Sir Christopher Stone joined GEMS Education in November 2015.He is responsible for overseeing the quality of teaching, learning and curricula across 86 GEMS schools globally, but before that he had specific responsibility for 49 schools across the UAE, serving 120,000 children and 8000 staff. He is widely recognized as having made outstanding contributions to education in a number of international settings. Prior to joining GEMS Education, he was CEO of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, a multi academy trust in the UK, which he led from 2009-2015.
First appointed as a Principal in the UK in 1995, Sir Chris went on to lead a number of schools. Successive Ofsted reports described his schools as making remarkable progress due to his ‘outstanding and inspiring leadership’. His schools were in the first cohort of Teaching Schools as well as the first of two SCITTs to be created.
In addition to leading schools, Sir Chris has provided leadership, guidance and training for principals and ministers in Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, Finland and Scotland on behalf of the British Council. He has been asked to provide support and guidance to successive UK governments, bringing him into regular contact with several British Prime Ministers.
He was made a National Leader of Education in 2008. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University for his work in Educational leadership and for driving up educational standards in the region and in the summer of 2018 he was awarded another Honorary Doctorate by Liverpool Hope University.
Sir Chris received a knighthood from the Queen in January 2013, in recognition of his outstanding service to education regionally, nationally and internationally.