Senior Leadership Team

We are delighted to introduce you to our expert Senior Leadership Team from August 2024

Clemmie Stewart Beech Hall School Riyadh

Clemmie Stewart

Executive Principal

I am an experienced school leader and was Chatsworth Schools’ Director of Learning and Teaching both in the UK and internationally from 2021 until July 2023. In August 2023, I joined Beech Hall School Riyadh as Executive Principal, Beech Hall School Riyadh being Chatsworth Schools’ international division, Blenheim Schools’ first international school.

During my time at Chatsworth Schools, alongside CEO Anita Gleave, I devised The Chatsworth Tapestry, Chatsworth Schools’ unique curriculum overlay that ensures every child develops in six key areas including developing a lifelong learning mindset, being digitally literate and becoming a global citizen. I am committed to research-based innovation in education alongside tested traditional pedagogy and am passionate about developing young people and staff alike.

When not at work, I love to explore Riyadh with my husband Brian, and our dog Crumb!

Chris Parfitt

Chris Parfitt

Head or Seniors

I have been an educator for 17 years and have held middle and senior leadership roles in the UK and internationally, in the Middle East, China and Central Asia. International education has provided me and my family with so many wonderful experiences and opportunities, and I can honestly say that becoming a part of the team at Beech Hall School, Riyadh, is the most exciting of all.

I truly believe in fully inclusive education, championing equal educational opportunities for all students and striving to provide the very best in experiences and outcomes for all students. As someone who comes from a very humble background, I know how transformative education can be, and the difference it can make in people’s lives. I want to ensure that each student at Beech Hall School, Riyadh, will have the very best opportunities and support to achieve the very best that they can.

When not at school, I enjoy running and most sports, both playing and watching, as well as travelling to, and exploring ancient and historical sites, and am very much looking forward to all that Riyadh and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has to offer in these areas.

Sarah Hobby Beech Hall School Riyadh

Sarah Hobby

Head of Primary

I am delighted to be joining Beech Hall School Riyadh as Head of Primary. With over four years’ experience within the Chatsworth group of schools, I have a deep-seated belief in the power of an inclusive and innovative education to transform lives, ensuring that children are not just heard but central in their educational journey. 

I believe it is important to cultivate an environment where each child’s potential is realised and exceeded.  Alongside the Beech Hall School Riyadh team, I look forward to guiding the pupils towards their aspirations, whilst nurturing their curiosity, courage and passion along the way.

My husband and I will be relocating to Riyadh over the summer and drawing upon our previous experience of setting up a thriving school in Malaysia. I eagerly anticipate getting to know the amazing community of children, staff and parents at Beech Hall School.

Dr. Reham Elshamy

Dr. Reham Elshamy

Deputy Head

I am mom of three amazing children, a dedicated and passionate educator and a visionary leader with a wealth of expertise in teaching and leading different curricula including American Curriculum (NGSS), International Baccalaureate (IB), International Curriculum (ICA), and the British Curriculum (IGCSE). Being a lead member of the Accreditation Team in different schools has enriched my experience in leading the success journey in my school.

Beyond the classroom, I am a committed advocate for sustainability, integrating environmental awareness into my teaching practices and encouraging all school community to become responsible global citizens. My dream is to take part in leading a positive change towards sustainability in the Middle East.

Throughout my career, I’ve accomplished several achievements that I’m thoroughly proud of including winning the Pearson Best Science Teaching Team in Saudi Arabia Award in the year 2019.

When I am not working, I enjoy reading, swimming, cooking, and historical tourism!

I am absolutely thrilled and deeply honored that I have been appointed as the Deputy Head Teacher.

Faiza Mubeen

Faiza Mubeen

Director of Inclusion

Faiza Mubeen is a dynamic professional with a profound passion for inclusion and educational excellence, boasting over a decade of expertise in pastoral care and inclusion, currently serving as the Inclusion Director. With an illustrious academic background including an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Maryland, a Master’s Degree in International Education Management from Pädagogische Hochschule, Ludwigsburg, Germany, and a Post Graduate degree in Mass Communication & Social Sciences, Faiza specializes in inclusive education provision, career counseling, and social-emotional development.

