Chief Learning Officer
ABQ Education Group
Sigve Austheim has, since August 2018, been the Chief Learning Officer at ABQ. His main task is to improve teaching and learning across the group, in collaboration with all academic staff. He is a Qualified Teacher and has Bachelor of Arts degrees in both History and Political Science from the University of Oslo, in addition to an MBA from the University of Wales. He came from the position as Principal of Azerbaijan British College and was previously the Founding Principal of a British school in Spain, as well as a private Norwegian upper secondary school in Oslo. He has over 10 years’ experience as a Principal and more than 15 years of teaching practice.
He is very familiar with Cambridge IGCSE and A-Level as well as other examination boards. Through developing, implementing and supervising comprehensive systems for achieving academic excellence, his previous school ranked among the best international schools for their first IGCSE results (A*-A). By writing comprehensive sets of policies, procedures and guidelines for international schools, he was able to put into effect proper structures, strategy and fitting routines. In his previous schools he has contributed to substantially reducing annual staff turnover by enhancing the working environment. He has successfully hosted several school inspections, including the COBIS Compliance programme, CIS Membership and Accreditation, NABSS and from several LEA’S.
Mr. Jacques Tredoux
ABQ Azzan Bin Qais International School
Jacques has always been passionate about instilling a love for learning in others. He is an experienced and committed educator and leader and has been involved in education for close to 20 years. He grew up in South Africa, and completed a National Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting, after which he joined a pan-African investment and banking group. He started lecturing part-time at a reputable tertiary institution, and was approached by an Independent School in Cape Town during this time. He returned to the classroom full-time to share his passion for learning and experience the daily excitement of seeing students progress. He taught Accounting and Business Studies.
His professional journey and dream to ultimately form part of Management, first lead him to become Boarding House Master, and later Deputy Head Pupil Affairs and Discipline at a co-educational school in Central South Africa. During these years he completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, BEd Honours – Management and Law, as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management. Jacques became Executive Head at a school in the diamond-rich city of Kimberley in South Africa. Under his leadership, the school embarked on a new chapter in its 123-year existence, which included overall improvement, extensive renovations, extraordinary growth and innovation. He is currently busy with his Master’s degree in Business (MBA). Jacques is a dynamic, and motivate leader and is excited to form part of ABQ Azzan Bin Qais International School.
ABQ Sohar International School
Sharl has been involved with education for the best part of 20 years. After completing his education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa, he started his career at a primary school in Cape Town. Having to deal with large class sizes and other socio-economic problems associated with inner city schools at the start of his career, prepared him for his future in the multi-cultural environment of International Education. He accepted an excellent opportunity to further his career in the UK dividing his time between playing cricket and teaching. Teaching in the UK for a number of years exposed him to different teaching methods and viewpoints and planted the seed of international education.
On his return to South Africa, he spent three years in the family business gaining valuable experience on the financial front. The call of the education sector proved too strong however and he returned to teach science at a primary school. He worked his way up through the ranks of teacher followed by Head of Department and then Deputy Principal at a prestigious School in Pretoria.
Sharl joined Sohar International School in 2009. He held the position of Head of Primary at Sohar International School for four years before gaining promotion to Principal. He has been in this position since April 2014.
ABQ Seeb International School
Natalia Ambridge joined ABQ in 2019 having previously held the position of Principal at a British international school in Azerbaijan. Prior to that she was Head of School in the UK. She is a UK qualified teacher, PGCE QTS from the University of Surrey, with over eleven years of leadership experience. She has an MA in East European Studies from UCL SSEES and a joint honours, BA(Hons) in Philosophy and Theology from the University of London.
Natalia’s interest lies in teaching and learning, specifically curriculum development. She feels strongly that teachers play such a fundamental and formative role in a child’s life that it’s important that they are fully invested. One of the main aspects of her role is to enable and support teachers to do just that. To keep abreast of research in neuroplasticity and the science of learning in order to enhance the educational offering at school.
Before she embarked on a teaching career she was a journalist and magazine editor. During her spare time she enjoys art and literature.
Mentorship Program Director
ABQ Education Group
Rayed Darwish – who is a life-long learner, hailing from Melbourne, Australia – has committed himself to ensuring education and learning inspire and empower students to become genuine learners. He has a BA in Australian and Comparative Studies from Griffith University and, after obtaining his CELTA (B Pass), Rayed began working as a Primary School EFL teacher in Doha, Qatar, in 2008. In 2010, Rayed developed
his primary school teaching skills at the Australian International School in Sharjah, UAE.
The following year, Rayed had the opportunity to teach EFL to adults — especially for the Ministry of Defence and the Oil and Gas industry — in Oman. Since 2011, he has taught English and delivered corporate training to various industries throughout the Sultanate. In 2014, Rayed obtained his Master of Education (TESOL) with Distinction from the University Of Wollongong and soon after became an ILM
Certified Train the Trainer.
Rayed joined ABQ Education Group in 2018 and has since worked with its three schools to introduce a unique personalized education platform (Discovering You) to equip today’s learners for tomorrow’s ever-changing educational and economic environments.