Donat grew up in Northern Ireland and after graduating from university with a degree in education, moved to Gran Canaria. Teaching infants in a British school grounded his experience and desire to work with young people, and he went on to found a British International School in 1989 with his wife Mary. They have 3 children, all born in Gran Canaria, and has recently become a proud grandfather, twice over.
In 2004 Donat obtained an MBA in Educational Management and in 2006 he became involved with the Executive Committee of NABSS. Between 2010 and 2015 he was the President of the Association.
The National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS) represents the interests of more than 60 British Schools in Spain, providing a full inspection system, coordinating professional development and promoting cooperation and communication between the schools. 40,000 students are educated in British schools in Spain.
In the 2016 New Year’s Honours list, Donat was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for “services to British education in Spain”.
When not spending time with his family, Donat likes water sports and enjoys walking, swimming and cycling.
- Qualification: B.A. (Hons), MBA (Ed. Man.)
- Post: Principal
Mary grew up in Northern Ireland and after graduating from University of Ulster, In 1986 she moved with her husband to Gran Canaria in Spain.
She taught secondary students in a British school on the island and then moved to teaching infants at the school she founded with her husband in 1989.
Further studies with the Open University and Leicester University led to a move out of the classroom and Mary now has responsibility for the administration at Oakley and ensuring effective communication among the school community. Since 1989 Oakley College has grown to accommodate students between 2 and 18 years of age, offering IGCSE and A-levels.
Mary and Donat, have 3 children and are proud grandparents of two.
- Qualification: B.Sc (Hons), D. Man.
- Post: Director
Terry joined Oakley College in 2014, he was born and raised in Yorkshire in the North of England. He studied at The University of Wolverhampton (UK) and Akron University (USA).
In between his studies Terry worked as a plasterer, fork lift truck driver and lifeguard before finally graduating from the University of Leeds as a teacher in 1995.
From 1995 to 2009 Terry worked in and around the city of Bradford as a teacher of English and History. He was also a Year Head and worked within a behaviour management unit; whilst also attending Huddersfield University part time, working on a second degree.
In 2009 he moved to Zanzibar, off the east coast of Africa and worked for 5 years at the International School of Zanzibar.
Outside of school Terry enjoys swimming, cycling and music.
- Qualification: BA (Hon) Humanities, PGCE
- Post: Head of Secondary
Gavin joined Oakley College in 2020. He was born in Yorkshire and moved to Scotland when he was three years old until the age of eighteen. After spending some time in Australia, he then returned to the United Kingdom and studied at the University of Brighton.
Upon completion of his undergraduate, he moved to South Korea where he taught English as a foreign language for five years before moving to London to complete his post graduate in education at London Metropolitan University.
Gavin taught in London for ten years before moving to Madrid and worked for the Kings Group for 3 years in a leadership capacity.
At home, Gavin enjoys spending time with his dog, reading and painting.
- Qualification: BA (Hons) History of Decorative Arts, PGCE
- Post: Head of Primary
Marta joined Oakley College in 2014. She was born and raised in Gran Canaria and moved to Brighton to complete her University studies, completing an honours degree in Applied Psychology and Sociology and Masters (MSC) in Applied Positive Psychology.
Marta then spent 3 years working in mental health, including working as a Team Leader managing the smooth running of 20 high risk level clients and 20 staff in a community setting, including sleep in´s. Marta qualified as a PROACT SCIP® instructor and trained the staff team in this proactive philosophy for managing challenging behaviour by meeting individual´s needs, including teaching physical interventions to manage a crisis in the safest way possible. Clients had a range of complexities including dual diagnosis such as schizophrenia, learning disability, autism, bipolar, Down syndrome; negative practices such as self-harm, suicide attempts and had convictions such as arson, drug use, pedophilia, stalking and attempted murder.
This work included contact with a variety of professionals to support and manage the client’s effective and safety integration into the community, including participating regularly in multi-disciplinary meetings between clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers.
Marta enjoys volunteering and volunteered in Brighton´s Women Centre and with St Johns ambulance for over 5 years, supporting homeless people in Brighton by signposting, low level counselling and offering emergency first aid services. Marta trained as a First Aider and received basic training in drug awareness. During her time at University, Marta worked as a Student Ambassador and as an Orientation Leader for international students in Brighton. Marta is also TEFL qualified and has participated in a wellbeing initiative to teach a wellbeing program based on the Masters course of Applied Positive Psychology in Haberdashers school in London. Marta´s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, surfing and travelling.
- Qualification: B.A.M.Sc.Psychology, TEFL
- Post: School Psychologist and Child Protection Office