Having made significant contributions to schools across the Middle East region, including Dubai, Al Ain, and Kuwait, Faiza is renowned for her unwavering dedication, meticulous organization, and genuine commitment to fostering inspiring relationships with students, teachers, and parents. As the Founding Director and Head of Inclusion, Faiza is deeply devoted to dismantling participation barriers and championing the inclusion of differently-abled children, harnessing their boundless determination for success.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Faiza finds immense fulfillment in nurturing a culture of inclusion and educational excellence. She is supported by her loving family, including her husband and their son, who is currently in grade 7attending Beech Hall School Riyadh. Together, they share a commitment to fostering a supportive and nurturing environment both at home and in the broader community. In her leisure time, Faiza enjoys indulging her passions for writing, literature, research, and poetry, while also cherishing precious moments spent with her family.

Almira Sirbayeva

Almira Sirbayeva

Head of Marketing and Admissions

With over a decade of experience in the dynamic field of marketing, I found my true passion in education, where I thrive as a lifelong learner alongside young, bright minds. My journey has taken me through diverse roles in cross-functional teams, both locally and internationally, encompassing everything from project management and team leadership to crafting innovative marketing strategies.

As the Head of Marketing and Admissions, I am proudly at the helm, combining my passion for education with my marketing expertise. My foray into the education realm unveiled a profound realisation of the importance of sharing knowledge with the next generation.

As a proud member of the TechnoWomen community in Kazakhstan, my background in the IT industry has enabled me to forge connections with remarkable women dedicated to enhancing our community. In my endeavour to cultivate a brighter future for girls, I facilitated TechnoGirls sessions, offering insights into the realm of marketing and guiding them in charting their career paths.

Outside of work, you will often find me honing my kickboxing skills and delving into literature on wellness, with a particular focus on the fascinating realm of neuroplasticity. 

Cynthia Chancellor

Cynthia Chancellor

Business Manager

I pursued my passion for numbers by obtaining a master’s degree in finance and accounting. Working in both profit and non-profit organisations has enabled me to gain an in-depth understanding and knowledge of Finance and Business operations.

My careers’ start as a teacher in a higher educational institute has allowed me to be conscious of both the administrative and academic sides that make up educational institutions. With the last twenty years of my professional journey being focused on finance within the educational sector, I have taken the role as the Head of Finance for the British International School of Riyadh, where I effectively contributed to its significant growth and development. My motivations have led me to Beech Hall International School, which is currently at an exciting and unique moment of development, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to mould and establish the financial and operational element of the school. Moreover, I find myself fortunate to immerse myself into the bright and growing community made up of the staff, students, and parents of Beech Hall.

Having worked in various countries such as: India, New Zealand, UAE and Saudi Arabia, I have grown to understand the significance of cultural values and the importance of a diverse community which is vital for the development of children.

I am blessed with a supportive husband and two grown-up children. I enjoy spending lots of quality time with them and believe in striking a healthy balance between work and family.

Abla Nablusi

Abla Nabulsi

Interim Director

Abla Nabulsi is the Interim Director at Beech Hall Riyadh. She has over 28 years of successful teaching and leadership experience; Abla has held various roles including GCSE teacher, Homeroom Teacher, Head of Department, Kindergarten Principal, and Assistant Principal.

Abla Nabulsi has a Bachelor’s degree in Languages from Jordan University, International Professional Certificate in Educational Leadership Level 7 (iPGCertEL) / Liverpool University, CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services and Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education- Melbourne University, Australia.

Abla’s qualifications and experiences have helped her to co-found five schools, and has helped in raising standards in many departments leading to recognized successes within the community. Abla has always believed that students are all born intelligent and learn from the world around them accordingly. Students learn best when the learning environment is designed to meet the developmental needs of each student and one that encourages exploration, creativity and independence. The role of the educator is to design the environment that provokes an understanding of new concepts and to interact with students in ways that develop language, thinking skills and a love of nature. She believes that instilling the student’s first language is a priority that ensures that students are able to develop their mother tongue and learn any other languages at the same time.

Examples of relevant work

  • Co-founded three schools
  • Familiar with British, American and Australian Curriculum
  • Worked in different areas within the Educational Sector, as subject teacher, homeroom teacher, Head of Department, Kindergarten Principal, and Assistant Principal.
  • Taught in three different regions: Jordan, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
  • Bilingual leader, fluent in Arabic and English, IE