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Meet some of CATS London staff:

Mario Di Clemente, BA, PGCE, FRSA Principal

Mario Di Clemente has 30 years of experience of the UK education system, including as Vice Principal and Principal of independent and international colleges and culminating in his appointment as Principal of CATS London. 

Educated first at grammar school in Yorkshire, he subsequently graduated in Modern Languages at Birmingham University before qualifying as a teacher at Leeds University. His global educational and marketing experience has taken him to around 15 countries in both Asia and Europe and he currently serves on the Board of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the Council for Independent Education (CIFE) which he chaired in 2012-2014.

He has authored several books, including "An A to Z of Exam Survival" and "Getting into Veterinary School" and takes a keen interest in travel, music, sport, politics and trying to learn new languages. He is committed to internationalism in education and believes that the UK, and London in particular, offers international students an exceptional range of educational, cultural and personal opportunities.

Severine Collins, BA, MA, PGCE, DEUG, Vice Principal

Severine joined CATS London in December 2014 as Vice Principal. She has over 20 years’ experience in independent education, both in the UK and abroad.

After starting her teaching career in Yorkshire, Severine became the Head of Modern Languages at Brighton College where she remained for five years before moving to Switzerland to run the IB Middle Years Programme in an international bilingual school. Wanting to further enhance her career in teaching and to explore her passion for technology and the opportunities it offers students for learning, Severine returned to the UK to do a Master’s Degree in ICT education and eLearning at Kings College London. She resumed her career as Vice Principal of a leading London Sixth Form College before she joined CATS London.

Severine is committed to educational excellence and to ensuring all students have a positive, enriching and rewarding experience during their time in College. Her wide experience in teaching and learning as well as boarding has equipped her with understanding for the needs of our international students, and she endeavours to work closely with her colleagues to ensure our students feel supported yet challenged, safe but independent, and understanding of others whilst remaining individuals.

Sithaar Harkhu UDE BA PGCE CID CPD-BM, Head of Welfare and Boarding

Sithaar has over 30 years’ experience in education, both in the UK and his native South Africa.

Sithaar began his career as a teacher of English and Drama, before taking up the role of Deputy Housemaster at St George’s School in Harpenden, and in 2007 he was appointed Head of Boys’ Boarding at the Hammond School in Chester. During his time at the Hammond Sithaar completed a two year course leading to him being awarded a Certificate in Professional Development-Boarding Management through Roehampton University in 2010.

Sithaar has a wealth of experience having worked with international staff and students over the years. He believes that boarding education develops students who are able to work in a structured learning environment away from home whilst receiving the vital pastoral and academic support so necessary in achieving their goals to proceed on to higher education and further professional development.

Patricia De Oteyza, Head of Pastoral Care

Patricia De Oteyza leads in pastoral care and safeguarding for the College.

She works closely with the Academic and Senior Leadership Teams to promote the well-being of all of our students. She manages a team of Personal Tutors and Programme Directors in the College and also delivers the enrichment programme.

Patricia very much enjoys welcoming new students to our College and runs an excellent induction programme.

Graham Morgan-Smith, BEd, Higher Education and Academic Counsellor

Graham obtained a Bachelor of Education from University of Wales [Cardiff] specialising in History and Economics, and has spent 30 years teaching Business Education in state and independent schools in the UK and Spain.
As Head of Social Sciences Faculty in Marbella, Spain, Graham helped international students to understand the UK and US university application processes.

As Higher Education and Academic Counsellor at CATS London, Graham supports every student with their post-18 education choices, while advising and mentoring them on their future academic and career ambitions.

Sanira Emon, Student Services Officer

Sanira is responsible for maintaining excellent customer service within the College.  She deals with any post arrival non-academic queries such as student induction, visa renewals, bank related queries and police registration. With a BA, MA and PGCE, Sanira is very experienced within education and ensures that students are fully supported in fulfilling their academic potential.

Eve Lee, Student Services Officer

Eve is responsible for maintaining excellent customer service within the College.  She deals with any post arrival non-academic queries such as student induction, visa renewals, bank related queries and police registration.

Eve is also a Cantonese and Mandarin speaker and is very experienced within the education sector. She ensures that students are fully supported in fulfilling their academic potential.

Paul Smith, House Leader, Premier House

Paul has worked at Premier House since its opening in January 2015 and has built a culture where students have their independence whilst at the same time have the security of being looked after by a team of House Parents 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. Paul has a detailed understanding of the needs of overseas students as he attended boarding school himself, and has worked in the educational sector ever since. 

Mel Miller, House Leader, Piccadilly Court

Mel is House Manager for Piccadilly Court, which is located less than a minute from Caledonian Road tube station and is primarily for over 18 year old students.

He grew up in London and loves the city for its warmth and vibrancy. Mel has been working at Piccadilly Court since it opened in 2011, and still has previous CATS students visit him from time to time.

He is a keen sportsman and presently holds a free weekly fitness class for students and staff two minutes from the accommodation. He is proud that all staff at the residence provide a warm and caring service, and also ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students at all times.

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