Our long-serving board of governors have a wealth of experience across many different industries. What they have in common is a shared belief that better is always possible and they are an extremely dedicated and committed team that support JAS staff, JAS parents, and JAS students. 

Tarek Alami
Chairman of the Board
Richard Chudzynski
Vice Chair
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Bernard Creed
Tamzin Steel
Board Member





Board Members


Jebel Ali School’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is an active volunteer group that continues the tradition of community engagement and interaction across the school community.  

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Barry Lewis
Board Member
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Toni Hughes
PTA Chair


Tarek has over 15 years’ experience in the educational sector.

Tarek is the Regional Director for Education Development Trust, a UK-based education services charity, where he is responsible for the strategic development and operational management of the organisation across the region.

Prior to joining the Education Development Trust in 2010, Tarek worked with the British Council in the UAE and was a key member of the team supporting the Government of Dubai’s establishment of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB).


Tarek has been living in Dubai since 2005 with his wife, Laura, and their 3 children who all attend Jebel Ali School in primary. 

He joined the JAS Board of Governors in November 2014 and has been Chair of the Board since September 2017. 



Dr. Bernard Creed is a qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 30 years of experience in textile manufacturing, telecommunications, private practice and travel retail business.  Bernard also holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree for his work on customer behaviour and purchasing patterns in an airport retail environment.


He has over 18 years’ experience working in the duty-free industry, having previously worked for Bahrain Duty Free (1998-2001) and for Dubai Duty Free (2001-2007).  Bernard returned to Dubai Duty Free in May 2010 where he is currently Senior Vice President Finance.  

Bernard is a former Chairman of The Irish Business Council in Dubai and a current board member of the Middle East and Africa Duty Free Association.

He joined the JAS Board of Governors in October 2016 and chairs the Finance Committee.



Richard is an English qualified international privacy lawyer, with over 15 years’ experience. 

Following his studies in the UK and Russia, Richard worked as a solicitor with law firms in the UK, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, before joining PWC in Moscow, Russia in 2012.

Richard moved to Dubai in 2014 where he now leads PWC’s Legal Data Protection and Privacy offering across the Middle East region. Richard lives in Dubai with his wife, Lucy, and their 3 younger children who all attend Jebel Ali School in primary. Their older daughter is currently at university in the UK.

He joined the JAS Board of Governors in 2019 and is now Vice Chair.  Richard leads all legal matters on behalf of the Board and is the Board’s Safeguarding champion.



Tamzin has over 20 years’ experience in global multinational companies in the oil & gas industry.


Tamzin is the Senior Vice President People & Business Services for Polarcus, a geophysical service provider of marine acquisition seismic globally, where she is responsible for the Human Resources, IT and Communications functions.


Prior to joining Polarcus in 2016, Tamzin held senior leadership positions, with a focus on Human Resources and organizational change.  She spent the early part of her career working in various global roles for KCA DEUTAG (an international drilling and engineering contractor) and, latterly, in the UAE for Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA).

Tamzin has been living in the UAE for over 10 years with her husband, David and their 2 daughters who attend Jebel Ali School, one in primary and one in secondary.  

She joined the JAS Board of Governors in October 2020 and chairs the HR & Learning Committee.



Barry has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry globally. 

Barry is the Managing Director of ALEC Construction responsible for a range of construction activities across the Middle East.  ALEC was the contractor responsible for the building of the new Jebel Ali School campus, which opened in September 2016.  Barry headed up the steering committee for this project.

Barry has lived in Dubai with his family for the past 20 years.  His four children have all attended Jebel Ali School.  


He joined the JAS Board of Governors in January 2005 and chairs the Facilities Committee.



Toni is a qualified professional private wealth adviser with over 15 years’ experience in financial planning and investment management.

Toni joined Finsbury Associates in 2016 where he is currently a Senior Partner responsible for providing expatriates with extensive financial planning support and solutions.  

Toni is also the Founder of The Network UAE, a respected network of professionals who provide a range of support to people around the UAE.  In addition he is “Mr MoneySmart” which involves supporting schools around Dubai teach the importance of financial literacy to Years 10-13.

Toni has been living in Dubai since 2012 with his wife, Louise and their 2 children who attend Jebel Ali School in primary.  


He joined the JAS Board of Governors on his appointment as Chair of the PTA in September 2019.