For the past 5 years, Rebecca has successfully developed and led the Continuing Professional Development programme for British Schools in the Middle East. Joining the organisation in September 2010, she grew the programme from scratch to become a regionally acknowledged, quality-assured programme, offering over 100 courses a year.
Rebecca trained as a secondary school teacher after graduating from Leeds University. She taught for 9 years, both in the UK and in the UAE before re-qualifying with the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 2001. She enjoyed 9 years working in the world of advertising/marketing and this wide and varied career experience has provided her with an invaluable skill-set for this field.
Rebecca is an Accredited Facilitator for the National College of Teaching and Leadership and also holds the CfBT Education Trust Certificate of Professional Practice in Coaching and Mentoring. Rebecca is a member of the International Professional Development Association.
Rebecca’s passion is singing! She currently sings with the Abu Dhabi Big Band and various other jazz and acoustic bands. She also loves shoes!
Paola has spent the past three years working for the British Schools of the Middle East assisting Rebecca Annand with the running and development of the CPD Programme.
Paola has always worked in education and over the course of her career she has developed a deep understanding of how schools work and how to make their lives easier! Paola has previously worked in a large London HMC school as PA to the Headmaster, organising the day to day running of a busy office and arranging prestigious events. She has also worked in a boarding school in Oxfordshire supporting her husband. “Being married to a Headmaster it was inevitable that my life would revolve around the world of education in some form or another”.
Paola enjoys tennis and The Telegraph cryptic crossword, along with socialising and family life. She also loves shoes!