Kevin Stedman has retired from his role as chief education officer of Dubai-based Kings' Education. He will now serve as senior education advisor to the school operator.
Dr Pablo Fetter has been appointed CEO to oversee operations at Kings' three schools in Dubai.
Dr Fetter brings more than two decades of experience to his new role. He was most recently commercial director and head of investments at Gems Global and CEO and board member at Gems Africa at Gems Africa, where he was responsible for expanding the company's international footprint through joint ventures for new projects, and acquisition of existing operations.
Other new appointments at the group include Alan Williamson, who joined as principal of Kings' School Al Barsha in February; Bede Higgins, who was promoted to principal at Kings' School Dubai; and Darren Gala, who will join Kings' School Nad Al Sheba in September.
Speaking to Education Journal Middle East about his retirement, Kevin Stedman said: "This is a bittersweet time for me. Retirement has happened sooner than expected due to ill health. Kings' has been like a growing and developing child that I have seen through its early years and into adolescence."
Stedman first joined Kings School Dubai as founding headteacher in 2003. The school opened in September 2004 with 68 students, and is the only private school in Dubai to be rated "Outstanding" every year since inspections first began.
"Our schools' edict is, 'the best by every child' we achieve this by maintaining our emotional intelligence as an organisation, by remaining uncompromising in terms of the quality and skills of our teachers, support staff and our unique learning environments. We ensure a bespoke education for every child in our care. Our expectations are constantly encouraging them to work just ahead of themselves.
"Today Kings' is poised on the brink of something extremely exciting, under the leadership of Pablo Fetter and a new team of principals at a time that is right for change with a trajectory that will confidently take the learning and successes of Kings' students to even greater heights within the UAE and on the international stage. It has been of great advantage to have had a long handover period working closely with Pablo," Stedman added.