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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 experienced residential Houseparent.

Christopher Cernuschi, Assistant Princupal (Projects and Outcomes)

Christopher is responsible for various projects around the college, liaising with external and internal partners to ensure student’s aspirations are reached and outcomes are achieved. Before becoming Assistant Principal, Christopher had been Curriculum Director of Science and a Teacher of Science at the college. Christopher read Molecular Biology at University College London, before working in the insurance sector and now, for the last 13 years, he has been working in high achieving education establishments in the UK.

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) 

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 & Independant Accommodation)

Stuart has experience in a range of boarding schools over a 30-year career.  He has been a Housemaster at two schools and Head/Principal at three others.  He inspects schools for the Independent Schools Inspectorate, has been Chair of CIFE, the Independent sixth-form colleges group, and National Chair of the Independent Schools Association.  His teaching subjects are physics and business, having read Engineering, Economics and Management at Oxford, followed by a postgraduate year at Cambridge and an MBA at Edinburgh. 


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