Governance

The Principal of ISCS has responsibility for the leadership of the school, the strategic direction linked to the aims of the school and governors as well as those of the National Agenda and UAE Vision 2021.

The governance structure falls into two parts; Board of Trustees which includes the CEO, DCEO members from BEAM and others invited by the Chairman, and the School Board of Governors who represent all stakeholders including parents, community and staff.

Parents and community members are encouraged to be members of the School Governing Body. In their capacity, they can help shape the school’s future direction and ensure a strong connection and sense of community between the school’s leadership and parents .

Tim Hughes (Chair of Governors)

...Is currently leading on education across 6 schools (9,000 students) in Dubai and Sharjah, covering both the British (2 schools) and American (4 schools) curriculum and full age range. Beam schools are wonderful, ambitious, focused on learning and leadership within a cherished context based on the Islamic faith and values.

Prior to this he was the Principal of Al Yasmina Academy in Abu Dhabi and have been a senior leader in education for over 11 years; having spent time as an assistant, Vice and Co-principal. His first degree is in Chemistry and PhD is in Chemical Physics. His professional qualifications include that of Chartered Scientist, Chartered Chemist and Chartered Physicist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Member of the Institute of Physics. He gained a distinction in his PGCE (Science) and hold the NPQH: National Professional Qualification for Headship. Before becoming an educator he was a senior research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry where he helped to develop a new chemotherapy medicine for colorectal cancer.

He is passionate about educational research and extremely proud to have led the only school in Abu Dhabi to have worked with Professor John Hattie and his international research group!

His educational philosophy:
Nothing is more important than your education and the role staff and parents play in a child’s learning is pivotal. However learning should not be solely about the grades, but about all those unforgettable experiences we have and the wider skills that are acquired to help us become upstanding citizens.

It is our shared moral duty to ensure no child is left behind! Every child is a precious gift and each one has a unique contribution to make to the world. It is our role to help them make it. Unlocking the potential in every child is not always easy, but we must rise to this challenge to give all our young people the chances in life they need and deserve.


Zaheer Khan (Vice Chair of Governors)

...Zaheer Khan is the Vice Chair of the Governing Board at International School of Creative Science, Nad al Sheba. He is one of the founding members of the Beam Executive Leadership Team and the Chief Financial Officer of Beam and associated Group entities.

He is a passionate believer in the role of education as the primary social development tool in any society. He has been instrumental in setting the strategic development direction of Beam schools to help provide greater access to the unique Creative Science Schools model into newer geographies and to as many students as possible. He is an ardent advocate of leadership development at all levels for improving the quality of education in schools and has keen interest in supporting Special Educational Needs and G&T provision across Beam schools.

He has spent his early career in investment research, corporate finance and venture capital, focusing on investments in renewable energy, before moving into global real estate, technology, and education investments and operations. He is a graduate of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and serves on the Advisory Committee of the UAE Alumni Chapter that actively contributes to the university advancement goals. He is a CFA Charter Holder and Member of the CFA Institute, US.

Zaheer is an avid cyclist, runner, nutrition and peak performance geek. He believes in lifelong learning, especially interested in behavioural psychology and behavioural finance, collecting more books than he can finish at any given point of time. He is a founding member of a Dubai based South Asian language collective called Qissa’ Go, working towards furtherance of native languages through storytelling, theatre and other contemporary media forms.


Prof. Glyn Watson (Community Governor)

...Professor Glyn Watson, Provost, University of Birmingham (Dubai)

The University of Birmingham was the UK’s original ‘red-brick’ civic University and is the first global top 100 university to establish a campus in Dubai. ProfessorWatson is the founding Provost for the Dubai campus. Prior to taking up this role he was Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College for the College of Social Sciences, which has amongst its schools, the School of Education, the School of Social Policy, the School of Government and Society as well as Birmingham Business School. In his time at Birmingham, he has held a number of senior academic leadership roles, including Deputy Head of College, Dean of the Business School, College Director of Education and academic lead for the development of the University’s digital programmes. He started his research career in the area of political economy, looking at the dynamics of European integration. However, since moving to the Business School the focus of his work has switched to management and organisational performance. He was the recipient of a major EPSRC award for research into the relationship between performance measurement and performance management. He has since published widely in the areas of value chains, contracts, incentives, organisational performance and organisational change. He is a life-long educator and is particularly committed to helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds get the most from their educational experience.


