Svarna group team

Meet the Team

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Judith P Finnmore

Academic Director

Judith has been involved in educating young people for the last 40 years in both the public and private sectors, 

She been a a major determinant in transforming the lives of the young people and remains passionate about the need for high-quality inclusive education. Involved in design and implementation of enterprise and active citizenship education programs,. Judith has delivered a number of CPD programs including performance management, enterprise education, teacher training for newly qualified staff, and gifted and talented programs. A senior examiner, school governor and professional mentor for colleagues on Fast Track and Leadership Pathways programs.

A School Improvement Specialist at ADEC, she was involved in advising schools and set up school-based workshops to pass on her expertise. A suite of UAE Social Studies Units based on research and active learning, were given to schools and she was at the forefront in setting up the AD Principals’ Assn to ensure they had a voice and shared best practice. She led the Private Schools Database Project, a system useful to a number of sectors.

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Nand-Lal

Managing Director

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Peter

Peter Gutteridge 

Board Member

Peter began his career in the motor manufacturing industry, applying root-cause analysis techniques to identify where efficiency and productivity improvements could be made. Following this, he joined the education sector.

He holds an M.Ed in Educational Management and Leadership. For more than 20 years, Peter has worked as a school leader and led school improvement projects in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Peter made huge impact with his presence and has helped many schools with their School Improvement Plans by using his knowledge and strength across many areas. As the regional manager of an International School Group for a network of 52 schools, he leaves the group in unrecognizably better shape by using his well-honed leadership techniques, thereby raising standards in the quality of provision. His contributions will always be remembered by those who have worked with him.

Steve Malvish

Steve Malvish

Board Member

Steve Melhuish has been Involved in education for nearly 30 years. He was awarded a degree in biomedical science from Southampton University(UK). 

where he also trained as a teacher before teaching in a variety of schools from large inner-city schools to smaller schools in rural settings. Steve is currently the Head of Science and Computing at a school on the south coast of the United Kingdom. He is also the creator of Fridge Physics. a free educational website resource for teachers and students. Fridge Physics allows students to access and learn physics equations by practicing calculations that they may encounter in physics examinations, and demonstrates physics concepts in everyday settings. More recently, Steve has patented Teacher Fast Feedback, a teaching tool he developed that allows teachers to give feedback to students by linking a mobile dictation app via Bluetooth to a portable printer via Bluetooth. The result is a sticky label that can be fastened on student work. Teacher Fast Feedback has taken the UK teaching community by storm and is allowing teachers to reduce their marking time by at least 75%

Penny

Penny Nakhle

Board Member

Hailing originally from Australia, Penny has had a distinguished career teaching in schools in Australia and in the United Emirates before becoming a School Improvement Consultant based in Al Ain in 2014.

In that time she used her infectious enthusiasm to make a great difference in transforming a number of schools to raise them from ‘Weak’ to at least ‘Satisfactory’. Penny was also a tutor on the Cambridge International Certificate of Teaching and Training. A proponent of active, engaged learning, Penny was integral in ensuring trainees were apprised of necessary strategies for bringing classrooms alive. Since returning to her native Australia, Penny has worked in schools for Queensland Education and is currently a school leader there.

Board Member

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Mr. Mohammed Rashid Khamis Al Mogezwi

Mr. Mohammed Rashid Khamis Al Mogezwi

Board Member

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Awal Khan

Digital Marketing Manager

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