College Leadership Team

Meet the College Leadership Team and Teachers at Brighton College Dubai


Simon Crane

Simon Crane

Head Master


Mr Crane’s experience (seven years working alongside Brighton College in the UK and his role as a highly regarded, qualified lead inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate) has enabled him to identify and harness a wealth of educational best practice - he was instrumental in Brighton College Abu Dhabi achieving the highest possible rating from the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge.  

Prior to 2013, Mr Crane worked in the independent sector in the UK.  As a Brighton College parent as well, Mr Crane fully understands the impact an authentic Brighton College education can have on the pupils and is committed to ensuring that this experience is delivered to every child in his care.


Mrs Sarah Brannon

Mrs. Sarah Brannon

Head of Preparatory School

Sarah has over 27 years of international school leadership experience 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 is the founding Head of Preparatory School at Brighton College Dubai.

Mr Joe Donaghey

Mr. Joe Donaghey

Deputy Head Pastoral

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 achieved ‘Outstanding’ in annual KHDA inspections since its inception.

Joe believes in creating a culture of learning and achievement centred around the individual. With a background in Computer Engineering and over 15 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

Mrs Katy Cooke

Head of Pre-Prep

Katy joined Brighton College Dubai after five years as Head of Reception at Dulwich Prep London in the UK, one of the UKs most prestigious/sought after prep schools, following three 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.


Jane Clewlow

Deputy Head Academic

Jane holds a BA Hons in English Literature from Lancaster University and the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Since 2010, Jane has held the position of Deputy Headteacher – teaching and learning at The East Manchester Academy and has transformed her school into one of the top 40 most improved schools in the UK.

She has worked in education for the best part of 20 years, working in schools in London, Salford, and Manchester. She has undertaken a variety of roles including: Head of English, Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher, and Deputy Headteacher. She has worked across two new start up schools and set up sixth forms in both of them.


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