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Principal, Reach British School
Dene was appointed as Principal of Reach British School in February 2017. He grew up in Perth, Australia and obtained his teaching degrees from Edith Cowan University, Australia. Prior to his appointment to Reach, he has spent over 30 years working in a wide range of educational settings and brings with him an extensive background in school leadership and school improvement. Dene has worked as a school Principal for many years and has been a school leadership advisor across several GCC countries. Previously, he has also worked in Egypt, KSA, Qatar, Fiji, Canada, Africa and schools across Western Australia. Dene has developed curriculum materials and learning programmes for students located all around the globe, having worked in the specialised field of distance education in Australia. He was on the national executive board of distance learning schools across Australia and has been a guest speaker at their annual conferences. Reach lured him away with the prospect of returning to Abu Dhabi where he previously worked as part of an ADEK school reform and improvement project. Dene’s experience in taking schools from the start- up phase to successful full operational stage are amongst his proudest achievements.
He has a son and a daughter who keep him young and focused on what today’s students need for the future global workforce. He is working hard to find time to add to his list of 56 countries already visited and to reduce his golf handicap on the wonderful golf courses here in Abu Dhabi!
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