Anthony Cashin – Principal

Anthony Cashin – Principal

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 – Bursar

Antoine Helou – Bursar

"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 Junior School

Carmella Jodrell – Head of 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.

Andy Parkin – Deputy Head of Junior School

Andy Parkin – Deputy Head of Junior School

“The last three 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 21 years working in education - as a teacher, a middle leader and now 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.

Timothy Hollis – Head of Senior School

Timothy Hollis – Head of Senior School

"Arriving at Kent College Dubai at the beginning of this academic year, I was instantly impressed with the warm welcome and caring nature of the school.
We have an outstanding community; parents, pupils and colleagues who are passionate about, and committed to, aiming for the highest academic and pastoral standards.
It is an honour and pleasure to be leading the Senior School in this next phase of our development, as we set about installing such high standards as the norm, creating a learning culture that promotes curiosity, collaboration and kindness in a rich and vibrant environment.
Great relationships and morals are the underpinning elements of a great school, and with our values; integrity, tolerance and respect at the heart of everything we do, I look forward to seeing our pupils embrace the challenges on offer with enthusiasm and passion.
As a former international athlete, who has been involved in education for over 20 years, I very much believe that excellence is a state of mind, that when instilled, encourages everyone to settle for nothing less than their very best."

Annie Lavelle – Assistant Head of Junior School, Teaching and Learning

Annie Lavelle – Assistant Head of Junior School, Teaching and Learning

"I am proud to be a founding member of staff at Kent College Dubai and look forward to sending my own children to school here when they are old enough. It is a wonderful school filled with passionate and dedicated staff, supportive parents and articulate, thoughtful and happy children."

Annie has spent most of her career teaching internationally having completed the first three years of teaching in the UK where she also carried out her BEd training. Annie has a young family with husband Gerard Lavelle, who also works at Kent College Dubai. In her spare time, Annie enjoys baking, reading and spending time with her family.

Ben Parkes – Deputy Head of Senior School – Key Stages 4 & 5

Ben Parkes – Deputy Head of Senior School – Key Stages 4 & 5

It has been an amazing experience, watching Kent College grow into the thriving and dynamic educational hub it is today. Since the day the school first opened, I have had the privilege of working with fantastic staff and wonderful children. The community spirit and pupil focused fabric of the school make it a fantastic place to work."
Ben has a bachelors degree in Management and Mathematics from the University of Essex and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Suffolk. Throughout his career he has taught in various schools across the U.K., Abu Dhabi and now Dubai. He has completed his NPQSL and is now looking towards a Masters in Education.

Andrew Spencer – Deputy Head of Senior School – Key Stage 3

Andrew Spencer – Deputy Head of Senior School – Key Stage 3

"Working at KCD is a privilege and I am fortunate to work with a team of teachers that are highly skilled and dedicated to improving the academic and social development of their pupils."

Andrew has over 15 years teaching experience working in both the state and independent sector in the UK, mainly as a Leader of Sport Programmes & Head of Faculty for Performing Arts. He has a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science & Education from the University of Worcester and his educational ideals centre around developing global citizens who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, tolerance and growth mindsets.

Andrew loves all sport but especially football, and enjoys reading and travelling in his spare time. 

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