Board of Governors
Purpose of the Board of Governors
- To ensure that South View School provides students with an outstanding education
- This is not an operational body but a governance mechanism aiming to deliver the school’s mission
- To ensure that SVS’s Senior Leadership Team has set the plans and policies of the school to ensure delivery of the school’s mission
- To engage with stakeholders and champion communication towards the school meeting its objectives
What is involved?
- The Board of Governors will be made up of members with different skills, knowledge, and experience
- The Board of Governors meets as often as its business requires, however, this will be at least once a term
- The business of the school is progressed by the whole Board of Governors working together in the best interests of the school children
The Board Members
Dinesh Kothari is the Chairman of Interstar Education and the Founder and Chairman of Victory Heights Primary School, a highly-regarded sister school to South View. Mr. Kothari is a well-known businessman and philanthropist in this region, with a proven track record of successfully founding and managing schools, both in India and the UAE, since 1998.
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Dinesh is a qualified chartered accountant who has lived and worked in the UAE since 1974. He has extensive experience in the corporate and financial sector and has a range of business interests, including his own financial consulting practice.
Mr. Amit Kothari is a Director of Interstar Education and on the Board of Governors of Victory Heights Primary School, South View’s sister school. Amit is responsible for all new business development, strategy and finance for Interstar Education.
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Amit holds a B.A. (Hons) degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in the U.S., as well as an MBA from the University of Cambridge, in the U.K.
Independent Academic Expert
Sasha is the Founding Principal of Victory Heights Primary School and a well-known and highly-regarded British school leader and educator in Dubai. Prior to joining Victory Heights Primary, Sasha worked in senior leadership positions both in the UK and then, in Egypt, at the Modern English School in Cairo. With a wealth of specialist knowledge and extensive experience, gained over 2 decades of teaching and leadership, Sasha is well-positioned to be a very valuable ‘critical friend’ for South View and support the school on its educational journey.
Sasha has a proven track record as a successful Founding Principal as evidenced by her being awarded Principal of the Year 2017 by the Education Journal Middle East. She is a passionate and very original school leader who takes a personal interest in the professional development of all her staff and has an incredible knack for bringing out the best in all children. Sasha continues to think ‘outside the box’ with her wide range of highly-regarded school initiatives.
Sasha graduated from the University of Chester in the U.K. with a B.Ed (Hons) degree and she gained her NPQH status in 2006. She is currently completing her MSc. in Human Resource Management at Liverpool University.
Head of Secondary, British School Al Khubairat - Secondary Expert
Teresa has worked in international education for 13 years and has been in Abu Dhabi for the past 3 years. She is currently Head of Secondary School at The British School Al Khubairat and has vast experience of both primary and secondary phases of education. As a practitioner, Teresa is passionate about a holistic approach to education and believes in offering a broad and balanced curriculum alongside a rich co-curricular programme.
During Teresa’s time as an international leader, she has supported schools in achieving Outstanding ratings both within the local and British inspection frameworks. She has also been part of inspection teams visiting other schools in the MENA region.
Teresa graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BEd Hons degree, has completed her NPQH and has recently completed a Masters Degree in International Studies in Education at the University of Birmingham.
Teresa is very much looking forward to supporting the leadership and vision for the successful growth of Southview School.
Head of Real Estate, ENBD REIT
Anthony has over ten years’ experience within the institutional real estate market. He was appointed Head of Real Estate in 2018 having previously been Fund Manager, Real Estate at Emirates NBD Asset Management since 2012. He has had a key part in building ENBD REIT’s institutional portfolio and its subsequent listing on the Nasdaq Dubai in March 2017. Prior to Emirates NBD Asset Management, Anthony was an Asset Manager at Public Investment Corporation (South Africa) managers to Africa’s largest government pension fund, and prior to that a Professional Valuer at Old Mutual Properties (South Africa). He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), a registered valuer and holds Bachelor of Science Honours in Property Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
James Didcott is the Governing Board’s teacher representative, and currently a senior teacher at SVS teaching Year 6. James joined SVS from Victory Heights where he started as a founding staff member. Beginning his second career path in the UK, teaching primarily in KS2 classes and carrying out various leadership roles, James moved with his family to Dubai 8 years ago, returning to the country where he grew up. Now with 15 years of teaching experience, James provides valuable insights into both classroom practice and school development.
James graduated from the University of Manchester in the UK with a BA (Hons) degree and gained a PGCE from the University of Brighton.
Mariam Mahmoud El Sherif
Mariam Mahmoud El Sherif is the Governing Board’s parent representative, and currently a parent at South View School. Graduating from Cairo University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary medicine, Mariam worked as a Medical Representative for Novartis in Egypt. With her move to Dubai, Mariam worked as a Science teacher for Al Ansar International School in Sharjah where she taught students from Year 6, 7 & 8. She was also instrumental in pioneering environmental and recycling initiatives amongst other things and worked in coherence with the parent and teacher communities to support continuous learning and development. In her new role as part of the Board of Governors at South View, Mariam hopes to make a valuable contribution towards best practices within the school and nurturing intellectual curiosity for all students.