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Fiona Cottam

Principal - Hartland International School, Dubai

Fiona joined Hartland International School in 2016 after an extremely successful tenure at GEMS Education. Initially joining Jumeirah College as Principal and CEO in 2009, she led the school to “Outstanding” in 2010. Following that, Fiona held a number of senior roles in GEMS including Director of School and Senior Vice President New Schools. Prior to her roles in the UAE, Fiona was the Headteacher of Wilmington Grammar School for Boys in Kent, where she was the first female leader of the school in its history. Fiona joined Hartland in 2016, and under her leadership, Hartland received a “Good” judgement in its first KHDA inspection and is now judged to be a “Very Good” school in the latest inspection. Fiona is a graduate of University College Dublin and majored in Classical Music and English.