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Mario Di Clemente, BA, PGCE, FRSA Principal

Mario has over 30 years’ experience in the UK education system, including in international schools, after graduating from university with a Modern Languages degree. He joined CATS London in 2014 and has served on the Board of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and as Chairman of the Council for Independent Education (CIFE).

James Slocombe, Vice Principal

Having been Vice and Acting Principal in CATS Canterbury, 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 Schools Inspector, examiner for a leading UK examinations board, an Economics and Business teacher and experienced residential Houseparent.

Sithaar Harkhu, Assistant Principal Pastoral and Welfare

Sithaar joined CATS London in August 2014 as Head of Welfare and Boarding. He has over 30 years’ experience in education, both in the UK and his native South Africa. He has extensive experience in education being involved in different roles over the years. In September 2018 he was appointed Assistant Principal Pastoral and Welfare at CATS London. 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.

Rishi Nathwani, Director of Studies

Rishi has been a member of the CATS College community since August 2015. With over 11 years in secondary school education, Rishi possess rich and deep experience in Business Studies teaching and leadership. Rishi is currently the Director of Studies at CATS College London, responsible for the whole school curriculum, learning/ teaching standards and ensuring students are having a positive and progressive academic journey. Rishi is also a Community Governor at a local primary school.

Graham Morgan-Smith, Higher Education and Academic Counsellor

Graham joined the College in 2011 as a Business Studies Teacher and is now Higher Education and Academic Counsellor. He has a degree in History & Economics, and before joining CATS taught in both state and independent schools in the UK and Spain. He is also Team Leader with Cambridge International Examination Board. Graham is passionate and enthusiastic about how international students are prepared for their post-18 education choices.

Lexie Smith, Student Services Officer

Lexie Smith has worked for CEG since August 2016, having started at the CATS Canterbury campus as the Student Services Officer, and transferring to CATS London in December 2017. She has first-hand experience of being an international student, having studied in America during her second year at University.

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. 


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