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James Slocombe, Principal

Having been Vice and Acting Principal in CATS Canterbury from 2015, James joined CATS London in September 2018. He was previously the Director of Studies at King's College, The British School of Madrid and Head of Sixth Form at The Canterbury School. He is a School’s Inspector, examiner for a leading UK examinations board, an Economics and Business teacher and an experienced residential Houseparent.

Aaron Lennon, Vice Principal

Aaron joined CATS London in 2021 and his career in education spans over 25 years in state and independent schools in UK and China. A graduate in Geography from the University of Nottingham, he subsequently gained post-graduate qualifications in teaching and educational leadership and has an MBA from UCL where he is also a guest lecturer. Aaron has lived and worked in China as Co-Principal of a school in Guangzhou. Prior to that, he held senior leadership roles in grammar schools and was Head of an independent day and boarding school in UK. Aaron is a School’s Inspector and is involved in teacher and leadership training in schools.

Rishi Nathwani, Assistant Principal (Academic)

Rishi has been a member of the CATS College community since August 2015. With over 14 years in secondary school education, Rishi possess rich and deep experience in Business Studies teaching and whole school leadership. Rishi is currently the Assistant Principal (Academic) at CATS College London, responsible for the whole school curriculum, learning & teaching standards and ensuring pupils are having a positive and progressive academic journey. Rishi is also a former Community Governor at a local primary school, a Head of Faculty and a Tri-College Foundation Programme Leader.

Ben Dolbear, Assistant Principal (Pastoral, Progression & Personal Development) and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Ben holds various responsibilities as a member of the College Senior Leadership Team. He oversees the retention and progression of all students at the College, which includes Higher Education advice, guidance and support. Ben is responsible for pastoral care and personal development, ensuring that students are guided effectively through their CATS journey. This is achieved in partnership with his team of Pastoral Directors and their Personal Tutors. His subject specialism is Economics - he has previously been a Head of Department and a senior examiner for one of the leading UK examination boards.


Stuart Nicholson, Assistant Principal (Boarding)

Stuart has worked in boarding schools for over thirty years, as a tutor, Housemaster and Head/Principal. In December 2021, Stuart chose to return to the front line of boarding education, joining CATS London to lead the development of boarding. With qualifications from Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh, and trained as an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate, Stuart brings wide experience to support the boarding life of students at the College.



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