Senior Leadership Team

David Flint


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.

Steven Simmonds

Assistant Head and Director of Sport

Steve has a strong background in physical education; is an executive committee member of the Dubai Affiliated School Sports Association which includes running various inter-school sports across Dubai. Steve’s drive and passion centres around a creating a competitive, yet inclusive PE and swimming curriculum, where students have a chance to learn new skills and showcase their talents. Using his classroom experience, Steve’s role as Assistant Head allows him, as part of the senior management team, to build South View’s reputation across Dubai and ensure high standards are achieved across all matters of school life, like teaching and learning, enrichment and pastoral care.

Samuel Holiday

Head of Primary

Sam is an established Head of Primary with seven years of Senior Leadership in the UAE, reflected by his National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and a strong track record in purposeful Curriculum, Learning and Teaching strategies and Assessment. He has a strong background in modern education, consulting on a unique global professional learning platform for children and leading professional development clusters across Dubai.

Laura Stokes

Head of Inclusion

Laura is an established leader of Inclusion with a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs and a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership. Laura previously established the Inclusion Department in a British school in Dubai and is using her knowledge and experience to build an inclusive ethos at South View School.

Mala Najafi

Operations Manager

Mala is a highly experienced administrator having spent the last 20 years working in both the UK and the UAE filling leadership roles in Management, Administration, Procurement, HR and Customer Services.  Her industry experiences span a variety of sectors with her latterly specialising in education. As South View’s Operations Manager, Mala fills a key leadership role in supporting the learning team and our pupils.

Nidhi Dahiya

HR Manager and Health & Safety Officer

Nidhi has long experience in HR and Technology management in the education sector with her role including a variety of independent units across the UAE. An experienced leader, Nidhi works closely with both admin and educational teams in ensuring that all are well resourced through recruitment of quality staff,  welfare support and continuous professional development.