IPSEF Speakers

Fiona Cottam

Principal and Chief Academic Officer, Hartland International School

Fiona joined Hartland after an extremely successful tenure at GEMS Education. Initially joining Jumeirah College as Principal and CEO in 2009, she led the school to “Outstanding” KHDA status in 2010. In 2013, Fiona moved into the role of Director of International Schools GEMS Education. In that role, she oversaw the day-to-day work of and line managed the Principals of the 23 International curriculum schools in the region. These included schools delivering the National Curriculum for England, IB curriculum and American curriculum schools. In 2015 she became Senior Vice President of the New Schools Team at GEMS. Prior to her roles within GEMS, Fiona was the Head Teacher of Wilmington Grammar School for Boys in Kent, where she was the first female leader of the school in its history.