Sally Dibb-Holland - Head of Early Years
After working on the New Scientist Magazine and studying at Aston University in Birmingham, Sally went to U.C.E in Birmingham to follow a B.Ed (Hons). She graduated with a first class honours degree and took up her first teaching post at Nansen School in Birmingham in 1982 teaching Years 2 & 4, whilst raising a young family. Sally then moved in 1996 with her husband to Saudi Arabia where she took up the position of Head of Pre-Prep at Jeddah Prep and Grammar School (JPGS) a co-educational day school from 4-16 years. Whilst at JPGS, Sally co-ordinated the Early Years move to a new school building. Their youngest son was born in Jeddah, completing their family of 3. Sally subsequently returned to the U.K. in 2001, becoming Head of Nursery and Deputy Head of Pre-Prep at Taunton School in Somerset, a co-educational day and boarding school from 0-18 years. Following 13 years at Taunton School, in 2013 Sally and her husband moved to Qatar to open the newly expanded West Bay Campus of Doha College Primary as Head of Early Years. Sally arrived at Malvern College Egypt 3 years later as Deputy Head of Primary and founding Head of Early Years now encompassing Year 1. Sally is a passionate exponent of a child centred, holistic approach to Early Years Education, she is an active overseas inspector for the Independent Schools' Inspectorate.
Miriam Sabra - Head of Nursery
Miriam joined the Malvern family when Malvern College Egypt opened in 2016. She is from a little island in Scotland and living away from home has been an invaluable experience - not only did it allow her to work with children and hone her skills, it also catapulted her to new cultural situations and enable her to pursue her passion for teaching multicultural students. She started teaching at British Schools in Egypt in 2012 and she has been in Egypt with her husband ever since! Prior to this, she studied at Heilbronn University and completed a B.A in Business and Marketing. While teaching Early Years, she earned her degree in Education from the University of Sunderland. Aside from teaching, she enjoys culinary arts and the study of natural skincare. She enjoys horse-riding, and has been training from an early age, allowing her to participate in competitions back home.
Claire Driscoll - Head of Reception
Claire has been teaching for 15 years, working across Early Years and Key Stage 1. She began her teaching career in UK teaching in a large primary school. After five years teaching in the UK she took on her first international post at Harrow International School in Bangkok where she taught in Year Two for four years. Claire then moved to Dulwich College, Suzhou (China) where she was part of the Early Years team working in Pre-Nursery. She also ran workshops for parents. Claire then moved with her family to Malaysia where she founded the Early years unit at The International School of Penang (Uplands), a well-established international school in Penang.
After a total of eight years teaching in Asia, Claire moved back to the UK where she taught in a multi academy trust in the outskirts of London as a Reception teacher, also leading Maths across the primary school. She is now looking forward to her third year teaching at the College .
Claire joined Malvern College Egypt in 2016 as part of the Early Years team. She has taught in Reception for the past two years and has taken on the responsibility of Head of Year for Reception this academic year.
Phillip Hunter - Head of Primary School
Phillip Hunter graduated from Canterbury Christ Church College, University of Kent with a joint honours degree in Sport Science and Education. After working in management for the retailer Marks & Spencer, Phillip returned to Canterbury to do his Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Phillip has taught in the UK state sector as well as British independent schools and British international schools. Following a posting as Assistant Headteacher at St Christopher’s School, Bahrain, Phillip returned to the UK where over the last 9 years he has been a headteacher in London, Kent and North Yorkshire before joining Malvern College Egypt in August 2018.
Jonathan Bailey- Assistant Head of Primary School
Jonathan studied Sport Science and Physical Education at the University of Birmingham, also completing his QTS. His first teaching position was at an independent boarding co-educational school, Bromsgrove Preparatory School; he was Head of Geography and Physical Education. He then moved to Cairo and worked at Modern English School from 1999 to 2003. He initially arrived as Head of Sport before moving into the classroom. He moved back to the UK and undertook a role as part of the Senior Leadership Team of Dormer House School, a small independent school in the Cotswolds. After 3 years Jonathan moved to The King’s School, Worcester where he spent 10 years in various roles as Head of Computing (he is a CEOP Ambassador), Senior Teacher and acting Deputy Head. Whilst at The King’s School, Jonathan also completed his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at the University of Gloucestershire and has presented at several educational conferences. He has had his work published in several journals, newspapers and magazines.
Jonathan is keen, and active, in all areas of extra-curricular activities and willingly takes part in all. He is also the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Liaison Officer for the College.
Richard Moore - Head of Secondary School
Richard Moore was educated at Woodbridge School in Suffolk and Brunel University (WLIHE), where he gained a Bachelor of Education. Richard taught at a school in Ealing London for 10 years before moving to a teaching post in Hong Kong for 6 years. Richard returned to work in a school in Marlborough, Wiltshire before taken the post in Cairo Egypt.
Iain Driscoll - Assistant Head Pastoral
Iain Driscoll joined Malvern College Egypt when it first opened its doors in 2016. Having been educated in an international setting himself, he enjoys the challenges that working at both MCE and living in Cairo present. Iain starts this academic year as the Assistant Head of Secondary (Pastoral) and is looking forward to ensuring the students at MCE enjoy their learning at the College. Iain joined MCE from the UK but previous to this, worked in Malaysia, China and Thailand with his wife, Claire, who teaches in Reception.
Jennifer Burnett - Head of Sixth Form
Jennifer went to college in Southampton, England and later graduated from the University of Keele, Staffordshire with a BA in English and Educational Studies. After 3 years of teaching in the UK, Jennifer relocated to Cairo in 2012, where she worked as a Key Stage 3 coordinator in English, later becoming the Head of Sixth Form. As part of her experience with Sixth Form, Jennifer has been on World Challenge expeditions to Sri Lanka, organised local and global work experience and internships, hosted global university fairs and supported students in their University applications around the world.
Nicola Maher - IB Coordinator
Nicola was educated at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she gained a BSc Hons in Biology. She then moved to Japan and taught English in Japanese schools for two years on the JET Programme before returning to the UK with a love of teaching, travelling and Japanese food. She went to Exeter University where she gained her PGCE in Secondary Science (Biology). Teaching in the UK was followed by moving overseas and setting up Science departments in two new schools in Dubai and China. Nicola joined Malvern College in August 2016 and became Head of Science. She is now responsible for overseeing the IB Diploma Accreditation as the IBDP Coordinator.