Ian McNiff

Ian McNiff

Group Director of Schools

Ian McNiff is the Group Director of Schools at Athena Education. Ian has over 35 years of experience working for the government regulating bodies and schools within the Middle East as well as in the United Kingdom. He has been the Director of UK schools as well as one of the largest Catholic school groups in the UK. Ian has also worked in public office in the UK for various ministries, and he brings a vast amount of experience, knowledge, and passion for learning and teaching to the organization and its portfolio schools.

 

Dr. Tim Hughes

Group Director of School Improvement

Dr Tim Hughes is currently the Director of School Improvement at Athena Education, supporting developments across all our schools (English National & American curriculum). Prior to his current role, he was the Chief Education Officer for a group of Schools in Dubai and Sharjah and, before that, the Principal of Al Yasmina Academy in Abu Dhabi (a World’s top 10 benchmarking academy currently rated outstanding) and has been a senior leader in education for over 15 years. In the UK, he co-led a school from acceptable to outstanding, to accreditation as a National Teaching School, to its Investors in People Gold Award, Investors in Careers and to the Department for Education Leading Parent Partnership Award. He is an accredited Teaching and Learning consultant for Professor John Hattie, one of the world’s leading educational researchers, and has supported over 100 educational research projects over the past 20 years.
 
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 and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Member of the Institute of Physics.  He gained a distinction in his teacher training qualification and holds the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). 
 
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 broader skills that children acquire to help them become leading, upstanding global citizens. It is our shared moral duty to ensure that “all children are able to shine and to achieve their goals
 

Dr. Tim Hughes
Dr. Gihan Fradi

Dr. Gihan Fradi

Group Head of Curriculum & Assessment

Dr. Fradi is responsible for coordination and development of academic curriculums across all Athena Schools. Informing schools are meeting graduation requirements as well as conducting internal and external assessments. Ensuring various standards and curriculum are being met such as Grade Level Curriculum standards and the National Agenda Education Requirements. Dr. Fradi has been working within schools for the past ten years. She brings a vast amount of information in regards to curriculum development and assessment.