 July 2017 - 7:45 a.m.
By: Parinaaz Navdar

GEMS Education has appointed a number of new principal for its Dubai schools, while some existing principals are moving into new roles with the operator.

Carolyn Bailey has been appointed as principal and CEO of The Cambridge High - Abu Dhabi. She was previously vice principal at the school, and will take over from Jason Jonathan King, who has moved to another role outside of GEMS. Bailey was educated in London at The Royal Masonic School and at the University of Kingston, London, and has 15 years' experience as a senior leader in schools.

Mick Gernon, who was previously the principal and CEO at GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis has been appointed senior vice president - global head of innovation, research and development for GEMS. He is tasked with driving the production of world-class educational institutions by leading and embedding IRD strategies in all GEMS schools globally. He will also continue to serve as CEO for Dubai American Academy.


Taking over from Gernon is Michael Hall, who joins GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis as principal/CEO from September 2017. Hall joins the GEMS network from Bedford Modern School in the UK, where he was headmaster for nearly eight years.

Tammy Murphy joins the GEMS network as the new superintendent at GEMS Dubai American Academy - Nations. With over 30 years' experience in education, she joins GEMS after spending seven years as superintendent of Montecito Union School District, Santa Barbara, CA rated one of the best schools in California. Murphy will oversee DAA's move to the current GEMS Nations Academy campus after the merger of the two schools was announced in April this year.

Nations' founding principal Tom Farquhar retired at the end of the academic year, while DAA superintendent Jim Hardin has also left.

Craig Lamshed is leaving his role as principal at Cambridge International School - Dubai to take on a leadership role at another GEMS school in the GCC.
Lachlan MacKinnon will now serve as principal at Cambridge International School - Dubai. MacKinnon has been with GEMS for four years, most recently as principal and CEO of GEMS Westminster School - Ras Al Khaimah. He holds a Bachelor of Education, Masters of Human Resources in Education and an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability.

Taking over from MacKinnon is Akram Tarik, the new principal and CEO at GEMS Westminster School - Ras Al Khaimah.

And finally, David Ottaviano, principal and CEO at GEMS International School - Al Khail retired in June 2017. Leading the school from September 2017 is Glen Radojkovich. Glen joins the GEMS network from the Canadian International School in Singapore, where he was actively involved in the IB community in the Asia Pacific. He has also been head of school for IB schools in Korea and Auckland.

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