College Leadership Team

Meet the College Leadership Team and Teachers at Brighton College Dubai


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.

Barry Cooper

Mr. Barry Cooper

Deputy Head Academic

Originally from Kent, Barry attended University in Scotland and spent 10 years of his career in Edinburgh before moving with his wife Hilary overseas. He has over 19 years of teaching experience and joined Brighton College Dubai after three years at Wellington College Shanghai, following a successful career at leading British boarding schools Loretto and Epsom College.

Barry has a breadth and depth 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.

Mr Joe Donaghey

Mr. Joe Donaghey

Assistant Head (Lower School)

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.

Mr Edward Mc Guigan

Mr Edward Mc Guigan

Deputy Head of Prep School

Eddie is originally from Co. Tyrone, Ireland and lives in Dubai with his wife and two young children. Eddie brings 15 years of UK curriculum school experience having taught in Kent the majority of his career. He has held every leadership position available in primary schools including Acting Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. He holds a BEd (Hons) Degree from St. Mary’s University College Belfast and the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) from the National College for Teaching and Leadership in the UK. He is also an accredited Apple Teacher.

After moving to Dubai, Eddie held the position of Assistant Head of Primary in a large Emirati school and has experienced two successful KHDA reports where the key area he led – assessment – was graded as ‘Outstanding’.

Mrs Naz Denning

Mrs Naz Denning

Head of Special Educational Needs

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