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School Leaders

Graeme Scott
Director, Fairgreen International School

Graeme Scott Bio

Serving as the Founding Director of Fairgreen International School, Graeme Scott delivers both knowledge and experience in leading a high performing International Baccalaureate school.

His primary focus as an educational leader combines sustainable and ethical learning with academic achievement. Mr. Scott’s understanding and passion for leading facilities and sustainable learning for 21st century success aligns totally with Fairgreen's mission and promise.

Working hitherto as Deputy Head at the International Bangkok School for six years allowed Mr. Scott to explore and implement a sustainable and challenging programme of learning, ensuring students are equipped to flourish in today’s dynamic global society.

Mr. Scott, is on the Advisory Board of Sea Change Mentoring, a US-based organisation that focuses on wellbeing, advice and mentoring for international high school students. He is a senior associate for EDUCAA (Australia) Education and has been a regular consultant for Fieldwork Education (UK), teaching their International Leadership and Management Program to existing and aspiring senior school leaders.

From 2005 to 2012 Mr. Scott was Principal at the International School of The Hague, in the Netherlands. Whilst there, the school became the first in the world to achieve International Primary Curriculum (IPC) accreditation at the highest possible ‘mastering’ level.

Mr Scott began his teaching career in North East England, working for nine years in a challenging inner-city environment. He has excellent experience already here in the United Arab Emirates, working for three years in a leadership position in Dubai, and working for five years as a senior manager in Hong Kong. He also served as Head of a U.K. state primary school, rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Graeme is originally from the U.K. and has a Bachelor of Education from Sheffield Hallam University, an Advanced Diploma of Educational Management from Leicester University and will soon complete a Masters in Applied Educational Leadership with University College London.

Graeme believes that providing extraordinary standards of care for students will not only result in happier children, but also improved academic performance. He is a strong proponent of sport and the arts in schools and supports the further development of children’s innate curiosity and creativity, ensuring each child is challenged and captivated by learning. Graeme is married to Ali, who is a Learning Support teacher. He has three children; Joe aged 14, Olivia 18 and Nathan 20.



Samantha Fern
Curriculum Coordinator, Fairgreen International School

Samantha Fern Bio

While embracing the technology and architecture of Fairgreen International School and the Sustainable City, Ms. Fern’s unique curriculum will comprehend sustainability in all its three forms of social, environmental and economical. By incorporating 21st century skills and concepts such as collaboration, creative thinking and innovative problem solving, along with a broad range of knowledge across all the disciplines, and by paying deliberate attention to character development, self evaluation and advocacy, Ms. Fern intends to lead the creation of a world-class curriculum able to prepare our students with the compassion, real life skills and intellectual stamina to make a difference in the world.

Formally educated in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, Ms. Fern obtained her Bachelor of Education (Honours) degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury. A true example of international education, Ms. Fern launched her career as an educator in Hong Kong. There she worked for two schools and began her role in curriculum leadership as Science Coordinator with the second. Passionate about curriculum design in general and a particular advocate of the programmes outlined by the International Baccalaureate Organization, Ms. Fern has served as PYP Coordinator in prestigious IB Continuum Schools in Vancouver Canada, Copenhagen Denmark and Panama City Panama.

While working with these schools she was instrumental in founding Stratford Hall and seeing it become the first IB Continuum School in Western Canada, led the Metropolitan School of Panama to become the only IB Continuum School in Central America, and was proud to serve as Deputy Principal in Copenhagen International School, which is credited as one of the five founding schools of the International Baccalaureate programmes. Ms. Fern also served as coordinator in authorized schools in Freeport Bahamas and Como Italy, and with an IB Candidate School in Ticino Switzerland.

Ms. Fern wholeheartedly aligns with the Esol Education mission of life long learning and has participated in multiple professional development activities throughout her career. As participant in IBO workshops and regional conferences, and as an IBO workshop leader Ms. Fern enjoys sharing best practice with her colleagues. With the Principal’s Training Center she was trained for leadership in international education, teaching and curriculum. She has further developed her skill-set by learning about Cognitive Coaching, Differentiation and Inclusivity in schools, Harvard’s Project Zero and Making Thinking Visible, The Reggio Emilia Approach, Effective Teacher Appraisals and Service Learning.



Peter Daly
Chief Education Officer, ESOL Education

Peter Daly Bio

With over 25 years of experience in educational leadership, Peter Daly focuses on school improvement and school effectiveness at Esol Education’s nine international schools, through the areas of professional leadership development, goal-setting, creating positive working environments, improving instruction and student outcomes, developing home-school partnerships, and enabling students to become leader. Mr. Daly is heavily involved in strategy planning, supporting schools through accreditation and inspection processes, as well as supporting the growth of the organization’s current portfolio of schools in the Middle East, East Asia and around the world.

Prior to joining Esol Education in 2012, Mr. Daly completed four years in Korea as the Founding Principal of North London Collegiate School (NLCS) Jeju, a school that achieved the badge of outstanding from Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) from its first year of opening.

Prior to this, Mr. Daly served as the Founding Head of Dubai English Speaking College (DESC), ranked as outstanding by The Dubai Inspection Bureau (DSIB), where he remained for the first six years of its operation. His first post overseas was as Head of St. Christopher’s School in Bahrain, recognized by UK-based The Guardian newspaper as “one of the most outstanding international schools in the world.”

Before he moved overseas, Mr. Daly was Acting Head of Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith London, a Beacon and then Leading Edge school, also made famous in the late 90’s as a choice of school for the daughter of the Prime Minister of the UK.

During his time in the UK, Mr. Daly undertook his Masters of Arts in School Effectiveness and School Improvement at the Institute of Education, University of London. He qualified as an Ofsted inspector in 2002, as well as set up the West London Teacher Training Group as part of the Graduate Teacher Training Program. He also qualified in one of the first cohorts for the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the National College of School Leadership in the UK in 2001.



Bashir Ashi

Business Manager, Fairgreen International School

Bashir Ashi Bio

Bashir, is a highly experienced, multilingual Senior Operations Professional with over 12 years of UAE experience within industries including Government Services, Education, Security and Defense, Hospitality and FMCG, Bashir joined the Fairgreen International School Leadership team as the Business Manager in 2018.

After writing success stories within different fields that he served in, Bashir is returning back into education to spearhead all business, administration, operations and projects whilst acting as the key relationship manager between FIS and all of our exterior partners. In particular, he will be managing all financial reporting, health and safety, food services, procurement, staff well-being, accommodation, soft and hard services, bus transportation and security.

Liaising between the senior leadership team of Esol Education and Fairgreen, Bashir is considered to be the main person to bridge the communication and make sure all operational and strategical planning for the non-instructional aspects of the school are attained in an efficient and swift manner.

Bashir plays a major role in making sure the school is compliant with Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Civil Defense, Dubai Municipality, and KHDA. He has a significant experience in dealing with different government authorities which will add a great value to the school well-being and safeguarding.

Bashir holds a certificate in Economy from Blavatnik School of Government - University of Oxford and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from American University of Technology. He is fluent in three languages; English, Arabic, and French and has incredible health and safety, security and professional body training.