Meet the Team

Meet the Team


Simon Collins - Principal

Hi I'm Simon.

I am the Principal of the Global Academy and very excited and passionate about its potential to change young peoples lives.

I have taught for many years and before this I was the Deputy Principal of the renowned BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in South London and have been head of ICT at Gravesend Grammar School.  

I have a long and varied background in teaching a variety of technologies including computing and ICT but most recently 3D modelling and animation on vocational qualifications.  I am honoured to be the Principal of The Global Academy and am looking forward to opening in September.

Sam Summerson - Director - Vocational

Hi I'm Sam.

Over the last 13 years I have combined teaching with working in the media industry.  In industry I have worked as a video journalist and documentary editor, working on programmes for the BBC, Sky TV and Channel 4 in addition to making short films for festivals.  

In education I have worked at East Coast Media, South Essex College and the University of the Arts London, teaching students television and film production in addition to developing new curriculum and qualifications.

I’m looking forward to working with more fantastic students at The Global Academy and seeing what exciting jobs they will go on to in the future.

Diane Stahlmann - Director - Pastoral

Hi I'm Diane.

My specialisms are English Literature and Drama and I also have qualifications in teaching SRE, Citizenship, Psychology and Dance. 

I have been a teacher for 19 years, beginning just outside Liverpool, then moving to Brent and then Buckinghamshire. My previous management roles have been as Head of Year, Senior Pupil Progress Manager, Director of English & Associate Assistant Principal. 

I am very excited to be joining The Global Academy team. 

Teaching Staff

Rohail Ahmad - English/Maths Teacher -

Carl Anderson - Science/Electronics Teacher  -    

Vicky Bostock - Head of Media -    

Izzy Fairbairn - Teacher of Media -

Mayrin Hernandez - Spanish Teacher/Administration -    

Lyndsay Idowu - PE/Science Teacher -

Jonathan Jacob - Teacher of Media -

Blaise Johal - Teacher of Media -    

Komal Madar - Teacher of Media -

Mark Pendergast -  Teacher of Media -    

Tanja ten Have - Mathematics Teacher -

Jason Woolcott - Teacher of Media and Music Technology -


Support Staff

Clare Bailey - Attendance Officer -

Jim Carolan - Caretaker -

Kathy Dragon - Administration and Admissions Assistant -

Jonathan Fonseca - Facilities Manager -

Kerri Harrington - Welcome Assistant -

Emma Hayward - Technogoly & Science Support Analyst -

Bibi Kenebai - Finance and Administrative Assistant -

Mandy Lawes - Intervention Coordinator -

Sarah Macbeth - Principal PA -

Simon Phillip - Behaviour Support Specialist -

Luke Shires - Specialist Services Team Leader -

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