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

David Flint - Principal

Originally from the UK, David has extensive experience as an educational leader specialising in the UK and IB curricula in Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Malaysia and the UAE. He has worked within, led and developed established schools and start-ups with rolls ranging from 400 to over 3000 pupils in the 3-18 age range.

David has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Staffordshire University (UK) and Master’s degrees in Transportation, IT and Education from the University of Hong Kong. He has enjoyed previous careers in the UK military and transport planning in the Far East.

Dinesh Kothari - Chairman

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.

Dinesh is also the primary shareholder and the Managing Director of the well-known Delhi Private Schools (‘DPS’), which have 2 branches in the UAE – one in Sharjah and the other in Dubai (Discovery Gardens). He is also the owner of another DPS in Jodhpur, India which is a not-for-profit trust, and he manages the operations of all these schools, both in India and the UAE.

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.

Amit Kothari - Director

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.

Amit is a corporate finance specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate treasury, mergers & acquisitions and in private equity. He worked with Abraaj Capital in Dubai for 5 years, and prior to that, with the Holcim group in Zurich, Switzerland for over a decade. In addition to his role as a Director with Interstar Education, Amit has now set up his own strategic consulting practice and advises a range of MNCs on corporate strategy and development.

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.

Sasha Crabb - Independent Academic Expert and Designated Safeguarding Governor


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.


Mariam Mahmoud El Sherif - Parent Representative


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, and 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.


Teresa Woulfe - Secondary Academic Advisor


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 South View School.


Anthony Taylor - Corporate Representative


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 - Teacher Representative

James Didcott is the Governing Board’s teacher representative, and currently a senior teacher at SVS teaching Year 4. 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.

Joanne Wells - Founding Principal


Joanne is a very experienced and incredibly able British educator. Prior to joining South View School, Joanne was the Founding Principal of the British School of Bucharest for 13 years where she developed it from a small primary school of 70 children to a full primary and secondary school of 525+ students.