Ms. Davina McCarthy, Principal

BA (Hons) English & History of Art (University College London), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Institute of Education, London), Threshold Status UPS1, Middle Leaders Programme (Queens Park Community School, London), Threshold Status UPS2, Advanced Skills Teacher Status (Convent of Jesus and Mary, London), SSAT Lead Practitioner, GISA Coordinator, Chartered Teacher Status (Capital City Academy, London), New Headteachers Programme Cohort D (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, UK), National Professional Qualification for Headship (National College for Leadership, UK)

Davina has over twenty years of experience in education in both Britain and international schools around the world. She was the Head of Primary at an international school in the Middle East and was also the Executive Head for 3 schools undergoing educational reform. She has actively implemented programmes which promote student-centred, personalised and connected learning. She has led many schools in developing curricula that define future directions and implemented significant changes to education structure, processes and beliefs about young people and learning. She has also been an examiner for English and involved in teacher training throughout her career.

She was instrumental in setting up HELP International School and was the Deputy Principal and Head of Primary during HIS’ first year of operation.


Mr Mark Jones, Deputy Principal, Secondary

B.A. (Hons.) Sport Studies & Biomedicine (University of Wolverhampton, UK), Postgraduate Cert. Education, Secondary in Physical Education and Science (De Montfort University, UK), Duke of Edinburgh, Sports Coaching – Instructor and Assessor.

Mark has over 17 years of teaching and leadership experience in the education field, within a wide variety of contrasting environments ranging from state and private schools to international and boarding schools in places like the U.K., Kuwait, Switzerland and New Zealand. He is experienced and trained in Performance Management and is familiar with OFSTED, CIS accreditation and Self-Evaluation Inspections. In schools, he introduced new syllabuses into the curriculum, established a whole school House system, and single-handedly conceptualised, designed and created a school’s website.

Prior to joining HIS, he was the Deputy Principal in an international school in Seychelles. As an instructor and assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE), he has also introduced and led in the DofE award scheme in several schools.

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Ms. Terry Ross, Deputy Principal, Primary 

Terry is an experienced educator with more than 25 years of experience. She is particularly well-versed in the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), and has been involved as part of the IPC accreditation committee in assessing schools. She has conducted training and accreditation visits in many countries including Japan, Indonesia, Egypt and Malaysia, mainly in international schools. Terry has worked as Head of Primary in an international school in Miri and as a Head Teacher at a Primary School in Oman and in Russia. Her previous roles have also included working with company schools for Shell.

Terry holds a PGCE for Professional Studies in Education from the Open University, UK and a BEd in Primary Education from St Andrew’s College of Education, Scotland. Terry is currently working on her master’s degree in Early Childhood Development and holds a Certificate in Educational Leadership from NAHT/ECIS/FIELDWORK EDUCATION (equivalent to the NPQH UK qualification). She has also received a Distinguished Voluntary Service award from Barnados Scotland.

Mr Matthew Marson, Deputy Principal, Curriculum & Innovation

BA (Hons) degree in Business Management (University of Wolverhampton, UK), Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through the Graduate and Registered Teacher programme (University of Wolverhampton, UK), Google Certified Educator. Matthew has worked in a variety of roles in schools in the UK and internationally for over 12 years with the last seven years in senior leadership positions. Matthew’s most recent role before joining HIS was Director of IT and Head of Sixth Form – a whole school strategic role and a pastoral role where he was responsible for the pastoral and academic well-being of students studying A-Level.

Over the course of his career, Matthew has been a driving force for ICT, eLearning and business and enterprise initiatives in the education sector. His vast experience has been essential in his role leading the curriculum and innovation at HIS, in particular our Apple 1:1 iPad programme and leading a team of learning technology coaches, working closely with Apple in South Asia to promote innovative classroom practices.

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Mr Paul Lau, Assistant Principal, Secondary School and A-Levels 

BSc. First Class in Biotechnology (Universiti Sains Malaysia), Cambridge International Certificate for Teaching and Learning (CICTL)

Paul has been a classroom teacher since 1998. He has taught maths, the sciences, global perspectives and enrichment lessons in the Malaysian as well as international curriculums. He is the author of a hands-on experiential learning science manual for primary schools and a proponent for youth leadership in schools and in the community.

