Board of Governors

The DESS Board oversees the management and development of the school in accordance with our Constitution, the best practice of British and international schools and Qatar’s laws and regulations.

The Board works closely with the Senior Leadership Team to propose policy, strategy, improvement plans, use of resources and educational developments.  The Board debates, guides and approves these as well as monitoring, by way of regular reports, the operations of the school, taking a collegial approach to governance to help the school achieve its vision as an international beacon of excellence in education

In addition to elected members of the Board and the  School Principal, we are assisted by the guidance and experience provided by non-voting members including the Business Manager, the Staff Representative and the Parent Council Representative, all of whom add extremely valuable input at each meeting.

The Board has formed a number of Sub-Committees that meet regularly between Board meetings and feed back into the main Board meetings. The Governors and members of the school Senior Leadership Team who form these Sub-Committees have particular skills which enable them to work through complex matters with due care and attention, and present recommendations to the Board.

Please contact the Clerk to the Board of Governors for further information or a copy of our constitution please contact our clerk

Catherine Martinez

Catherine Martinez

Chairperson of the Board, Parent Governor
Katrina Wilson

Katrina Wilson

Vice Chairperson of the Board, Non-Parent Governor
Ali Rana

Ali Rana

Treasurer, Chair of Finance, Parent Governor
HE Hassan Al Thawadi

HE Hassan Al Thawadi

Parent Governor
Mohammed Abu Shaikha

Mohammed Abu Shaikha

Parent Governor
Derek Begley

Derek Begley

Curriculum Committee, Non Parent Governor
Alexandra Burgess

Alexandra Burgess

Parent Council Representative
Basma Elshayyal

Basma Elshayyal

Non-Parent Governor
Michael Gawith

Michael Gawith

Parent Governor
Tanya Kane

Tanya Kane

Chair of Curriculum Committee, Parent Governor
Emily Kelly

Emily Kelly

Non-Parent Governor
Eugene Lim

Eugene Lim

Chair of Premises, Health and Safety Committee, Parent Governor
Kate Ling

Kate Ling

Chair of HR Committee, Non-Parent Governor
Laila Mahran

Laila Mahran

Non-Parent Governor
Ian Mason

Ian Mason

British Embassy Representative
Jennifer Stables

Jennifer Stables

Non-Parent Governor
Simon Whitaker

Simon Whitaker

Chair of Governance Committee, Parent Governor