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At the heart of leadership is a desire to serve and a dedication to helping others become great.

Sunmarke’s biggest strength is its passionate senior leadership team and faculty of teachers whose world-class experience in teaching, learning and administration has led the institution to be rated as one of the best schools in Dubai.

Our educators are commited to building character, wellbeing and values in a child, along with ensuring academic excellence with a strong belief in  Sunmarke’s disruptively innovative approach to education.

The school is guided by a Board of Governors comprising teachers, senior leaders, and a Parents’ Body who bring their rich professional experience, insight and advice to building one of the foremost British curriculum schools in Dubai.

Sunmarke is further nurtured by a Board of Directors with over four decades of experience in school management. The Board supports the school’s growth by onboarding world-class senior leaders and teachers, and investing in up-to-date educational practices and facilities.

Our educators hail from top-ranked universities in the UK. The executive principal, Dr. Neil Hopkin, is a globally renowned Principal and thought leader in education. Our senior leaders are nationally recognised education practitioners in the UK and our teachers have been associated with leading schools in the UK and elsewhere in the world.


Dr Neil Hopkin, FRSA

Director of Education of Fortes Education

Nicholas Rickford

Mr Nicholas Rickford



Mr. Tariq Bell

Head of Secondary


Miss Andrea Higgins

Head of Primary

Linzi hammond

Mrs. Linzi Hammond

Head of EYFS

Mrs. Tracey Bishop

Mrs. Tracey Bishop

Deputy Head - Secondary


Miss Claire Young

Deputy Head - Secondary


Miss Annie Griffth

Deputy Head - Primary


Mrs. Assile Al-Amili

Deputy Head & Strategic Advisor


Miss Fiona McConnon

Deputy Head - Global Languages

Mr. Richard Bishop

Mr. Richard Bishop

Assistant Head - Secondary


Mr. Thomas Housham

Assistant Head - Secondary/IBDP Coordinator

Mrs. Jodie Lambourn

Mrs. Jodie Lambourn

Assistant Head - Secondary


Miss Gemma Munro

Assistant Head - Primary


Mr. Henry Craig

Assistant Head - Primary


Dr. Kayleigh Sumner

Assistant Head - Positive Education & WellBeing


Mrs. Shakuntala Mankani

Founder, Fortes Education


Mrs. Veena Vaswani


Sanjay Mankani

Sanjay Mankani

Chairman & Managing Director Fortes Education


Ajay Mankani

Vice Chair & Executive Director Fortes Education


Mrs. Katrina Mankani

Divisional Head & Managing Director Sunmarke School; Director of Positive Education & Innovation of Fortes Education; & Managing Director Jumeirah International Nurseries


Mrs. Devika Mankani

Divisional Head & Managing Director Regent International School & Chief Positive Psychologist of Fortes Education


Mrs. Sadia Chaudry Fareed

Assistant Head - EYFS


Mrs. Faye Wright

Assistant Head - EYFS


Ms. Jayne West

Assistant Head - Inclusion

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