He joins our senior leadership team, having previously headed the secondary team as well as leading the whole-school CCA programs at two international schools. Paul has been the driver of many platforms and opportunities for student leadership, gifted and talented programs and various academic and non-academic competitions. He spent the last 8 years in senior management of schools. Mr Paul is currently completing his Cambridge International Diploma for Teaching and Learning (CIDTL).


Ms Ruth Norman-Jones, Assistant Principal, Secondary 

B.A. (Hons) in Sports Studies, Maths and Education (University of Wolverhampton, UK), PGCE in Physical Education and Mathematics (Bath University, UK).

Ruth has over 19 years of experience in the education sector teaching IB and GCSE Mathematics in the U.K, New Zealand, Guernsey, Switzerland, Kuwait and Seychelles. She has a reputation for implementing successful interventions with low-ability Maths students and has increased the school’s passing rates in external Maths exams. Besides teaching Maths, Ruth has also been the Head of House, Boarding House mistress with pastoral welfare responsibilities, and the Head of PE with extensive sports coaching experience. She is a qualified instructor/assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DofE) and was responsible for introducing and implementing the DofE programme in HIS and her last school posting. Prior to this appointment, she was the Key Stage Coordinator for Key Stage 4 at HIS.


Mr Daniel Goldspink, Assistant Principal, Preschool and Primary

B.A. (Hons) in Human Geography (Lancaster University, UK), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (London Southbank University, UK).

Daniel completed a postgraduate certificate in education from London Southbank University and was rated as an ‘outstanding’ teacher under the official body for school inspection in the UK, OFSTED’s assessment criteria. Prior to HIS, Daniel taught at a large south London primary school, where he was both a junior school classroom teacher and a head of year. He is passionate about education and believes strongly in the importance of bespoke resources and lessons levelled to meet each child’s specific and individual needs. Daniel has always enjoyed working with young people. Before embarking on his career proper, he was based in a language college, where he was responsible for weekend excursions, accommodation and welfare of students, and the running of sports events and clubs.


Ms Keilah Lees, Assistant Principal, Primary

B.A. (Hons) Primary Education 5–11, University of West of England, UK

Keilah joined HIS in 2014 after spending several years teaching in the UK and South Africa. While in the UK, being passionate about sports and personal, social and health education, Keilah was a sports and PSHE coordinator, leading the school in training and innovative practise. Keilah is one of HIS pioneer group of teachers involved in the introduction and implementation of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Having been a Primary Homeroom Teacher, Head of Year and the Key Stage Coordinator for Upper Primary at HIS, Keilah has a deep understanding of the Primary curriculum and was a key member that led HIS in being recognised as an IPC Accredited School during a recent accreditation, joining 1% of the IPC schools worldwide to receive such an achievement. Keilah is also instrumental in the professional development of our primary teaching team, providing coaching and mentoring regularly to our international team of teachers.


Ms Evelyn Boey Jeevaraj, Assistant Principal, Professional Learning & Development (for all levels)

B.A. (Hons.) Translation and Interpretation (Universiti Sains Malaysia), M.A. in Linguistic and English Studies (Universiti Sains Malaysia).

Evelyn has 14 years of experience in the field of education, ranging from foundation to tertiary level. Other than having lectured in Communication Skills and English for Specific Purposes at tertiary level, she also participated in events at state and national levels such as being one of the judges for the Oxbridge Malaysia Essay Competition and the Literacy World Competition organised by the Ministry of Education and YTL. Not only Evelyn is a trained and qualified teacher for both IGCSE English as First and Second Language, she is also a certified Cambridge IGCSE Oral English Language Examiner. Before joining HIS, she was a vice principal of an international school in Kuala Lumpur. During her first year at HIS, Evelyn was a Homeroom Teacher and the Teacher Librarian for the school. She was then appointed as the Key Stage 2 coordinator before embarking on her new role as the Exam Officer and Assistant Principal for Primary School.