Dr. Javaria Ahmed (Parent Governor)

...Dr. Javeria Ahmed is a parent of 3 children attending International School of Creative Science Nad Al Sheba.

Upon graduating from Baqai Medical University (Pakistan); she received four gold medals for the First position (M.B, B.S. Class of 2005)

Dr. Javeria has practiced as a doctor at a leading hospital in Karachi, Pakistan; and later at Baqai Medical University as a Lecturer and Demonstrator (Human Anatomy) for a number of years.

Dr. Javeria actively volunteers in various projects such as leading and facilitating workshops for parents and students with Parent Teacher Association ISCS Nas, Teaching (Children's Weekend Classes at Pakistan Association Dubai, and Aster.

Dr. Javeria aims to support the school as a parent Governor and contribute towards continuously improving the students experience and ensuring all students are supported pastorally and in their academics.


Zaid Zeeshan (Parent Governor)

...Zaid is a parent of three children at ISCS – NAS. Prior to becoming a Governor at the school, he had been actively involved in the Parents Teacher Association (PTA) and also served as a Class Representative for two of his children’s classes during academic year 2017 – 2018.

Zaid is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), from the USA. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. He has over 18 years of experience in auditing, accounting, finance, taxation and inventory management as well as extensive experience in conducting training courses in USA, UAE and Pakistan.

He is currently the CEO of Inclusive Consulting, which is a management consulting company based in UAE. He is also an approved trainer with The Institute of Internal Auditors – UAE Chapter since 2015.

He started his career in USA where he spent more than 6 years specialising in financial auditing and accounting services for schools and colleges. He was associated with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause and Deloitte & Touche in USA.

He has also worked in Pakistan with Engro Corporation, one of the largest private sector conglomerate. He spent 8 years with them in various different roles, which included serving as Head of Finance for consumer goods business and CFO of the commodity trading and rice manufacturing businesses.

Zaid is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.


Nariman Al Awadhi (Parent Governor)

...Nariman Al Awadhi has more than 35 years’ experience working in the UAE Government Ministry of Finance and in the Central Bank of the UAE. She has worked for over 15 years in the UAE private sector in a number of disciplines. Nariman, is active in the community and was the founding member of the UAE Businesswomen Council (BWC) as well as the Founding and Board member for the Women for Sustainable Growth (W4SG) in Sweden.

Nariman holds a Bachelors and Masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown University with a major in International Relations and International Energy and Resources.

Nariman is keen to work with the school and support as the Inclusion Governor, ensuring all students including People of Determination are learning and barriers removed to aid their learning. Many of the school students are Emiratis and Nariman looks to support these students and all students in the best education possible by enriching them with learning and developing key skills they require for their futures to serve the UAE and the Globe..


Sundus Mohammed (Staff Governor)

...Sundus is currently teaching year one and is in her second year at International School of Creative, Nad Al Sheba.

Prior to moving to the UAE she was teaching English Literacy and language in Rome, Italy. She has 5 years of experience working with children of various ages, from a variety of ethnic backgrounds with some who had special educational needs. She graduated from the University of Roehampton in London, England. She taught both the American and British curriculum.

Teaching is her passion and she believes it is just as important to teach children moral values as kindness, integrity, honesty and accountability as well as English, Maths and Science. She enjoys baking and involving the students in this process as there is so much to be learnt from the simple things in life. Moreover, she believes that education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world’s work, and the power to appreciate life.

This school's environment and community are a clear representation of that, I only wish to further assist my wonderful team and students in reaching their full potential.

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