Gems takes on Eton headmaster as chief education officer

Tony Little will take up his new role next September.

Gems Education has hired the headmaster of Eton College as its new chief education officer.

The job covers Europe, the US and Africa, Gems said . He is set to take up his new role next September.

“In this newly created role, Tony Little will ensure educational excellence throughout the Gems network of globally connected schools, with a particular focus on achieving high- quality boarding education,” Gems said.

Burgeoning population growth and an influx of expatriate professionals following the global financial crisis has spurred demand for new schools and increased hiring competition between operators such as Gems Education and Sabis, which runs 59 schools in 17 countries.

Gems, which runs more than 50 schools in 19 countries, has recruited 1,600 teachers in the UAE alone over the past year and 1,900 globally.

Demand for high-quality educational brands has attracted UK schools such as Repton and Cranleigh to open schools in the UAE.

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Published: November 18, 2014 04:00 AM

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