Neil Matthews

Local Advisory Board Member

It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the Principal and CEO of GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail. I joined GEMS Wellington Academy in April 2017 and am thoroughly enjoying working alongside the leadership team to ensure the continued success of the academy.

I moved to Dubai with my wife and two children in 2014 following 20 years as a teacher and Headteacher in Essex. Prior to leaving the UK, I completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and worked as an Executive Headteacher supporting schools for Essex Local Authority. My first post in Dubai was as Head of Primary and GEMS FirstPoint School. As a member of the founding leadership team, I was responsible for establishing the Primary department and shaping the curriculum. In my second year at FirstPoint, I was promoted to the position of Vice-Principal & Deputy CEO.

When I have time, I love taking my jeep out into the desert and exploring the dunes. I enjoy visiting the cinema and trying to play golf! As a family, we love to travel and living in Dubai has opened our eyes to some wonderful countries to explore.

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