Our staff come from a diverse range of backgrounds, many have enjoyed previous careers in academia, government service, industry and commerce. Many of our teachers have been educated at the UK’s top universities and have a depth of experience.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons), PGCE, FRSA, FRSC
Irfan Latif joined DLD College London in January 2018 having been the Headmaster of Sexey’s School in Bruton, Somerset for nearly five years. During his career Irfan has held a number of leadership roles in the independent sector, including Deputy Head (Academic) at Bedford School, Head of Science and Chemistry at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, Senior Housemaster at Whitgift School, as well as being an Assistant Housemaster and Teacher of Chemistry at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys.
Educated at Emanuel School, London, Irfan graduated from King’s College, University of London with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, followed by a PGCE in Secondary Education and is currently studying for an MA in Educational Leadership at the University of Buckingham. At university he was on the student council and played representative sport, including rowing.
Irfan has an active role in boarding and is currently on the Executive Committee of the Boarding Schools’ Association, having been their Vice Chair, he is also Chair of the London Boarding Forum and on the Board of Directors at AGBIS. In addition, Irfan is a co-founder of the Inclusion and Diversity group for the Independent Schools’ Council and he also sat on the Board of Education at the Diocese of Bath & Wells.
Outside of College, he enjoys art and attending galleries, museums and concerts, follows Arsenal FC and Wasps RFC, camping and trekking, and engaging in politics. He is married to Jocelyn (a former Head of Science at a leading independent girls’ school) and they have two daughters and their Jack Russell terrier, Rodney.
Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA (Ed), MA (Business Management), PGCE
James joined DLD College London in September 2020 from St. John’s School, Leatherhead where he was Assistant Headteacher (Boarding and Co-Curricular). Prior to this he was a Housemaster in the largest boys’ boarding house in the school and previously spent five years as a successful Head of Department. He teaches Economics and Business Studies and continues to teach and inspire students at DLD.
With two post-graduate Masters degrees, an MA in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Business Management from Kingston University, James also has the BSA boarding management qualification from Roehampton University.
James is passionate about holistic education and the development of young people and is pleased to have joined the DLD College London team where he can support the College with its ambitious development plans and growth strategy over the years to come.
Outside of school, James is a governor at a state school and is also team manager for the Surrey Schools’ Athletics Team. For his sins, he admits to being a Spurs and Quins fan and he loves a bit of karaoke!
Qualifications: BSc (Hons), PGCE, MEd, EdD
Dr Sarah Watson joined DLD College London in January 2022 from the International School of Geneva, Switzerland where she was Vice Principal for two and a half years. Prior to this, Sarah was Head of College at King George V School (part of English Schools Foundation) in Hong Kong for ten years and was a Head of Department in Wade Deacon School in the North of England for three years.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Geography (BSc) from the University of Liverpool and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), Sarah’s desire to pursue further study has also led to her holding a Master of Education (MEd) and Doctor of Education (EdD) from the University of Western Australia.
Outside of school, Sarah is a keen explorer and hiker – with one key highlight of her expeditions including a trip to Everest Base Camp. She is also a talented musician and saxophonist, performing globally in orchestras and bands.
Qualifications: MA (Oxon)
Helen joined DLD College London in September 2021 from Prior’s Field School in Surrey. Helen is an experienced school bursar, having worked in a number of schools – independent, boarding and state and in industry too, where she was a Business Director for the Ogilvy Group and an accountant at PWC.
Helen is an Oxford graduate, having read Modern Languages (Italian) at St Anne’s College and has studied for several qualifications, including management studies, school business management and accountancy.
Outside of school, Helen is a regular mountain biker and currently Queen of the Mountain in various locations on the Strava App. She is also an avid reader and a fan of the arts, visiting galleries whenever possible.
Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA, PGCE
Gareth joined DLD College London in August 2016 as Director of Studies before being promoted to Assistant Principal (Upper School) and latterly Assistant Principal (Pastoral and Staff Development ). He joined us from Strode’s College where he was Head of the Creative Arts Faculty since 2009.
Aside from his role as Assistant Principal, Gareth currently teaches Film. He has also taught Media A Level and Film Studies GCSE. Gareth is an examiner and moderator for EDUQAS. Beyond these academic commitments, Gareth is involved in a number of CCA’s including Community Projects, Run Club and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
In his free time Gareth is an avid ‘very’ amateur surfer and enjoys spending time on the beach. Gareth is a keen member of the community where he lives and was elected as District Councillor in May 2019. He is also an award-winning community volunteer and was awarded a Community Builder Award by the Mayor of Newham which recognised his contribution to his local community. He has been involved in setting up a history society, running an oral history project in collaboration with ‘Discovering Stratford Village’, organising inter-generational disco parties, running children’s events at the local library and is co-presenter of East End Mystery Show on East London Radio.
Gareth is also a school Governor for Loxwood Primary School in West Sussex where he lives and is currently working towards his second Masters in Senior Leadership and Management.
Qualifications: MA, BA (Hons), PGCE
Lauren joined DLD in the Summer of 2021 as Housemistress of Northern House before being promoted to Assistant Principal (Academic). Previously Lauren was at St John’s School, where she had various roles including Housemistress, Strategy Ambassador and Director of Sport.
Aside from her role as Assistant Principal, Lauren is our in-house Mental Health First Aid Instructor and a Teacher of Business and Sport. Away from academic commitments, Lauren leads on our culture strategy, and with her Masters in Business she is also a keen advocate of our ‘Crypto-Club’, encouraging young entrepreneurs for the future.
Away from DLD, Lauren separates her time between writing and playing sport. She currently writes for several local businesses, producing copy for technology, candles or reflexology firms. This includes her artistic poetry business that she runs from her Surrey home. If she isn’t cycling in the Surrey hills, then she is open water swimming down on Branksome Beach. A self-confessed sport addict, at the weekend, Lauren can be found on the golf course, tennis court or being a volunteer sports umpire. She is also a Governor for Greenfield School, Woking and has worked with several hockey clubs in the local area to produce some of our current national players.