Miss VANESSA WHAY B.ED HONS. CANTAB
Miss Whay has been teaching for over 25 years and has been a Principal for the last 14 years in Spain, Panama and now in Doha. Durham School for Girls is the second school she has set up as Founding Principal and she has an in-depth knowledge of leading British schools abroad. She is an ISI Inspector and has worked closely with Educational Ministries developing curriculum and working on think-tanks to improve educational standards.
Mrs EMMA-LOUISE CATHRAE
PRIMARY HEAD TEACHER
Mrs Cathrae is the Head of the Primary School at DSGD and has been a Senior Leader in the UK, the Middle East and Africa for the last 5 years. Emma-Louise was born in Durham and has strong ties to Durham School UK. She is a curriculum and assessment specialist and leads the Primary team and supports the Principal.
Ms SAMANTHA WHAY-JENKINS MBE
ADMISSIONS & MARKETING DIRECTOR
Samantha has been working in Education for almost 30 years in a variety of roles from an EFL teacher, Manager of a Corporate Training Department, Master Trainer and running her own Training Company. She was involved in setting up a school in Panama, where she lived for 7 years, and was awarded an MBE from HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2018 for services to Education and the Promotion of British Business. Samantha oversees Administration, Marketing and Admissions.
Ms EILEEN CATHRAE
HEAD OF ADMISSIONS AND MARKETING
Ms Cathrae joins us from Durham School UK, where she worked as part of the Senior Management Team as Director of Admissions and Marketing. Eileen has been in Marketing, Customer Service and Business Administration for over 30 years in private healthcare and Education, she brings a wealth of knowledge and skills in those areas. Before joining Durham School UK, Ms Cathrae worked and lived in Germany, Cyprus, and the Middle East.
Mrs. SHILJI HARIS
Shilji has been working in Qatar for past 12 years and is having 22 years of experience in various IT roles including Head of faculty in Academics and Head of IT Support with Oil & Gas Sector in Qatar. Shilji manages the overall IT Infrastructure and IT services at Durham School Doha.
Mrs. MAYA SAAD
HR and STUDENT SERVICES
Maya has over 15 years’ experience in Administration and Finance in various roles. Maya has over 10 years’ experience here in Qatar working in Administration for Educational Institutions in both the Public and Private sectors. Maya leads on HR issues and coordinates with Finance and Student Services for DSGD.
Mrs. YASMIN ABEDIN
P.A. to the Principal
Yasmin has been working for over 3 years in Universities and Schools and currently works as the Personal Assistant for Miss Whay, the Principal of Durham School for Girls.
Mrs. NADEEN ABOEITA
Nadeen has been working in areas of customer service for 5 years and loves working with people. She has worked in Admissions for schools in Qatar for over 3 years and now is involved in all matters regarding Student Services in Durham and liaising with the MoE.
Mrs. ZHOR TAGHZOUT
Zhor has been working in Finance for over 12 years and in Qatar for 9 years in both business and educational environments. In DSGD, Zhor works in our Finance Department managing accounting for the school.
Mrs. SOPHIA SALDANHA
Sophia has been working in IT Support for the past 6 years. She has been working in UAE for 3 years before moving to Qatar last year. Sophia provides technical support for all IT systems and technology facilities at Durham School.
Mrs. DINA ELKHAMISY
Dina has worked in Qatar for over 5 years in customer service and sales in hospitality and in business always dealing directly with clients. Dina is the receptionist at DSGD and coordinates communication between Parents and all Admin and Academic teams.
Mr. AFLAL HUSSAIN
Aflal has been working for over 6 years in Finance with important Consulting firms and in Hospitality. Aflal joined DSGD at its inception and set up, and works as an Accountant managing school finances.
Mr. ALAWI MOHAMED
Alawi works in all matters pertaining to relationships with Public Institutions for DSGD and its employees.