College Leadership Team
Meet the College Leadership Team and Teachers at Brighton College Dubai
Mr. Marco Longmore
Marco is the Founding Head Master of Brighton College Dubai. Marco is 49 years old and for the past nine years has been Rector of the Edinburgh Academy, one of Scotland’s leading HMC schools. He is married to Karen and they have two children. A Scot, Marco read History at Edinburgh before beginning his teaching career in 1991 at George Heriot’s School, becoming Head of History at George Watson’s College in 1998.
His next move was south, as Senior Deputy Head at Alleyn’s School in London, before returning to the Scottish capital in 2008 to lead the Academy. During the period of his headship, The Edinburgh Academy has grown to become one of Scotland’s most successful co-educational schools.
Mrs. Sarah Brannon
Sarah brings 25 years of international school leadership experience to her role which spans highly successful stints in British curriculum schools in Germany, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
Sarah has a Masters in Applied Educational Leadership and Management and the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the UK. She has a deep interest in the education of young people and will be drawing on her recent experience of being involved in the start-up development and leadership of a state-of-the-art Early Childhood Centre.
Mr. Barry Cooper
Barry is from Edinburgh, UK and is married with one child. He has over 17 years of teaching experience and comes to Dubai after three years at Wellington College Shanghai, following a successful career at leading British boarding schools Loretto and Epsom College.
He brings a breadth of experience in senior roles, including Director of Studies, Director of Marketing and Admissions, Housemaster and Head of Department. He is a History specialist and has also taught English, Politics, Classics and Philosophy.
Mrs. Clare Leask
Clare is from Cumbria UK, is married to Simon Leask (Preparatory School Class Teacher) and they have two children. Clare has been a teacher for over 14 years and has extensive experience leading teams both in the UK and internationally. Starting her teaching career in South East London, she spent five years in an outstanding school. From there, Clare moved to the British School Jakarta, Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok, and most recently has been part of the start-up team at Brighton College Bangkok.
Mr. Joe Donaghey
Joe originates from Donegal, Ireland and lives in Dubai with his wife. He brings a wealth of professional experience in Dubai to Brighton College, having moved here in 2010. He has worked as a senior leader in a local school that has achieved ‘Outstanding’ in annual KHDA inspections since its inception.
Having previously gone through the process of opening a new school in Dubai previously, Joe is excited about the process of creating a culture of learning and achievement centred around the individual. With a background in Computer Engineering and over 13 years teaching experience, Joe has a keen interest in fully utilising technology in order to enable creativity and facilitate innovation and critical thinking.
Mrs Katy Cooke
Katy joins Brighton College Dubai after 5 years as Head of Reception at Dulwich Prep London in the UK, one of the UKs most prestigious/sought after prep schools, following 3 years of working for the NGO Jay Pritzker Academy in Cambodia where she helped to set up and run a pre-kindergarten of two classes for children whom education previously had been inaccessible.
Katy was educated at Birmingham City University, gaining a First Class Honours degree in Primary Education with QTS. She is a passionate and nurturing educator with a great deal of knowledge about the UK prep school system.