Governance

The Principal of ASCS has responsibility for the leadership of the school, the strategic direction linked to the aims of the school and governors as well as those of the National agenda and UAE Vision 2021.

The governance structure falls into two parts; Board of Trustees which includes the CEO, DCEO members from BEAM and others invited by the chairman, and the School Board of Governors who represent all stakeholders including parents, community and staff.

Parents and community members are encouraged to be members of the School Governing Body. In their capacity, they can help shape the School’s future direction and ensure a strong connection and sense of community between the School’s leadership and parents.


Tim Hughes (Chair of Governors)

I am currently leading on education across 6 schools (10,000 students) in Dubai and Sharjah, covering both the British (2 schools) and American (4 schools) curriculum and full age range. Our schools are wonderful, ambitious, focused on learning and leadership within a cherished context based on our Islamic faith and values.
Prior to this I was the Principal of Al Yasmina Academy in Abu Dhabi and have been a senior leader in education for over 11 years; having spent time as an Assistant, vice and Co-principal. My first degree is in Chemistry and PhD is in Chemical Physics. My professional qualifications include that of Chartered Scientist, Chartered Chemist and Chartered Physicist. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Member of the Institute of Physics. I gained a distinction in my PGCE (Science) and hold the NPQH: National Professional Qualification for Headship. Before becoming an educator I was a senior research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry where I helped to develop a new chemotherapy medicine for colorectal cancer.

I am passionate about educational research and extremely proud to have led the only school in Abu Dhabi to have worked with Professor John Hattie and his international research group!

My educational philosophy:
Nothing is more important than your education and the role staff and parents play in a child’s learning is pivotal. However learning should not be solely about the grades, but about all those unforgettable experiences we have and the wider skills that are acquired to help us become upstanding citizens.

It is our shared moral duty to ensure no child is left behind! Every child is a precious gift and each one has a unique contribution to make to the world. It is our role to help them make it. Unlocking the potential in every child is not always easy, but we must rise to this challenge to give all our young people the chances in life they need and deserve.


Daspo Yiappos (Vice Chair of Local Governor Board)

I am an experienced international educator with long tenure in facilitating educational reform, teacher supervision, leadership training, professional development, and the successful implementation of the curriculum standards and resources.

My key areas focus include providing support to our BEAM schools in the areas of curriculum, instruction, performance reviews, resources, data assessment and implementation among other areas that promote academic achievement and professional growth and development.

My role also involves supporting the schools in the provision of Rounded Education and school wide instructional strategies. I attend meetings of curriculum, instructions, digital technology across the UAE and the world. I support school leaders, head teachers and department heads and seek to enable children to have a good experience of the learning journey during their time in school.

I research and select textbooks, as well as other educational materials and order or authorize the purchase of supplies. I may also be involved with the research and design of educational materials and instructional methods. I am also mentoring new teachers, teaching workshops or seminars and observing teachers in the classroom and provide constructive feedback based on teacher evaluations.

The work with children is of utmost importance and our schools offer a great opportunity to help children understand something of excellence, leadership, collaboration, creativity, and tolerance to provide a positive value-based education from which they can grow and develop.


Ahmed Obaid AlMansoori (Community Governor)

Founder of: The Strategists Center; Al Mansoori Consultancy; and three historical Museums:

  • Crossroads of Civilizations Museum (CCM),
  • Historical Weapons Museum and
  • Manuscripts, Old Prints and Books Museum

Previous Positions and Duties:-

  • Member of the Federal National Council (FNC), UAE (2011-2015);
  • Member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU/UAE Group)
  • Member of the IPU/UN Cooperation Bureau
  • Member of the International Peace and Security Committee
  • Member of the Economic and Sustainable Development Committee
  • Served in the IPU Governance Council
  • Chairman of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, and Public Facilities (Infrastructure) Committee
  • Chairman of the temporary FNC committee on Political Culture Development
  • Member and Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Planning and Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Member of the Complaints and Appeals Committee
  • President of Dubai Consultancy, Research and Media Centre (2002-2015)
  • Vice Chairman and Director General of the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST) (2006-2012)
  • Founder and DG of "WATANI” (2005-2012)

Economic Department Development (1995- 2001):

  • Head of the Licensing Division
  • Head of the Industrial Development Center
  • Assistant Director of the Planning and Development Department

Participated during the work in the Department of Economic Development in several specialized and voluntary committees and associations as follows:

  • Member of Dubai Shopping Festival Organizing Committee, 2006
  • Head of the Executive Bureau for development of performance at the Department of Economic Development
  • Vice Chairman of the Industrial Lands Distribution Committee, Dubai
  • Member of the National Committee of World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Member of the Licensing Committee for Contractors, Dubai

Communal Activities:

  • Chairman of Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) (2007-2010)
  • Board member of Dubai Media Incorporation (2006-2009)
  • Board member of Mohammed bin Rashid’s Center for Cultural Understanding (1998-2001)
  • In 1996, established the first Cultural Heritage Village at Dubai
  • Served as Vice Chairman of Dubai Quality Group for one year (1999) and member of the Jury Committee for the Dubai Quality Award (1999-2009)

Mohammed Abdulkhalik (Inclusion Governor)

I have been in the field of education for nearly 19 years. A dream of mine since my earliest memories, education and the teaching profession became reality as a career for me. From my first education course, I knew that this is what I was meant to do, since I have studied for four years in a university of education to get my Bachelor’s Degree in education in the year 2000. I have my higher graduate studies(HONS) to have a Professional diploma in teaching specialty in Special Education from year 2000 to 2001. Attending seminars, workshops and continuing Education courses in a special education field (Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia, SMART ®Educational Program for the children with (ASD), SCERTS® the children with (ASD) until I got my Master's Degree IN Special Education Specialized in Autism Spectrum Desired in 2014. I had been nominated by Dubai Autism Center to PRINCESS HAYA AWARD for the best Special Educator in Dubai (PHASE®) in 2015. I have been a Registered Behavior Technician by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board this January 2016. I am currently the head of Inclusion Department, school Senior Leadership Member and school Governors Board Member at the American School of Creative Science - Al Barsha.


Ayah Nofal Kahook (ASCS Guidance Counselor)

Ayah Kahook is the Guidance Counselor at ASCS-Al Barsha. As the governor of the safeguarding sub-committee, my goal is to ensure that our students feel safe at school, protect students from neglect/abuse/harm, and create opportunities to enable our students to have optimum life changes in adulthood. Safeguarding children and young people is of top importance in my work and I am particularly passionate about supporting the emotional wellbeing of our students at ASCS.


Sharianne Crasto (Parent Governor)

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