Matthew Burfield, NPQEL
Senior Vice President - Education
“I began my career in teaching History and Citizenship in a Secondary School in South London over 20 years ago. Since then I spent time advising Head teachers in the UK whilst working for Essex County Council and then moved into international schooling in Athens, Greece 11 years ago. My first headship there was transforming an established school into the best British International School in the area.
I am now the very proud Executive Principal/CEO of the most successful school opening in GEMS history at GEMS Founders School (GFS) in Dubai where I was the Founding Principal in September 2016. It is a vibrant and wonderful learning environment with over 6200 children currently enrolled and a diverse community of over 100 nationalities. Most importantly to me the children at GFS are mindful and happy learners who love coming to school every day.
In 2019, I also became the Founders Brand and School Group Leader overseeing GEMS Metropole School and GEMS Founders School – Al Mizhar. I was appointed as a Vice President – Education in January 2021 and is now leading 7 schools in the UAE with over 21000 children in total. I was also recently appointed as a Senior Vice President – Education.
I have completed the full training for Penta International as a BSO Accreditor and has been a part of several BSO teams around the world, including Kuwait and the UAE. I am now also a fully trained Lead Inspector for BSO inspections working with schools across the world including currently with a school in Bosnia Herzegovina. In addition to this work with Penta and the BSO framework, I work with COBIS as a Lead Improvement Partner for their Patrons Accreditation and Compliance visits here in the Middle East. I feel honoured and privileged for representing BSME schools as a member of the Executive Committee where I hold the portfolio for professional development. I am a great believer in lifelong learning and recently completed my NPQEL which has really supported me in my executive leadership role."