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Severine Collins, Principal

Severine has over 25 years experience in independent education, both in the UK and abroad. She holds a Master’s Degree in ICT education and eLearning from King’s College London. She joined CATS Colleges in 2014 and became Principal of CATS Canterbury in December 2019, before that Severine was Vice Principal of CATS College Canterbury.

Severine is a passionate believer in the transformative power of education to develop leadership, courage, respect and integrity in students as well as academic prowess. She believes that it is vitally important to raise young people to become strong, confident and independent young adults, successfully equipped to face the growing challenges of university and society upon leaving school.

Emma Wilkinson, Vice Principal

Emma has over 17 years experience in UK and international education and holds a Master's degree in Education Leadership. She has served as a senior leader for the past 11 years, joining CATS Canterbury in 2015. Emma is an experienced History and Government and Politics teacher and examiner delivering across a wide range of curriculums including A Level, International Baccalaureate and IGCSE. A passionate advocate for excellence in teaching and learning, she believes in the academic potential of every student and the power of education to create rich opportunities for young people to live fulfilled and flourishing lives.

Dr Nicola Robinson, Assistant Principal Academic

Nicola was a research biochemist in a leading pharmaceutical company before transitioning into teaching around ten years ago. Being interested in a research-based approach to teaching, she has always been keen to provide students with opportunities to learn beyond the curriculum and be inspired by contextual learning. She was also a student at an international boarding school herself (Atlantic College, United World College of the Atlantic) and hence loves working with students at CATS Canterbury, as she is able to maintain the philosophy of international understanding through education, firmly believing that educating students to become critical, resilient thinkers is the ultimate investment.

Karen Olliver, Head of Boarding

Karen joined CATS Canterbury in January 2022. Karen holds a BA (Hons) in Spanish and French from University College Dublin and throughout her twenty-nine years teaching in the UK, Karen has taught Spanish to all levels, including A-Level and IB.

During this time, Karen has held a range of pastoral posts ranging from Head of PSHE, Housemistress, Head of Boarding to Deputy Head Pastoral. Having been a boarder herself, Karen has a wealth of experience in boarding in the UK independent sector and she is keen to ensure that all boarders in her care enjoy a ‘home from home’ experience

Karen has also worked as a GCSE subject examiner and is an Independent Listener for two other boarding schools.

Alison King, Registrar

Alison joined CATS Canterbury in 2016 as the Student Services Manager and has recently been appointed Registrar. Her duties include organising visits for new students, making all pre-arrival arrangements, including visa applications, and acting as our key ambassador with agents. Alison has worked in the education sector for nearly 25 years and managed customer service departments within colleges for over 10 of these. She, therefore, understands that maintaining excellent customer service is vital to ensure the satisfaction of our students and parents.


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