Anthony Cashin

Anthony Cashin

Principal KCD

As an experienced and dynamic Principal in the international school sector Anthony has spent the past thirty years completing several high-level projects in the Middle East and South East Asia. His experience extends not only to school leadership but finance and relationship management. He completed his teaching qualification and MBA in his original home of Australia.

“It is an honour to lead Kent College at this stage of its development. My wife Rachel and I have worked in leading international schools across six countries for the past twenty-two years, the past ten of which have been in the Gulf region. We have been blessed to raise our own three children internationally and educate them such culturally diverse schools as KCD." An international rugby coach with a love of both the Music and Arts.

Antoine Helou

Antoine Helou

Bursar KCD

"To be part of a prestigious school like Kent College Dubai is a great honour for me. I love working with an enthusiastic team ensuring the full and harmonious development of children and young people, so they can evolve academically, emotionally and socially.”

Antoine Helou was General secretary of the French Institutes of Lebanon and worked there for 22 years with responsibilities in administrative, budgetary and human resources management. He holds a degree from the Nancy II University Institute of Technology in Business and Administration Management, and a Diploma in Banking Studies from Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

Antoine is married with two sons and enjoys photography and hiking in his spare time.

Carmella Jodrell – Head of KCD Junior School

Carmella Jodrell – Head of KCD Junior School

“If the last 2 years are anything to go by, we're in for another great year ahead at KCD. For those of you wondering what kind of a school we are, I would say with absolute confidence that we are the kind of school that puts children first. We have quality teachers who put a great deal of creativity, energy and thought into their teaching to ensure that your children make outstanding progress at school. Our children are very happy, confident and articulate; they are our best ambassadors - please come see for yourselves!"

Carmella has spent most of her career working in international education. Her first five years of teaching were in London, where she also carried out her BEd training, and she is now completing a Doctorate in Education at Bath University in the UK.

She has two children who have both moved with her to Dubai, and she enjoys sports, gardening, reading and sewing, as well as the arts and music.

Chris Starling – Vice-Principal (Pastoral), KCD Senior School

Chris Starling – Vice-Principal (Pastoral), KCD Senior School

"It has been an incredible experience watching Kent College Dubai grow from a brand new school to a flourishing school in just two years. I am fortunate to work with some of the best teachers in the world and nurture some amazing pupils."

Chris grew up in Hong Kong before moving to England where he obtained a B.Ed (Hons). He has completed his first year of study for a Masters in Education and is completing his NPQH. He has been teaching for the past 24 year, 12 of those internationally. Chris is married with two children and enjoys watching and playing a number of sports, although his passions are rugby and cricket. His spare time is spent cooking, reading, travelling and spending time with his family.

Seema Desai – Vice-Principal (Academic), KCD Senior School

Seema Desai – Vice-Principal (Academic), KCD Senior School

“Working in education is a privilege and I am proud to be part of the amazing team at Kent College Dubai." Seema has been in Dubai for over 10 years and grew up in various parts of the world including Oman, the UK, Dubai and Sri Lanka. After completing her undergraduate degree and PhD in the UK, she worked in academia before completing a PGCE in Secondary Science (Chemistry) at the University of Exeter. Her teaching career has spanned 15 years and she has taught in schools in the UK, Australia and Dubai. Seema enjoys travelling, cooking and reading.

Andy Parkin – Deputy Head, KCD Junior School

Andy Parkin – Deputy Head, KCD Junior School

“The last two years have gone by in a blur. KCD has grown not only in numbers, but also as an incredible place to work. I'm proud to be one of the founding members of staff at such a prestigious school here in Dubai.”

Andrew has had over 20 years working in education - as a teacher, a middle leader and most recently as a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Kent College. Andrew's teaching career has seen him work in the UK, Qatar and Thailand. He has a BSc in Computers and Psychology from Plymouth University and a teaching qualification in Educational Psychology from Leicester University.
Andrew is married to Louise, who has a Doctorate in Chemistry and is also working at Kent College Dubai, they have two children who both attend Kent College. In his spare time Andrew enjoys all aspects of sport – he is a keen runner and cyclist. He also enjoys cooking, traveling, reading and spending time with his family.